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This is NOT the original recording
on December 14, 2011
I owned a couple vinyl copies of this album from back in the day, and I know it well. It was one of my favorite Christmas albums as a kid. I knew something was up the minute I saw that they had photoshopped a new Santa Claus dress on the cover model to cover up the crease of her butt. This is not the original album cover.
Some of the arrangements on the tracks were also changed, and not for the better. In fact, some of them sound pretty bad. The new Silent Night is just one example--with that awful acoustic piano drowning out everything else. That piano piece is an overdub. It was not in the original recording. Overall, the timbral quality of the sound on this CD is 'tinny', as though they had held up a transistor radio to a tape recorder to re-record the music. Somebody attempted to re-engineer the original and messed up the sound quality pretty badly. This CD lacks the heavy, throbbing rhythm and bass that the vinyl LP had. Yet another example of a classic ruined by some fool's attempt to modernize it.
If you want the real SalSoul Christmas Jollies that was originally released in 1976 you're either going to have to hunt for a vintage vinyl copy or look for a CD print that was NOT "re-mastered" by the jokers who released this version. This looks and kinda sounds like the original Salsoul production, but it isn't.