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James Brown, an R&B musician, who was often dubbed the "Godfather of Soul", was active from the 1950s until he died in 2006.

His hits included: Papa's Got a Brand New Bag; I Got You (I Feel Good); It's a Man's Man's Man's World; Mother Popcorn and I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine.

When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don't go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it.
-- James Brown

I only got seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use.
-- James Brown

I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.
-- James Brown

I started Michael years ago. I saw him in Gary, Indiana, and we'd have him on the talent shows. He kind of emulated me, and did the best he could.
-- James Brown, speaking about Michael Jackson

I'm not going to be joining ZZ Top. You know they can't play my stuff. It's too complicated.
-- James Brown

It doesn't matter how you travel it, it's the same road. It doesn't get any easier when you get bigger, it gets harder. And it will kill you if you let it.
-- James Brown

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
-- James Brown

Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.
-- James Brown

My son don't have to say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud. He don't have to be called those crazy names.
-- James Brown

They had a chance to see me look good and perform and be so neat again. A lot of young people felt shaken, 'cause there I was, 70 years old, looking half as young as they did!
-- James Brown

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James Brown -- 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!

A towering figure in postwar American music, for over 40 years James Brown has written, produced, and performed some of the most compelling R&B ever recorded.

20 All Time Greatest Hits! distills Startime!, itself a four-CD set that barely scratched the surface of Brown's prodigious output.

As such, this collection concentrates on Brown's best-known records: "I Feel Good," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," and "Cold Sweat." The propulsive one- or two-chord vamps with Brown's hoarse, declamatory vocals laid the groundwork for modern funk.

It's a perfect starter set for anyone unfamiliar with Brown's work.

But be warned--Brown is addictive. Like peanuts and potato chips, it's impossible to stop with just one. Buy this and don't be surprised if one day you find yourself scouring used record bins for a rare copy of Grits and Cornbread.

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