James Brown The Best of James Brown - 20th Century Masters / Christmas Collection

The Best of James Brown - 20th Century Masters /
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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/1/95, pp.70-71
"...Essential for anyone whose bash needs a jingle-bell backbeat." - Rating: A


  • Buy for $1.291.Go Power At Christmas Time
  • Buy for $1.292.Let's Unite The Whole World At Christmas
  • Buy for $1.293.Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
  • Buy for $1.294.Merry Christmas Baby
  • Buy for $1.295.Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year
  • Buy for $1.296.Soulful Christmas
  • Buy for $1.297.The Christmas Song
  • Buy for $1.298.Sweet Little Baby Boy
  • Buy for $1.299.Christmas Is Love
  • Buy for $1.2910.Please Come Home For Christmas
  • Buy for $1.2911.Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay
  • Buy for $1.2912.Tit For Tat (Ain't No Taking Back)
  • Buy for $1.2913.Santa Claus, Santa Claus
  • Buy for $1.2914.Merry Christmas, I Love You
  • Buy for $1.2915.Signs Of Christmas
  • Buy for $1.2916.Christmas In Heaven
  • Buy for $0.6917.Hey America

Product Description:

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.

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  • UPC: 602498603192
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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