Monday, December 04, 2006

Christmas is 4 Ever

Wherein who needs snow when Bootsy is playing

The christmas album of the year:



Now can anyone recommend which Amy Grant christmas CD I should get?

Update 1: I need newer and bigger speakers. I can't get Boot-Off (AKA Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) loud enough. I need more power. I can ask for new ear drums for my birthday.

Rudolph the funky-souled reindeer--funking A, bubba

Update 2: From Citybeat, it's Local legend Bootsy Collins delivers some Jingle Funk for the holiday season:
The result of Collins' longstanding Christmas wish, Christmas is 4 Ever, was released on Halloween. If you're looking for traditional holiday fare wrapped up in Andy Williams' red sweater, keep walking. Collins started with classics like "The Christmas Song," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Winter Wonderland," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Jingle Bells," beamed them up to the Mothership, ran them through the Rubber Band filter, subjected them to the critical mass of the Pinocchio Theory and translated them into "Chestnutz," "Boot-Off," "Winter FunkyLand," "Santa's Coming" and "Jingle Belz." In addition to renderings of "Merry Christmas Baby," "Silent Night" and "Sleigh Ride," and a thumping version of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," Collins and his Christmas crew have added their own originals to the holiday canon, including "N-Yo-City," the Snoop Dogg co-written "Happy Holidaze," a holiday reworking of "Rather Be with You" as "Be-With-You" (featuring keyboardist Zapp Troutman on a song dedicated to his brother, the late Roger Troutman) and the title track. It's a rollicking ride that is as much a legitimate Bootsy Collins album as it is a holiday album.

"I wanted to take people to Christmas the way I felt about Christmas, and the good spirit of Christmas," says Collins. "I wanted to not only take myself there but to take people there. Whether they're having a good Christmas or not, by hearing this music it will bring some kind of smile or joy. That's what I kept in my mind. When we was growing up, we didn't get more than a gift or two, maybe. But it wasn't just about the gifts, it was about the family and we enjoyed each other. If we didn't get nothing but a cowboy set or a train set, it was, 'Wow, this is Christmas ... Santa Claus was here!' It was the bomb! That's what I wanted to project in the songs."

3 Comments:

Blogger XWL said...

Did I accidentally post this here and didn't realize it?

Needless to say, I'm downloading it now.

12/04/2006 09:53:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

How is it?

12/05/2006 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger XWL said...

Funky, on the funky scale, with full mid 70s George Clinton PFunkness being 1 Clinton, this album earns an impressive 550 mili-Clintons overall. Would have been higher, but a few tracks are filler-ish. However the song Winterfunkyland gets an astonishing 875 mili-Clintons, it wouldn't be out of place on a classic PFunk album from back in the day.

Just about the most consistently funky Christmas album of all time.

(and this post linked, by the way)

12/05/2006 11:51:00 PM  

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