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Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings / It's A Holiday Soul Party
Album:It's A Holiday Soul Party Collection:General
Artist:Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings Added:12/2015
Label:Daptone Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2015-12-06 Pull Date:2016-02-07 
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Album Review
Wallace Brontoon
Reviewed 2015-12-04 
Soul queen Sharon Jones does a cool retro-sounding holiday record. You know what you're getting; it's good stuff. No FCCs.

1. (3:43) *** Sprightly R&B number about Hannukah; plenty of references to Judaica. Cool horn section does a minor-key take on 'Dreidel.'
2. (2:23) **** Soul opening segues to jingling of bells. "Ain't no chimneys in the projects." Storytelling with great vocalizations. Sweet strings.
3. (2:18) **** Super up-tempo of "White Christmas" with nice syncopation.
4. (3:09) *** Medley of a couple dozen Christmas standard with heavy soul bass. Clever.
5. (4:16) **** "Silent Night" with a cool bluesy sax section, and swung hard.
6. (2:57) ***** Wonderfully sunny harmonized number about "big bulbs." Baby, you got them big bulbs.
7. (2:59) ** Pretty faithful rendition of the 1960 blues hit (aka "Bells Will Be Ringing"). Good, but not really very different.
8. (3:19) ** Little Drummer Boy, but funky.
9. (3:19) **** "Silver Bells." Slow intro, then great and uptempo and soulful.
10. (3:19) ***** An original written by and sung by bandmember Binky Griptite. GREAT soul number, and wonderful string arrangement. Wow. Three tracks are 3:19 in a row. Huh.
11. (2:17) **** Saxes in harmony, "god rest ye merry gentlemen." Instrumental, super funky.

Track Listing
1.8 Days Of Hannukah 6.Big Bulbs
2.Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects 7.Please Come Home For Christmas
3.White Christmas 8.Funky Little Drummer Boy
4.Just Another Christmas Song 9.Silver Bells
5.Silent Night 10.World Of Love
 11.God Rest Ye Merry Gents