Various Artists

Standing on the Verge: The Roots of Funk

  • AllMusic Rating
    8
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Like dozens of collections before it, Standing on the Verge traces the development of funk and pays homage to its chief instigators. What keeps it from being old hat is a refreshing shortage of hits. Most of the songs are familiar (some were indeed hits) but they're not the ones you'd most casually guess. Instead of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," the set opens with James Brown's "Out of Sight" and continues with a fabulous chain of funk, from "Cissy Strut" to "Ain't Got Time" to more obscure songs like Bull and the Matadors' "The Funky Judge." A good little collection -- even the unknowns are worth hearing.

blue highlight denotes track pick