Christmas Soul Special (Blue Moon, 1982)

Christmas Soul Special

This album is hot garbage so here lemme rank the most non-horrible Xmas songs for you:

12. The Ramones, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”

11. Yellow Man, “Santa Claus Never Comes To The Ghetto”

10. either Barrington Levy, “One Christmas Day” or Jacob Miller, “All I Want For Ismas” (undecided at press time)

9. Charles Brown, “Please Come Home for Christmas”

8. Marvin Gaye, “I Want to Come Home for Christmas” (saccharine as fuck but still like open-heart surgery because of Marvin’s voice & phrasing)

7. “Merry Christmas Baby” – the Bawse & the E Street Band, mostly because of the keys/drums/horns of the intro (Bittan/Weinberg/Clemons).

6. Bill Withers, “The Gift of Giving.”

5. Prince, “Another Lonely Christmas”

4. The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl, “Fairytale of New York”

3. Donny Edward Hathaway, “This Christmas”

2. Darlene Love, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

1. Vince Guaraldi, “Linus and Lucy,” obviously

[Close, but nope: Run-DMC, “Christmas in Hollis” due to sheer annoying oversaturation (oddly, however, this does not impact the seeding of “Linus and Lucy”), Joni Mitchell’s “River” which is lovely but loses points for encouraging pouty Caucasian female wallowing, James Brown’s “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” (boring), and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band, due to John Lennon’s hypocrital ass singing us a big ol’ guilt-trip let’s-all-do-better song while pretending he’s not a man who consistently physically assaulted the women in his life. HAVE A SEAT, LENNON.]


One thought on “Christmas Soul Special (Blue Moon, 1982)

  1. Kent Williams

    True story, my Dad conducted a Bay Area Orchestra in the late 60s, and collaborated with Guaraldi to do an orchestral suite of the Peanuts music. They played concerts with Guaraldi on piano all over California.

    Guaraldi used to come to parties at our house, and when he’d get tired he’d crawl under my mom’s Steinway and go to sleep on the rug, where I’d find him when I got up to eat cereal.

    There’s even a CD/MP3 of one of the Charlie Brown Suite concerts. This was made from a ‘reference recording’ of the concert, and releasing it was a violation of Musician’s Union regulations because the musicians got paid live performance rate, instead of the higher recording session rate. My dad is still mad he didn’t get any money from this CD, even though the CD came out 35 years after the concert.


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