20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas


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Compiled from Motown Christmas collections and individual artists' Christmas albums, 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas gathers a dozen of the label's holiday performances, including the Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and Stevie Wonder's idealistic "Someday at Christmas." The collection avoids most of the holiday's cutesy and traditional songs, opting for festive secular and original songs. A large part of this album comes from 1973's classic Motown Christmas, such as Diana Ross & the Supremes' crystalline version of "My Favorite Things" and Marvin Gaye's antiwar holiday lament, "I Want to Come Home for Christmas." Kim Weston's "Wish You a Merry Christmas" and the Funk Brothers' "Winter Wonderland," which embodies the sparkling, soulful sound of Motown's best singles, come from Motown Christmas, Vol. 2 and are enjoyable but not as essential as the tracks from the first volume. The Four Tops' duet with Aretha Franklin, "Christmas Here With You," meanwhile, is a somewhat hard-to-find track, previously available only on their 1995 Christmas album of the same name; unfortunately, it doesn't represent the band in their prime, but it's a fairly enjoyable song nevertheless. Ultimately, Motown Christmas is a bigger and better holiday album, but The Best of Motown Christmas is still a decent representation of the label's holiday music.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498605660
catalogNumber: 000091302
Rank: 3253

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gil Askey   Conductor

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer
Jackson 5   Contributor
Smokey Robinson   Contributor
Supremes   Contributor
Temptations   Contributor
Kim Weston   Composer,Contributor
Mel Tormé   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Franz Gruber   Composer
Gil Askey   Arranger,Producer
Felix Bernard   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Henry Cosby   Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Funk Brothers   Contributor
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Berry Gordy   Contributor
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Lawrence Payton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
George Roundtree   Arranger,Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Zack Vaz   Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Producer
Ron Miller   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Bryan Wells   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Andrew Skurow   Annotation,Essay
James Carmichael   Arranger
Forrest Hairston   Composer
Marc Gordon   Producer

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