James Brown’s Funky Christmas

FMS stuff would like to wish you and your families season greetings.

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.

Tracks
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

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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.

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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.

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27 Comments
  • Cathy
    Posted at 18:23h, 24 December Reply

    Merry Christmas Nikos & the crew of FMS. Great idea to post James Brown. Play it loud everybody.

  • quatermass
    Posted at 21:47h, 24 December Reply

    Thanks a lot for this albun and MERRY CHRISTMAS from Roberto

  • Robert
    Posted at 01:37h, 25 December Reply

    wow,thanks Nikos and mery christmas to you and the Funk My Soul family!!

  • Hanks
    Posted at 01:58h, 25 December Reply

    Merry Christmas !

  • Dimitris
    Posted at 03:37h, 25 December Reply

    Thanks & greetings to you all. Enjoy the Xmas period.

  • Mats
    Posted at 12:01h, 25 December Reply

    Nikos (& all the rest of the gang) – MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you, and I hope that we can continue enjoying the ‘blessings’ you offer with this blog throughout 2010 and beyond.
    THANKS for all your hard work and passion, it’s much appreciated!!

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 13:25h, 25 December Reply

    A very Happy Holiday’s to the entire FMS staff. My sincere thanks for a fantastic year of musical bliss. Hugs N Kisses.

  • krögarfar
    Posted at 15:01h, 25 December Reply

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all at FMS from a snowy Sweden.
    Thanks for a fantastic year,keep it up !

  • Romeo
    Posted at 15:15h, 25 December Reply

    I JUST WANT TO WISH ALL OF YOU A MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY SAFE NEW YEAR.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 16:06h, 25 December Reply

    To Nikos, Trakbuv and the rest of the FMS crew – Merry Christmas!
    You’ve sure been nice all year, so I guess you won’t have to worry when Santa comes to town!
    We’ve got a gift for y’all over at our place – come on over for a light, but soulful, snack and some egg nog!

    /Laf & The B’s

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 20:53h, 25 December Reply

    Unbelievable !!!! :)

  • Larry
    Posted at 12:49h, 26 December Reply

    Super! Enjoy the holidays.

  • KDB
    Posted at 22:14h, 27 December Reply

    My very best wishes to the best old school blog. I hope for another wonderful year.

  • Alice
    Posted at 23:00h, 27 December Reply

    Many thanks and my best wishes, Nikos! This site is a great Christmas gift.

  • LorD
    Posted at 12:11h, 28 December Reply

    Thanks. Much love.

  • Simon
    Posted at 18:25h, 28 December Reply

    Thank you for a year of wonderful music. Keep it up bro.

  • Constantinos
    Posted at 22:20h, 28 December Reply

    xronia polla. synexise tin exeretiki douleia pou kaneis. xaris se ayto to sait eida xana me allo mati tin mayri mousiki kai anakalypsa fovera groups kai albums. ena yperoxo mousiko taxidi pou elpizo na synexistei k ti nea xronia. Niko nase panta kala, ygieis kai dimiourgikos.

  • Eugene
    Posted at 00:17h, 29 December Reply

    Thank you for a woderful ending to a musical year. Regards to all at Funk My Soul. Hope 2010 is a great year!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:12h, 29 December Reply

    Indeed amazed me. Happy New Year everybody.

  • Pablo
    Posted at 11:37h, 29 December Reply

    Great! Great! Great! Funky!

  • Loverboy
    Posted at 18:00h, 31 December Reply

    Best wishes for a fantastic 2010.

  • Pietro
    Posted at 19:33h, 01 January Reply

    Brown is awesome. Joy, Peace & Health for 2010.

  • Outerpsych
    Posted at 19:54h, 01 January Reply

    Hi Nikos, happy new year for you and best wishes.
    And one more thanx for this one.

    Outerpsych

  • Cleyton
    Posted at 02:26h, 02 January Reply

    Happy New Year!!! May 2010 be a prosperous for all!!

  • maceo
    Posted at 05:23h, 02 January Reply

    nice to meet you. and a happy new year. I live in japan
    this sate great! great! great!
    well.. there is asking
    kellee paterson alubm : kellee(reissue)
    upload plrease please please

  • NovemberEnd
    Posted at 10:23h, 03 January Reply

    Props

  • Rocker
    Posted at 14:55h, 27 November Reply

    Thanks for this !!

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