In The Christmas Groove by Various Artists
The golden era of 60s and 70s soul music boasts a great tradition for Christmas songs and, following in the footsteps of classic Christmas albums from the Motown stable and James Brown, Strut enter the festive spirit with the first ever Yuletide compilation on the label, In The Christmas Groove, bringing together 12 rare soul, funk and blues cuts rediscovered from Christmases past.
Featuring tracks often only ever released as obscure 45 B-sides, the compilation tracks one-off moments when the good groove met the jingle bells to devastating effect. Artists include bluesman Jimmy Reed, jamming hard on "Christmas Present Blues" and Calypsonian Capt. Elmo McKenzie with a lilting Yuletide Caribbean ode on Barbados label Trex. UK-based session collective Zebra weigh in with a festive slice of gritty Afro-rock and kids choir Harlem Childrens Chorus paint a poignant picture of "Black Christmas" in the ghetto. All in all, an essential diggers grab bag for the festive season and a refreshing alternative to the traditional Christmas fare.
1. Christmas Present Blues (Jimmy Reed)
2. Funky Funky Christmas (Electric Jungle)
3. Boogaloo Santa Claus - (J.D. McDonald)
4. Soul Santa (Funk Machine)
5. Getting Down For Xmas (Milly & Silly)
6. Auld Lang Syne - (The Black On White Affair)
7. Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul - (Soul Saints Orchestra)
8. Black Christmas (The Harlem Children s Chorus)
9. Angel's Christmas (Wild Honey)
10. Home On Christmas Day (Captain Elmo Mckenzie & The Roosters)
11. The New Year (Jimmy Jules)
12. Let's Get It Together This Christmas (Harvey Averne Band)
13. Christmas Morning (Zebra)
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