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Leading Men of Christmas

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PSM's Leading Men of Christmas is a collection containing a cross-section of holiday tunes as sung by a selection of R&B, soul and urban vocalists. Since it spans so much time (from the Platters to Will Downing and Jeffrey Osborne), the disc is a little uneven, but it's nonetheless enjoyable, simply because the quality of the music is so strong. Having the Four Tops' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," James Brown's "The Christmas Song," Marvin Gaye's "Christmas in the City," Smokey Robinson's "Noel," Brook Benton's "This Time of Year," the Platters' "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and Aaron Neville's "Please Come Home for Christmas" on one disc is certainly enjoyable, and, for many listeners, it's enough to make this budget-line disc a worthwhile investment.

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