Funky Christmas

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
A seasonal showcase for soul acts signed to Cotillion Records in the mid-'70s, 1976's Funky Christmas is best remembered today for featuring two numbers from Luther, the vocal group led by Luther Vandross before he went solo and became a platinum-selling lover man in the '80s. "May Christmas Bring You Happiness" and "At Christmas Time" are easily the most memorable tracks here, in part because they're solid originals and Vandross and his vocal partners bring their all to the performances, with Luther sounding very comfortable with the seasonal sentiments. The lesser-known Margie Joseph comes in second place, sounding fine on two romance-during-the-holidays numbers, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
A seasonal showcase for soul acts signed to Cotillion Records in the mid-'70s, 1976's Funky Christmas is best remembered today for featuring two numbers from Luther, the vocal group led by Luther Vandross before he went solo and became a platinum-selling lover man in the '80s. "May Christmas Bring You Happiness" and "At Christmas Time" are easily the most memorable tracks here, in part because they're solid originals and Vandross and his vocal partners bring their all to the performances, with Luther sounding very comfortable with the seasonal sentiments. The lesser-known Margie Joseph comes in second place, sounding fine on two romance-during-the-holidays numbers, "Christmas Gift" and "Feeling Like Christmas." Veteran vocal group the Impressions aim to warm hearts with their interpretation of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," while taking on a more straightforward and soulful approach for "Silent Night." John Edwards (who would later join the Spinners) turns "White Christmas" into a credible slow jam, boosted by Memphis-style production from David Porter, and he also performs "The Christmas Song," made famous by Nat King Cole. Saxman Lou Donaldson offers a taste of smooth jazz on his cover of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," while his mellow tone adds an unusual flavor to the disco-fied arrangement of "Jingle Bells." Willis Jackson's bigger, more lusty sax style fares well on a slinky "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and also explores disco rhythms on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The Luther and Margie Joseph tracks are the high points on this yuletide R&B set, which captures the sound of the season and the '70s all at once.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064001966
  • Catalog Number: 400196
  • Sales rank: 282,774

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 May Christmas Bring You Happiness - Luther (4:26)
  2. 2 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - John Edwards (5:05)
  3. 3 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Willis Jackson (3:23)
  4. 4 Christmas Gift - Margie Joseph (3:25)
  5. 5 Jingle Bells - Lou Donaldson (3:11)
  6. 6 Silent Night - The Impressions (5:37)
  7. 7 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Impressions (6:03)
  8. 8 White Christmas - John Edwards (3:29)
  9. 9 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - Lou Donaldson (3:34)
  10. 10 At Christmas Time - Luther (5:02)
  11. 11 Feeling Like Christmas - Margie Joseph (3:57)
  12. 12 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Willis Jackson (2:44)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Luther Vandross Composer, Producer
Bill Easley Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Gil Askey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Harrison Calloway Arranger
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Kim Gannon Composer
McKinley Jackson Arranger, Producer, Adaptation, rhythm arrangement
Walter Kent Composer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Hugh Martin Composer
David Porter Arranger, Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Dennis King Mastering
Gene Sculatti Liner Notes
Rick Willard Producer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Ralph Blane Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Ronald Coleman Adaptation
Claire Morales Reissue Design
John Brantley Producer
Tommie Connor Composer
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