CD A Christmas Present from Motown, Vol. 1 (CD 985586), Audio Other
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A Christmas Present from Motown, Vol. 1

  • 1. Everyone's a Kid at Christmas Time - Stevie Wonder
    2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - The Jackson 5
    3. Winter Wonderland - The Funk Brothers
    4. Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    5. Christmas Here with You - Aretha Franklin
    6. Miracles of Christmas, The - Stevie Wonder
    7. Joy to the World - Aretha Franklin
    8. Merry Christmas Baby - The Four Tops
    9. Children's Christmas Song - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    10. Purple Snowflakes - Marvin Gaye
    11. Give Love on Christmas Tree - The Jackson 5
    12. One Little Christmas Tree - Stevie Wonder
    13. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    14. White Christmas - The Temptations
    15. Frosty the Snowman - The Jackson 5
    16. Silent Night - The Temptations
    17. This Christmas - Diana Ross
    18. Christmas Every Day - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5446722

  • Credits

    The second volume in this series collecting Motown's extensive back catalog of holiday material is a lot like an actual Christmas morning -- a couple of great gifts that will enhance your whole life, a few well-intentioned (if somewhat disappointing) items, and a whole load of socks, underwear, and other crap that you're praying comes with a gift receipt. The basic rub on this music is that some of it is brilliant -- Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas," and Marvin Gaye's reading of "The Christmas Song" spring immediately to mind -- but the vast majority is overproduced and far too ponderous, possessing little of the sheer joy and verve of Motown's greatest records, especially surprising given the joy and verve inherent in so much seasonal music. Worse, like all of the classic Motown material, this stuff has been packaged and repackaged in a seemingly endless series of iterations -- 1973's A Motown Christmas and its 2001 sequel remain the gold standard. But to tell you the truth, if you're simply looking for Christmas tunes done in a vintage soul style, then Stax's superb Soul Christmas is a much better bet anyway. ~ Jason Ankeny

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