If you need any more proof that JB is a genius, listen to this album. We all know that he's the Godfather of funk, but did you know he could rock out? This is a James Brown rock record. Not your typical rock, but a funk infused rock with all the changing complexities JB is known for. The way rock should have been and a way that no alcoholic, blow drying hair monkey could ever achieve. JB can't take all the credit though cause he enlists the help of producer David Matthews of CTI fame. Together they create a unique album that experimentation-wise ranks up there with "Damn Right." One moment the sound is rock, then the excess quickly slides off into funk. Checkout "Can Mind" which breaks into a severly funky moment sampled by Brand Nubians on "All For One." Look for similar breakdowns in "You Mother You, Sho is Funky Down Here, and Bob Scoward." But don't miss out on the straight up rock moments. "Just Enough Room For Storage" is a hard hitting electric guitar track comparable to the sound of Jimi. So dope, ATCQ lifted a hook for "Lyrics to Go." The first time I ever heard this LP, I was amazed and it still gets me that JB was able to pull it off. Also one of my favorite covers.
- music label: Polydor / 1971
reviewed by the mgmnt 10/2005