20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Compiled from Motown Christmas collections and individual artists' Christmas albums, 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas gathers a dozen of the label's holiday performances, including the Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and Stevie Wonder's idealistic "Someday at Christmas." The collection avoids most of the holiday's cutesy and traditional songs, opting for festive secular and original songs. A large part of this album comes from 1973's classic Motown Christmas, such as Diana Ross & the Supremes' crystalline version of "My Favorite Things" and Marvin Gaye's antiwar holiday lament, "I Want to Come Home for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Compiled from Motown Christmas collections and individual artists' Christmas albums, 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas gathers a dozen of the label's holiday performances, including the Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and Stevie Wonder's idealistic "Someday at Christmas." The collection avoids most of the holiday's cutesy and traditional songs, opting for festive secular and original songs. A large part of this album comes from 1973's classic Motown Christmas, such as Diana Ross & the Supremes' crystalline version of "My Favorite Things" and Marvin Gaye's antiwar holiday lament, "I Want to Come Home for Christmas." Kim Weston's "Wish You a Merry Christmas" and the Funk Brothers' "Winter Wonderland," which embodies the sparkling, soulful sound of Motown's best singles, come from Motown Christmas, Vol. 2 and are enjoyable but not as essential as the tracks from the first volume. The Four Tops' duet with Aretha Franklin, "Christmas Here With You," meanwhile, is a somewhat hard-to-find track, previously available only on their 1995 Christmas album of the same name; unfortunately, it doesn't represent the band in their prime, but it's a fairly enjoyable song nevertheless. Ultimately, Motown Christmas is a bigger and better holiday album, but The Best of Motown Christmas is still a decent representation of the label's holiday music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602498605660
  • Catalog Number: 000091302
  • Sales rank: 187,839

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Jackson 5 (2:25)
  2. 2 My Favorite Things - The Supremes (2:51)
  3. 3 Someday at Christmas (2:50)
  4. 4 It's Christmas Time (3:29)
  5. 5 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Temptations (2:59)
  6. 6 The Christmas Song - The Temptations (2:55)
  7. 7 Christmas Here With You (5:09)
  8. 8 I Want to Come Home for Christmas (3:24)
  9. 9 Winter Wonderland (2:01)
  10. 10 Wish You a Merry Christmas (2:48)
  11. 11 Silent Night - The Temptations (6:06)
  12. 12 Oh Holy Night - The Supremes (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gil Askey Conductor
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
The Jackson 5 Contributor
Smokey Robinson Contributor
The Supremes Contributor
The Temptations Contributor
Kim Weston Composer, Contributor
Mel Tormé Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger
Franz Gruber Composer
Gil Askey Arranger, Producer
Felix Bernard Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Henry Cosby Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
The Funk Brothers Contributor
Haven Gillespie Composer
Marc Gordon Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Contributor
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Lawrence Payton Arranger, Composer, Producer
George Roundtree Arranger, Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Zack Vaz Producer
Robert Wells Composer
Norman Whitfield Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer, Producer
Ron Miller Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Mickey Stevenson Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Joseph Mohr Composer
Fred Bridges Composer
Bryan Wells Composer
Traditional Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Andrew Skurow Annotation, Essay
James Carmichael Arranger
Forrest Hairston Composer
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