December 19, 2011

On The Ninth Day of Christmas

Please Come Home For Christmas – James Brown

CD cover James Brown - Funky ChristmasJames Brown – “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” – pioneered an entirely new genre of music in the late 60’s and 70’s: Funk. By the mid-1960s, James Brown had developed his signature groove that emphasized the downbeat – with heavy emphasis on the first beat of every measure to etch his distinctive sound, inspiring a raft of West Coasts acts (Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Tower of Power, Sly and The Family Stone and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic) to follow in his giant footsteps.

Please Come Home For Christmas is taken from James’ 1995 compilation “Funky Christmas” – a 17 track compilation featuring selections from seasonal albums cut by J.B. in 1966 (James Brown Sings Christmas Songs), and 1968 (A Soulful Christmas). People either love this disc or hate it: I’ll let you guess where I come in.

James Brown passed away on Christmas Day, 2006.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Music

  1. Call Collect on Christmas – James King Band
  2. Christmas Day – Oscar Jordan Band>
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
  4. Good King Wenceslas – The Skydiggers
  5. Merry Christmas, Baby – Charles Brown
  6. Must Be Santa – Brave Combo
  7. Croonin’ On Christmas Eve – Jaymz Bee
  8. Go Tell It On The Mountain – Kirk Franklin And The Family
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