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Christmas Is 4 Ever

Bootsy Collins, Bootsy's Rubber BandAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000IU3YLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. N-Yo City (New Song)
2. Merry Christmas Baby
3. Jingle Belz (Aka Jingle Bells)
4. Happy Holidaze
5. Chestnutz (Aka The Christmas Song)
6. Winterfunkyland (Aka Winter Wonderland)
7. Santa's Coming (Aka Santa Claus Is Coming To Town)
8. Boot-Off (Aka Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer)
9. Silent Night
10. Sleigh Ride
11. Dis-Christmas (Aka This Christmas)
12. Be-With-You
13. Christmas Is 4-Ever

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Be honest: how much fun do you really expect to wring out of the holidays this year? With endless presents to buy and decorations to put up, there can be precious little time to get down. That's where Christmas Is 4 Ever comes in handy. If you can find room in your busy schedule to gather a few close friends for mingling and merrymaking, this disc is probably the most cost-effective alternative to a DJ around. Nearly everyone who's anyone has covered a Christmas song or two in their career, but Bootsy Collins is one of the few to truly make the arrangements his own (even going so far as to rename holiday standards in a funky style). Here, he combines his outrageous style with a touch of hip-hop, plenty of shout-outs, and well-wishing phone messages featuring friends from Buckethead to (the late) Roger Troutman (of Zapp fame) to George Clinton himself. In fact, Collins, who may best be known to some for his work with Clinton and James Brown, isn't shy about inviting friends to the party, including Snoop Dogg on "Happy Holidaze," Charlie Daniels on "Sleigh Ride," and Candis Cheatham turning in lead vocals on "Santa's Coming" (a.k.a. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), the track that arguably does the best job intertwining danceability--and a little humor--with traditional Christmas cheer. Longtime fans will be pleased by contributions from Funkadelic alums, including Blackbyrd McKnight, Bernie Worrell, and Bootsy's brother, Catfish. Novices, meanwhile, may find this album a gateway to non-seasonal '70s classics. If you're looking to eradicate all things overly ponderous from the holidays, Bootsy is the cure; after all, you can't spell "funky" without "fun." --Leah Weathersby

Product Description

Here comes Bootsy Collins! Here comes Bootsy Collins! Right down Bootsy Collins Lane! Yes, it's gonna be a funktastic Christmas with Bootsy this year with this 2006 yuletide offering featuring four Bootsy originals and nine Christmas classics. Features guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Charlie Daniels (yes, Charlie Daniels!), Sugarfoot (from Ohio Players), Buckethead, Roger Troutman and former Parliament and Funkadelic members!. 13 tracks. Shout Factory.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bootsy is Back! November 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This may be his best album ever! I'm not a real fan of Christmas Music and although I have several 70's Bootsy albums; I expected one or two good songs at best. But every song on this album is ultra-funky. He opens the album by saying that there may be one or two surprises and it takes off --space bass--to the moon.

He even put a Christmas version of I'd Rather Be With You. If you like the Bootsy from Back in the Day and can handle the funk--you won't be disappointed!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Hip Christmas Album November 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Get a jump on your holiday music and pick up Christmas Is 4 Ever by Bootsy Collins. This is the kind of CD you can put on and vibe to while you are cooking Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. As always, Bootsy keeps it funky. It really is one of the most upbeat and energetic Christmas albums that I can recall being released in the past few years. It's quickly become my favorite Christmas CD. Bootsy puts his funky spin on the classics and he even brought along a few of his famous friends. Snoop Dogg is the featured rapper on the song "Happy Holidaze." "Be With You," is another funky new Christmas classic from Bootsy and friends. Zapp Troutman brings the talkbox flavor to this song.

Christmas Is 4 Ever features special Christmas Messages from Bishop Magic Don Juan, Buckethead, Moma Willis, Parison Princess, Roger Troutman (yes, a message from Roger) and George Clinton. Guest vocalists and muscians on the album include Bobby Womack, Charlie Daniels, and many more.

I love this album and could listen to it year round. Christmas Is 4 Ever is in stores now and was released by Shout! Factory.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Christmas Album 4 Ever!!! December 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bootsy brings his funk WMD in a huge way here. Guest appearances by Snoop Dog and Bobby Womack add to the spice and fire of this sassy and sexy pleasure cruise. It is on the top of my play list 4 ever!

Bring back the funk!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss the MUSIC here! November 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big Bootsy fan from way back, but when I picked this up I expected it to be sort of a goofy novelty. But the music on here is really incredible. Bootsy knows when to fill out the arrangements with bizarre sounds and textures, without making it feel cluttered. It just adds to the fonk. There are some sweet, swangin' horn charts on most the tracks. And the way that Bootsy and co. have rearranged the melody and vocal lines on "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is nothing short of magnificent. Bootsy's not known as a jazz man, but he accomplishes here what any jazz fan would expect in a Christmas album: a fresh and imaginative reworking of the material. By taking standard songs that have been done and redone to death, and fonking around with them, he reveals a musicality that most people who think of him as kind of a clown never imagined he had. Okay, though, those who like good ol' rump-shakin' fonk with that slow, lumbering P-Funk tempo are still in for a treat, even if they ignore all the cool stuff going on over the groove (and, happily, most of the drum tracks are live rather than programmed, with Bootsy, Cash Waddy, Melvin Parker, and other funky drummers pumping the skins). Mr. Collins, my hat's off to you. This is as good a record as you've ever done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have no fear! Boot-A-Claus is here!!! December 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bootsy+Christmas=Double your pleasure, bobba! The only question is why didn't this happen sooner? Even though I'm a HUGE P-Funk fan from back in the day, I've been mostly disappointed by recent P-Funk albums; they just haven't been able to capture that original magic. That's not a problem with this CD at all! In fact, this is Bootsy's best album since "The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away," and if you remember that one, you're a true funkateer! The most important words in the liner notes are "Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Bootsy Collins." Bootsy takes control of his own sound, and you can hear the difference. He keeps the hip-hop to a minimum here; not that I have anything against hip-hop, but for me, there's nothing like classic P-Funk. After all, you don't hear the Eagles or the Rolling Stones trying to sound like Coldplay or Nickelback, do you? My favorite song on this CD is "Boot-Off" (AKA Rudolph). This is an old-school monster jam, complete with familiar lines like "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow" and references to the mothership. Bootsy's Space Bass never sounded better (I sure hope there's a video for this song!) "Silent Night" is an uptempo, very funky version of the Christmas classic, but if you pay attention to the lyrics, you find it to be very reverent. In fact, there's a nice spiritual thread woven throughout this CD; Bootsy doesn't ignore the real reason for the season. Trombone player extraordinaire Fred Wesley tears it up on "Silent Night," and his welcome presence is all over this CD. It would have been nice to hear Maceo Parker, too, but Bootsy has most of the old P-Funk mob in on this party. He even has country artist Charlie Daniels play the fiddle and sing background on "Sleigh Ride. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOTSY COLLINS CHRISTMAS January 19, 2007
By MARTINE
Format:Audio CD
As always, Funk at it's highest delight. It's almost like hearing James Brown & Funkadelic / Parliament doing a Christmas CD together. Old school / real school Funk!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jovial genius. It ain't nothin' but a Christmas party! December 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Make a joyful noise..." Obviously, a call went out from heaven to create the most festive and brilliant Christmas album ever, and Bootsy & company answered, merrily and fonkily. On CI4E, Casper the Holy Ghost has become an avatar of the Spirit of Christmas and has delivered a mirthful masterpiece. Accompanied by four original tracks, these Christmas classics are reinterpreted and revivified, and the music is truly awesome! The infectious arrangements are at times simply dazzling, and after listening to the CD the first time through, it will occur to you, as well, why Bootsy is legendary and lovable. What a heavenly host of gifted musicians; what a gift. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars he loves it
My husband loves it this Christmas CD. Can't go wrong with Bootsy Collins.

Shani
Author of Secrets of a Kept Woman
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It took less than a week to get this cd and was in perfect condition. Also this was the most awesome, ghetto Christmas cd ever. I loved it.
Published on January 24, 2012 by Cotton Candy
3.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for fun
In the 80's I bought a vinyl featuering "Bootsy Collins and the Rubber Band" and that is my full and complete knowledge of this artist

The fact is, I bought it because,... Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Honkwomp
3.0 out of 5 stars Do they know it's Christmas?
Bootsy can still do it. Bringing together old and new in a refreshing holiday album. I liked it quite a bit. Only 3 stars because I miss more of the old sound.
Published on March 13, 2011 by Tublac
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD!
This CD is to my surprise, very very good! Of course, Bootsy is his usual eccentric self, but the music and lyrics are very entertaining.
Published on February 12, 2010 by Starqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars best christmas cd ever....
best christmas cd ever. love to find something rather than the reg. stuff. THHIS JAMS...
Published on February 1, 2010 by A. Frederiksen
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't expecting much but...
Bootsy's "Christmas Is 4 Ever" has really blown me away. I knew that I wanted this CD just because it was Bootsy! But I wasn't honestly expecting it might be all that exceptional. Read more
Published on November 29, 2009 by Brother Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Christmas Alternative to "Dry Remakes"
I absolutely love this album! And I collect a lot of Christmas music.

It's a beautiful and masterful mix of holiday standards that all have a fun and uniquely "bootsy"... Read more
Published on November 21, 2009 by Dublin John
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christmas anymore
This whole album is in my shuffle, it's not just for Christmas. Awesome album. I listen to mostly hard rock and heavy metal, yet Bootsy's holiday jams are in heavy rotation.
Published on November 5, 2009 by Scott C. Sigler
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a 60s Child? GOOOO Bootsy!
Do you want to dance at Christmas time? Do you want to party with Bootsy? Then this CD is for you. Some of the tracks are long... Read more
Published on January 27, 2009 by Edith C.
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