Various Artists

20th Century Masters: Motown Christmas, Vol. 2

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This second edition of Motown holiday favorites is a mixed bag of tracks from some of the label's most important artists. One of Motown's most cherished and well known holiday favorites, Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means to Me," and the eccentric "Purple Snowflakes" from Marvin Gaye lead the charge as two of the album's most intriguing tracks. There are moments of filler, and die-hard collectors most likely will already own most of this material, as it was previously released in similar form in 2001's Motown Christmas, Vol. 2. But for casual fans of Motown looking for a soulful, spicy alternative to traditional Christmas music, this will do just the trick very nicely.

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