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Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/1950s. New Copy
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
Dolton/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy
Here's some guys we'd be happy to have around at the Holidays – the ever-smokin' Ventures, who somehow manage to make every tune come out groovy – and here deliver what would HAVE to be on our shortlist of most treasured instrumental rock records in the Christmas music category! The ... CD
Contrast, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
A Christmas collection, postwar-style – served up here in a mix of vintage singles that include rare doo wop, jazz, and blues-based recordings! This series is a totally great one – we love all the titles in the collection – and like the rest, this volume features a stellar choice ... CD
Contrast, Late 40s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 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

Aretha Franklin

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

Johnny Cash

Christmas Spirit
Columbia, 1963. New Copy
Johnny Cash's early 60s Christmas LP – a mix of originals by Johnny, June and others, and a few popular Christmas tunes, all the more wonderful for Cash's faithful and true approach! Includes some spoken word narrative moments with sweet chorus backing, to the trademark boom-chicka-boom ... CD

Ill Considered

Ill Considered Christmas
Ill Considered (UK), 2019. New Copy
A Christmas record from this fierce London collective – but one that's hardly a Christmas record at all, given that the tunes are very much in the same space as non-Holiday sounds from Ill Considered! From the notes, the tunes all appear to be seasonal favorites – but they're taken so ... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy 2CD
A hugely expanded version of The Supremes classic Merry Christmas album from 1965 – presented here with full stereo and mono mixes, a new 2017 mix, and even bonus tracks too! The core album was one of THE classic Motown Christmas albums of the 60s – a mighty statement of Holiday pride ... 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
Prestige/Craft, 1960s. New Copy (reissue)
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
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Fantasy, 1965. New Copy 2CD
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 ... CD

Lafayette & Os Tremendoes

Natal Com Lafayette
Discobertas (Brazil), 2018. New Copy
A very cool collection of keyboard Christmas tunes – recorded in Brazil, and with a vibe that's a bit different than other records of this nature! This isn't familiar jazz organ Christmas music, but it's also not more traditional styles too – as Lafayette handles his keys with kind of ... 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
Bureau B (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
A wonderfully groovy set of Christmas tracks – one done in a style very similar to the Get Easy Snow compilations – as you might guess from the title! The selection here is great – with a few perennial favorites, a few rare gems, and a great middle stretch of wonderful bits from ... 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
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
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

Marcos Ariel

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

Mars Williams with Witches & Devils

Ayler Xmas 2
ESP/Soul What, 2018. New Copy
Finally – the world of free jazz gives us a tremendous Christmas album – Mars Williams' second installment in his Ayler Xmas series, and maybe even better than the first! The music here is fantastic – an assortment of older Holiday standards, but performed as if they were handled ... 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
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

Legendary Bluenotes

This Christmas
Society Hill, 2017. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
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
Motown (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$9.99 11.99
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
Essential, 1960s/1970s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.98
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

Yolanda Rabun

Christmastime
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
Polydor/Jazzclub (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy
Christmas magic from German reedman Max Greger – served up in a richly sentimental mode that's just right for the Holiday – yet with a few groovy touches too! Most tracks have the sparkling polish you'd guess from Greger's image on the cover – rooted in jazz, but given lots of ... CD

Rhonda Thomas

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
Jazzclub (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy
Sometimes swinging, sometimes a bit more mellow, but a really great collection overall – one that's filled with plenty of great holiday gems from years back – all put together with the same great feel as other titles in the Jazzclub series! Some of the tracks are familiar, but others ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy
The smoother side of Christmas – but one that's still pretty festive as well, thanks to a host of contemporary jazz and soul recordings from the past decade or two! The material's a bit more recent than other work in the Jazzclub series, but it still shares the same great ear for selecting a ... CD

Candi Cane Crew

South Beach Christmas
Nu York Disco/Essential, 2017. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
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
CD...$8.99 14.99
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
Sundazed, Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Totally rare, totally Trash-y holiday hi-fi cheer from the Trashmen – adding a strange garage charm to the 60s novelty Christmas template! "Dancin' With Santa" has a stripped down Phil Spector kind of vibe, with lots of chimes and soulful backing vocals behind the Trashmen's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Pee Pee Dynamite/BB Boogaloo

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
Daptone, 2015. New Copy
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings celebrate that other big holiday in December – with two very groovy tracks that rival some of the best Christmas soul classics from years back! "8 Days Of Hanukkah" is wonderfully upbeat and swinging – with a vibe that's totally great and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Luther Vandross

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
Columbia/Real Gone, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
Long before Donnie Wahlberg was flipping burgers on TV, he was making spirits bright with Jordan Knight and the rest of the New Kids On The Block – captured here at the height of their youthful fame, in a special set of tracks for the Holidays! Most numbers are originals from producer ... LP, Vinyl record album

Soulful Strings

Magic Of Christmas
Cadet/Verve, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Aloe Blacc, 2018. New Copy
A full on funky soul Christmas gift from Aloe Blacc! AB wasn't messing around with the title here, he delivers genuinely funky Christmas cheer from beginning to end, all the more endearingly so, as it's rooted strongly in new original songs rather than leaning on the classic Christmas songbook like ... LP, Vinyl record album
Numero, 1983. New Copy (reissue)
An indie soul Christmas album from the 80s – one that few folks grabbed at the time, but which has a lasting sound that really gives it some annual appeal year after year! Joseph – aka Joseph Washington Jr – wrote all the tunes himself, and recorded the album with a homegrown ... 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

Living Guitars/Living Strings

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
RCA/Real Gone, 1960s. New Copy
Warm sounds for the Holiday season – a double-length set of Christmas tunes, sung by the great Eddy Arnold! Eddy recorded most of these numbers at a time when he was at the height of his countrypolitan talents – able to croon a tune with a smooth, mellow approach that almost made him ... 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
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

Chante Moore

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
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy
A Columbia Records country classic – from the glory days of the 60s Christmas record scene! Seems like just about everyone got a chance to cut a set for the Holidays back in that decade – and Jimmy Dean's time in the studio is surprisingly great – set to slight arrangements from ... CD

Mary J Blige

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

Herb Alpert

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
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
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD

Frank DeVol & The Rainbow Strings

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
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
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
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

Jim Galloway & Jay McShann

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
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

Milt Hinton/Ralph Sutton/Gus Johnson/Jim Galloway

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
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

Arturo Sandoval

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

Champian Fulton

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
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
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

Brian McKnight

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
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
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

Charles Brown & Friends

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, 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
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

Alexander O'Neal

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
RCA/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy
The warm voice of Jim Reeves makes some of these holiday tunes sound mighty nice – especially considering that the arrangements here are by Bill Justis and Chet Atkins! Jim may not be our favorite country artist on other material, but he does a great job of sending these tunes home for the ... CD
Sony, 2019. New Copy 2CD
John Legend recreates the classic soul music Christmas album in more ways than one! First, he works with just the right blend of soul and seasonal touches – at a level that recalls the way that Motown transformed its own music for its famous Christmas albums back in the day! And also, ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy
Classical meets Christmas – in a set of albums that feature the famous Philadelphia Orchestra performing Holiday favorites – all led by conductor Eugene Ormandy! Both records capture the group and Ormandy in their prime – and although the approach is slightly in the Boston Pops ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
One of the craziest collections of Christmas music you'll ever hope to own – a fantastic assortment of rare and obscure Holiday singles from the record collection of The Cramps! The music is mostly from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – a heyday not just for the 45rpm format, ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Yulesville is coolsville – especially when it comes in the form of a killer collection of rare Christmas singles from the folks at Bear Family! The package is awash in the kind of groovy, sometimes goofy Holiday singles that broke big in the early years of rock and soul – a nice ... CD

Peggy Lee

Christmas Carousel
Capitol, 1960. Very Good
A great little Holiday album from Peggy Lee – one of those rare efforts that's a lot more than just a quickie batch of Christmas tunes cut in the studio on a hot July afternoon! Instead, Peggy's working here with Billy May to craft an album of surprising poise and presence – deeper ... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown, 1965. Near Mint- (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Capitol, 1966. Near Mint- (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mantovani

Christmas Carols
London, 1950s. Very Good
The lush, beautiful and all time classic set of Christmas Carols from Mantovani – the stereo version that brought extra lift to those soaring, beautiful string arrangements! From the best known carols to equally wonderful waltzes, it's all lovely and a worthy addition to any holiday music ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rhino, Late 60s/1988. Very Good+
Not everyone knows it, but James Brown cut a fair number of Christmas albums during the 60s – 3 albums, and a bunch of singles to be exact! They're all super-rare, but this great comp on Rhino brings together some of the best material from those years – and nearly all the tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album

Vince Guaraldi Trio

Charlie Brown Christmas
Fantasy, 1965. Near Mint-
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
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

Paul Revere & The Raiders

Christmas Present & Past
Columbia, 1967. Very Good+
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

Nat King Cole

Christmas Song
Capitol, 1961. Very Good+
Mel Torme may have written "The Christmas Song", but Nat King Cole owned it – thanks to a classic recording for Capitol that became one of the best-remembered Christmas chestnuts of the time! Nat's original 1961 recording is followed up here with an array of classic Holiday tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rotary Connection

Peace
Cadet, Late 60s. Near Mint-
One of the coolest Christmas albums ever – a tripped-out classic from Chicago's legendary Rotary Connection! The album's every bit as wonderful as any of the group's non-Holiday sets for Cadet Records – and maybe even has more to offer, given that the euphoria of the season is thrown ... LP, Vinyl record album

Perry Como

Season's Greetings
RCA, 1959. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown, 1960s. Very Good+ 2LP
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
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

Jackson 5

Christmas Album
Motown, 1970. Very Good
One of the best Motown Christmas albums ever – a really playful romp through a set of classic Holiday tunes, all sung by the youthful Jackson 5 at their best! There's a charm here that's undeniable – and the energy of the group at this point in their career makes the music way more ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ramsey Lewis

Sound Of Christmas
Argo, 1961. Very Good
A classic – and probably one of the best-selling Christmas jazz albums of all time! Ramsey and his classic trio with Redd Holt and Eldee Young serve up a tight set of grooves based around Holiday favorites like "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Winter Wonderland", "He ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury, 1981. Near Mint-
Have yourself a very old school Christmas with Kurtis Blow reminding you what Christmas is really all about! Actually, this is just "Rappin' Blow" with a small holiday intro edited onto the front end. 12-inch, Vinyl record

Marvin Sease

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

Salsoul Orchestra

Christmas Jollies
Salsoul, 1976. Very Good+
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
Mercury, 1955. Very Good
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mireille Mathieu

Mireille Mathieu's Christmas
Capitol, Early 70s. Very Good+
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Willie Nelson

Pretty Paper
Columbia, 1979. Very Good+
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United Artists, Late 40s/1950s. Very Good-
Titles include "Christmas Celebration" by BB King, "It's Christmas" by Marvin & Johnny, "Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby" by Amos Milburn, "Silent Night" by Baby Washington, "It's Gonna Be A Lonely Christmas" by The Orioles, and "It's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ferrante & Teicher

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
United Artists, Early 70s. Very Good+
The twin piano magic of Ferrante & Teicher really makes the Holidays come alive – working here with full orchestrations that are heavy on strings, but leave plenty of room for the boys' pianos to ring out strongly! Side one is a bit more lush, side two a bit more playful – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pickwick, 1961. Near Mint-
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Leslie Bricusse

Scrooge
Columbia, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold
A well-remembered take on the Christmas Carol story – one set to groovy music from Leslie Bricusse, conducted by Ian Fraser – and featuring a surprising vocal turn in the lead from Albert Finney! LP, Vinyl record album

Sonora Matancera

Navidades Con La Sonora
Seeco, Late 50s. Good
With Celio Gonzalez, Celia Cruz and Carlos Argentino. LP, Vinyl record album
Philles, 1963. Very 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

David Bazan

Dark Sacred Night
Suicide Squeeze, 2016. Near Mint-
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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

Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians

Twas The Night Before Christmas
Decca, 1955. Very Good
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 a bit more fluid throughout, as the tunes shift up both song styles and singers – sometimes featuring breakoff combos ... LP, Vinyl record album
ABC/Dot, 1977. Sealed
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Stash, 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s. Very Good+
A few decades' worth of rare jazz and blues Christmas tunes – work that starts in the 20s and runs up to the 50s – all of it pretty darn great! There's some obscure numbers on here, and a few hits – and despite a hokey looking cover, the whole thing's pretty well done – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Seeco, Late 50s. Very Good
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Seeco/Eco (Mexico), 1961. Very Good
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Mercury, 1981. Very Good+ (pic cover)
Have yourself a very old school Christmas with Kurtis Blow reminding you what Christmas is really all about! Actually, this is just "Rappin' Blow" with a small holiday intro edited onto the front end. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Disneyland, 1973. Near Mint-
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Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ramsey Lewis Trio

More Sounds Of Christmas
Argo, 1964. Very Good-
Ramsey Lewis had such great success with his first album of Christmas instrumentals for Chess Records, he soon hopped back in the studio for a second record – but one with a very distinct difference! This time around, the trio's a bit unusual – in that it features regular bassist Eldee ... LP, Vinyl record album
MCA, 1988. Sealed
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Asthmatic Kitty, 2012. Near Mint- 6LP Box Set
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Reprise, 1987. Very Good+
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Herb Alpert, 2017. Near Mint- 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
Motown, 1993. Very Good+
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Rhino, 1998. Near Mint-
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Luther, John Edwards, Margie Joseph, & Others

Funky Christmas
Cotillion, 1976. Sealed
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
Numero, 1983. Near Mint-
An indie soul Christmas album from the 80s – one that few folks grabbed at the time, but which has a lasting sound that really gives it some annual appeal year after year! Joseph – aka Joseph Washington Jr – wrote all the tunes himself, and recorded the album with a homegrown ... LP, Vinyl record album

Papa Candito

Felicidades
Fragoso, Mid 60s. Very Good
A Christmas cooker on the Fragoso label – with titles that include "Zarandela", "Jingle Bells", "Cantares De Navidad", "Seis Chorreao", and "Saludos". LP, Vinyl record album
Varrick, 1982. Near Mint-
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MGM, Early/Mid 60s. Sealed
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EMI, Late 50s. Very Good
One of THE greatest Christmas albums of all time – and a record that really helped define the Holiday genre for the full length LP! At the time of the set, David Seville and his Chipmunks were almost just a one-off novelty act for 50s AM radio – but this album forever cemented their ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Brown/Bill Doggett

Please Come Home For Christmas
King, Early 50s. Near Mint-
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

Jackie Gleason

All I Want For Christmas
Capitol, 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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Takoma, 1968. Very Good+
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

Anita Kerr Singers

Christmas Story
Ampex, 1971. Sealed Gatefold
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Gusto, 1950s. Near Mint-
A classic collection of Holiday tunes pulled from the 50s LA R&B scene – some of the first great secular soul tracks recorded for the season, and proof of the growing power of west coast R&B at the time! Titles include Charles Brown's classic "Merry Christmas Baby", plus ... LP, Vinyl record album

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

Happy Holiday (aka That Holiday Feeling)
Columbia, Mid 60s. Sealed
Nobody does the Holidays like Steve & Eydie – serving up the goods with that perfect blend of swing and schmaltz that sounds great during the eleven other months of the year, but somehow sounds especially nice at Christmas! Maybe it's the way they interact – which reminds us a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Vee

Christmas Album
Sunset, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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MJS, Early 80s. Near Mint-
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RCA, 1960s. 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

Lena Horne

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

BIng Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

Merry Christmas (10 inch LP)
Decca, 1951. Very Good-
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Capitol, 1989. Near Mint-
Christmas greetings from 28 artists, including Chapter 8, Willie Dixon, Melba Moore, Poison, Megadeth, Crowded House, MC Hammer, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated November 14, 2019


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