• 1. What do I have?
  • 2. James Brown
  • 3. Bag snatchin'
  • 4. Docta King
  • 5. Virgin Mary
  • 6. I want
  • 7. Frankenstein
  • 8. Cold
  • 9. Jingle bells
  • 10. Call Baby Jesus

Black poet Nancy Dupree accompanied by a group of young kids. Songs include tributes to, amongst others, James Brown.

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