Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Strut Gets Into The Christmas Groove

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 this November 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 Children’s Chorus paint a poignant picture of "Black Christmas" in the ghetto.
Read more and get Tracklisting HERE


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