20th Century Masters:Christmas Collection - (Import CD)

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Categories
ChristmasMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Funk
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Copy Control
No
Format
CD
Title
20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of James Brown
Country
USA
Notes

Producer: James Brown.
Compilation producer: Alan Leeds.
Recorded at King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Recorded at King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Personnel: The Charmaines (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Ellen Fitton.
Recording information: King Studios, Cincinnati, OH.
Arrangers: Nat Jones; Pee Wee Ellis.
One doesn't generally associate the Godfather of Soul with Christmas music, but in fact, James Brown recorded a fair amount of yuletide offerings. This collection of seasonal soul draws its selections mainly from 1968's SOULFUL CHRISTMAS and 1966's JAMES BROWN AND HIS FAMOUS FLAMES SING CHRISTMAS SONGS. This is no schmaltzy holiday fare, though. Though Brown takes a turn at the venerated "Christmas Song," most of the tunes here are original compositions that bear his unmistakable mark. "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto" (one of Brown's many contenders for best song title of all time) injects a socially conscious message into the proceedings. The blues track "Merry Christmas Baby" turns out to be a natural for Brown, who does his best slow burn on the tune. The lengthy "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year" is a tour de force that features a spoken message from Brown, who revels in the joys of Christmas and urges his listeners to put some genuine thought and emotion into their holiday rituals.

BarCode
602498603192
Country of Origin
USA
Barcode
0602498603192
Label
Polydor
Distributor
Universal Distribution
Performer
James Brown
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Go Power at Christmas Time
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Let's Unite the Whole World at Christmas
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Merry Christmas, Baby
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year, Pts. 1-2
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Soulful Christmas
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Christmas Song, The - (Version 1)
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Sweet Little Baby Boy, Pts. 1-2
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Christmas Is Love
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Please Come Home for Christmas
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Santa Claus Is Definitely Here to Stay
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Tit for Tat Ain't No Taking Back
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Santa Claus, Santa Claus
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Merry Christmas, I Love You
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Signs of Christmas
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Christmas in Heaven
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Hey America - (Extended Version)
Artists
  1. James Brown
Studio / Live
Studio
Previews
Entertainment Weekly (12/1/95, pp.70-71) - "...Essential for anyone whose bash needs a jingle-bell backbeat." - Rating: A
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