Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Various Artists - Christmas in Soulsville (2007)

Of course, my recent trip to Memphis included a trip to the site of Stax studios (originally the old Capitol movie theater on East McLemore at College). The abandoned studio was torn down in 1989, but the Stax Museum of American Soul Music was constructed at the site and opened in 2003. A replica of the original building, the Stax Museum features exhibits on the history of Stax and soul music in general, and hosts various music-related community programs and events. The museum includes a gift shop in what was once the Satellite Record Shop which was converted from the old refreshments counter into a record store. That gift shop is where this compilation was purchased.

Tracks: Mostly soul and blues originals here. Of the 15 tracks, I'm partial to Otis Redding singing Merry Christmas Baby, Rufus Thomas' I'll Be Your Santa Baby, Booker T. & The MGs' rendition of Winter Wonderland, and The Temprees covering The Christmas Song. We're treated to two versions of the wonderfully crude blues song, Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin', one by Albert King, the other by the song's composer, Mack White. The Rance Allen Group offers up what might be the slowest version of White Christmas ever recorded. The Emotions offer a beautiful soul song, What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas? and Isaac Hayes delivers with Winter Snow. The only problem with these two songs are the depressing lyrics.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I've only owned this CD for 4 days. It was in the CD player as I left Memphis and headed west towards Little Rock.

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