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A Motown Christmas, Vol. 2

  • 1. Won't Be Long Before Christmas - The Supremes (stereo mix, previously unreleased)
    2. Love Comes With Christmas - The Temptations
    3. Purple Snowflakes - Marvin Gaye (stereo mix, previously unreleased)
    4. Winter Wonderland - The Funk Brothers (alternate mix)
    5. Up on the House-Top - The Jackson 5
    6. Little Drummer Boy - The Temptations (1980 version)
    7. O Little Town of Bethlehem - The Supremes
    8. White Christmas - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    9. Wish You a Merry Christmas - Kim Weston (stereo mix, previously unreleased)
    10. Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) - Marvin Gaye
    11. Christmas Twist - Twistin' Kings (previously unreleased, full version)
    12. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - The Jackson 5
    13. Oh Holy Night - The Supremes (previously unreleased)
    14. Someday at Christmas - The Temptations
    15. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 016 364

  • Credits
    ProducerHarry Weinger (Compilation)

    Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
    Appearing almost three decades after the first volume, which topped charts in 1973, A Motown Christmas, Vol. 2 collects 14 holiday tracks from the biggest and best stable of soul singers ever seen. Unfortunately, several of these tracks were recorded long after Motown's prime era; the Temptations' "Love Comes With Christmas" and "The Little Drummer Boy" are rather maudlin affairs from their 1980 holiday record Give Love at Christmas, while the Jackson 5's "Up on the House Top" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are fluffy throwaways. Still, half a dozen of the tracks are previously unreleased (at least, in their original mixes) and the rarities are interesting for Motown collectors. Marvin Gaye contributes the bizarre yet affecting "Purple Snowflakes," while Ronnie White and house band the Funk Brothers contribute two tracks: "Winter Wonderland" and "Xmas Twist" (the last billed as the Twistin' Kings). Stay tuned after the 14-song program for Christmas shout-outs from the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, Duke Fakir of the Four Tops, and the Spinners. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (11/30/01, p.94) - "...Focussing on rarities...Best is the Jackson 5's familiar 'Up on the House Top'..." - Rating: Bn
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