Funky Christmas

December, 20 2014 | Terminal West

Ring the bells and hang the mistletoe, Collective. It’s that time again. There are a lot of great Christmas albums out there, with many a classic (and roasted) chestnut. But we’re keeping Nat King Cole and the Bing Crosby and the Harry Connick on the shelf this season. Instead, we’re spinning the Godfather himself. Mr. Dynamite. That’s right. James Brown. Between 1966 and 1970, arguably his creative peak, James Brown recorded three Christmas albums. Funky Christmas (1995) is a compilation of the best tracks from these three releases. It’s a diverse collection that ranges from sweet to sweaty to socially relevant. This is not your momma’s Christmas album. Mr. Brown leaves nothing on the table, leaves no note unsung. Rolling Stone ranks it third on their list of the best Christmas albums ever. Refill your eggnog. You’re about to hear why.

Side 1:

1. Intro/Brother Rapp/Ain’t It Funky
2. Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
3. Christmas Is Love
4. I Got the Feelin’
5. Lets Unite the World at Christmas
6. Sweet Little Baby Boy
7. Back Door Santa
8. The Christmas Song
9. Hot Pants Road
10. Doin It To Death
11. Up For the Downstroke
12. House Party
13. Kid Charlemagne
14. Until You Come Back To Me
15. You’re All I Need To Get By

Side 2:

16. That’s What Christmas Means to Me
17. Let
18. Merry Christmas Baby
19. There Was A Time
20. Yield Not To Temptation
21. Give It Up, Turn It Loose
22. Rock Me Again & Again
23. Fopp
24. Superbad
25. Down and Out in NYC
26. Cold Sweat
27. Let’s Dance
28. Walk On By
29. Man
30. Fool For You