Originally released in 1988, Motherlode collected 10 rare and previously unreleased tracks from the Godfather of Soul’s career (11 tracks on the original CD.) Among the new recordings was “Since You Been Gone,” a duet with Bobby Byrd, which saw the pair updating their 1956 track “Just Won’t Do Right” with The J.B.’s, featuring Bootsy Collins. Two funk instrumentals were included, too: “Funk Bomb,” and another that remained untitled. “People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul,” originally released in 1973 on the Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off soundtrack, was remixed and extended to nine minutes. “I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance)” was previously available on a 2-part single in 1972 but was remixed and featured in its full-length on the CD.
Now, the complete, expanded Motherlode album arrives from Polydor/UMe on 2-LP, 180-gram vinyl, including tracks that first appeared on the 2003 CD reissue, like “You’ve Changed,” recorded in Atlanta in April 1969 and alternate mix of “Bodyheat” from 1976. The collection features newly updated notes featuring the work of Cliff White, the late music journalist and James Brown expert.