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Motown, 2014. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vinylogy (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD
A great set of Christmas classics – five albums, each represented with LP-styled artwork in a box of 5 CDs! First up is Jolly Christmas by Frank Sinatra – one of the greatest Christmas albums of the 20th century – a rich tapestry of sadness and longing from Ol' Blue Eyes himself! ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of classic Christmas albums from Andre Kostelanetz from the 60s – all done in that very popular style of his! The set begins with Joy To The World – a lush album of strings and other rich orchestral touches – the sort of Christmas record that's maybe best to put on way ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy
A sweet country Christmas from Lynn Anderson – a set that may not be as well-known as Holiday records by Johnny Cash or Buck Owens, but which we'd put in a similar high spot in our collection! Lynn does a great job with the material – bringing in just the right sort of "Blue ... CD
Christmas Wish
Herb Alpert, 2017. New Copy
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 ... 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
Merry Merry Merry Christmas From Captain Kangaroo
Golden/BMG, Early 60s. New Copy
A merry, merry, merry and groovy groovy groovy Christmas from Captain Kangaroo, Mister Green Jeans and the early 60s cast! For the young or otherwise uninitiated, Captain Kangaroo (played by Bob Keeshin) was a groundbreaking, legendary children's television program that ran from the mid 1950s to ... CD
Christmas At Notre Dame
Universal, 2018. New Copy
Maybe the first-ever Christmas album from trumpeter Arturo Sandoval – a set recorded at Notre Dame University in the US, not the cathedral in Paris – and one that reflects Sandoval's warmly collaborative relationship with musical forces at the school! The arrangements are relatively ... CD
Real Gone, 1959/1964. New Copy
A sonic spectacular for Christmas – two unusual Holiday albums from the glory days of RCA's Living Stereo series! First up is A Christmas Sound Spectacular – a set that features a bell-heavy approach to seasonal favorites – not in a way that's overdone Carillion music, but ... CD
Real Gone, 1958. New Copy
Lovely Christmas sounds from the McGuire Sisters – a trio whose sweet style was always a big hit on TV, and which brings a perfect "Holiday Special" vibe to this seasonal album – which also includes a fair bit of unusual tunes! Most of the tracks are arranged by Dick Jacobs ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy
Rod McKuen throws his hat in the Christmas ring – and comes up with a surprisingly great little record! As with most of McKuen's best albums, there's an approach here that's quite unusual – and very different than the rest – certainly with a focus on the Holiday, but also with ... CD
Groovy Christmas & New Year/Soul Of Christmas
Academy, 1970s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Whoa. . .a seasonal treasure from the 70s Ghanaian funky soul scene! This incredible 45 from Academy digs up an uber-rare Afro Soul Christmas 7-inch – featuring early productions by Kwadwo Donkoh and lead vocals by Pee Pee Dynamite on "Groovy Christmas & New Years" and BB ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Motown (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD
Christmas Motown in all of its glory – a huge collection that features a whopping 46 tracks in all – most of them Holiday classics from the earliest years of the label, plus just a few important Christmas tunes from more recent years too! Almost all the work here is by Motown ... CD
So Damn Rude, 2017. New Copy
Here's a side of the Christmas season you might not expect – a whole host of Holiday favorites, redone in a style that's heavy on Miami bass! Yet while you might be expecting a lot of songs about bitches and hoes, the approach here is actually quite restrained – as Amos Larkins keeps ... CD
South Beach Christmas
Nu York Disco/Essential, 2017. New Copy
Christmas happens all around the globe, even in spots where the snowfall is light, and a White Christmas is unlikely to happen – and while we're not entirely sure this is the way they celebrate the holiday on the South Beach of Miami, Dio and the Candi Cane Crew try to imagine what such a ... CD
Society Hill, 2017. New Copy
Contemporary Christmas tracks from the Philly scene – all put together by modern soul maestro Butch Ingram, with backing from the whole Ingram Family! The style here is similar to some of Butch's non-holiday productions in recent years for the Society Hill label – kind of an update of ... CD
This Christmas
Society Hill, 2017. New Copy
A reformed version of this legendary Philly soul group – working here on a special set of tunes for the Holiday season! Singer Sugarbear Aikens is in the lead – in the spot that Teddy Pendergrass once held back in the 70s – and Butch Ingram produced and arranged the set, with 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 (Japan), 2014. New Copy
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've ever seen – a wonderful blend of contemporary cuts and overlooked gems from the past 40 years – including some excellent gems from the 80s that have never gotten the right sort of exposure! There's some real treasures on here – ... CD
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
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
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
Motown, 2014. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Simply Christmas
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Soul
MPS (Germany), 2015. New Copy
A very cool Christmas album from Hammond giant Barbara Dennerlein – one that not only features plenty of her work on organ in the lead, but which also includes a fair bit of guest vocals from Zara McFarlane as well! Most of the record is instrumental – with a Hammond organ version of ... 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
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
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
Christmas Back To You
CM7, 2017. New Copy
A mighty fresh Christmas album from Chante Moore – one that's overflowing with original tunes that show that the Holiday soul format is alive and well! The whole thing's got the crisp crackle that you'll know from Moore's other records – but redirected here to the sound of the season, ... 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
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
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
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
GED Soul, 2001. New Copy (pic cover)
A heck of a cool Christmas 45 – filled with deep funk and soul tunes that definitely add a special flavor to the season! The package is mighty nice – a hand-pressed cardboard sleeve, limited and numbered to 500 copies – with exclusive Holiday tunes from the GED Soul crew – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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/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
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
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
Muzak (Japan), 2004. New Copy
A beautiful little Holiday set from jazz singer Janet Seidel – a vocalist we've loved for previous tributes to Blossom Dearie and Peggy Lee, and one who really brings that legacy to play on this Christmas album too! The backings are spare, and very much in a small combo jazz mode – ... 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
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
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
Holiday Soul
Prestige, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
A rare jazz Holiday treasure – recorded by Bobby Timmons' during his glorious trio years at Prestige! The group here features Bobby on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums – all doing really amazing things with a set of Christmas standards – at a level that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Capitol, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Pinch us – because we gotta be dreaming! This is one of the greatest Christmas albums we've ever heard – recorded in the usual Capitol split – with one side of familiar tunes, and one side of more unique numbers – and its those unique tunes that really make the album great, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy
A really great jazz-based Christmas album – one that's done in the best style of vintage gems like Jingle Bell Jazz or God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen – with an equally great blend of instrumental and vocal artists throughout! The package highlights some of the best artists on the Mack ... 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
RCA/Real Gone, 1957. New Copy
The groovy harmony vocals of The Ames Brothers are a perfect fit for this Holiday classic from RCA – a record that features great orchestrations from Sid Ramin, the same arranger who worked with the group on their Destination Moon album! This set's maybe a bit more down to earth, but still ... 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
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
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
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
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
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
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, ... 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
Capitol/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy
Buck's first Christmas album – and a prime batch of tracks that are right up there with the best of his regular albums from the time! There's a strong strand of Bakersfield production running through the album – perfect for both the sadder tunes and the more upbeat ones – and the ... 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
Christmas With Champian
Champian, 2017. New Copy
A jazzy little Christmas set from Champian Fulton – and one that takes strong advantage of her skills both as a singer, and on the keys of the piano! Champian's bold, upbeat style is a great fit for the songs here – which include a few nice surprises amongst some longtime Holiday ... CD
Jim & Jay's Christmas
Sackville, 1992. New Copy
A great small combo Holiday album – one that really brings out some of the bluer sides of the Christmas songs it features! The group features the legendary Jay McShann on piano, and Jim Galloway on soprano, tenor, and baritone sax – working here with just bass and drums in a quartet, ... CD
Essential, 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Well, they definitely got the "strange" in the title right here – as the collection is one of the oddest assortment of Holiday tunes we've ever heard – but that's also what makes us like it so much too! We love Christmas music – and while we were raised on the classics, ... 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
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
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
Legacy, 1925/1926. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A mid 20s Christmas treasure from Bessie Smith! "At The Christmas Ball" balances the cozy warmth and good natured seasonal vibe, with the period bluesy instrumental backdrop and tone that the Empress Of The Blues is famous for – good tidings with a hint of melancholy. Beautiful! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Contrast, Late 40s. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
Postwar Christmas tunes – all from that great moment when blues and jazz were coming together in the early days of R&B! Most of these tracks are upbeat, groovy, and plenty festive – that new sort of warmth and celebratory vibe that seemed to hit Christmas music in the postwar years ... 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
Jump Up, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
Two reggae-tinged holiday tunes – pressed up here on a limited green vinyl single! "Ras Nick" is a very offbeat variation on "Jolly Old St Nick" – done as an instrumental, with lots of guitar and keyboard play over the stepping rhythms! "Upon The Housetop" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Jump Up, 2016. New Copy
Nice little Christmas ska split single from the Danish scene – with longtime scenesters Napoleon Solo and worthy contemporary ska revivalists Leo & The Lineup! "Merry Christmas Everybody" is a toasty ska-inspired cover of the Slade song by Napoleon Solo while Leo & The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Get Down Auld Lang Syne (stereo, mono) (red vinyl)
Funk Night, 2014. New Copy
A fierce, funky bit of Holiday music – one that soars out here in a sweet instrumental mode that takes us back to James Brown's best Christmas cuts of the 60s! The group here starts out slow and somber, but quickly speeds up with hard-riffing guitar, monstrous funky drums, and this burning ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Motown, 1995. New Copy
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
Motown, 1994. New Copy
Pretty great Christmas sounds from Diana Ross – very different than her famous Motown Holiday work with The Supremes – and instead a record that balances her nicely between jazz styles and more sophisticated vocal sounds! There's relatively full arrangements on most tracks – and ... CD
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
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/1950s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 12.99
The ghost of Christmas past comes back to haunt us – but in the grooviest way possible, thanks to a fab selection of old school Holiday tunes from the folks at Bear Family! The music here is mostly from the 40s and 50s – and is mostly vocal overall, sung by artists who move through ... CD
Magic Of Christmas
Cadet/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy
One of the coolest Christmas albums we've ever heard – and maybe one of the coolest sets ever from this legendary soul instrumental project from Chicago! The Soulful Strings are already great on other albums, but they really blow us away here with the way they completely transform familiar ... CD
Rhino, 2018. New Copy
The first-ever Christmas album by The Monkees – recorded in 2018, many decades after their famous show went off the air! The images on the front show a youthful version of the group – but the vocals are all by the aged members of the second fab four – which even means that Mike ... CD
Motown, 1960s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An expanded version of this classic set of Motown Christmas tunes – one that features some of the best cuts from the individual artists' Holiday albums cut for the label, plus some harder to find tracks from singles! The set's got 24 tracks in all, with titles that include "Santa Claus ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Soul, 2007. New Copy
It's records like this that will keep us loving the Isley Brothers year after year – and with such great Holiday tunes on the set, you can bet we'll be pulling this one out for many Christmases to come! Despite the slightly postured look on the front cover, the duo's sounding nicely laidback ... LP, Vinyl record album
Arista (UK), 1977. Near Mint- (pic cover)
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Warner, 1984. Near Mint- (pic cover)
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
Funky Christmas
Cotillion, 1976. Very Good+
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album
More Sounds Of Christmas
Argo, 1964. Very Good+
The follow-up to Ramsey's famous Sounds of Christmas album – and even better than the first! The record features Ramsey's trio with Eldee Young, plus guest work by Cleveland Eaton on bass and a young Steve McCall on drums! Plus, a number of tracks feature larger backing by a jazz group ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise, Mid 60s. Very Good
Pure Holiday genius from Dean Martin – a Christmas record we like even better than his already-great set for Capitol, and one that's done in the boozier style of later years! Jimmy Bowen's at the helm of the record, working with arrangements by Ernie Freeman and Bill Justis that present the ... LP, Vinyl record album
King, Late 60s. Good+
A 2 sided monster! Side one features James Brown's incredible Christmas tune – one of our favorite ever, and a wonderful mix of swinging soul and catchy chorus – a solid winner that still gets us every December! The flip's a rare instrumental – bubbling and burning with some ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Atco, Late 60s. Very Good-
Otis Redding's 2 Christmas classics – beautifully so, with a sad sparkling Stax approach that invests both tunes with a heck of a lot of soul! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Merry Mancini Christmas
RCA, 1966. Very Good+
Classic holiday tunes from Henry Mancini! Hank's working in a mellow Holiday mode here – using fuller arrangements than usual for the session – to match the auspicious nature of the event! The first half is in a more popular mode that's in keeping with some of Mancini's themes for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise, 1968. Near Mint-
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia, 1976. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
TK, 1980. Very Good+
Have a very X-rated holiday with Blowfly's seasonal rap routines! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Capitol, 1971. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas In The Congo
Philips, 1963. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Cadet, 1966. Very Good+
Why thank you – we will! Kenny does too, as he grooves nicely and gently over arrangements by Richard Evans, perfectly crafted in that soul jazz mode of his 60s work for Chess – not Kenny's most challenging format, to be sure, but proof that he often works better in a more structured ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philles, 1963. Very Good+ (reissue)
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! The whole thing is wonderful – a mix of soul, rock, and pop – all produced with that classic "wall of sound" style that ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M, 1987. Very Good+
One of the biggest Christmas albums of the 80s – and a big benefit record too! Titles include "Christmas In Hollis" by Run DMC, "Christmas" by U2, "Santa Baby" by Madonna, "Back Door Santa" by Bon Jovi, "The Coventry Carol" by Alison Moyet, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atco, 1968. Very Good-
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
Apple, 1963. Near Mint-
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! The whole thing is wonderful – a mix of soul, rock, and pop – all produced with that classic "wall of sound" style that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1980. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Prestige, 1960s. Very Good
One of our favorite collections of Holiday jazz tunes ever – featuring tracks mostly pulled from the Prestige Records vaults of the 60s, including some really heavy-hitting soul jazz numbers and a few rare singles! The set list is more than enough to sell this one to any fan of Christmas ... LP, Vinyl record album
Salsoul, 1976. Very Good+ 2LP
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
RCA, 1971. Near Mint-
A classic Christmas set from Elvis – recorded with a mix of tunes that show the popular and spiritual nature of the holiday. Elvis sings with the Imperials Quartet on many numbers, in a white gospel sort of way – and titles include "I'll Be Home On Christmas Day", "Silver ... LP, Vinyl record album
Starville, Early 80s. Very Good+
Arranged by Wrecking Crew. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good
Arrangements by Richard Hazard – on tunes that include "The Christmas Waltz", "What Child Is This", "Little Drummer Boy", and "Christmas All Alone". And the Lettermen are very handsomely outfitted on the cover with clothes from Beau Gentry! LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, Early 60s. Very Good+
Titles include "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Mama Liked The Roses", "Silent Night", "Blue Christmas", "White Christmas", and "If Every Day Was Like Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album
Coral, 1967. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Mistletoe, Late 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
This Time Every Year/Blue Christmas
Sonic Syrup, 2003. Near Mint- (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Liberty, 1962. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1955. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Blues/Chipmunk Song
Liberty, 1968. Near Mint-
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
MIC (Jamaica), 1981. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1957. Very Good+
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Les Plus Beaux Chants De Noel
Musidisc (France), 1960s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Christmas Story
Ampex, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Old Sweet Songs Of Christmas
Columbia, 1960. Very Good
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Boone Family Christmas
Thistle, 1975. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Sackville, 1986. Near Mint-
With Milt Hinton, Ralph Sutton, Gus Johnson, and Jim Galloway. LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1988. Near Mint- 4LP
... LP, Vinyl record album
Shout For Joy
Philo, 1980. Near Mint-
Featuring Jean Redpath. LP, Vinyl record album
Silver Seal, 1960s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Flying Fish, 1986. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent, Late 60s. Very Good+
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Jewel, 1965. Very Good+
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Jewel, 1973. Very Good
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Laurie, 1967. Very Good+
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good
The O'Jays' fantastic Christmas single – one of the best-ever holiday tunes cut during the 70s, with a great hook, a sweet feeling, and a solid sound that kept it a seasonal favorite for many many years! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Deck The Halls (mono, stereo)
Salsoul, 1981. Near Mint-
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia, 1976. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM, 1955. Very Good+
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent, Late 60s. Very Good
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Updated November 13, 2018

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