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But I've had this album in the house for a couple of years now and I've noticed that a lot of the more traditional albums I own have moved to the bottom of the CD pile, while this one is getting a lot of play. It has really grown on me. A few of the songs have become personal "classics" -- songs I couldn't do without at Christmas. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto and Hey America are classic funky James Brown. Sweet Little Baby Boy is gorgeous -- proof (if anyone doubts it) that James Brown can sing deep as well as fun and funky. Santa Claus, Santa Claus is so heartfelt it raises the hair on the back of your neck. And Soulful Christmas is right up there with Charles Brown's Merry Christmas Baby and Clarence Carter's Back Door Santa among the greatest r&b Christmas songs of all time.
Take out the embarrassing Christmas Song (James Brown was not born to sing Mel Torme songs) and you'd have a perfect Christmas album -- assuming your taste is not perfectly mainstream.
Throughout the uncharacteristically lengthy holiday album, there are the obligatory sprinklings of holiday "chestnuts" - "Merry Christmas, Baby", "The Christmas Song". Though far from definitive, James gives them the soul treatment and they are definitely enjoyable. It's the bevy of original music that makes this recording a masterpiece, however. Unlike the annual deluge of insipid offerings from artists inspired more by cashing in on a quickie than by visions of sugar plums, Funky Christmas is a well-thought-out, well-written, full-length album that has a ton of heart. James obviously approached this as more than a side project. Take "Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto" or "Hey America". They are undoubtedly Christmas tunes, but with thoughtful political lyrics, and nowhere near as corny as "Feed the World" or "Happy Christmas (War is Over)". "Sweet Little Baby Boy" is a gorgeous ballad, and ought to be a standard by now. "Soulful Christmas" is right up there with "Christmas in Hollis" as the best holiday song that Andy Williams never sang.
Although Funky Christmas isn't exactly as funky as some of James' other work, it's got a lot going for it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is James Brown singing Christmas songs -- Can the season get any better? Yes, get on up and stay on the scene like a you know what.Published 2 months ago by Butch
Nice / different from all the norm holiday music - nice funk to it...Published 3 months ago by 4figments
This is one of THE best Christmas collections EVER. I have one that I play every Christmas and this year had the delight of sending one to my beloved friend so SHE could dance... Read morePublished 3 months ago by 666albertastarr
For the past 4years my aunt has been looking for this album. Being a huge fan of James Brown her favorite Christmas song was "Santa goes straight to ghetto". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexis McCray
This is fantabulous! If you have this man over for Christmas, be ready, he might just jump up get back down on the cranberry sauce.Published 17 months ago by Deacon TH-X