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The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602527176420
  • Catalog Number: 001338302
  • Sales rank: 12,454

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Jackson 5 (2:22)
  2. 2 What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder (2:27)
  3. 3 Season's Greetings from Eddie Kendricks - Eddie Kendricks (0:09)
  4. 4 Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (2:56)
  5. 5 Season's Greetings from the Supremes - The Supremes (0:07)
  6. 6 My Favorite Things - The Supremes (2:46)
  7. 7 Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (4:02)
  8. 8 Ave Maria - Stevie Wonder (3:56)
  9. 9 Season's Greeting from Thelma Houston - Thelma Houston (0:07)
  10. 10 Joy to the World - The Supremes (2:09)
  11. 11 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:08)
  12. 12 Silver Bells - The Supremes (2:58)
  13. 13 Someday at Christmas - Stevie Wonder (2:49)
  14. 14 Season's Greetings from Jr. Walker - Junior Walker (0:27)
  15. 15 Winter Wonderland - The Funk Brothers (2:00)
  16. 16 Jingle Bells - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:46)
  17. 17 Season's Greetings from the Commodores - The Commodores (0:16)
  18. 18 My Christmas Tree (3:14)
  19. 19 White Christmas - The Supremes (3:52)
  20. 20 Season's Greetings from the Velvelettes - The Velvelettes (0:06)
  21. 21 Merry Christmas Baby - The Four Tops (5:04)
  22. 22 Give Love on Christmas Day - Johnny Gill (4:30)
  23. 23 Christmas in the City - Marvin Gaye (3:16)
  24. 24 Season's Greetings from the Temptations (0:06)
  25. 25 Silent Night (2:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson - Smokey Robinson (0:08)
  2. 2 The Christmas Song (2:54)
  3. 3 Children's Christmas Song - The Supremes (2:50)
  4. 4 Season's Greetings from David Ruffin - David Ruffin (0:07)
  5. 5 The Little Drummer Boy (3:21)
  6. 6 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 5 (2:56)
  7. 7 Season's Greetings from the Four Tops - The Four Tops (0:08)
  8. 8 Christmas Here with You - Aretha Franklin (5:07)
  9. 9 This Christmas - Diana Ross (4:07)
  10. 10 Season's Greetings from Willie Hutch - Willie Hutch (0:12)
  11. 11 Christmas Cheer - The Boys (4:13)
  12. 12 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Brian McKnight (4:11)
  13. 13 Season's Greetings from the Spinners - The Spinners (0:08)
  14. 14 Christmas Everyday - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:39)
  15. 15 One Little Christmas Tree - Stevie Wonder (2:48)
  16. 16 Season's Greetings from Martha & The Vandellas - Martha & the Vandellas (0:06)
  17. 17 Noel - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:23)
  18. 18 Purple Snowflakes - Marvin Gaye (2:54)
  19. 19 Season's Greetings from the Elgins - The Elgins (0:05)
  20. 20 Wish You a Merry Christmas - Kim Weston (2:48)
  21. 21 It's Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:27)
  22. 22 Season's Greetings from Shorty Long - Shorty Long (0:06)
  23. 23 Xmas Twist - Twistin' Kings (2:44)
  24. 24 I Want to Come Home for Christmas - Marvin Gaye (3:23)
  25. 25 Season's Greetings from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (0:07)
  26. 26 A Child Is Waiting - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gil Askey Conductor
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Boyz II Men Producer
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Donny Hathaway Composer
Smokey Robinson Producer
Diana Ross Producer
Kim Weston Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Dave Hamilton Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Barrett Strong Producer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Joe Hinton Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger
Brian McKnight Composer, Producer
Harry Simeone Composer
Gil Askey Arranger, Producer
Dallas Austin Composer, Producer
Felix Bernard Composer
Johnny Bristol Producer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Henry Cosby Producer
Hal Davis Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Katherine Davis Composer
Harvey Fuqua Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Marc Gordon Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
George Gordy Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Joyce "Fenderella" Irby Composer
Terry Johnson Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Clay McMurray Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Producer
Wanya Morris Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Clarence Paul Composer, Producer
Lawrence Payton Arranger, Composer, Producer
Freddie Perren Composer
Deke Richards Composer
Jimmy Roach Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
George Roundtree Composer
Willie Shorter Arranger
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Levi Stubbs Arranger, Producer
Bobby Taylor Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Zack Vaz Producer
Norman Whitfield Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Syreeta Wright Composer
Ron Miller Composer
William Robinson Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Mickey Stevenson Producer
Allen Story Composer
Barney Ales Composer
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Fred Bridges Composer
Thomas Connor Composer
Bryan Wells Composer
George Rountree Jr. Arranger
Traditional Composer
Patti Jerome Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
James Carmichael Arranger
Forrest Hairston Composer
Joyce Irby Composer
Isabelle Freeman Composer
Warren Moore Producer
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