the continuing acclaimed series marking the 50th anniversary of james brown's professional recording debut chronicling every single from his celebrated career. james brown: 'the singles volume 6: 1969-1970' looks at the last hurrah of the famed sixties james brown orchestra, as the new, 39-track 2-cd set focuses on the final recordings of soul brother number 1 to be led by alfred 'pee wee' ellis. volume 6 includes some of the fiercest and most influential records brown ever made - the timeless 'funky drummer' for one - plus discarded singles and rare promo-only mixes. disc 1 kicks off with one of those influential grooves that was set aside: 'you got to have a mother for me,' a planned single that was recast a few months later as the smash hit 'mother popcorn'; both original versions are now on cd for the first time. in fact, all of james brown's 'popcorn' singles of the era are on this set, from his popular instrumental 'the popcorn,' recorded on stage after a gig in dallas, to the epic 'let a man come in and do the popcorn.' the centerpiece of the era is a single found on disc 2 that, when first released in 1970, barely nudged into the r&b top 20 - 'funky drummer,' a follow-up of sorts to the hit jam 'ain't it funky now.' its brief drum solo at the end of part 2 drew in hip-hop and pop's greatest artists and producers and, as a sample in their tracks, effectively launched the modern hip-hop era. james brown: 'the singles volume 6: 1969-1970' is the final chapter of james brown and his amazing sixties band. all of the singles, a- and b- sides are here, released and otherwise, offering a window into an extraordinary sound and time. the collection is as usual supplemented by a collectible booklet featuring rare photos, memorabilia and fantastic liner notes by alan leeds, the grammy-winning writer and former brown publicist and tour manager.