So no Halloween vids. I guess that's your "trick". This is your "treat". The folks at Tramp Records sent over this trailer for the upcoming third volume of "Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party"--the award winning...wait, do we know if the series has won any awards? Well, it certainly should have. Anyway, the third in a series of rare Soul and R&B Christmas 45s that haven't been anthologized to death (indeed, most haven't been rescued in the digital age at all, but for Tramp). We mentioned the set not long ago, but this trailer contains audio clips of most of the tracks on volume 3--giving you a chance to hear some of what you're surely going to want in your Christmas arsenal. The limited edition album arrives in the states on November 20...on CD....on Vinyl...and in mp3 formats. (When released, or at least closer to release, you should also be able to order through Tramp's Bandcamp site).
The driving force behind this series of classic, if forgotten, Christmas Soul has been Jan Kohlmeyer--another fan and collector. For Volume 3, Tobias and Jan joined forces with yet another fan and collector (with a particular love of the lost Soul of Christmas music)--friend of the blog, Sean Delany. I'm particularly proud of my tiny role in this collection, having introduced Jan and Sean to each other (digitally speaking) some 18 months ago. At the time, Jan didn't think there would be a third volume of "Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party" but, once Jan and Sean got together, they realized that there had to be a third volume. Sean got to write the liner notes for this one and, I have to tell you, if you've never read Sean's liner notes, you're in for a treat. Sean knows how to give you the information you want without drowning you in needless verbiage. No wasted words or filler, yet filled with facts and love.
I had heard that the CD would contain additional tracks from the playlist we offered up earlier, but it currently appears that "Just A Sad Xmas" by the Soul Duo is the CD bonus track. And that kind of means you're going to want the CD, even if you get the vinyl version, because that is one of the greatest Christmas records that most people have never heard, one of the greatest Bluesy Soul Christmas tracks ever recorded. And you're going to want the vinyl, even if you get the CD. Because, let's face it, classic Soul & Funk just sounds best on vinyl (hey, it just does--you know it and I know it). Fortunately for everyone, you're not dealing with a corporation motivated by profit. Check the prices on Amazon and you'll see you're getting import goods at domestic prices. And these are good goods. Check that, these are fantastic goods. It would be a Sad Xmas indeed, and a much sadder world, without "Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Volume 3". Now let's see what we can do about getting a Volume Four going. ; ^ )
01. Joe Shinall - Sock It To 'em Santa
02. Sam Sweetsinger Bell - Happy Birthday Jesus'
03. Cleveland Robinson - Xmas Time Is Here Again
04. Carole Ford - Christmas Letters
05. Velle Scott - Merry Christmas
06. Syng McGowan & The Fanettes - Dear Santa
07. Rocki Lane And The Gross Group - Santa soul
08. Excaliburs - Peace on Earth
09. The Individuals - Holiday for Drums
10. Funk Machine - Soul Santa Pt.1&2
11. Timi Terrific & Redheads - Black (Soul) Christmas
12. The Bionic I - Disco Claus
13. White Chimney - Funky Santa Claus
14. Rudi and the Rain Dearz - Santa's New Bag
*15. The Soul Duo - Just a Sad Xmas (CD Bonus track)