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The Ultimate Collection - Motown Christmas [2 CD] CD

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2009 two CD holiday collection that features classic Motown renditions of seasonal favorites, from just about every great Motown artist, from Smokey Robinson to Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 to The Supremes, Marvin Gaye to Johnny Gill, the Temptations to Boyz II Men. Includes more than a dozen rare 'Season's Greetings' messages from Michael Jackson, Smokey, the Temptations, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, and others. Bonus tracks are two beautifully rendered 'stripped' mixes of 'Silent Night' and 'A Child Is Waiting'.

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Santa Claus Is Coming To TownJackson 5 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. What Christmas Means To MeStevie Wonder 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Season's Greetings From Eddie KendricksEddie Kendricks0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Temptations 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Season's Greetings From The SupremesThe Supremes0:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. My Favorite ThingsThe Supremes 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Deck The Halls/Bring A Torch, Jeannette, IsabellaSmokey Robinson 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Ave MariaStevie Wonder 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Season's Greetings From Thelma HoustonThelma Houston0:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Joy To The WorldThe Supremes 2:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. God Rest Ye Merry GentlemenSmokey Robinson 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Silver BellsThe Supremes 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Someday At ChristmasStevie Wonder 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Season's Greetings From Jr. WalkerJr. Walker0:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Winter WonderlandThe Funk Brothers 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Jingle BellsSmokey Robinson 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Season's Greetings From The CommodoresCommodores0:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. My Christmas TreeThe Temptations 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. White ChristmasThe Supremes 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Season's Greetings From The VelvelettesThe Velvelettes0:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Merry Christmas BabyThe Four Tops 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Give Love On Christmas DayJohnny Gill 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Christmas In The CityMarvin Gaye 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. Season's Greetings From The TemptationsThe Temptations0:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. Silent Night (Stripped Version)The Temptations 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Season's Greetings From Smokey RobinsonSmokey Robinson0:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)Smokey Robinson & The Temptations 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Children's Christmas SongThe Supremes 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Season's Greetings From David RuffinDavid Ruffin0:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. The Little Drummer BoyThe Temptations 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausJackson 5 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Season's Greetings From Four TopsThe Four Tops0:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Christmas Here With You [feat. Aretha Franklin]The Four Tops 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. This ChristmasDiana Ross 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Season's Greetings From Willie HutchWillie Hutch0:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Christmas CheerThe Boys 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Let It Snow [feat. Brian McKnight]Boyz II Men 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Season's Greetings From The SpinnersSpinners0:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Christmas EverydaySmokey Robinson 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. One Little Christmas TreeStevie Wonder 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Season's Greetings From Martha & The VandellasMartha & The Vandellas0:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. NoelThe Miracles 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Purple SnowflakesMarvin Gaye 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Season's Greetings From The ElginsThe Elgins0:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Wish You A Merry ChristmasKim Weston 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. It's Christmas TimeSmokey Robinson 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Season's Greetings From Shorty LongShorty Long0:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Xmas TwistThe Twistin' Kings 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. I Want To Come Home For ChristmasMarvin Gaye 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. Season's Greetings From Smokey Robinson & The MiraclesSmokey Robinson0:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
26. A Child Is Waiting (Stripped Version)Smokey Robinson 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Motown Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John L. Hughes, Jr. on December 21, 2010
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THE ULTIMATE MOTOWN CHRISTMAS COLLECTION is essentially a reissue of 1973's double (vinyl) album A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS with key cuts from 2001's A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS, VOL. 2, and the out-of-print collections CHRISTMAS CHEERS FROM MOTOWN (1989), and CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY (1993)thrown in for good measure.

The best part about this collection of course, is discovering such rare Motown nuggets as "Xmas Twist" by The Twistin' Kings (a/k/a The Funk Brothers), Kim Weston's soulful "Wish You A Merry Christmas", and "Winter Wonderland" by the Funk Brothers. It's always nice to hear classic Motown from the non-superstar acts.

However, some weak cuts rear their ugly head here and there just like any collection. Diana Ross' tame version of "This Christmas" won't make you forget about Donny Hathaway, while "Christmas Cheer" by 80s Motown boy band The Boys is just a little too cutesy for its own good. The Stevie Wonder cuts feature marvelous singing over soggy orchestral dreck except for "Someday At Christmas" and "What Christmas Means To Me" (Imagine if Stevie recorded a Christmas album during his 70s peak. Now THAT would have been a Christmas album to end all Christmas albums).

The season's greetings radio bits by various classic Motown artists sprinkled through the collection are entertaining and historical, especially Jr. Walker and that sizzling sax solo.

THE ULTIMATE MOTOWN CHRISTMAS COLLECTION is a perfect album for an old school Christmas party.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2009
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This holiday two CD set is jam packed with wonderful songs and short rarities of "season's greetings" tracks from some of the most talented artists that ever recorded at Motown. Motown fans can rejoice that this is readily available or they can download just the tracks that they want to enjoy right NOW! The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is really nicely done.

The Jackson 5 start things off with their famous "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town;" Michael is nicely in the spotlight and he never misses a note. I miss him but it's comforting to hear him sing. Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means to Me" has a fine beat and the percussion couldn't have been better! The drums and brass sound great and Stevie sings this upbeat tune with all his heart and soul. I love it! The Temptations also do a great job on "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer;" and other gems would have to include Stevie Wonder's gorgeous "Ave Maria" and "Joy to the World" as performed by The Supremes. The Funk Brothers do "Winter Wonderland;" and they don't exactly sound too shabby either!

"Someday at Christmas" never fails to move me with its beauty and grace; it's very poignant and absolutely beautiful. It's easily one of my very favorite holiday tunes. The Supremes sing "White Christmas" very well and that added piano arrangement is very pretty. The percussion adds to the musical arrangement but The Supremes were going to make "White Christmas" their hit no matter what the musicians played! Johnny Gill's "Give Love on Christmas Day" is another major highlight; Johnny's sophisticated phrasing impresses me and that's grand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ceciliani on January 12, 2010
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In the 70s, Motown released a double album titled A Motown Christmas. It had a purple cover and featured 24 songs by five of Motown's top acts, Stevie, the Supremes, the Tempts, the Miracles and the Jackson Five. This double CD has all of those and more. Marvin, the Tops, Boys II Men, Johnny Gill, Kim Weston and the Funk Brothers, to name just a few. A total of 51 tracks with songs recorded from the 60s through the 90s. Four decades of Motown holiday soul.

Of the 51 tracks, 16 are brief snippets by Motown's finest wishing us a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. These last less than 10 seconds each. That leaves 35 tracks of music, 11 more than the 70s double album. Most of the songs from that album made it here. Anything recorded after the 70s is new on this compilation. Marvin contributes Purple Snowflakes, I Want to Come Home for Christmas and Christmas in the City (an instrumental), the Four Tops sing Christmas Here With You and Merry Christmas Baby, Smokey and the Tempts team up for The Christmas Song, Diana sings This Christmas as a solo artist, Boys II Men do Let it Snow, Johnny Gill does Give Love on Christmas Day.

A couple of more rare tracks. Kim Weston sings Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Boys do Christmas Cheer, the Twistin' Kings do Xmas Twist and the Funk Brothers (Motown's in-house musicians) do a great instrumental version of Winter Wonderland.

Finally, several of the obscure tracks by artists who didn't release a Christmas album are here. Of course, you can never please everybody. I would've liked to have a couple of more Four Tops tracks. Their versions of Away in a Manger and Twas The Night before Christmas are fantastic. I also would've preferred to hear the entended version of the Tempts' Silent Night instead of the shorter version included here. But these are minor quibbles. Overall, a fantastic collection of holiday music that will please any Motown fan. A five-star job well done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chauncey Gardner on October 13, 2009
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I have a love/hate relationship with XMAS songs, they are some of the most well crafted pop songs, but they are also some of the most overplayed tracks, and eventually induce migraines and fits of insanity. Then along comes the MOTOWN stable, home to thoroughbreds and champions like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin, Diana Ross...I could go on and on...who apply the classic, irreplaceable Motown sound to the greatest holiday songbook - can you really go wrong here??!! Toss in some obscurities like the Elgins and The Twisting Kings and you have everything you need to make Christmas love conquer hate...
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