is a 1973 double album
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by James Brown
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. It was originally scheduled to become the soundtrack
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for the blaxploitation
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film Hell Up in Harlem
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, but was rejected by director Larry Cohen
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for "not being funky enough." It went to #1 on the Soul Albums chart for two weeks and cracked the Pop Albums chart in the Top 40.
is considered a high point in Brown's recording career, and is now regarded by critics as a landmark funk
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album. Its revenge
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-themed title track
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, a #1 R&B hit, is one of his most famous songs and an especially prolific source of samples
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for record producer
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s. Musically the album is largely based around cyclic grooves and jamming, but it also features departures into a softer soul
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-based sound on tracks like "Doing the Best I Can".
The album was reissue
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d on CD in 1992 with liner notes by Alan Leeds
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- Note: The track time for "Mind Power" is from the 1992 re-release of the album. The original 1973 version is 90 seconds shorter.
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