James Brown’s Funky Christmas

James Brown

Recorded at the height of Mr. Superbad’s reign, this high-octane, 17-song set is guaranteed to give Santa Claus a soul transfusion—and put a little extra kick into that mistletoe kiss. While JB spends a fair amount of time pouring his heart out on inspired renditions of favorites such as “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Please Come Home,” he and his always-stellar band really shine on a spate of originals that takes Christmas from an idealized holiday and makes it real. They do so in ways that are fun (“Go Power at Christmas Time”) or with a dose of social consciousness (“Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto”), but the mere fact that Brown makes it all work—and makes it funky in the process—is a joy to behold.

  • Go Power At Christmas Time
  • Let's Unite The Whole World At Christmas
  • Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
  • Merry Christmas Baby
  • Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year
  • Soulful Christmas
  • The Christmas Song (Version I)
  • Sweet Little Baby Boy
  • Christmas Is Love
  • Please Come Home For Christmas
  • Santa Claus Is Definitley Here To Stay
  • Tit For Tat (Ain't No Taking Back)
  • Santa Claus, Santa Claus
  • Merry Christmas, I Love You
  • Signs Of Christmas
  • Christmas In Heaven
  • Hey America