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Funky Christmas

James Brown Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B0000252VZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Go Power At Christmas Time (Album Version) 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Let's Unite The Whole World At Christmas (Album Version) 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto (Album Version) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Merry Christmas Baby (Album Version) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year (Parts 1 & 2) 6:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Soulful Christmas (Album Version) 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Christmas Song (Version 1) 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sweet Little Baby Boy (Parts 1 & 2) 5:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Christmas Is Love (Album Version) 5:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Please Come Home For Christmas (Album Version) 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay (Album Version) 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tit For Tat (Ain't No Taking Back) (Album Version) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Santa Claus, Santa Claus (Album Version) 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Merry Christmas, I Love You (Album Version) 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Signs Of Christmas (Album Version) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Christmas In Heaven (Album Version) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hey America 3:550.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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 favourites 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 idealised 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

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seasonal Soul Power! 4 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
You'd think from the cover that this would be no more than a novelty record, but baby its so much more! Oow!
The king of soul belts out some great christmas tunes that should have you a quakin' an a shakin' (like Go Power At Christmas Time) and some great soulful, serious tracks like the fantastic "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year". Highly recommended listening!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought at Christmas 2 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
James Brown was always a big fan of Christmas - in fact, he recorded several Christmas albums over the course of his career, including a rare Internet-only release just a couple of years before his passing. That aside, 'Funky Christmas' gathers together tracks from each of Brown's festive LP's, so fans can have him on the stereo instead of Cliff Richard (sorry, Cliff)!

This record places more emphasis on his soul work, and there are not as many funky grooves as some might expect. It is also surprisingly serious, even grim in some places, as James sings of Christmas in the ghetto, and trying to get by without a dime in December. It's good music to reflect to, and certainly one of the most original Christmas albums I've heard. However, at Christmas time, I think most people want to play carefree, uplifting music, or at least something they can dance to, and a lot of these songs don't fit that description.

'Funky Christmas' is worth collecting if you are a serious JB fan, but is probably best enjoyed after the big Christmas party, rather than during.
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By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having recently bought the amazing 5 star Christmas album by Etta James recently I looked around the candy store to find some other funky seasonal offerings that were not full of remixed carols, show tunes or right on messages. I needed something more deep down and dirty and here is where I found it in this superb collection of James Brown tracks culled from three older albums from the 60s era ~ the era of golden soul ~ "Soulful Christmas", "James Brown and his Famous Flames sing Christmas Songs" and "Hey America". I dont know if those albums are still available and if not then this current anthology is a superb tribute.
There are a couple of favourites on here but the majority of the songs are new Brown penned masterpieces. Nobody can tear into a song like this guy, like an excited kid on Christmas morning
Just buy it and share the Christmas soul of the Master
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funky-tastic! 28 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a brilliant Christmas gift - we had it on as background music all Christmas and loved it! There's a lot of variety and all done in JB's best funky way.
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