Make It Funky

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"Make It Funky (Part 1)"
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Single by James Brown
from the album Star Time
B-side"Make It Funky (Part 2)"
ReleasedAugust 1971 (1971-08)
Format7"
RecordedJuly 13, 1971, Rodel Studios, Washington, D.C.
GenreFunk
Length
  • 3:15 (Part 1)
  • 4:05 (Part 2)
LabelPolydor
14088
Songwriter(s)
  • James Brown
  • Charles Bobbitt
Producer(s)James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Hot Pants Pt. 1 (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)"
(1971)
"Make It Funky (Part 1)"
(1971)
"My Part/Make It Funky - Part 3"
(1971)
"My Part/Make It Funky - Part 3"
Single by James Brown
from the album ''Get on the Good Foot
B-side"My Part/Make It Funky - Part 4"
Released1971 (1971)
Format7"
GenreFunk
Length2:39 and 2:48
  • 2:40 (Part 3)
  • 2:50 (Part 4)
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)
  • James Brown
  • Charles Bobbit
Producer(s)James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Make It Funky (Part 1)"
(1971)
"My Part/Make It Funky - Part 3"
(1971)
"I'm a Greedy Man - Part I"
(1971)

"Make It Funky" is a jam session recorded by James Brown with The J.B.'s. It was released as a two-part single in 1971, which reached #1 on the U.S. R&B chart and #22 on the U.S. Pop chart.[1][2][3]

Publication[edit]

This was his first song to be submitted solely to Polydor Records.The original master is very slow and steadily formed in tempo, compared to how it is performed live. It features the band members chanting the song's title and a prominent organ part played by Brown himself. Bobby Byrd also contributes vocals and a spoken intro. Brown released the next 6 minutes of the recording as another two-part single,titled "My Part/Make It Funky", which charted #68 R&B. Parts 3 and 4 appeared on the album Get on the Good Foot.

Live versions of "Make It Funky" appear on the albums Revolution of the Mind and Live at the Apollo 1995. Brown also remade the song for his 1992 album Universal James under the title "Make It Funky 2000".

The full version, running 12:50, was released on the compilation Make It Funky – The Big Payback: 1971–1975 in 1996.

Sample Used[edit]

Recognition[edit]

In 2005, the bassline to all four parts was ranked at number 2 in Stylus Magazine's list of the "Top 50 Basslines of All Time".[4]

Personnel[edit]

  • James Brown - lead vocal, organ

with The J.B.'s:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85.
  2. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  3. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  4. ^ "Stylus Magazine's Top 50 Basslines Of All Time - Article". Stylus Magazine. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-04.

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