Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 212211388
UPC 602527176420
UPC 14 00602527176420
Format CD
Release Date 10/13/2009
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Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Clarence Paul; Clay McMurray; Dallas Austin; Mickey Stevenson; Zack Vaz; Gil Askey; Hal Davis; Harvey Fuqua; Henry Cosby; Jimmy Roach; Johnny Bristol; Lawrence Payton; Levi Stubbs; Marc Gordon; Marvin Gaye; Pete Moore; Terry Johnson; Barrett Strong; Berry
CatalogID Boo13383
Lable Name Motown
Released 10/13/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 114m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602527176420
Musical Guests
Aretha Franklin
Brian McKnight
Album Notes and Credits
Adapters: Hal Davis; Harvey Fuqua; Jimmy Roach; Marc Gordon .
Arrangers: Willie Shorter; James Carmichael ; Gil Askey; Hal Davis; Harvey Fuqua; George Rountree, Jr.; Jimmy Roach; Lawrence Payton; Levi Stubbs; Marc Gordon ; Wade Marcus; David Van De Pitte.
Berry Gordy was more than just a visionary label owner, he was also an astute businessman who studied and understood how the pop charts worked, and his stable of songwriters, arrangers, musicians, and singers all worked toward the same aim of refining R&B and soul music into a pop product that appealed across race, gender, and generational lines. And Gordy knew -- although the radio play and sales period was extremely brief -- that nothing endured more than a good Christmas record, which could regenerate sales each and every year when the holiday season rolled around again. It should come as no surprise, then, that Motown issued a sizable amount of seasonal material, and as this two-disc, 51-track collection shows, a lot of it was done at a high level of quality. There are simply some wonderful Christmas sides here, including the Jackson 5's buoyant "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," the Temptations' delightfully rendered "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the Funk Brothers' surging and joyous instrumental take on "Winter Wonderland," Smokey Robinson's hopeful "Christmas Everyday," the Four Tops' lightly funky "Merry Christmas Baby," and a pair of odd but beautiful Marvin Gaye pieces, "Christmas in the City" and the achingly perfect "I Want to Come Home for Christmas." It's nice to have all of these together in one collection. Oh, and you can dance to it, too. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Jackson 5,Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson - Smokey Robinson
2 What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder,Christmas Song, The - The Temptations/Smokey Robinson
3 Season's Greetings From Eddie Kendricks - Eddie Kendricks,Children's Christmas Song - The Supremes
4 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Temptations,Season's Greetings From David Ruffin - David Ruffin
5 Season's Greetings from The Supremes - The Supremes,Little Drummer Boy, The - The Temptations
6 My Favorite Things - The Supremes,I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 5
7 Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,Season's Greetings from The Four Tops - The Four Tops
8 Ave Maria - Stevie Wonder,Christmas Here With You - The Four Tops - (featuring Aretha Franklin)
9 Season's Greeting from Thelma Houston - Thelma Houston,This Christmas - Diana Ross
10 Joy To The World - The Supremes,Season's Greetings from Willie Hutch - Willie Hutch
11 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,Christmas Cheer - The Boys
12 Silver Bells - The Supremes,Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Boyz II Men - (featuring Brian McKnight)
13 Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder,Season's Greetings from the Spinners - The Spinners
14 Season's Greetings from Jr. Walker - Junior Walker,Christmas Everyday - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
15 Winter Wonderland - The Funk Brothers,One Little Christmas Tree - Stevie Wonder
16 Jingle Bells - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,Season's Greetings from Martha & the Vandellas - Martha & the Vandellas
17 Season's Greetings from the Commodores - Commodores,Noel - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
18 My Christmas Tree - The Temptations,Purple Snowflakes - Marvin Gaye
19 White Christmas - The Supremes,Season's Greetings from The Elgins - The Elgins
20 Season's Greetings from The Velvelettes - The Velvelettes,Wish You A Merry Christmas - Kim Weston
21 Merry Christmas Baby - The Four Tops,It's Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
22 Give Love On Christmas Day - Johnny Gill,Season's Greetings from Shorty Long - Shorty Long
23 Christmas In The City - Marvin Gaye,Xmas Twist - Twistin' Kings
24 Season's Greetings from the Temptations - The Temptations,I Want To Come Home For Christmas - Marvin Gaye
25 Silent Night - The Temptations,Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
26 Child Is Waiting, A - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Disc 2
1 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Jackson 5,Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson - Smokey Robinson
2 What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder,Christmas Song, The - The Temptations/Smokey Robinson
3 Season's Greetings From Eddie Kendricks - Eddie Kendricks,Children's Christmas Song - The Supremes
4 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Temptations,Season's Greetings From David Ruffin - David Ruffin
5 Season's Greetings from The Supremes - The Supremes,Little Drummer Boy, The - The Temptations
6 My Favorite Things - The Supremes,I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 5
7 Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,Season's Greetings from The Four Tops - The Four Tops
8 Ave Maria - Stevie Wonder,Christmas Here With You - The Four Tops - (featuring Aretha Franklin)
9 Season's Greeting from Thelma Houston - Thelma Houston,This Christmas - Diana Ross
10 Joy To The World - The Supremes,Season's Greetings from Willie Hutch - Willie Hutch
11 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,Christmas Cheer - The Boys
12 Silver Bells - The Supremes,Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Boyz II Men - (featuring Brian McKnight)
13 Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder,Season's Greetings from the Spinners - The Spinners
14 Season's Greetings from Jr. Walker - Junior Walker,Christmas Everyday - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
15 Winter Wonderland - The Funk Brothers,One Little Christmas Tree - Stevie Wonder
16 Jingle Bells - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,Season's Greetings from Martha & the Vandellas - Martha & the Vandellas
17 Season's Greetings from the Commodores - Commodores,Noel - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
18 My Christmas Tree - The Temptations,Purple Snowflakes - Marvin Gaye
19 White Christmas - The Supremes,Season's Greetings from The Elgins - The Elgins
20 Season's Greetings from The Velvelettes - The Velvelettes,Wish You A Merry Christmas - Kim Weston
21 Merry Christmas Baby - The Four Tops,It's Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
22 Give Love On Christmas Day - Johnny Gill,Season's Greetings from Shorty Long - Shorty Long
23 Christmas In The City - Marvin Gaye,Xmas Twist - Twistin' Kings
24 Season's Greetings from the Temptations - The Temptations,I Want To Come Home For Christmas - Marvin Gaye
25 Silent Night - The Temptations,Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
26 Child Is Waiting, A - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
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