Various Artists

Reggae Christmas: 21 Christmas Classics

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A surprisingly successful -- and fun -- collection, Reggae Christmas: 21 Christmas Classics presents traditional holiday favorites and original Christmas songs performed in rocksteady and other old-school reggae styles. The bouncy melodies of "Drummer Boy," "Jingle Bells," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and "Santa Claus Is Ska-ing to Town" make them fit naturally into a reggae rhythm, but "White Christmas"' transformation from a poignant holiday standard into a reggae-pop confection is just as entertaining, and arguably more impressive. The Aggrovators' "Santa Claus Dub," the Gaylads' "We Three Kings," and the Ethiopians' "Ding Dong Bell" are some of the album's other highlights; tracks from the Kingstonians, Desmond Dekker & the Aces, and the Sonny Bradshaw Seven round out this charming combination of winter traditions and summery sounds.

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