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a seasonal selection for any time of the year
on 22 August 2008
Motown artists produced a lot of Christmas albums over the years and this one culls the best of the tracks from a number of them. The arrangements are for the most part simpler and more classic than the pop hits that arrived factory like form the industy.
This collection features some outstanding, and probably rare gems notably Smokey Robinson's beautiful Christmas Lullaby, a live track from Marvin Gaye ~ The Christmas Song, a great soul track from the incredibly underrated Kim Weston ( a voice second only to the great Florence Ballard),Stevie Wonder's cabaret Everyone's a Kid at Christmastime, and for me the greatest surprise closes the album is Marvin Gaye's rewriting of Little Darlin as Purple Snowflakes.
Like many compilations this one is a bit top heavy on the Diana Ross tracks, definitely the weakest voice of the bunch and turns a stirring album into a bit of confectionary and whoever did the arranging on Just a Lonely Christmas should be arrested by the music police