Wednesday, 28 May 2014

REWIND: The J.B.'s - 'The Grunt (Parts 1 and 2)'

Here's an amazing track, which I first heard on a compilation of some sort. I thought it was 'James Brown's Funky Summer' that came free with an issue of MOJO a few years ago, but after checking, the track isn't included on there. Judging by the amount of tracks that have borrowed from it, it may have been on one of the 'Sampled' compilations that Virgin Records released in the 2000s. 'The Grunt' is a funk instrumental recorded in 1970 by James Brown's regular backing band The J.B.'s. It was released as a two-part single on King Records and was one of only two instrumental singles that featured Bootsy and Catfish Collins. Part 1 of 'The Grunt' was included on The J.B.'s' 1972 album 'Food for Thought'. But not Part 2? Odd. The unmistakable squealing trumpet glissando that begins the piece has been sampled on quite a few different recordings, and other portions of 'The Grunt' have been used by Eric B. and Rakim, 2 Live Crew, Jungle Brothers, Compton's Most Wanted, Ultramagnetic MCs, Wu-Tang Clan, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth and The Black Eyed Peas. Three different tracks on Public Enemy's album 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' loop portions of the track.

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