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James Brown – Funky Christmas (20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection)

Published on December 13, 2011 By Music Mook

For Kim. You’re my Christmas friend… In our excitement to discuss the previously unheard gems on The Complete James Brown Christmas, we neglected to talk about the pure perfection that is James Brown’s Funky Christmas. Turn it loose, ‘cus it’s a mother… Funky Christmas, later remastered and renamed as 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection, is […]

James Brown – The Complete James Brown Christmas

Published on December 1, 2011 By Music Mook

“Let’s make this Christmas mean something this year!” Between 1966 and 1970, James Brown recorded three stellar Christmas albums. For years the only readily available versions of these albums were single compilations such as the original Funky Christmas and the remastered (and wonderful sounding) 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection edition of that same album (a […]

A Few Of Our Favorite Christmas Albums

Published on December 1, 2010 By Music Mook

Well, it’s December. Yeah, I know, I’m not really sure how that happened either. Seems like last week I was putting on flannel shirts and walking around pumpkin patches. But it is December now and along with the cold comes Christmas. And among all the food, shopping, gifts, family, and parties, there is music. Glorious […]

James Brown – Soul On Top

Published on November 30, 2010 By Music Mook

Looking for another reason why James Brown was called the hardest working man in show business? Consider that in 1969 Brown was recording some of the greatest earth shattering funk to ever hit the streets, both then and now, and throw in the fact that he was still touring relentlessly. Add to that the fact […]

Music News – James Brown, The Rolling Stones

Published on October 6, 2010 By Music Mook

James Brown – The Complete James Brown Christmas From 1966 to 1970, James Brown produced three fantastic Christmas albums in just under four years. Quite an amazing feat for any normal human, but James being James it was just the norm. Over the years his various Christmas albums have been released in a handful of […]

Music News – Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, James Brown

Published on September 2, 2010 By Music Mook

Frank Zappa Day – September 19, 2010 An entire weekend in Baltimore is being dedicated to Frank Zappa (born in Baltimore) in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of his anti-censorship speech and U.S. Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in 1985. There will be a statue dedication and a free concert by Zappa’s son Dweezil and […]

James Brown – Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971 -1975 (Part 2)

Published on July 28, 2010 By Music Mook

…and now Part 2 of the ever exciting thoughts and musings on James Brown – Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971 -1975. Be sure to check out Part 1! Disc Two: 1. “The Payback” – This may just be the angriest JB vocals on record. His anger in being cheated, lied to, and stabbed […]

James Brown – Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971 -1975 (Part 1)

Published on July 27, 2010 By Music Mook

After the extremely raw and early funk of 1964 – 1969 and the insanely hard hitting funk of 1970, James Brown settled into a highly creative and fertile period of pure ’70’s style funk. Highlighted by heavy bass and drum tracks, regal horn lines, and distinctly seventies wah-wah guitar, JB crystalized his previous efforts into […]

James Brown – The Payback

Published on July 14, 2010 By Music Mook

Every once in a while an album comes along that helps to define a certain genre. An album of such stunning beauty and perfection, that to not have it is a crime. In 1973 James Brown delivered that album to the funk world and generations beyond. It was time for Payback, and the revenge was […]