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In The Christmas Spirit by Booker T. & The Mg's

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There's no reason to believe the little drummer boy didn't break into a danceable groove every now and again--and no cause to think that Christmas music has to be listened to from an easy chair. This legendary rhythm & blues combo spreads the spirit of the season in much the same way it did its many chart- toppers--with a greasy backbeat and a heaping helping of cool keyboards courtesy of Booker T himself. Originally issued in 1966, this disc lets the MGs strut through deftly arranged versions of Christmas standards like "Winter Wonderland" and "Silver Bells" with sass, class, and more than enough panache to keep it on your system through the New Year. --David Sprague

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Jingle BellsBooker T. and The MG's 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To TownBooker T. and The MG's 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Winter WonderlandBooker T. and The MG's 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. White ChristmasBooker T. and The MG's 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Christmas SongBooker T. and The MG's 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Silver BellsBooker T. and The MG's 2:33$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Merry Christmas BabyBooker T. and The MG's 3:17$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Blue ChristmasBooker T. and The MG's 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sweet Little Jesus BoyBooker T. and The MG's 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Silent NightBooker T. and The MG's 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. We Three KingsBooker T. and The MG's 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. We Wish You a Merry ChristmasBooker T. and The MG's 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000034CL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is Booker T. and the MG's classic Christmas album. It is, of course, performed in their traditional soul instrumental style. If you are familiar with Booker T. and the MG's, you know what to expect. It is a lot of fun to listen to. One of the fun things about this album, is that they will play a few bars of another Christmas song during the song. For instance, "Silver Bells" features a few seconds of "Frosty the Snowman, and "We Three Kings" contains several seconds of "O Come All Ye Faithful". I would recommend this album to anyone who likes classic soul music.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Wilk on January 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Wow. Booker T makes these standards sound as if they were written for a four-piece R&B band. The first two sounds you hear are Duck Dunn's driving bass and the light "shing-shing-shing" of jingle bells on the title track. As Duck's bass propels the rhythm forward, Booker slowly brings the organ in on melody, with Cropper's adding fills on rhythm guitar about halfway into the song. From that point on, this is the most laid-back, mellow, relaxing and just flat-out **cool** Christmas music you're likely to hear this side of Jimmy Smith's "Christmas Cookin'." or the Charlie Brown Christmas album. Absolutely get this record if you like Paul Desmond, Jimmy Smith, or Ben Webster; and if Booker T. is new to you, then this album may only stay on your CD player into March or April.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle VINE VOICE on November 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1966 when the vinyl version of this CD first hit the streets, people were somewhat stunned at the jazzy instrumental treatment of Christmas traditionals. The CD is still very cool today. If you liked "Green Onions" and the other Booker T music back in the day, you're going to like this vintage CD. I was very surprised and pleased to see it available.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Greg Bower on December 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Not only is this a great Christmas album, I think it also has some of the best work that Booker T. and the MGs did as an ensemble. They hit amazing grooves on "Jingle Bells," "Winter Wonderland," and "Wish You a Merry Christmas." And on the second half of the CD, they get very soulful and mellow, with a very bluesy "Merry Christmas Baby" and a gorgeous, gospelish "Sweet Little Jesus Boy." This is sublime stuff that'll grow on you year after year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
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This is fun Christmas music to enjoy while wrapping presents or untangling the tree lights. The original vinyl version has a different cover, showing hands on a keyboard, and if you own this original version & it's still in excellent condition it is worth upwards of $400. If instrumental versions of yuletide tunes is your bag, this comes highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lovin Tacoma, Wa on December 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Not knowing who Booker T was at the age of five this was always my favorite album to listen to when i was a child. I am so happy to own it myself I bought 3 copies one for me my dad (it was his album to begin with) and one for my mom. This is an absolute must have for any collection. It makes that last minute christmas gift wrapping a joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudette A. Coombs on February 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had doubt as I was unfamiliar with some of the songs. I was most thrilled when I listened to the entire collection! This CD was my companion throughout the Christmas season; from my home to the car, to to the office and back home. My regular Christmas CD's were well rested. Everyone who happened to hear the music thoroughly enjoyed the songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill M on February 20, 2013
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very good and enjoyable, even for those whom don't know of this band. One can't beat listening to Steve Cropper and Donald Duck Dunn (two members of the original Blues Brothers band) though this was recorded much earlier.
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