Monday, February 20, 2006

The Soul of the Movement: Everybody Over There - Get on Up!

James Brown - Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved

Today's oh-so-funky selection was one of three message songs James Brown recorded during the "Afro" period. "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" capitalized on the "get on up" call-and-response from "Sex Machine" (even Bobby Byrd is back to lend support) to challenge its listeners to be part of the solution rather than do nothing but still expect recognition. Lyrics aside, though, this tune storms along and the awesome breakdown mid-song is, in my opinion, the greatest JB breakbeat of all time. Fellas! I wan't y'all to hit me! Fellas! Don't miss me!

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