In the Christmas Groove

Various Artists


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2010, Strut | !K7

VINYL FORMAT. Following in the footsteps of classic Christmas albums from the Motown stable and James Brown, Strut released the first ever Yuletide compilation on the label in 2009, In the Christmas Groove, featuring twelve rare soul, funk and blues cuts rediscovered from Christmases past. Now in 2010, Strut makes the compilation available as a super-loud 2xLP gatefold for the first time, featuring the album's original sleeve notes by James Maycock of Mojo magazine.

'This marvelous release from Strut Records is certainly not your run of the mill holiday collection. It's way funkier, and if Christmas and New Year's actually have a groove, then this ought to be it. Featuring rare soul, funk, and blues sides from the Golden Age of soul - many of these tracks were B-sides or seasonal releases on small regional labels - In the Christmas Groove pops with energy and warmth. Opening with a fractured-voiced Jimmy Reed singing "Christmas Present Blues," the set blasts off like a train leaving the tracks, roaring through Funk Machine's "Soul Santa," the relentless speed calypso of Captain Elmo Mckenzie & the Roosters' "Home on Christmas Day," and then rests for a moment on Sean Bonniwell's edit of Zebra's gorgeous (and haunting) "Christmas Morning." In the Christmas Groove ends up presenting all of the varied emotions of the holiday season with passion and energy, pushing things along on joyous rhythms that lift the spirit as well as move the feet, all of which makes it one of the most refreshing holiday releases of the year.' - All Music Guide

Tracklisting

Disc 1
1 Christmas Present Blues
2 Funky Funky Christmas
3 Soul Santa
4 Gettin' Down For Xmas
5 Black Christmas
6 Angel's Christmas
7 Home On Christmas Day
8 Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul
9 Boogaloo Santa Claus
10 Christmas Morning [Sean Bonniwell Edit] [Edit][#]
11 Let's Get It Together This Christmas
12 The New Year
12 New Year
13 Auld Lang Syne


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