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A Motown Christmas


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A Motown Christmas by Various Artists

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1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
2. What Christmas Means To Me
3. Rudolph The Red–Nosed Reindeer
4. My Favorite Things
5. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
6. Ave Maria
7. Silent Night
8. Little Christmas Tree
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. The Christmas Song
11. Joy To The World
12. The Little Drummer Boy
13. Silver Bells
14. Someday At Christmas
15. Frosty The Snowman
16. Jingle Bells
17. My Christmas Tree
18. White Christmas
19. One Little Christmas Tree
20. Give Love On Christmas Day
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • Run Time: 20 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000JPBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A very nice mixture of Motown Christmas tunes!
Popped
If you like Christmas holiday music with that Motown sound, you owe it to yourself to get this CD full of very high quality control music.
Matthew G. Sherwin
This CD is on repeat during the Christmas season.
A. Adams

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on December 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of my favorite Christmas CDs. I got the two album set over 20 years ago. Now they've added a Marvin Gaye bonus track. Too bad they didn't include his uptempo "Purple Snowflakes" as well.
What I like best about this CD is its variety of musical styles. Stevie Wonder shines on a couple of originals that are now Christmas standards: the thought provoking Someday At Christmas and the festive What Christmas Means To Me. Everyone's favorite Jehovah's Witnesses, The Jackson 5, (who didn't celebrate Christmas but apparently recorded whatever Motown asked them to) add youthful exhuberance with Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Frosty The Snowman, and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. The Temptations show off their versatility, their tracks among the strongest cuts, be they fun (Rudolph) or poignant (My Christmas Tree, Silent Night). The Supremes' stuff is okay. Their best Christmas tune, the haunting Born Of Mary, isn't on this set. Their take on The Children's Song though will have you ding-donging for days. BY the way: all the kids mentioned in this song belong to Diana's main squeeze at the time, Berry Gordy.
My favorite Motown Christmas recording is one nobody ever talks about: The Miracles' It's Christmas Time. A truly magnificent, goosebump creating, retelling of the Nativity. One of Smokey's greatest vocal performances ever, this recording could convert an atheist!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elle Belle on November 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm biased, but I can remember this record (and I mean record, large black discs, look like giant black CDs) being played from the day after Thanksgiving until January 1st. We had the double record set, so it was like two hours of continuous Christmas style jammin' a la Motown. I can remember cutting a rug in the kitchen to Stevie singing "What Christmas Means To Me," and singing off-key with my mother to the Jackson 5 (who were ironically Jehovah Witnesses back then) belting out about how "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." My favorite were Stevie's "One Little Christmas Tree" and Michael singing "All Alone On Christmas," as I grew older. The only song I didn't get when I was little was "My Favorite Things" by Diana Ross, but eventually I would grow to love every song on this album. And you just can't beat the Temptations singing "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer." Everyone just sounds like they're having so much fun. Whether they all enjoyed recording this album or not, there so much love and joy felt through every song, even the slow ones, you can't help but smile and do the bump with your sisters. It's not Christmas if I don't hear this album. I've been searching for one that has all of the original tracks on the original two-album set, so if anyone knows where I can get a copy in a good condition (other than jacking my mother's set) please, hook a sister up!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Big Fan of This Album on November 29, 1999
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My first recollection of this album was in the 70's, when I was about 5 or 6 years old. It was introduced to me by my parents, and I'm glad it was. I grew up listening to this ablum year after year. Once I was married and separated from my family at the holidays, I was unable to hear the music; Christmas wasn't the same then. About 4 years ago, I found the album in cassette. Last year, I was lucky enough to find a CD, and bought two. I'm carrying on my parent's tradition by introducing the wonderful sounds of Mowtown to my children. Christmas wouldn't be the same without it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
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A Motown Christmas is a staple of my collection. I spent many Christmases as a kid listening to it. As an adult, I appreciate it even more. It features all of Motown's artists doing respectful interpretations of classics with that Motown flair ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by the Temptations, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and "White Christmas" by Diana Ross & the Supremes). It also features original Christmas songs which have become popular on many R & B stations. If I had to keep 10 CD's, this would be one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2001
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This is simply the BEST Christmas album ever produced. Steve Wonder's "Some Day at Christmastime" is unforgettable. It is a song that I first heard 30 years ago, and can not get out of my head. If you like the original Motown sound, it does not get better than this. Enjoy!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By melissa darnielle on November 27, 1999
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My mom used to play this magnificent cd when I was a kid. It was always my favorite, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder the album cover, just the most colorful most wonderful christmas' would come after listening to this favorite. When I had kids I wanted it of course but I could not find it anywhere. Now 8 years after the birth of my son I finally find it. This christmas is going to be the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2001
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This is one of my top three Christmas albums of all time- the other two being "Christmas with Mario Lanza" (featuring the voice of "the world's greatest tenor, Mario Lanza!") and "We Three Kings" by The Roches. I worked three Christmas seasons in retail music store and from the day after the Thanksgiving up until Christmas Eve I heard Christmas music by all kinds of artists in all genres every hour of every day. As a result I have been exposed to ALOT of Christmas music and I believe that "A Motown Christmas" is one of the best Christmas albums ever made.
This is such a fun and joyeous album. Virtually every song is terrific with my personal favorites being Miss Diana Ross and The Supremes' version of "My Favorite Things," Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means to Me" which was unfortunately used in an Old Navy commercial a few years ago, and all the Smokey Robinson songs. Of course, it's alway fun to hear young Michael Jackson alongside his brothers and remember how he was before he turned into the King of Weird. However, I think Miss Diana Ross' "Children's Christmas Song" to be the weakest song, but it's followed up by a pretty decent "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by the Jackson 5 featuring Jermaine on lead which ends by going into an early 70's style version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas!" with the Jackson brothers wishing "everybody a Merry Christmas and a GROOVY New Year!"
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