It is generally acknowledged among the Christmas music cognoscenti as well as the Holiday hoi polloi that there are just two indispensable various artists Christmas soul albums, more if you count mainstream Motown as soul and allow for various label compilations but I digress.
Those two albums are Atlantic/Atco's Soul Christmas and Stax's Christmas In Soulsville. If we play our cards right and all be good little boys and girls and stay off Santa's naughty list maybe we'll see such a collection from Dap-Tone Records in the near future.
They've done a few one-off Holiday 45s over the past few years and this year, the label's Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings step out with a full-length offering featuring three of their previously released Christmas sides among the album's eleven soul nuggets.
Since the first day I played It's A Holiday Soul Party all the way through, it has since gone on to become the most-played new Christmas album here at The Hideaway over the past two weeks. And then I find out Sharon and the Boys put out a new non-Xmas single on bubble-gum pink vinyl for Record Store Day just a few weeks back, you know not the Record Store Day that happens in April but the one that takes place the day after the Friday after Thanksgiving. Anyway, the single is down below for your listening pleasure and if you listen close you can actually hear the difference the bubble-gum-colored vinyl makes. The track also shows up on the label's latest compilation, Daptone Gold II. Dappy Holidays!