The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection

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FMS stuff sending the warmest Christmas wishes to you and your families.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you this Christmas!

Here’s an awesome music collection to add to the Holiday music arsenal for those who can’t wait for the Holiday season to arrive..

Enjoy! This year we will add a few more classic Christmas albums in the next days

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Review by Michael Ceciliani “Mike C” from Amazon

In the 70s, Motown released a double album titled A Motown Christmas. It had a purple cover and featured 24 songs by five of Motown’s top acts, Stevie, the Supremes, the Tempts, the Miracles and the Jackson Five. This double CD has all of those and more. Marvin, the Tops, Boys II Men, Johnny Gill, Kim Weston and the Funk Brothers, to name just a few. A total of 51 tracks with songs recorded from the 60s through the 90s. Four decades of Motown holiday soul.

Of the 51 tracks, 16 are brief snippets by Motown’s finest wishing us a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. These last less than 10 seconds each. That leaves 35 tracks of music, 11 more than the 70s double album. Most of the songs from that album made it here. Anything recorded after the 70s is new on this compilation. Marvin contributes Purple Snowflakes, I Want to Come Home for Christmas and Christmas in the City (an instrumental), the Four Tops sing Christmas Here With You and Merry Christmas Baby, Smokey and the Tempts team up for The Christmas Song, Diana sings This Christmas as a solo artist, Boys II Men do Let it Snow, Johnny Gill does Give Love on Christmas Day.

A couple of more rare tracks. Kim Weston sings Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Boys do Christmas Cheer, the Twistin’ Kings do Xmas Twist and the Funk Brothers (Motown’s in-house musicians) do a great instrumental version of Winter Wonderland.

Finally, several of the obscure tracks by artists who didn’t release a Christmas album are here. Of course, you can never please everybody. I would’ve liked to have a couple of more Four Tops tracks. Their versions of Away in a Manger and Twas The Night before Christmas are fantastic. I also would’ve preferred to hear the entended version of the Tempts’ Silent Night instead of the shorter version included here. But these are minor quibbles. Overall, a fantastic collection of holiday music that will please any Motown fan.

A five-star job well done.

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22 Comments
  • justme
    Posted at 10:10h, 20 December 2010 Reply

    It just doesn’t get any better than this. What a great collection!! Thanks!

  • mp
    Posted at 21:39h, 20 December 2010 Reply

    merry christmas nikos! 🙂

  • Billy
    Posted at 11:27h, 21 December 2010 Reply

    Merry Christmas FMS. Thank you for the gems.

  • Nuno
    Posted at 14:09h, 21 December 2010 Reply

    Merry Christmas tio you all

  • Jorma
    Posted at 18:08h, 21 December 2010 Reply

    Thanks for nice moments of information ans downloads

  • mANAUS
    Posted at 02:17h, 22 December 2010 Reply

    I just wanted to say “Thank You”. It’s been a pleasure
    visiting the site this past year. Education and amazing R & B music.

    Hope you and your families have
    wonderful Holiday and A Happy New Year !

  • MT "The Beat Master"
    Posted at 11:57h, 22 December 2010 Reply

    Great collection of Christmas songs. Motown rules.
    Awesome Soul/Funk source.
    Seasons Greetings yall.

  • JohnX
    Posted at 16:08h, 22 December 2010 Reply

    Thank yoy for this Christmas collection.Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and to the contributors of this blog.

  • hooch
    Posted at 20:51h, 22 December 2010 Reply

    Merry Xmas nikos and all..many thanks for the xmas album!

  • the jazzstronaut
    Posted at 23:31h, 22 December 2010 Reply

    Hi Nikos, thanks for all the great shares over the last 12 months, merry xmas to you and yours.
    Peace.

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 11:31h, 23 December 2010 Reply

    Hi Nikos, I´m following since Lost in Thyme and every time I´m trying to open FMS, I´ve got this moment of shock: are they still there?
    So at first thanx for all the years of being there and pls be careful and all the best for you and your amazing, wonderful side.
    Second: I hope someone catures all these reviews from your team (here especially a big shout out to trakbuv – I love this guy). I like to listen to the music with a background. If you listen to something understanding the context, it will open your ears and your mind for a new view of sound. And thats what makes FMS so special. Your brilliant educational and entertaining reviews. Perfect. There´s nothing better!
    Last but not least: the Music. I could write millions of superlatives and it couldn´t express my thanx.

    So merry Christmas for you all at FMS and a soulful, funky start in 2011.

    your´s Mellow

  • Jake
    Posted at 21:08h, 23 December 2010 Reply

    Best Wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2011. Keep it funky man.

  • Chris C
    Posted at 23:19h, 23 December 2010 Reply

    Definately will be playing this tomorrow!! Hope you and your family have the best of Christmas’.

    Peace and Thanks, I always look forward to reading your next post.

    Chris C

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:03h, 24 December 2010 Reply

    First and foremost, let me start by saying that your collection and work is incredible. Im 31 yrs old and this type of music is like my love. I love music and its my essential well being. Thank you for bringing back these gems. They are definitely hard to find and thus is such an experience to explore artists that I havent came across. I am too a record collector, music collector and msic lover. Please continue to do what you do…bring back the soul in us who appreciate the sounds that in history, played such a meaningful character in our stories. It seems that music as of today, lacks the soul because its all about the sold. Again thank you

  • SoulSwede
    Posted at 20:03h, 24 December 2010 Reply

    Thank you for all the music and the wonderful reviews by you and your contributors, each post is remarkable.
    I may not so frequent to comment, but I always read every new post. So what better time to post a comment than during the holidays? 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you, or “God Jul” as we say here in Sweden!

  • pedro
    Posted at 06:23h, 25 December 2010 Reply

    And happy xmas to you all funkmysoul and from 38c have a hot one great cd by the way now i can get that bing crosby crap off

  • Laura
    Posted at 22:57h, 25 December 2010 Reply

    Feliz Navidad from Argentina.

  • Thorsten
    Posted at 23:09h, 25 December 2010 Reply

    Wishing You all a Merry Christmas !!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:30h, 26 December 2010 Reply

    I wish you a Merry Christmas, and thank you for all the great music that you put on your brilliant blog.

  • Abreou
    Posted at 14:46h, 26 December 2010 Reply

    Congratulations for the amazing site. Warm wishes for the holidays.

  • Ola
    Posted at 21:41h, 26 December 2010 Reply

    God Jul from Sweden!

  • Outerpsych
    Posted at 12:28h, 29 December 2010 Reply

    Thanx for this one and others, Nikos !
    And best wishes for you too !

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