A Motown Christmas, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Appearing almost three decades after the first volume, which topped charts in 1973, A Motown Christmas, Vol. 2 collects 14 holiday tracks from the biggest and best stable of soul singers ever seen. Unfortunately, several of these tracks were recorded long after Motown's prime era; the Temptations' "Love Comes With Christmas" and "The Little Drummer Boy" are rather maudlin affairs from their 1980 holiday record Give Love at Christmas, while the Jackson 5's "Up on the House Top" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are fluffy throwaways. Still, half a dozen of the tracks are previously unreleased at least, in their original mixes and the rarities are interesting for Motown ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Appearing almost three decades after the first volume, which topped charts in 1973, A Motown Christmas, Vol. 2 collects 14 holiday tracks from the biggest and best stable of soul singers ever seen. Unfortunately, several of these tracks were recorded long after Motown's prime era; the Temptations' "Love Comes With Christmas" and "The Little Drummer Boy" are rather maudlin affairs from their 1980 holiday record Give Love at Christmas, while the Jackson 5's "Up on the House Top" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are fluffy throwaways. Still, half a dozen of the tracks are previously unreleased at least, in their original mixes and the rarities are interesting for Motown collectors. Marvin Gaye contributes the bizarre yet affecting "Purple Snowflakes," while Ronnie White and house band the Funk Brothers contribute two tracks: "Winter Wonderland" and "Xmas Twist" the last billed as the Twistin' Kings. Stay tuned after the 14-song program for Christmas shout-outs from the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, Duke Fakir of the Four Tops, and the Spinners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044001636424
  • Catalog Number: 016364
  • Sales rank: 327,733

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Won't Be Long Before Christmas - The Supremes (2:39)
  2. 2 Love Comes With Christmas - The Temptations (3:47)
  3. 3 Purple Snowflakes - Marvin Gaye (2:56)
  4. 4 Winter Wonderland (2:02)
  5. 5 Up on the House Top - The Jackson 5 (3:15)
  6. 6 The Little Drummer Boy - The Temptations (4:15)
  7. 7 O Little Town of Bethlehem - The Supremes (2:30)
  8. 8 White Christmas - The Miracles (3:06)
  9. 9 Wish You a Merry Christmas (2:49)
  10. 10 The Christmas Song - Marvin Gaye (2:38)
  11. 11 Xmas Twist (7:11)
  12. 12 Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer - The Jackson 5 (2:33)
  13. 13 Oh Holy Night - The Supremes (2:55)
  14. 14 Someday at Christmas - The Temptations (3:33)
  15. 15 [Untitled Track] (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marvin Gaye Track Performer
The Supremes Background Vocals
The Temptations Track Performer
Kim Weston Track Performer
Twistin' Kings Track Performer
Gil Askey Conductor
The Funk Brothers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Wade Marcus Arranger
Gil Askey Arranger, Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Producer
Clay McMurray Producer
Clarence Paul Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Norman Whitfield Producer
Amy Linden Liner Notes
Frank Wilson Producer
Ronald White Producer
Phillip Brooks Composer
Lewis Redner Composer
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