- Food for Thought: Get on Down Edition
- (With Bonus 7", 2PC)
- Artist: JBS
- Format: LP
- Release Date: 4/19/2014
There are funk bands. And then there are the JB's. in the early 1970s*James Brown's production stable was quite simply overflowing with soul. Beyond his own genre-bursting music - which brought funk and R&B to new stratospheres with each platter he released - he began to curate his own label*People Records*to explore and expose the lesser-known talent in his own groups and musical universe. After a mysterious*psychedelic album by a group calling themselves the Grodeck Whipperjenny in 1970*The Godfather of Soul released a slew of 7-inch singles for the next several years on People. In doing so*he firmly established the label as the world's premier outlet for super-funk*with artists including James Brown himself*Lyn Collins*Hank Ballard and Fred Wesley. In 1972*the next album on People was an easy choice: The JB's and their ridiculously funky full-length debut*Food for Thought. Made up of JB sidemen including bandleader Fred Wesley*Maceo Parker*John "Jabo" Starks*St. Clair Pinckney*Fred Thomas and Bobby Byrd*the group was the definition of a powerhouse. As proof*look no further than the fact that the ten songs on this platter have been sampled by an almost uncountable list of producers over the past 40-plus years*and grooved to by hundreds of thousands. From "Pass the Peas" and "Gimme Some More" to the sonic attack of "The Grunt" [which also contained work from William "Bootsy" Collins and his brother Catfish* who had recently defected to join Parliament-Funkadelic] Food for Thought remains one of the funkiest albums ever made. The renowned Get on Down label pays reverent tribute to this classic by pressing it on 150 gram vinyl*in a 70s style Stoughton jacket and housed in an 8-gauge custom bag emblazoned with an embossed People Records logo. And the deluxe-ness does not end there: In addition* the Record Store Day package comes with a 22" x 22" poster featuring the original cover art*as well as a 7-inch of "The Grunt Parts 1 & 2" pressed on purple vinyl. This will be the first of several People Records releases coming from Get on Down in the next year or two*so strap yourself in for a very funky ride*and stay tuned for more...