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— Master Sounds FM.
— The only place you can hear the original before it got sampled and some jive turkey started chanting over it, and not paying any royalties. Hey, where's my bread, man?
— When you're done stealing bits, gangsters?
— It's all about Master Sounds!

— Master Sounds 98.3

The world's smallest giant, Johnny Parkinson, takes you on a musical, spiritual and sexual journey with a sound track of nonstop classics. The giants of soul, rare groove and just a little classic funk, hosted by the giant himself. Remember, height is not a number.

— GTA San Andreas Website

Master Sounds 98.3 is a radio station in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, hosted by Johnny "The Love Giant" Parkinson (voiced by Ricky Harris). The station plays rare groove, classic funk and classic soul.

Description

Master Sounds has an older playlist than the other funk and soul stations in the game. Its playlist has a more rustic, raw funk sound than what is played on Bounce FM or CSR 103.9. Master Sounds' name appears to be a reference to the master recordings from where the copies meant to be sold are created, and the rare grooves it mentions refer to obscure and hard-to-obtain songs like those in its playlist. Many of the acts featured in its playlist played a major role in the history of funk.

The station laments that "the '80s not only cost our integrity, we also lost the groove" but it assures "they're bringing it back". It also criticizes rappers, as quoted above, because they sample these classic funk tracks without paying royalties to their authors. In fact, all the tracks in its playlist have been sampled by hip hop acts or have covers that are more widely known, including on stations such as Playback FM and Radio Los Santos, and as such the playlist can become a sort of "history lesson". As its host says, "they are on a mission to spread this groove".

Its host, Johnny "The Love Giant" Parkinson, is a short pimp with a Napoleon complex. He thinks highly of himself and gives himself such nicknames as Mr. Love, Mr. Dong-Dong and Big Daddy. He treats women in a misogynistic way and makes many sexual comments boasting of his supposed sexual abilities. However, he is bossed around by his mother, even when he is broadcasting.

Tracklist

Tracklist
Song: Preview: Notes:
"Express Yourself" by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (1970) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5), Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.
"Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back)" by Maceo & The Macks (1974)
"Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba" by Harlem Underground Band (1976)
"Jungle Fever" by The Chakachas (1970)
"Nautilus" by Bob James (1974)
"Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MG's (1962)
"Rock Creek Park" by The Blackbyrds (1975) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5), Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.
"Hot Pants - I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming" by Bobby Byrd (1971)
"Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown (1974) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5), Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.
"Rock Me Again And Again" by Lyn Collins (1974)
"Soul Power' 74" by Maceo & The Macks (1973)
"I Know You Got Soul" by Bobby Byrd (1971)
"The Payback" by James Brown (1973) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5), Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.
"Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins (1972)
"The Grunt" by The JB's (1970) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5), Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.
"Low Rider" by War (1975)
"Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones (1965)
"(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind" by Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (1972)

Prominent Appearances in Storyline

Radio Station

The station can be heard at the following locations

Individual tracks

  • Four songs play inside the Casinos. They are: Maceo & The Macks' "Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back)", Bobby Byrd's "Hot Pants - I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming", and James Brown's "Funky President".
  • "Funky President" plays during the dancing minigame at Nightclubs.

Videos

Trivia

See Also

References

  1. Game audio files: Tainted Love (Intro) Tainted Love (Mid) Tainted Love (Outro). All other songs have three intro and outro files with two of each containing spoken over variations: (Intro DJ #1), (Intro DJ#2) (Intro), (Outro DJ#1), (Outro DJ#2) and (Outro).


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