James Brown’s Funky Christmas
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Open your heart to the Christmas spirit and enjoy a funky New Year.
This is our Christmas “present” to you
Holiday compilation featuring funky yuletide tunes by the Godfather Of Soul. At his superstar peak in the 1960s and early ’70s, Brown tried to appeal to several constituencies on his many LPs, and the Christmas market was not neglected. Indeed, for a while, he was on a regular schedule: this 17 track compilation includes selections from seasonal albums cut by J.B. in 1966, 1968, and 1970. Includes ‘Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto’, ‘Christmas In Heaven’ and ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’.
This is a CD rip of the 1995 Polydor compilation.
1. Go Power At Christmas Time 3:12
2. Let’s Unite The Whole World At Christmas 2:44
3. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto 3:03
4. Merry Christmas Baby 3:56
5. Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year 6:31
6. Soulful Christmas 3:09
7. The Christmas Song 2:44
8. Sweet Little Baby Boy 5:17
9. Christmas Is Love 6:02
10. Please Come Home For Christmas 3:24
11. Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay 4:24
12. Tit For Tat (Ain’t No Taking Back) 3:07
13. Santa Claus, Santa Claus 4:04
14. Merry Christmas, I Love You 2:33
15. Signs Of Christmas 4:39
16. Christmas In Heaven 2:56
17. Hey America 3:56
Recorded at the height of Mr. Superbad’s reign, this high-octane, 17-song set is guaranteed to give Santa Claus a soul transfusion – and put a little extra kick into that mistletoe kiss. While JB spends a fair amount of time pouring his heart out on inspired renditions of favorites such as “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Please Come Home,” he and his always-stellar band really shine on a spate of originals that takes Christmas from an idealized holiday and makes it real. They do so in ways that are fun (“Go Power at Christmas Time”) or with a dose of social consciousness (“Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto”), but the mere fact that Brown makes it all work–and makes it funky in the process–is a joy to behold. —David Sprague
God, I love this album. Like some of my fellow reviewers, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first, and didn’t play it too much for a time. However, on the second round, I got completely hooked. It has such a great blend of deep soul, as well as outright cheer, that it’s incredibly catchy. When I first started to “get” it, I was floored by the orchestration and musicality, and then, upon second glance, I was amazed by the messages James Brown puts across. Very eye-opening. Now, this is ALWAYS on the shuffler at my Christmas parties, and very often during summer picnics, too. It shouldn’t fall under any category – it’s completely playable year-round. I love it, love it, love it. Don’t know how to put it better!!(Danielle Bennignus) – Amazon Review.
This compilation could be the perfect way of remembering one of the 20th century’s most charismatic performers.
IF you want to hear something DIFFERENT than the most familiar Christmas songs, then this ALBUM WILL amaze YOU.