The Bottom Line
- The remastering job is excellent.
- Most of his biggest hits are included.
- His most famous two-part hits are included in their entirety.
- These hits have been repackaged countless times.
- The sequencing is oddly out of sync.
- A few key classics are missing.
- James Brown
- Greatest Hits
- 3-CD set
Guide Review - James Brown:The Ultimate Collection
But what if you need a 3-CD set that benefits from the latest in remastering technology? Well, "Ultimate Collection" (first released as an import) works if you don't expect too much. The sound is excellent, but not revelatory, since the market is constantly flooded with JB retrospectives; the third disc is about 20 minutes short by CD standards and features two unnecessary remixes, and the sequencing is bizarre in spots ("Get Up Offa That Thing" right next to "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"?!), but most of the major hits are here, and many in their full two-part versions. There is no "ultimate" collection of James Brown hits yet, but as these things go, this comp succeeds better than most. Just be prepared to replace it eventually.