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Rhythm & Blues Christmas [Universal]

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MCA Special Products' Rhythm & Blues Christmas contains a weird selection of ten R&B, soul, urban, and rock & roll tunes culled from the label's extensive vaults. Instead of concentrating on a specific period, the collection bounces all over the place, from the Moonglows and Chuck Berry to the Jets and New Edition. As a result, it really won't please anyone who doesn't have diverse tastes, and even those listeners may find the collection to be a little scattershot. Still, you probably shouldn't expect anything more from a budget-line collection than a handful of good tunes, and that is what you get here.

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