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A soul twist to the holidays

Soul Christmas
Soul Christmas
By various artists

Rhino / Atlantic Records: (1968, reissued 1994)


This review first appeared in the November 29, 1994 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

This CD reissue of the 1968 LP of the same name brings back great memories of some great soul music. In addition to the classic tracks by Otis Redding (a mesmerizing rendition of "White Christmas," as well as a cover of "Merry Christmas Baby"), Clarence Carter ("Back Door Santa") and King Curtis ("The Christmas Song" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?") are bonus tracks by Ray Charles, Carla Thomas and Booker T. and the MGs not on the original release.

The cuts that work best are the two by Redding and three by Booker T. and the MGs. But there are no dogs here, and nearly every song works perfectly.