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Various - Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party - out on Tramp Records



Santa Funk and Soul Christmas Party
Various - Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party
(Gatefold LP/CD/Digital) Tramp Records TR-9013, 2011-11-28

The Christmas album is a concept many artists and labels have tried to achieve, and most of the time those attempts fall flat. With our own Xmas compilation (Noelectro) released in 2004 on T.I.M.E.C. and 7 annual Xmas mixes on Paris DJs in 6 years (yep, there's a catch), we felt we had gained quite some expertise on the subject. This year our friends at Tramp Records in Germany (yes, that cool label run by Tobias Kirmayer who we invited for a superb Freestyle mix more than 4 years ago) have taken the matter in hand and have just released a very funky xmas compilation, Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party, with a selection by record collector and DJ Jan Kohlmeyer of 13 raw funk-soul rare and hard-to-find Xmas tracks. An absolute must-have if you're a xmas music collector like us! And an excellent reason for inviting Jan Kohlmeyer and Tramp Records for our annual xmas mix, which we'll publish tomorrow evening (dec. 6). The CD booklet and LP sleeve contain scans of all the 45s featured in this compilaton, as well as liner notes to each song. The vinyl comes with a gatefold cover and is limited to 500 copies. A gatefold vinyl edition of rare funk/soul xmas music released in 2011: happiness is that simple. (Djouls)

Santa Funk and Soul Christmas Party
Various - Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party
(Gatefold LP/CD/Digital) Tramp Records TR-9013, 2011-11-28


Tracklisting :
01. Detroit Junior - Christmas Day 2:18
02. Lee Rogers - You Won't Have To Wait Till Xmas 2:28
03. Gary Walker - Santa's Got A Brand New Bag 3:09
04. Vernon Garrett With Sir Stan & The Counts - Merry Christmas Baby 2:30
05. Vernon Garrett With Sir Stan & The Counts - Christmas Groove 2:36
06. Count Sidney & His Dukes - Soul Christmas (Voc) 2:03
07. Count Sidney & His Dukes - Soul Christmas (Instr) 2:18
08. Rose Graham - Black Christmas 2:50
09. Binky Griptite - Stone Soul Christmas 3:21
10. Fat Daddy - Holiday Baby 2:34
11. Jimmy Reed - Christmas Present Blues 2:34
12. Buchanan & Goodman With Paul Sherman - Santa & The Satellite (Pt. 1) 1:39
13. Jimmy Jules & Nuclear Soul System - Xmas Done Got Funky 3.29

Links :
Funky Christmas : official | facebook | soundcloud
DJ Jan Kohlmeyer : official | myspace | youtube
Tramp Records : official | bandcamp | discogs | kudos (UK distribution) | myspace | parisdjs


Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party (Snippet mix)

Press Release :
Christmas compilations are often cheesy, smooth selections of bland, overplayed seasonal pabulum. Even announced with "funky" or "groovy", it often leaves listeners disappointed. So were Jan and Tobias. First, they were bugged out by the all filler-no-killer compilations. The second and more important reason was that of the considerable number of proper Rare Groove tunes recorded and released in the 1960s and `70s, many languished in obscurity. The pair started a collaboration to create a funky-soul Xmas Compilation.

The project started in 2010 when Jan illustrated the diversity of more than 50 Christmas tunes in the field of Jazz, Funk and Soul to Tobias Kirmayer of Tramp Records, Germany. Although some of the titles had already been compiled, there were exceptional songs that grabbed their attention. Major record companies owned a handful of the initially pre-selected songs. The Majors refused or ignored Jan and Tobias’s repeated requests for licensing. Where other labels would have given up in despair, Jan and Tobias were determined to move forward with the project independently.

Again, this story underlines the philosophy of Tramp Records: Tobias always tries to present an exciting track listing of so far unheard songs. This Xmas Compilation stands in line with that. All songs are from mostly little-to-unknown artists who have yet to make it to a world-wide audience. Despite the fact that these terrific songs never topped the charts the quality of this compilation easily shakes hands with famous Christmas records of major artists like James Brown or Lou Rawls. Ladies and gentlemen, sing along, shake your hips and dance because: Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party is goin' on.

The CD booklet and LP sleeve contain scans of all 45RPM single labels as well as liner notes to each song. The vinyl comes with a gatefold cover and is limited to 500 copies.
Djouls

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