Two variable new comps from the late Godfather Of Soul

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James Brown – And I Just Do What I Want/ Fine Old Foxy Self

It’s hard to knock a comp that boasts “Cold Sweat”, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “Say It Loud”, but And I Do Just What I Want is a lazily-compiled 2CD set that adds little to the JB legend. A far more worthy primer is the triple-disc Fine Old Foxy Self, tracing Brown’s arc from ‘50s R&B balladeer to Apollo sensation and on through the rubbery ‘60s grooves that defined the new superfunk. And whilst the ‘70s tracks are less obvious – “Giving Out Of Juice”; “Mind Power” – the fat rhythms grow ever more elastic. Invest in this instead.

ROB HUGHES