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  • Audio CD (October 29, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Christmas - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
2. This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
3. Gee Whiz, It's Christmas - Carla Thomas
4. Back Door Santa - Clarence Carter
5. Merry Christmas Baby - Booker T. & The MG's
6. Silent Night - The Impressions
7. May Christmas Bring You Happiness - Luther
8. White Christmas - Otis Redding
9. I'll Make Everyday Christmas (For My Woman) - Joe Tex
10. Silver Bells - Booker T. & The MG's
11. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Carla Thomas
12. The Christmas Song - The Drifters
13. Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding
14. Soul Santa - Brook Benton
15. Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday - The Sweet Inspirations
16. Christmas Gift - Margie Joseph
17. Presents For Christmas - Solomon Burke
18. New Year's Resolution - Otis And Carla
19. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - King Curtis
20. May Christmas Bring You Happiness (1991 Remix) - Luther

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For anyone that really loves great soul & R&B, this collection is definitely for you.
Kim K.
This is one of the best music collections that I've ever bought--not just Christmas music, but music period.
The Phantom
I purchased this CD 5 years ago and everytime I play it it's like the first time I played it.
Shabria Ward

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on November 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This great collection ranges from Clarence Carter's raucous "Back Door Santa", giving new meaning to the "Xmas" abbreviation to The Impressions sacred presentation of "Silent Night".
However, one will wonder if we really need two versions of "White Christmas" and two versions of "Merry Christmas, Baby". The answer is a resounding, "Yes, we sure do!" This unusual repetition is one factor that gives this entire set such a unity and flow. You'll see what I mean as I point out the highlights here.
The CD opens with Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters in a definitive R&B version of "White Christmas", complete with gospel overtones. This is immediately followed with Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" featuring great sweet soul vocals with funky horns, sleigh bells, and pulsating rhythm. And then Carla Thomas brings us "Gee Whiz, It's Christmas", a bittersweet and seductive spinoff of the 1961 hit, "Gee Whiz'. Booker T & the MG's come through with an instrumental "Merry Christmas Baby", featuring Steve Cropper's masterful guitar work. Luther's festive holiday dance track, "May Christmas Bring You Happiness" deserved recognition that it missed when first released. The sharp contrast of the next cut is chilling. This is Otis Redding's version of "White Christmas", a shockingly melancholy rendition which is in an altogether different ballpark than the Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters version. Booker T. & The MG's return with another instrumental, a jazzy, bright "Silver Bells". Again, we get a sharp contrast as Carla Thomas returns with her restrained but sorrowful "All I Want For Christmas Is You".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on December 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This essential 1991 reissue changed the artwork, updated and expanded Atlantic's original 1968 "Soul Christmas," the finest such collection released. That set featured holiday chestnuts dipped in Memphis/Muscle Shoals soul stew: Otis Redding's rollicking "Merry Christmas Baby" and heartbreaking "White Christmas," Clarence Carter's salacious "Back Door Santa," Solomon Burke's stirring "Presents For Christmas," and Carla Thomas' girl-group sweet sequel, "Gee Whiz, It's Christmas." In its way, "Soul Christmas" addressed the joy, loneliness, and intensity inherent in this most emotional time of year.
Those classics form the core of this collection, which also features soaring jazz-funk instrumentals from King Curtis and Booker T. & The MGs, respecively, with Donny Hathaway's horn-driven 1970 classic "This Christmas," and the Clyde McPhatter-led Drifters' timeless take on "White Christmas." (The later Drifters also provide a smooth take on "The Christmas Song.") Luther Vandross, a 1977 session musician later 1991 superstar, leads his group in original and remixes on "May Christmas Bring You Happiness." Performers best known for their pre-Atlantic work (the Impressions, Brook Benton) contribute Christmas singles, while Margie Joseph's sweet-soul slick "Christmas Gift" could have been a R&B/pop hit any time.
Unlike many various and even single-artist Christmas sets, "Soul Christmas" delivers familiar songs without bombast or trite sentimentality (as Phil Spector delivered in his revered Christmas album and played off in its ironic closing words). It's a welcome addition for fans of Christmas music or classic R&B; Scrooge and the Grinch have nothing on fans of neither.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shabria Ward on December 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD 5 years ago and everytime I play it it's like the first time I played it. Every cut on the cd is great I mean from the Drifters to Luther, I especially like the Marjie Joseph cut Christmas Gift it takes me back to the 70's. I would urge anyone to purchase this I listen to it year round, 5 stars, 2 thumbs up, a must have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Found this at 50% off post xmas and what a find!.....Donny Hathaway's classic "This Christmas" is hard to find on any CD and virtually not played anymore (At least in my region) by the Clear Channel corporate media conglomerate, yet this original version is better than just about all of the covers done by others of the same tune.

"This Christmas" is worth the price of admission (as a forgotten rarity), but this Atlantic collection has other un(der)played gems that won't get pass the focus group review panels that now dominate AM/FM radio content.....listen for yourself to find out what is missing on the air waves?!.....

I can listen to the Atlantic label's stable of artists and relisten to them again and again.

A highly recommended "soulful" collection "Buy It Now"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on December 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent compilation, featuring Christmas songs performed by soul artists, from the Atlantic Records vaults. There are too many highlights to list them all, but some of them are: Donny Hathaway's great original composition "This Christmas", Clarence Carter's lascavious "Back Door Santa", and the Drifters definitive version of "White Christmas", which happens to be my favorite Christmas recording of all time. There are a few songs here that don't quite hit the mark, such as Margie Joseph's "Christmas Gift", but the hits far outnumber the misses. I think anyone that has a little soul will enjoy this CD.
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