When papa found the brand new bag called The One?the funk beat wherein the first accent hits at the start of the bar?he revolutionised African-American dance music. The next 10 years (’65-’75) were spent honing the most propulsive grooves ever laid down on tape: “Cold Sweat”, “Mother Popcorn”, “Sex Machine” and their kind.
Prior to his golden decade, Brown and the crack unit that was the Famous Flames were an impassioned rhythm’n’gospel line-up. Everything from 1955’s throat-shredding “Please, Please, Please” to the specious Afrika Bambaataa collaboration “Unity” is here on Star Time. No home’s complete without it.