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THE JB'S FRESH FUNK PASS THE PEAS - THE BEST OF THE JB'S



THE JB'S FRESH FUNK PASS THE PEAS - THE BEST OF THE JB'S
TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW



DOIN IT TO DEATH

I remember the very first time I heard this song, it wasn't on the radio, it was at one of those famous "basement jams", back in 1973. It was a party being given by one of my hangout buddies from HS whose name just happened to be James...lol

James lived right around the corner, and the party was to celebrate our graduation from HS. I arrived at the party around 10 pm, dressed in a black 'nik nik' shirt, beige pair of pleated bell bottom double knit pants with cuffs, a baseball jacket (remember those?) that matched the pants, and a pair of canary yellow platform shoes!
(cleaner than the board of health.....lol)

anyway...

At about 11pm the song "Doin It To Death" came on and I asked this girl to dance.
I had never heard the song before and I figured that it was just a regular "3 min James Brown Song".
Little did I know...
11 minutes later, after several false endings where I thought the song was over, my sweated up be-hind asked this girl if she "wanted to go outside and cool off"?
The rest of course is history...:-)

Mah boy James always referred to this party as "the party where it got so hot in my basement that the damn wax was melting off of the records and made my records warp..."

My reply?
I guess so, if you say so, but I left at 11:15 and i dunno what happened after I left :-)

This song is a dance floor classic right from the git go, from it's spoken word introduction of the JB's, to the many false endings in the song, to the SERIOUS jazz type jammin that Fred, Maceo, James Brown serving as a sort of "emcee" for the proceedings, and whoever the hell the drummer is.

In my mind this is the "second best dance FUNK jam" of all time!

"In order for me to GET DOWN (I got's ta GIT-IN-DEEP...)"

HOT PANTS ROAD

This song is best know today as the music behind Public Enemy's "Fight the Power", however it stands on it's own as one of the greatest instrumentals in the history of FUNK music! Upon close listening it also becomes quite apparent to me that the JB's are also a great jazz band in a "soul-jazz" kinda way!

PASS THE PEAS

CALL: "Bobby, why do you like SOUL FOOD so much"
RESPONSE: Because it makes me H-A-P-P-Y…

Yet another STANK jazz-soul instrumental, which is sure to have the dance floor packed. Not much to be said about this one, I think that Bobby Byrd pretty much summed it all up J

GIMMIE SOME MO'

YEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH Can't cha give me some MO'?
An expression often heard in ghetto kitchens and bedrooms :) The JB's TURN OUT on this instrumental, which I personally remember getiing all sweated up on at many a house party. Fred and his trumpet are probably the stars here, during his extended solo. In my neighborhood they used to do the "Soul train" off of this song. As you will recall the "Soul Train", evolved into the "Robot", which later evolved into the Moonwalk". Maybe Micheal Jackson should give the JB's some props?

BLOW YOUR HEAD

Oooooooo (somebody was getting high……lol)

THE GRUNT, PT 1

The sax solo at the beginning of this song is used over and over again by Public Enemy. You know the one I'm talking about, the sax part that SCREECHES so loud that it doesn't even sound like a saxophone at first!

GIVIN UP FOOD FOR FUNK PT 1

Once again, the title says it all….
Who among us would NOT…
…"give up food for funk"?

SAME BEAT PT 1

How would you like a definition of FUNK that is 3:21 seconds long?
You could do a whole lot worse than that damn MASTERPIECE called "Same Beat", which operates on several different levels…

It's whole premise is something of a joke, since a major complaint of older people back in whateva year the damn record came out was that "All James Brown records sound the same". Of course all us younger people at the time knew that the "same beat" was sho nuff EXACTLY what made James Brown/JB's so damn badd in the first place.

Miles Davis knew it and so did Sly Stone!

That's why on the album "On the Corner" - Miles Davis and the song "Sex Machine" - Sly and the Family Stone, you hear NOTHING BUT THE "SAME BEAT" :)
Is it an "African thang"?... I dunno, but BOTH are a virtual tribute to James Brown's "same beat"

But there is more to the damn song than just the "same beat". Brotha JB is workin overtime to give us some badd azz stuff here.

The song starts out with New York City's own, from radio station WWRL Hank Spann, with the spoken word intro…
"The JB's LIVE…and ...BADDDD.."

(I have NO CLUE as to the reason why Hank Spann appears on this record, except that possibly since WWRL's studios are located in Woodside, Queens and James Brown was living in St. Albans, Queens at the time, perhaps there was a relationship?)

And then....
We hear the JB's come in with some kinda badd azz STANK FUNK ORGAN accompanied by the sounds of (Maceo?) sounding like a DAMN ROOSTER????????

It's like James is sayin….."how FUNKY do you want it to get UP IN HERE"?
"CUZ NO MATTER HOW FUNKY YOU WANT IT, I CAN ALWAYS GO YA ONE BETTA…"

Then our friend Hank Spann from WWRL comes back in and says….

"this is SOLID FUNK…."

…..as the JB's continue in that KILLER, KILLER
S-L-O-W
… S-L-O-W
…….. S-L-O-W
………….GROOVE
and
……………..WHISPER:

"same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again
"same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again
"same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again

Then the damn ROOSTER comes back (cept this time it sounds like a REAL ROOSTER, I hope it tasted good….lol)

and with it, more of that MONSTER GROOVE….
"same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again
"same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again
"same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again "same beat" over and over again

..And then
...just when you thought it couldn't…
....git NO STANKIER…
.....James brings in a "special guest"
.......REV JESSIE JACKSON!!!

And Jessie says...

"I AM S-O-M-E-B-O-D-Y
... I am S-O-M-E-B-O-D-Y…

...I may be UNEMPLOYED…
But I AM S-O-M-E-B-O-D-Y

...I may be UNSKILLED…
But I AM S-O-M-E-B-O-D-Y

...I may be UNEDUCATED…
But I AM S-O-M-E-B-O-D-Y

...I may be in JAIL
BUT I am S-O-M-E-B-O-D-Y…."

…and then brotha Hank Spann, from WWRL comes in and simply says…

"badd"

:::::::::whew::::::::

I don't care what James Brown himself has to say about this song, but you can't tell me that James Brown isn't speaking DIRECTLY (and ONLY) to Black people on this record, and more specifically to BLACK TEENAGERS. Who else would have been BADD enough to make what is perhaps the STAKIEST funk jam of all (and include a cameo from Rev. Jessie Jackson????)

I dunno about yall, but when that record came out (it BLEW my MIND)

Once I used the term "afro-polyrhythmic" to describe the music of James Brown.
Somebody sent me an email and said...

"hey brotha, why are you usin a white man's TWO DOLLA word like "afro-polyrhythmic" to describe the music of James Brown, when you know DAMN WELL that James would NEVER use such a word himself..."?

That brotha was correct!
So therefore i won't use the word "afro-polyrhythmic", to describe "Same Beat"...


BREAKIN' BREAD

This song is da bomb

IT'S NOT THE EXPRESS) IT'S THE JB MONAURAIL PT'S 1 & 2

This song is da bomb


IF YOU DON'T GET IT THE FIRST TIME, BACK UP AND TRY IT AGAIN
This song is da bomb


--Bob Davis



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