Few are aware of how deep James Brown‘s record exec ambitions ran throughout his half-century marathon of blazing stages as the hardest working man in show business. His first go-round manifested in Try Me Records, which operated under the legendary King Records and played hub to recordings by his expansive and ever-changing revue line-up. But that would prove to last only as long as Brown could keep a cool head, disbanding the label once his own contract negotiations had fell through with King. Next came Brown’s aptly titled joint venture with the great Henry Stone Brownstone Records (home to some of Bobby Byrd‘s first solo recordings) where he was able to record those that King passed over, but was quickly superseded by the arrival of his prolific and final foray in label ownership People Records.
You may very well be familiar with anthologies like James Brown’s Funky People, which rounded up some of the best cuts to come out of the camp from the likes Byrd, Lyn Collins, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and the gamut of JB affiliates, But there has never been a collection so expansive, so thorough as Get On Down‘s recently released 7-inch boxset reissue, comprised 5 45s of that new new super-heavy funk from the minister, who can be heard taking a backseat to his immensely talented and (not just) knee deep supporting cast, chiming in on keys and backing vocals. The set comes finely furnished with a carrying case for you on-the-go funkateers, so basically, this is a must-cop. Scroll through the gallery up top to lay your eyes on the set and hit the link to grab your own copy of this ultra-limited reissue.