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The Complete James Brown Christmas

James Brown

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Part of Hip-O Select's exhaustive and terrific James Brown reissue series, 2010’s The Complete James Brown Christmas is a double-disc set that rounds up his three seasonal albums for King -- 1966’s Christmas Songs, 1968’s A Soulful Christmas, 1970’s Hey America -- and a handful of non-LP singles and single edits. Unlike most artists who bend themselves to fit the standards of the season, Brown didn’t abandon his carefully crafted style for Christmas: he made records that sounded like his hits, they just happened to be about Santa Claus and Christmastime. And his three holiday LPs were not interchangeable, either. Each reflected the sound of the year, so Christmas Songs was steeped in dramatic, string-laden uptown soul; A Soulful Christmas dug deep into the grooves, going so far as to include “Say It Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud” in the thick of the proceedings; and Hey America was powered by deep, heavy funk. Because so much emphasis is on the grooves, it doesn’t take long for the Christmas themes to become incidental, but that’s fine; these three albums were recorded while James Brown & the JB’s were at a peak so it’s a pleasure just to hear them play anything. This may be a disappointment for some looking for more JB that is as clearly Christmas as “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto,” but the entirety of The Complete James Brown Christmas is a joy that could be shared at any time of the year.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year (Pts. 1 & 2)
00:06:28

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Charmaines, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
Sweet Little Baby Boy (Pts. 1 & 2)
00:05:14

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Merry Christmas, I Love You
00:02:31

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
Signs Of Christmas
00:04:36

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

5
The Christmas Song (Version 2)
00:02:44

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Mel TORME, ComposerLyricist - Robert Wells, ComposerLyricist - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Merry Christmas Baby
00:03:53

Lou Baxter, ComposerLyricist - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY MOORE, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group International

7
The Christmas Song
00:02:41

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Mel TORME, ComposerLyricist - Robert Wells, ComposerLyricist - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

8
Please Come Home For Christmas
00:03:20

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Charles Brown, ComposerLyricist - Gene C. Redd, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
This Is My Lonely Christmas (Pt. 1)
00:02:59

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene C. Redd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
This Is My Lonely Christmas (Pt. 2)
00:04:45

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene C. Redd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Christmas In Heaven
00:02:53

W. Ward, ComposerLyricist - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

12
Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
00:03:00

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alfred Ellis, ComposerLyricist - Hank Ballard, ComposerLyricist - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

13
Santa Claus, Santa Claus
00:04:02

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

14
Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer)
00:02:14

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Soulful Christmas
00:03:06

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alfred Ellis, ComposerLyricist - Hank Ballard, ComposerLyricist - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

16
Tit For Tat (Ain't No Taking Back)
00:03:03

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Christmas Is Coming
00:02:37

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Pts.1 & 2)
00:04:45

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alfred Ellis, ComposerLyricist - The James Brown Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
In The Middle (Pt. 1)
00:02:41

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Alfred Ellis, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Let's Unite The Whole World At Christmas
00:02:42

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

21
You Know It
00:02:19

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Alfred Ellis, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Santa Claus Gave Me A Brand New Start
00:03:49

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Hey America
00:03:33

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - A.W. Jones, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
A Lonely Little Boy Around One Little Christmas Toy
00:03:59

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Go Power At Christmas Time
00:03:09

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
Christmas Is Love
00:05:59

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

5
Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay
00:04:21

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

6
My Rapp
00:05:59

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I'm Your Christmas Friend, Don't Be Hungry
00:03:07

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Merry Christmas My Baby And A Very, Very Happy New Year
00:03:54

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
It's Christmas Time (Pt.1)
00:03:11

JAMES BROWN, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Universal Records a division of UMG Recordings Inc.

10
It's Christmas Time (Pt.2)
00:03:14

JAMES BROWN, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Universal Records a division of UMG Recordings Inc.

11
You Know It (Single Version)
00:02:50

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Alfred Ellis, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer) (Instrumental)
00:02:38

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Hey America (Sing Along Version)
00:03:44

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat Jones, ComposerLyricist - A.W. Jones, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay (Single Version)
00:04:21

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay (Instrumental)
00:04:24

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist - Nat Jones, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Part of Hip-O Select's exhaustive and terrific James Brown reissue series, 2010’s The Complete James Brown Christmas is a double-disc set that rounds up his three seasonal albums for King -- 1966’s Christmas Songs, 1968’s A Soulful Christmas, 1970’s Hey America -- and a handful of non-LP singles and single edits. Unlike most artists who bend themselves to fit the standards of the season, Brown didn’t abandon his carefully crafted style for Christmas: he made records that sounded like his hits, they just happened to be about Santa Claus and Christmastime. And his three holiday LPs were not interchangeable, either. Each reflected the sound of the year, so Christmas Songs was steeped in dramatic, string-laden uptown soul; A Soulful Christmas dug deep into the grooves, going so far as to include “Say It Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud” in the thick of the proceedings; and Hey America was powered by deep, heavy funk. Because so much emphasis is on the grooves, it doesn’t take long for the Christmas themes to become incidental, but that’s fine; these three albums were recorded while James Brown & the JB’s were at a peak so it’s a pleasure just to hear them play anything. This may be a disappointment for some looking for more JB that is as clearly Christmas as “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto,” but the entirety of The Complete James Brown Christmas is a joy that could be shared at any time of the year.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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