Wednesday, March 2, 2022

VA - The Funk Box [2000] (4 x CD's)



VA - The Funk Box [2000] (4 x CD's)

So ya got your doo-wop box, your soul box, your disco box but what about the most influential R&B style of the last 30 years? That's right, brother, it's funk-and here are 55 of the baddest grooves from the style's 1970-1983 heyday, featuring all full-length versions from the best tape sources possible. 

Of course The Funk Box is kick-ass party music--put "Sex Machine," "Brick House," "One Nation Under a Groove" and "Hollywood Swinging" in the same set, and that pretty much goes without saying. But its chronological survey of funk's evolution through the 70's also frames the dialectical struggle between the music's two main schools--the James Brown style (hard, sharp, built around drum-and-guitar polyrhythms) and the P-Funk style (goofy, squishy, putting all its weight behind ultraheavy bass)--along with the way both schools dealt with the emergence of disco. The set also reveals how the party-time atmosphere of the earliest funk hits gradually evolved into the social consciousness of Cymande and the O'Jays, and then back to the hedonism of Fatback and Zapp. All the big funk stars are here, but the compilers have mercifully gone for as many lesser-known floor-fillers as warhorses: Rick James is represented by "You and I" instead of "Super Freak," George McCrae by "I Get Lifted" instead of "Rock Your Baby." The set also includes a lot of forgotten wonders and DJs' secrets--when's the last time you heard "The New Birth" or "Pleasure"? You can treat The Funk Box as an introduction to funk, as a textbook on how popular music reflects mass culture, or even as the source material for pretty much every hip-hop sample ever. Or you can just put it on and dance your brains away. (Amazon)

This is a great compilation of Funk hits. 


Pt.1      Pt.2 


Track lists


01 James Brown Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine 5:17

02 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Express Yourself 3:53

03 James Brown Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose 6:23

04 Aretha Franklin Rock Steady 3:12

05 War Slippin' Into Darkness 7:00

06 Bobby Byrd I Know You Got Soul 4:43

07 Chakachas Jungle Fever 4:24

08 Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun 3:43

09 Billy Preston Outa-Space 4:10

10 Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher) Think (About It) 3:22

11 Fatback Band Goin' To See My Baby 3:18

12 J.B.'s Pass The Peas 3:29

13 Marvin Gaye 'T' Plays It Cool 4:28

14 Cymande The Message 4:17

15 New Birth I Can Understand It 6:24

16 Barry White I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby 7:10


01 Curtis Mayfield Future Shock 3:37

02 Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson The Bottle 5:07

03 Tower Of Power What Is Hip 5:06

04 James Brown The Payback 7:40

05 O'Jays For The Love Of Money 7:20

06 Kool & The Gang Hollywood Swinging 4:37

07 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Tell Me Something Good 4:39

08 Blackbyrds Do It, Fluid 5:27

09 B.T. Express Do It (Till Your Satisfied) 5:54

10 Meters Just Kissed My Baby 4:42

11 Ohio Players Skin Tight 7:56

12 George McCrae I Get Lifted 2:48

13 Temptations Shakey Ground 4:04

14 Average White Band School Boy Crush 4:58

15 Jermaine Jackson Erucu 3:30


01 Isley Brothers Fight The Power - Pts. 1 & 2 5:21

02 Graham Central Station The Jam 3:38

03 Parliament Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) 5:48

04 Brothers Johnson Get The Funk Out Ma Face 5:59

05 Brass Construction Changin' 8:14

06 Brick Dazz 5:38

07 Johnny Guitar Watson Superman Lover 5:44

08 Bootsy's Rubber Band The Pinocchio Theory 6:10

09 Slave Slide 6:51

10 Patrice Rushen The Hump 6:08

11 Roy Ayers Running Away (12 inch Mix) 6:55

12 Commodores Brick House (12 inch Mix) 6:12

13 Bar-Kays Let's Have Some Fun 6:02


01 Rick James You And I 8:07

02 Fatback I Like Girls 7:39

03 Bohannon Let's Start The Dance 5:55

04 Funkadelic One Nation Under A Groove 7:29

05 Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers Bustin' Loose 7:43

06 Cameo I Just Want To Be (12 inch Extended Mix) 6:23

07 Pleasure Glide 6:29

08 Teena Marie Behind The Groove 6:04

09 Zapp More Bounce To The Ounce 9:29

10 Gap Band Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) 5:31

11 George Clinton Atomic Dog 4:45




  1. Once again a big thank you for a wonderful post

    1. Hi doors97426,
      Always good to remember the good times.


  2. Thanks for this Butterboy. Some good funky driving music here.

  3. Replies
    1. Hi harry the dog,
      Just make sure you have the correct shoes on...


  4. Funkify your Life!! Yes Wonderful Post! Thanks BB

    1. Thanks Patrick.
      These songs make us happy.


  5. Funking Love It!

    Stay safe (COVID & Floods!)

    1. Thats funking great news Stephen.

      You too friend.


  6. Gracias por compartir está excelente música

    1. Thanks Chepeto,
      It is a great box set. Enjoy.