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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of James Brown

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All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
The Godfather of Soul makes it to the 20th Century Masters collection for a third time with this Christmas collection. James Brown was a big fan of Christmas, and Christmas records, releasing three of them: James Brown & His Famous Flames Sing Christmas Songs from 1966, Soulful Christmas from 1968, and Hey America released in 1970. All three albums are represented here, and despite JB's high-octane funk image, he's a sentimental guy, too you would have to be to release three holiday albums, and most of the 17 tracks on The Christmas Collection are soul ballads. Hey, there's even a cover of the Mel Tormé-penned Yuletide classic "The Christmas Song." "Soulful Christmas," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
The Godfather of Soul makes it to the 20th Century Masters collection for a third time with this Christmas collection. James Brown was a big fan of Christmas, and Christmas records, releasing three of them: James Brown & His Famous Flames Sing Christmas Songs from 1966, Soulful Christmas from 1968, and Hey America released in 1970. All three albums are represented here, and despite JB's high-octane funk image, he's a sentimental guy, too you would have to be to release three holiday albums, and most of the 17 tracks on The Christmas Collection are soul ballads. Hey, there's even a cover of the Mel Tormé-penned Yuletide classic "The Christmas Song." "Soulful Christmas," "Santa Claus, Santa Claus," and "Merry Christmas, I Love You" are the best of the ballads and, like rum in eggnog, a few funky cuts sneak in as well, including the racial equality-espousing "Hey America" and the warm groove of "Christmas in Love." Rumor has it that Santa himself has done more than a few chimney shimmies to JB's holiday treats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602498603192
  • Catalog Number: 000062302
  • Sales rank: 1,763

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist
The Charmaines Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
James Brown Composer, Producer
Mel Tormé Composer
Pee Wee Ellis Arranger, Composer
Nat Jones Arranger, Composer
Gene Redd Composer
Billy Ward Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Ellen Fitton Remastering
Gary N. Mayo Original Editor
Lou Baxter Composer
James Razor Brown Producer
Johnny Moore Composer
Addie Williams Composer
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