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James Brown - The Complete James Brown Christmas (2010)

Jazz | Author: artmuss | 25-12-2013, 00:32
James Brown - The Complete James Brown Christmas (2010)
Artist: James Brown
Title Of Album: The Complete James Brown Christmas
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Hip-O Select/Polydor / B0014791-02
Genre: Funk, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Christmas
Total Time: 2:16:59
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 875 mb (Covers)

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Part of Hip-O Select's exhaustive and terrific James Brown reissue series, 2010’s The Complete James Brown Christmas is a double-disc set that rounds up his three seasonal albums for King -- 1966’s Christmas Songs, 1968’s A Soulful Christmas, 1970’s Hey America -- and a handful of non-LP singles and single edits. Unlike most artists who bend themselves to fit the standards of the season, Brown didn’t abandon his carefully crafted style for Christmas: he made records that sounded like his hits, they just happened to be about Santa Claus and Christmastime. And his three holiday LPs were not interchangeable, either. Each reflected the sound of the year, so Christmas Songs was steeped in dramatic, string-laden uptown soul; A Soulful Christmas dug deep into the grooves, going so far as to include “Say It Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud” in the thick of the proceedings; and Hey America was powered by deep, heavy funk. Because so much emphasis is on the grooves, it doesn’t take long for the Christmas themes to become incidental, but that’s fine; these three albums were recorded while James Brown & the JB’s were at a peak so it’s a pleasure just to hear them play anything. This may be a disappointment for some looking for more JB that is as clearly Christmas as “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto,” but the entirety of The Complete James Brown Christmas is a joy that could be shared at any time of the year.


TRACKLIST:

Disc One:

Christmas Songs
01 Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year - 6:30
02 Sweet Little Baby Boy, Pts. 1-2 - 5:16
03 Merry Christmas, I Love You - 2:33
04 Signs of Christmas - 4:38
05 The Christmas Song Version 2 – 2:48
06 Merry Christmas Baby - 3:55
07 The Christmas Song Version – 2:45
08 Please Come Home For Christmas – 3:24
09 This is My Lonely Christmas, Pt. 1 - 3:03
10 This is My Lonely Christmas, Pt. 2 - 4:49
11 Christmas In Heaven - 2:58

A Soulful Christmas
12 Santa Claus Go Straight To the Ghetto - 3:04
13 Santa Claus, Santa Claus - 4:06
14 Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer) - 2:18
15 Soulful Christmas - 3:09
16 Tit For Tat (Ain’t No Taking Back) - 3:07
17 Christmas is Coming - 2:40
18 Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud, Pts. 1-2 - 4:49
19 In the Middle - 2:45
20 Let’s Unite the Whole World At Christmas - 2:46
21 You Know It - 2:23
22 Santa Claus Gave Me a Brand New Start - 3:49

Disc Two:

Hey America
01 Hey America - 3:36
02 A Lonely Little Boy Around One Little Christmas Toy - 4:02
03 Go Power At Christmas Time - 3:12
04 Christmas is Love - 6:05
05 Santa Claus is Definitely Here To Stay - 4:23
06 My Rapp - 6:02
07 I’m Your Christmas Friend, Don’t Be Hungry - 3:10
08 Merry Christmas My Baby and a Very, Very, Happy New Year - 3:59

Bonus Tracks
09 It’s Christmas Time, Pt. 1 – 3:11
10 It’s Christmas Time, Pt. 2 - 3:16
11 You Know It (Single Version) - 2:53
12 Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer) (Single Version) - 2:42
13 Hey America (Sing Along Version) – 3:47
14 Santa Claus is Definitely Here To Stay (Single Version) – 4:24
15 Santa Claus is Definitely Here To Stay (Sing Along Version) – 4:24





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