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Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 2

December 9th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The first Christmas soul mix was very popular. Thank you to all the kind people who took the time to say nice things about it (and about my efforts here in general). Comments are always appreciated.

As I pointed out in the blurb for the first mix, I held back a lot of great stuff for the follow-up. So this one might be even better than the first compilation. You be the judge of that.

Be advised that in this batch are a couple of tracks that might not appeal to your mother: Rufus Thomas (Carla’s dad) makes little effort to disguise his punnery, missing out only on Santa coming only once a year. It may be necessary to point out that Clarence Carter’s Back Door Santa is not an invitation for yuletide anal sex (and here we welcome the lost and probably disappointed Google user); the back door of the title is just that: a door. With hinges.

Charles Brown, who appears here with Christmas In Heaven (not the Monty Python song), incidentally wrote one of the great Christmas pop songs: I’ll Be Home For Christmas. As in the first mix, the voice on the Rotary Connection’s track – here a psychedelic take on Silent Night – is that of the great Minnie Riperton. And there is a justification for the inclusion two takes of Silent Night: they are both excellent and very different from both, one another and the standard versions.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R. It also includes a really good (though long) bonus track and front/back covers.

TRACKLISTING
1. J Hines and the Boys – A Funky Christmas To You
2. Smokey Robinson – Christmas Everyday
3. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Clowns – Silent Night
4. Lee Rogers – You Won’t Have To Wait Till Christmas
5. Carla Thomas – All I Want For Christmas Is You
6. Brook Benton – Soul Santa
7. Roscoe Robinson – Tis Yuletide
8. Baby Washington – White Christmas
9. Stevie Wonder – Christmastime
10. Solomon Burke – Presents For Christmas
11. Electric Jungle – Funky Funky Christmas
12. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa, Baby
13. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
14. Jimmy McGriff – Christmas With McGriff Pt1
15. The Twistin’ Kings – Xmas Twist
16. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby
17. The Soul Stirrers – Christmas Joy
18. The Persuasions – You’re All I Want for Christmas
19. Meditation Singers – Blue Christmas
20. Gene Toone – Baby Boy
21. Charles Brown – Christmas In Heaven
22. The Emotions – Black Christmas
23. Rotary Connection – Silent Night
24. Marvin Gaye – Purple Snowflakes
25. The Supremes – Silver Bells
26. The Temptations – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
27. The Funk Brothers – Winter Wonderland
Bonus track: Ohio Players – Happy Holidays

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  1. halfhearteddude
    December 10th, 2010 at 01:40 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Whit Lehnberg
    December 10th, 2010 at 01:47 | #2

    Thanks man, a very nice collection. Merry Christmas

  3. December 10th, 2010 at 03:48 | #3

    Hey Dude, you are indeed Major!
    Thanks for all the great tunes you’ve been sharing. Keep up the good work.

  4. Tony
    December 10th, 2010 at 22:16 | #4

    Another winner, thanks again! (Oh, and I love the Google user reference, cracked me up)

  5. Charles de Lint
    December 14th, 2010 at 01:54 | #5

    I’m pretty new to your blog, but I just wanted to say I love your comps and I’m sure this one will be no exception. Thanks and have a happy holiday!

  6. Lynne Spencer
    December 21st, 2010 at 23:16 | #6

    You’re amazing!!! Thanks so much for the great music and articles and Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family from me and mine

  7. Dave M.
    December 6th, 2011 at 17:00 | #7

    Hi – I just became aware of your blog a week or so ago and have been downloading furiously ever since. I friggin’ blown away! Your essays, thoughtful comps, far-reaching interests are amazing. Love your comps! Thanks!

    Now… Any chance your Soul Christmas comps will be re-upped?

  8. halfhearteddude
    December 6th, 2011 at 18:42 | #8

    Volume 1 has working links. Volume 2 I’ll re-up shortly, and a third mix is on the way.

  9. Dave M.
    December 7th, 2011 at 16:13 | #9

    Great! Thanks! DLing 1 and 2 now!

  10. Iggy
    December 17th, 2011 at 18:07 | #10

    Thanks so much for your superb Christmas posts. Just a perfect gift for those of us who cannot get out to the stores any more. You are very kind indeed. All the best,

    Iggy

  11. September 25th, 2012 at 08:07 | #11

    Cool 60’s selection, Love the soul x-mass collections… Thanks. Check out my site http://www.boogalootime.blogspot.com

  12. Dan
    June 8th, 2014 at 20:08 | #12

    I’ve been enjoying these great xmas soul comps for a year now. Was just cleaning up my music files and noticed for the first time that there were different versions of “Back Door Santa” credited to Clarence Carter in this and in Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 3. A little research established that the Vol. 3 version is Carter’s original single. Do you recall the source of the version here in Vol. 2? I did my best Googling and Discogs-ing, but couldn’t track it down. All the best, Dan.

  13. calimero
    September 22nd, 2014 at 18:19 | #13

    Hi !
    Thanks for posting it in the first place. Any chance of a reup?

    Thanks in advance,

    Calimero

  14. halfhearteddude
    September 23rd, 2014 at 08:19 | #14

    It’s back up.

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