Various Artists

Nothing But Funk, Vol. 3

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Erasing whatever doubt still remains that James Brown was, is, and always will be the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the third entry in the exemplary Nothing But Funk series assembles 11 more Brown-produced lost soul and funk classics spanning the decade from 1963 to 1973. For a man so often characterized as a penny-pinching tyrant, Brown was nevertheless generous with his talents. Regardless of the name above the title, each record radiates with the full extent of his energy and creativity, and one could even argue that some of this material surpasses a few of Brown's own records from the period in question. This is scorching, deeply soulful music from the man who redefined the parameters of the form. Highlights include the Dapps' "There Was a Time," Hank Ballard's "You're So Sexy," and Bobby Byrd's "Doin' the Doo."