I’ve held off for nearly a month to recommend this one. The Celebrate-Christmas-Too-Early shamers are out there and they hate when you even bring up Christmas before Thanksgiving. I’m more of a tear down Halloween decorations and put up Christmas decorations on November 1st kind of guy. And while decorating at the beginning of this month, I realized that I didn’t have any Christmas vinyl. So, I ordered “Soul Christmas,” an compilation of holiday songs by Atlantic artists released in 1968, and it has been in rotation since it arrived.
“Soul Christmas” edges out “Motown Christmas” as my favorite Christmas album, with my favorite Christmas song “Backdoor Santa” by Clarence Carter pushing it over the top. The album also includes another personal favorite, William Bell’s “Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday,” and the best version of “White Christmas” ever recorded, courtesy of Otis Redding.