Various Artists

Music for a Soulful Christmas

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Although it's not strictly "soulful," at least according to many listener's definitions, CEMA Special Markets' Music for a Soulful Christmas is a pretty entertaining collection of R&B, pop, jazz and blues holiday tunes. Nat King Cole, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne and Lou Rawls all contribute two songs apiece, while Ella Fitzgerald and Charles Brown are represented by one tune. All of the performances are nicely laid-back and mellowly soulful, making for a thoroughly pleasant holiday album.

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