james brown in the jungle groove

“Fellas, one more time I wanna give the drummer some of this funky soul we got here. You don’t have to do no soloing, brother, just keep what you got. Don’t turn it loose, because “it’s a mother.” – James Brown (Funky Drummer)

I own a lot of James Brown, but hands down In the Jungle Groove is the LP I grab the most, right now, when I need a JB soul joint. The word ‘funky’ only begins to describe it.

Most famous for housing the track “Funky Drummer,” which in turn houses arguably one of the most sampled drum breaks of the past twenty years, In The Jungle Groove (now remastered) is a raw collection of essential JB nuggets that no soul, funk, or r&b fan should be without. In my world, this is what we call “required listening”.    Ain’t it funky…

Get down to these JB originals, and then check out a couple of mainstream examples of the purloined “Funky Drummer” drum break sampled in, decidedly, non hip-hop tracks. The Sinead track off her breakout LP, I Do Not Want What I Havn’t Got, has been an A.D. favorite going on fifteen years now, and probably deserves a post of its own.

**You can read more about the Funky Drummer’s lineage and history via its wiki article.

James Brown :: Funky Drummer
MP3: James Brown :: Funky Drummer (bonus beat reprise)

MP3: Sinead O’Connor :: I Am Stretched On Your Grave
MP3: Madonna :: Justify My Love
Amazon: James Brown :: In the Jungle Groove

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12 Responses to “James Brown :: The Funky Drummer (sampled)”

  1. My understanding is that the Amen Break is the most sampled drum beat.


  2. Woot!: http://somuchsilence.com/?p=183

    The Amen Break is huge, but so is Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache.” http://somuchsilence.com/?p=457

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  4. […] An Aquarium Drunkard looks at songs that have sampled James Brown’s Funky Drummer […]

  5. Who were the musicians backing Brown on Jungle Groove?

  6. Nevermind…I found them in the Wiki article you mentioned 🙂

  7. for YMU subscribers, here is a Funky Drummer playlist (non subs can hear 30s samples)


  8. hi i enjoyed the read

  9. uhh funky drummer 404 Not Found, can’t DL!!! Could you put it up again please?!?

  10. funky,

    this is an old post. files are only good for 14 days before auto delete

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