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Soul Christmas [Atlantic]

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Soul Christmas [Atlantic] Review

by Dennis MacDonald

This 1991 reissue includes eight of the original 11 tracks included on the Atco 1968 release (a rare album still worth seeking), with 11 more tracks added from the Atlantic vaults. Few, if any, Christmas compilations are more essential than this. Otis Redding's performances of "White Christmas" and "Merry Christmas, Baby" are alone worth the price of admission. Clarence Carter's funky "Back Door Santa" and Joe Tex's ballad "I'll Make Every Day Christmas (For My Woman)" are only two more tracks that make this collection an absolute must-have CD.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Clyde McPhatter 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
2 Donny Hathaway 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
3 Carla Thomas 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
4 Clarence Carter 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
5 Booker T. & the MG's 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Impressions 03:59
7 Luther / Luther Vandross 04:26 SpotifyAmazon
8 Otis Redding 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
9 Joe Tex 03:32
10 Booker T. & the MG's 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
11 Carla Thomas 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Drifters 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
13 Otis Redding 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
14 Brook Benton 03:23
15 The Sweet Inspirations 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
16 Margie Joseph 03:28
17 Solomon Burke 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
18 Otis & Carla 03:21
19 King Curtis 03:44 SpotifyAmazon
20 Luther / Luther Vandross 05:15 SpotifyAmazon
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