Various Artists - Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.4 [CD]
Catalogue No.: TRCD9107
Release Date: 18 Nov 2022
01: Ain't No Chimneys In The Project - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
02: It's Xmas Time - Wayne Champion
03: All I Want For Christmas Is A Go-Go Girl - Bey Ireland
04: Christmas Strutt - Hot & Sassy
05: It Feels Like Christmas - Bill Deal with Pure Pleasure
06: Santa Claus - Ray Williams & The Space Men
07: Christmas Is - Ruth Harley
08: The Year Around Christmas - Sam Applebaum
09: Christmas Time Again - Tiny Powell
10: I Won't Be Home For Christmas - Major Handy
11: Christmas Presents - Bobby Peterson
12: Xmas Party - Eddie & The De-Havelons
13: Santa Baby - Ruth Harley
14: Everybody Is A Santa Claus - Fred Sabastian
** THE 4th VOLUME OF RARE & HIP-SHAKING SEASONAL GROOVES!! **
Dear Santa, we just loved "Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party," Volumes 1-3 [TRLP-9013, TRLP-9027, TRLP-9050], and we have really tried to be good this year! Please bring us a whole 'nother album's worth of rare and obscure Christmas-themed funk and soul!
When the third volume of "Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party" was released in 2015, everybody involved was certain that it would be the final one. For years, the curators had been looking for "Christmas Rare Grooves" until they finally realized there was nothing left to discover that would justify a fourth volume. Sure, it would have been an easy task to dig through the catalogues of major labels to come up with 40 minutes of more-or-less trivial Christmas soul music. But who on earth would want that kind of album? Since the foundation of Tramp Records in 2003, the label has gained a high reputation as one of the very few German reissue labels of obscure funk, soul, and jazz music. 99% of the songs originate from 7" singles, the small and handy standard-format of the 1960s, which, like Santa's sleigh magically circling the planet on Christmas Eve, spins at forty-five revolutions per minute on the turntable.
So, what can you expect from this, the fourth volume of a series which had ostensibly been completed with only three volumes? After some seven years of digging across the world wide web with open ears and eyes, never tiring of the hundreds of (mainly) shitty songs, hoping to find that kind of monster soul or funk track that constituted the hallmark of the previous volumes, the compilers slowly and surprisingly began to see a fourth volume taking shape. Finally, after more than two thousand days, a complete album's worth of quality tunes had been discovered and secured for release.
"Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 4" contains a highly diverse selection of obscure Christmas songs. For example, take Bey Ireland's garage-mod-rocker "All I Want For Christmas Is A Go-Go Girl," is something to get you go-going around the tree! Do you prefer mirror-balls to tinsel? Check out Bill Deal with Pure Pleasure. Too fast? How about the dazzling-melancholic "I Won't Be Home For Christmas"? Do you prefer rap music while you wrap presents? Then your choice is going to be Hot & Sassy. Old-School-Hip Hop at its best. Every single song has a compelling reason to be included in this extraordinary selection. Not least is the opening track by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Their contribution represents the soul sound of the 21st century. Charming soul music with sociocritical lyrics, something you rarely find in the current musical landscape.
Even though the selected tracks that the two compilers and their worker elves proudly present on "Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 4" are unbelievable, they are very real and will be the surprise gift from Santa this season that can be enjoyed year-round! It took seven years to complete, but believe us when we say it was well worth the wait. Merry Christmas, everybody!
Key selling points:
- ALL but one song appear on CD, Vinyl LP and digital for the very first-time
- fold-out CD-booklet come with liner notes and label scans
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