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Numero, 1983. New Copy (reissue)
A warm funky soul Christmas wish from Joseph Washington Jr, or just Joseph, thank you very much, since we're all friends here! This a private press gem if there ever was one, honestly – recorded in the early 80s, but with a sound more indebted to mid 70s soul and funk – and pretty ... LP, Vinyl record album
Norton, 2003. New Copy (pic cover)
Blistering, raucous rockabilly/garage/R&B from Japan's 5 6 7 8's – blasting out some holiday greatness on "Rock And Roll Santa" – made all the more impressive with some honking sax and boogie woogie piano! The flip "Harlem Shuffle" has organ in place of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Norton, Early 60s. New Copy
A totally great little Christmas single – a four-track EP from Norton Records – complete with four rare Holiday tunes from the past! Little Joey Farr cooks things up nicely on "Rock & Roll Santa" – a Christmas rocker with a great weird vocal – and Brendan ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fujimo/Numero, 1966. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A cool little Christmas single from the 60s – and one that's as weird as you'd guess from the image on the cover! The main side is a very offbeat take on "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" – one that's sung in a girl group mode, but one that's slightly strange overall – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia, Late 60s. New Copy
Killer Christmas work from Tony Bennett – a set recorded in the 60s, but a classic that endures strongly over the years! Tony's vocals are superb here – that nicely matured style that's kept him in front of younger ears over the years – and the backings are somewhat traditional, ... CD
Soul What, 2017. New Copy
One of the most dynamic Christmas albums you'd ever hope to buy – mostly because the approach here is based around the frenetic jazz style of the legendary reedman Albert Ayler! The group here is the Witches & Devils group of saxophonist Mars Williams – a combo who take their name ... CD
Mercury, Early 80s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The two greatest songs from this comedy team of Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas – both back when they were actually funny! "12 Days Of Christmas" is a parody of the famous tune – filled with Canadian cultural references – and "Take Off" is a tribute to the great ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fantasy/Craft, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing record – one with a depth that goes way beyond its simple roots, and which has gone on to become one of the true Christmas classics of the 20th Century! Although a Christmas soundtrack, the album's more of a tapestry of sadness, longing, and loss – the best qualities that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 2017. New Copy
A great update of the classic Christmas Album mode – one that features new recordings of a number of famous tunes – plus a few new compositions as well! The set begins with Paul McCartney redoing his classic "Wonderful Christmastime" – with help from Jimmy Fallon and ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Universal, Late 60s. New Copy
Have a funky funky Christmas with the great James Brown – an artist who has a surprisingly great way with a Holiday tune! James was always great all the other months of the year – but at Christmas he really stepped things up, and cut a whole host of excellent Holiday singles and albums ... CD
Norton, 2009. New Copy (pic cover)
Dang! Hard-charging, yet masterfully played surfy/trashy/garagey guitar instrumentals for Christmas from Japan's Jackie & The Cedrics – who sound great, and get extra bonus points from us for reproducing a great ol' Trashmen holiday single for the pic sleeve! "Silent Night ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Contrast, Late 20s/1930s/Early 40s. New Copy 2CD
A very different Christmas collection than usual – as this set features mostly pre-war blues with a very gritty feel – and not the usual Holiday warmth you might know from more famous records! Much of this material was originally issued on 78rpm discs, and has this gritty vibe that ... CD
This Is Christmas
Sony, 1995. New Copy
Christmas classics from Luther Vandross – a later album in his career, but one that's still pretty darn tremendous – and a heck of a lot more soulful than other holiday offerings from the 90s! The production's a bit modern, but that amazing Vandross voice really dominates – ... CD
Columbia, Late 40s. New Copy
Frank Sinatra's first run of Christmas work – material recorded for Columbia Records in the late 40s, but quite similar to his better-known Holiday sides for Capitol in the 50s! As with that work, the style here is quite respectful of the spirit of the season – more reverent than ... CD
Sony, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy
Not much of a cover, but a really great little CD – one that's filled with a host of wonderful jazz and vocal Holiday tunes! The set features mostly 60s Christmas jazz numbers – a good deal of which appeared on the classic Jingle Bell Jazz album, still one of the best Holiday jazz ... CD
Home For Christmas
Sony, 1995. New Copy
Christmas classics from Luther Vandross – a later album in his career, but one that's still pretty darn tremendous – and a heck of a lot more soulful than other holiday offerings from the 90s! The production's a bit modern, but that amazing Vandross voice really dominates – ... CD
Silent Night Holy Night
Columbia, Early 60s. New Copy
Soul stirring Christmas songs from Mahalia Jackson – beautiful, deeply felt holiday recordings from the 50s – with piano and generally low key backings, wisely leaving Mahalia's powerful, soulful voice as the lead instrument. "Silent Night", "White Christmas", " ... CD
Universal, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A record that's almost as wonderful as the cartoon on which it was based – thanks to Boris Karloff narration, words by Dr Seuss, and some mighty weird lyrics sung by Thurl Ravenscroft – all of which make the audio portion of this famous Holiday cartoon just as great as the visuals! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takoma, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Sublime Holiday sounds from the legendary John Fahey – one of a few Christmas Records that probably got Fahey a lot more exposure than all the rest of his non-seasonal work combined! The style here is a perfect link between an older folk era and the rising acoustic underground left in its ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1960s/1980s/2016. New Copy
The sound of jazz is always the sound of Christmas in our house – as there's a certain sort of vibe that the music seems to bring to the holiday – where the warmth and personal energy of a jazz performance can really open up a Christmas tune! This set is a great illustration of that ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1960s/2016. New Copy
A collection of Holiday tracks both old and new – pulled from the catalog of Verve Records, and a fair bit of the larger Universal jazz catalog too! The material here mixes old favorites with a few newer recordings – tracks that show that great resonance between jazz vocal styles and ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2017. New Copy
A sweet little Holiday album from Akiko – one that really makes the most of her vocal style to bring new life to some familiar Christmas favorites! Backings are small combo, and jazzy on all numbers – with shifting instrumentation for each tune, sometimes at a very stripped-down level ... CD
Sony, Early 90s. New Copy
Obscure Holiday work from James Brown – not the oft-compiled tracks from his late 60s years at King Records, but some later numbers that show that Brown could still turn out one heck of a Christmas tune! James' vocals are at their older best – still surprisingly powerful, and able to ... CD
RCA, 1998. New Copy
Etta James looks a bit silly on the cover, but the album's surprisingly great – an all-jazz affair that never tries to push Etta into any kitschy, gimmicky modes – and which features some wonderful arrangements by Cedar Walton! There's a bit of blues in Etta's vocals, but the style's a ... CD
Atco/Run Out Groove, 1968. New Copy
Hey, it's never too early to start shopping for Christmas – especially when it's for yourself! And what better to buy than this great compilation from Atlantic, filled with soulful Christmas numbers from some of their best southern soul affiliates – including many classic Stax artists! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy
There's plenty of R&B Christmas collections on the market, but this is one of the best – a really well-done collection that goes way past the over-played hits, and features some really rare treasures in the genre! Although a holiday set, this one's put together with the same depth and ... CD
Cold Busted, 2016. New Copy
A warmly bumping beathead Christmas compilation from the Cold Busted label – with some great abstract hip hop instrumental takes on holiday classics and original material alike – a real gem! The material walks a fine line thematically, riffing on seasonal favorites beats and atmosphere ... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
A stunning entry into one of the best Christmas collections ever – a rock-solid collection of rare Holiday funk and soul singles from back in the day – almost all of which we'd never heard before! Tramp Records are already great when it comes to normal funk reissues – but these ... LP, Vinyl record album
Please Come Home For Christmas
King/Highland, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
A special holiday package – one that brings together Charles Brown's classic Christmas Recordings for King Records – plus a few later tracks by organist Bill Doggett! Brown was one of the first guys to ever record an important R&B Christmas tune in the postwar years – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Okeh/Music On Vinyl (UK), 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An excellent addition to the Christmas jazz canon – a wonderfully warm album of vocal performances from the great Kurt Elling, served up here in a really classic style! We love Kurt's regular work – and have been strong supporters since he first got his start here in Chicago – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Noite Feliz
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2016. New Copy
A set of solo piano Christmas tunes from Brazilian keyboardist Marcos Ariel – a record that seems to start out with a familiar vibe, but then takes off into some very nice directions of its own! Ariel serves up a relatively straight take on "Jingle Bells" at the start – ... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've seen in years – a package that's filled with rare funk and soul singles from the 60s and 70s – all of which have a Holiday theme! Almost all the tunes on the set are original numbers – which means that the songs are totally fresh, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've heard in years – an ultra-cool, ultra-rare batch of tunes all hand-picked by St Etienne – with the best sort of vibe of their previous non-seasonal compilations! The material here is mostly British in origin, and almost all of it is ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy
A great little Holiday soul compilation – one that's heavy on gems from vintage years, but which also features a few surprising cuts of more recent vintage as well! The package was put together by the folks at Harmless, and it's got the same care as their excellent soul reissues – a ... CD
Takoma, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic follow up to the first, better-known Christmas album from guitar genius John Fahey – and a set that's maybe even more mindblowing overall! Side one features Fahey's shorter interpretations of Christmas themes – done on acoustic guitar, with his amazing sense of phrasing and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Waaaaaaay more than a collection of Holiday Music – simply one of the grooviest sets we've heard in a long long time! The compilation is the 5th in the stellar Get Easy series, and it more than lives up to previous volumes with a wealth of hard to find Christmas tunes, served up in a late ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1967. New Copy
A rare Christmas album from French maestro Paul Mauriat – presented with a style that's maybe a bit more lush and scented with the season than some of his other albums of the time! The strings are a bit fuller, and the rhythms more laidback – so that the overall vibe is more in the ... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've ever heard – a massive amount of rare funk and soul tunes – all with a special seasonal bent! These aren't just soul covers of Holiday hits, or spiritual numbers either – but all-new tunes that bring a whole new sound to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony (Italy), 2013. New Copy
A really special sort of Christmas album from Mario Biondi – one that uses his tremendous vocals in a mighty great way! All tunes are familiar numbers – Holiday hits from the past and more recent years – but they're all taken in some great Mario Biondi directions that include the ... CD
Ubiquity, 2007. New Copy
One of the funkiest Holiday albums you'll ever hear – a great set of instrumentals that's every bit as great as the other work by Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, but which has a special Christmas focus as well! All the tunes here are familiar carols, but Shawn does them with a hip ... CD
Little Drummer Girl
Rhonvocals, 2012. New Copy
A really beautiful Christmas album from Rhonda Thomas – a singer we already love during the other seasons of the year – but one who's really won us over with this unique Holiday set! The record's easily one of the best Christmas records we've heard in years – and Rhonda does way ... CD
On This Holy Night/Christmas With Chet Atkins
El (UK), 1959/1961. New Copy
A set of Holiday classics from the Nashville scene – back to back on a single CD! First up is Christmas With Chet Atkins – a sweet strummy Christmas album from the great Atkins – a set that's filled with guitar-based tunes that have a special Holiday feel – some of which ... CD
My Gift To You
Tabu, 1988. New Copy
A real standout Christmas soul session from the 80s – a decade when the soul Christmas album seemed to almost fall by the wayside! Alexander O'Neal is working here with classic production help from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – who help O'Neal update an older Christmas soul mode for a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Twas The Night Before Christmas/Christmas Time
Decca/Real Gone, 1955. New Copy
Two late Christmas albums from Fred Waring – both released in 1955, and presented here back to back on a single CD! Twas The Night Before Christmas is still very much in the choral mode that Waring made famous with his Pennsylvanians group the decade before – but the approach is maybe ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy
Connie Smith looks a lot more saintly than usual on the cover here – and she sounds a fair bit saintly, too – as she makes her way through a set of Christmas tunes on this 70s album for Columbia! Given the time, the album's maybe more of a throwback to Christmas records of years past ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1952. New Copy
One of the biggest choral Christmas albums of the 50s – a landmark effort from Robert Shaw, an artist with experience both in classical and pop – which he really brings to bear on this effort! The album's all vocal – without any sort of other instrumentation at all – a ... CD
Universal (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Have yourself a groovy little Christmas with this fab fab set – a dreamy collection of Holiday rarities that goes way beyond the obvious! Following on the heels of the sublime first Snow set, the folks at Get Easy have bundled together a wonderful assortment of overlooked Christmas goodies ... CD
Vee Jay/Real Gone, 1962. New Copy
A beautiful Christmas present from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – a selection of Holiday tunes all recast with their tremendous harmony sound! The group are surprisingly great in this format – as their music always has this odd undercurrent of melancholy that really brings out ... CD
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
It's like a Christmas wish come true – a fantastic album of Holiday music, all sung by the soulful Maysa Leak! We've loved Maysa's vocals for years – from her work in Incognito to her long run of solo albums – but she grabs us all over again with the style of this set – a ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1962/1965. New Copy
Two different Christmas albums from the Living Voices – a surprisingly spooky studio group put together by RCA in the 60s! The records both have this slightly weird sort of vibe – a male/female vocal chorus, of the sort that might have been in the backdrop on a TV Christmas special at ... CD
Yodyful Music, 2012. New Copy
A really special Holiday set from Yolanda Rabun – a great little Christmas record that warmly mixes together jazz and soul with a timeless vibe that will have you playing this one for years to come! Yolanda takes her cues from some of the best seasonal albums of the 70s and 80s – and ... CD
Molto Groovy Christmas
Molto Groovy, 2015. New Copy
One of the coolest, grooviest Christmas records we've heard in years – a set that's the first-ever effort from Roman Coppola's Molto Groovy Productions – and which has a mod 60s vibe all the way through! The styles here are steeped in the best Italian soundtrack modes from years back ... CD
Banister, 2010. New Copy
A special Christmas album from jazz singer Nicole Henry – an artist we already like during the other months of the years, but one who really seems to get the right sort of spirit for December! In a world of clunky Christmas records, this one's a real standout – as Henry brings an ... CD
Stax, Early 70s. New Copy
A classic batch of Christmas tunes from the vaults of Stax Records! The label's legendary Memphis soul and blues artists deliver a wonderful batch of tunes that includes some original compositions that have since gone onto become Holiday soul classics, plus new renditions of older tracks, all ... LP, Vinyl record album
Merry Christmas Baby (Jewel)
Fuel 2000, 1974. New Copy
A surprisingly cool collection of tracks that hides under the "Merry Christmas Baby" title of Charles Brown's big postwar Holiday hit – but which instead includes a fair bit of later soul, blues, and gospel numbers recorded for Jewel and Paula Records! The package mixes things up ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1968. New Copy
We can't think of anyone we'd rather have sitting round the Christmas tree than ol' Perry Como! The guy's more relaxed, laidback, trusting, and honest than any of our old relatives combined – and all of his old barber charm comes through perfectly on this set of Christmas tunes from Como's ... CD
Motown, 1995. New Copy
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A later Motown Christmas session – recorded by The Four Tops in the mid 90s with a decidedly modern soul take on the sounds of The Holiday! Most of the numbers are traditional tunes – both secular and spiritual – and the group's producing their own work throughout the set. ... CD
Old Sweet Songs Of Christmas
Columbia/Real Gone, 1960. New Copy
The sweet strings of Frank DeVol take on a host of Christmas favorites – in a lush instrumental album that really takes us back to the sort of old time tunes our folks used to play around the Holidays! Each selection is a medley of two or three tracks – and DeVol uses string-heavy ... CD
Dolemite, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Rudy Ray Moore brings new meaning to the phrase "the stockings were hung with care" – dancing around the Christmas tree without even a stitch of clothing, and surrounded by lovely ladies to celebrate! Even the sacred date of December 25th is no match for Rudy – who works his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Holiday Soul
Prestige, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
A Holiday set so sweet, you'll be playing it all year long – as the record's got all the same soul jazz charms as the other Prestige Records albums from Hammond legend Don Patterson! True, the cover is red and green – and true, the songs are all Christmas numbers – but Don and ... LP, Vinyl record album
S Curve, 2017. New Copy
A beautifully intimate Christmas album from Leslie Odom Jr – a singer most folks know from his work onstage in Hamilton, but a hell of a jazz vocalist too! The album has Leslie mostly working in a small group setting – serving up great takes of Holiday favorites, with a warmth that ... CD
King, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Charles Brown was one of the first guys to ever record an important R&B Christmas tune in the postwar years – and here, he's featured in a full album of music of the same nature – which really furthers his legacy in the genre! Brown's approach is groundbreaking – as he has ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Real Gone, 1959/1962/1965. New Copy 2CD
Ray Conniff is looking a bit serious on the cover here, but the music within is anything but – and instead is aflurry in that playful style of arranging that made Ray such a big hit during his time at Columbia Records! The set features three full albums, plus bonus tracks – all from a ... CD
Navidad Means Christmas
Columbia/GL, Early 60s. New Copy
Lovely Holiday vocals from Eydie Gorme – but a set that's quite different than her more familiar Christmas music with Steve Lawrence! This set's entirely in Spanish – and recorded with Gorme's frequent Latin partners of the 60s – the Trio Los Panchos, who provide some gentle ... CD
Joy Of Christmas/Sound Of Christmas
RCA/Real Gone, 1969/1970. New Copy
Two sweet instrumental Christmas albums – both from the RCA pop paradise of the 60s! First up are the Living Guitars – that instrumental lineup that took 60s guitar modes from the pop world, and set them up with a bit more of a bachelor pad/easy listening motif – guitar out front ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Nobody had a voice like Robert Goulet back in the 60s – as you'll hear on this great Christmas material recorded for Columbia Records! The set features two full albums – the first of which is This Christmas I Spend With You, which has some lush, full backings from Frank Hunter, who ... CD
Expansion (UK), New Copy
A stunningly soulful Holiday set – one that goes way past the overplayed Christmas soul tunes of the 70s and 80s, and which has a lot fresher feel than a Christmas Slow Jams set as well! Most of the numbers here are contemporary, and are a mix of Neo Soul artists from the underground, and a ... CD
Ultimate Gift
Artistry, 2008. New Copy
A surprising step for Rahsaan Patterson, but a great one too – an album of Holiday music that shows a whole new side of his talents! The album's every bit as soulful as earlier work by Rahsaan, but it also shows some different modes as well – tunes that are catchy, captivating, and ... CD
Epic/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy
Pure pop from the Polish prince – a classic Christmas set issued during the height of Bobby Vinton's 60s years on Epic Records! The album's got this quality that makes similar use of Vinton's vocals as some of the Johnny Mathis magic on similar Christmas records – a style that still ... CD
Mary Christmas
Verve, 2013. New Copy
A sparkling Christmas set from Mary J Blige – one that takes full advantage of those wonderful vocals, and lets them loose on a whole host of Holiday tunes! The album's on Verve, and has a feel that's a lot more classic than some of Mary's other work – a vibe that's somewhere between ... CD
Motown, 2014. New Copy
Not the usual Motown Christmas set you might imagine – as the record features new material, not old Holiday soul classics – and many of the numbers are special duets recorded just for this project! The set list is impressive – way better than we were expecting – and ... CD
Noel Noel Noel
Verve, 2011. New Copy
A heavenly Christmas set from the mighty Michel Legrand – an arranger/composer/musician who's seemed to do just about everything in his long and storied career, but who finally comes up with a Holiday record late into his life! The set features a host of famous singers joining Legrand – ... CD
Gift Of Christmas
Red River, 2016. New Copy
The music of Bob Baldwin is always welcome round these parts – thanks to his warmth and glowing spirit on the keyboard, which make him an even more welcome force around the Holidays! Bob serves up a sweet set of Christmas tunes here – often doubling on both acoustic piano and Fender ... CD
Funky Christmas
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1976. New Copy
One of the greatest Christmas albums of the 70s – a landmark assemblage of some of the hippest soul music talents of the time – offering up a host of different tracks that have gone onto become classics over years! Most artists were working for Atlantic/Cotillion Records at the time, ... CD
Mercury/Real Gone, 1955. New Copy
The first great Holiday album from Patti Page – a mid 50s Mercury album that brought together a host of seasonal recordings made by the singer – most of which show a side of Patti that's a bit different than her hits! Page's vocals here have a straight, expressive feel – ... CD
Dust To Digital, 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s. New Copy Gatefold
A very vintage Christmas set – one that's pulled mostly from the same sort of scratchy 78rpm recordings we've come to love from the Dust To Digital label – a great blend of folk, blues, country, and gospel recordings – all of which offer up quite a change from the usual Holiday ... CD
Saguaro Road, 2010. New Copy
A fresh new holiday soul set from the O'Jay's – group founders Eddie Levert and Walter Williams keeping the spirit alive after 50+ years – living up classic Christmas songs and thematic modern soul alike on Christmas With The O'Jays! For the most part, the move the classic songs into ... CD
Perdition, 2015. New Copy
Christmas albums have always been a particular favorite of ours – in case you haven't guessed from our comments on these pages – and we're especially big fans of folks who try to bring something new to the Holiday canon, by coming up with fresh tunes of their own! Rough Shop do exactly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas With Friends
Motown, 2015. New Copy
A really special Holiday album from India Arie – one that not only has the singer's vocals set up amidst some warm jazzy backings from keyboardist Joe Sample – but which also opens up to include guest performances by a host of contemporaries – including Brandy, Tori Kelly, Kem, ... CD
Sackville All Star Christmas Record
Sackville, 1986. New Copy
A sweet little Christmas jazz album – done in a mix of older styles, which creates a nicely different vibe than other records of this nature! The lineup is spare and focused – Jim Galloway on soprano sax, Ralph Sutton on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – and ... CD
Capitol/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy
An obscure Christmas set from David "The Stripper" Rose – and one that's delivered with a lot more sensitivity for the Holidays than you might expect! Instrumentation here is fairly large and orchestral – and most tunes have lots of strings and woodwinds, scored with a ... CD
N Coded, 2011. New Copy
Sweet Holiday grooves from the folks at N-Coded music – a great assortment of jazzy instrumentals and soulful vocal numbers – all served up with the classy, contemporary vibe we've come to love from the label! The set's one of the few contemporary Christmas collections like this in ... CD
Vaya, 1973. New Copy
A salsa Christmas from Impacto Crea – a set recorded right around the same time as Willie Colon's classic Holiday records of this nature! Ismael Miranda and Adalberto Santiago each sing lead on one track – and the group features Antonio Rodriguez on piano and tres, Alfredo Rios on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Icon – Christmas
Universal, 2000s. New Copy
Brian McKnight's one of those soul singers with a sound that seems to reach across different generations and really unite his listeners – which makes him a perfect fit for Christmas music, which he seems to handle better than most of his contemporaries! This collection is a great testament ... CD
Universal, 1990s/2000s. New Copy
Contemporary Christmas classics from the past few decades of soul music – a tightly-done set that brings together some of the best of the more recent Holiday cuts! The package is a nice contrast to some of the more classic Christmas soul collections on the market – such as those from ... CD
Columbia, 1965. New Copy
Patti Page brings a special sort of warmth to these Holiday tunes – an approach that almost feels more postwar than the mid 60s date of the record – thanks to a seasonal sound that's pretty timeless overall! Patti's singing style is a bit different than on her non-Christmas work for ... CD
Christmas With Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Sony, 2003. New Copy
Have a harmony soul Holiday with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – with this sweet set of remade Christmas classics! The group's not the lineup of Philly International vintage, but still have a similar mix of rough and smooth – lead vocals and group harmonies – which serves ... CD
Sony, 1960s. New Copy
A prime batch of classic twangy Christmas tunes from Buck Owens & The Buckaroos – a pretty much perfectly selected set – culled from his wonderful Christmas material for Capitol in the mid-to-late 60s! Buck's signature Bakersfield honky tonk sound is in full effect here –with ... CD
Joy To The World
Sony, Early 60s/Late 80s. New Copy
Christmas sounds, and a bit more too – an interesting collection of material recorded by Aretha Franklin in the early 60s for Columbia, and in the late 80s for Arista! There's definitely a fair bit of Holiday tunes on the set, but they're also mixed in with a few standards too – but ... CD
RCA, 1961. New Copy
Cool countrypolitan Christmas songs from Eddy Arnold – his classic early 60s Christmas With Eddy Arnold album for RCA. It's wonderful, charismatic stuff with some of the best versions of the popular Christmas songs of the day, plus a couple of gems written or co-written by Eddy. Titles ... CD
BMG, 1998. New Copy
Later work from Teddy Pendergrass, but a surprisingly nice Christmas album – one that makes strong use of Teddy's great vocals to help transform some classics, and deliver a few great new tunes as well! The production and instrumentation is relatively laidback – mostly just beats and ... CD
Colemine, 2010. New Copy (reissue)
Heavy holiday funk from Ohio's Jive Turkeys! "Get Down Santa" sets up an irresistible, all purpose funky groove with hard hitting drums, organ and a raw rhythm that picks up steam before rolling into interpolations of handful of seasonal favorites. "Funky Jesus" is on the flip ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Herb Alpert, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A nice little Holiday album from trumpeter Herb Alpert – whose 60s set with the Tijuana Brass might well be one of our favorite Christmas albums of all time! The TJB is long gone, but Herb's still in the lead – working with a larger orchestra directed by Chris Walden – who ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1984. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
One of our favorite tracks ever from Prince – an instantly funky, instantly catchy tune that never fails to blow us away with its dexterity! The jam sounds great, even after all these years – and it's backed by a non-LP cut, "Another Lonely Christmas" – in which Prince ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Atlantic, 1980. Near Mint-
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Philles, 1963. Good+
Phil Spector's classic Christmas album – a swirling delight of 60s pop and soul numbers, still one of the greatest full Christmas LPs ever recorded! Geniunely cheerful and positively soaring, and really, what more can we say about the Wall Of Sound? Masterful recordings from one of those ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good
One of our favorite Christmas albums ever – a socking soul take on the holiday, sung by Lou, arranged by HB Barnum, and produced to perfection by David Axelrod – with that tight punch he was bringing to all the best Lou Rawls work on Capitol! There's a surprising groove on most of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Merry From Lena
United Artists, 1966. Very Good+
A sparkling 60s Holiday album from Lena Horn – one that has her singing over some nicely jazzy arrangements from Jack Parnell, in a mode that brings out the most delightful qualities in both her vocals and the tunes! The set's quite groovy – much more so than you might expect – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tamla, 1971. Near Mint-
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
RCA, 1966. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Littlest Angel/Lullaby Of Christmas
Decca, 1949. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Clancy Brothers Christmas
Columbia, Early 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Apple, 1963. Sealed
Phil Spector's classic Christmas album – a swirling delight of 60s pop and soul numbers, still one of the greatest full Christmas LPs ever recorded! Geniunely cheerful and positively soaring, and really, what more can we say about the Wall Of Sound? Masterful recordings from one of those ... LP, Vinyl record album
Living Music, 1986. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Kenwood, Late 50s/Early 60s. Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazzology, 1999. Near Mint- (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
MGM, 1955. Very Good+
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Peter Pan, 1978. Very Good (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Intersonore France (France), 1982. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Fax, Late 50s. Very Good
One of the naughtiest Christmas records you'll ever hope to buy! LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Present & Past
Columbia, 1967. Sealed
One of the coolest Christmas albums we've ever seen – a nearly all-original set by Paul Revere & The Raiders, done in collaboration with the legendary Terry Melcher! Mark Lindsay and Melcher really cooked up a great batch of tunes for the set – numbers that still retain a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1959. Very Good+
A hell of a great record from the Three Suns – upbeat, playful, and everything we love about an unusual Holiday set! In fact, the record may well be better than most of the group's other RCA work – as their usual groove is inflected here with lots of hip percussion, which creates an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Atco, 1968. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM, Early/Mid 60s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Metromedia, Late 60s. Very Good+
A lovely little Christmas album – served up by The Golddiggers vocal group from the Dean Martin TV Show! As you might know from the show, the gals aren't the best singers in the world, but they've got a sweetly seductive way of putting over a tune in unison – a style that kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album
This Time Of Year
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good
June Christy's rarest album – and one of the saddest Christmas records you'll ever buy! The set features all original tunes written for the album by the team of Connie Pearce and Arnold Miller – and they're perfectly suited for June's late boozy style, much more lanquid than on earlier ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good+ (pic cover)
A very cool pic sleeve version of this Texas Christmas classic! 78 RPM, Vinyl record
No Cheese (On The Xmas Tree)/Wedding Ring For Christmas
Skyway, 1963. Near Mint-
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Philips (Japan), Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold
Groovy Christmas work from French maestro Paul Mauriat – a set that's a bit more serious than some of Paul's other work from the 60s, but still plenty darn nice! Some of the tunes are familiar, others are originals by Mauriat – and the overall presentation has that nicely lean feel ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bernal, Late 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown, 1963. Sealed
One of the clasic Motown Christmas records, with lots of groovy soul versions of your fave Christmas carols, and Smokey's voice is in top, top form, to keep you thinking warm thoughts on a cold December eve. Includes "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", "Let It Snow", "Winter ... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Treasure (Japanese pressing)
RCA (Japan), 1967. Very Good Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Rhino, 1978. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Annual Christmas Services
Sound Of Gospel, 1988. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Album
Sunset, Late 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
It's Christmas Time EP
London, 1990. Very Good+
A surprisingly wonderful little EP – one that features bluesy soulman Marvin serving up 4 great original Holiday tunes, plus a spoken "Christmas Greeting" at the beginning of the record! The record comes off wonderfully – with none of the cliches that can sometimes creep into ... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Jollies II
Salsoul, 1981. Near Mint-
A second set of Christmas Jollies from the legendary Salsoul Orchestra – working here with Patrick Adams this time around, in a groove that occasionally bears echoes of his own music on P&P Records! The vibe's nicely different from the first Jollies set – a different inflection of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Jollies
Salsoul, 1976. Sealed
Philly classics for the Holidays! The legendary Christmas Jolllies set by the Salsoul Orchestra was one of the label's biggest-selling albums – originally recorded in 1976, and pressed again and again over the years – and eventually remixed even stronger in the early 90s. Vince ... LP, Vinyl record album
WVON, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold
A classic around these parts! The record's more of a straight soul compilation than a record of Holiday music – but it's packaged in a Santa Claus cover, as a gift from the radio station it's named after. The Chess brothers owned WVON, a massive soul station in Chicago, and for this set, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Argo (UK), 1979. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Solar, 1979. Sealed
One of the greatest soul Christmas albums of the 70s – a warm and smooth set by The Whispers, done in a style that's actually better than most of their hit work of the time! The style here is really great – and takes us back to the best Whispers mellow soul of the end of the 70s, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Holiday For Teens
Philips, Early 60s. Very Good-
Paul and his lovely Paula go to town on a set of groovy 60s Holiday tunes. The tracks are kind of in a bubble-gum Christmas vein – with titles like "Holiday For Teens", "Jingle Bell Rock", "A New Year A New Ring", and "Blue Christmas" done in a mixture ... LP, Vinyl record album
Disgruntled Xmas/WhiteChristmas
Island, 1994. Sealed
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Navidad Sin Ti
Combo, 1985. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Dot, Early 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Exitos Navidenos
Mary Lou, 1969. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Wonderland
Decca, Mid 60s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Nuestra Navidad
Alhambra, 1980. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas In France
Capitol, 1957. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1960s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas In Ireland
Capitol, 1965. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Gordy, 1968. Near Mint-
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Christmas Bayou
Swallow, 1986. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Updated November 22, 2017

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