What it is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1957-1977) A raiding of the Atlantic, Atco, and Warner vaults, What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) features James Brown only in spirit. But… What it is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1957-1977) A raiding of the Atlantic, Atco, and Warner vaults, What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) features James Brown only in spirit. But… 2006-10-03 Various Artists R&B
Music Review

What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2006; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: R&B

A raiding of the Atlantic, Atco, and Warner vaults, What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) features James Brown only in spirit. But you can hear the Godfather anytime; here, cherish embryonic recordings by later world-beaters (the Commodores; Earth, Wind & Fire) and Sly Stone's blueprint (under the Prince-like pseudonym ''6ix'') for There's a Riot Goin' On. Even as greasy boogaloo gives way to polyrhythmic Cat Stevens covers, the four discs stave off the 4/4 behemoth of disco.

Originally posted Oct 20, 2006 Published in issue #904 Oct 27, 2006 Order article reprints
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