Thursday, December 17, 2015

25 Holiday Records: 12: The Jackson 5 Christmas Album

We're counting down to Christmas Day with a list of 25 records we have in the shop at Royal Cat Records! Why? Because vinyl rules!

All wrapped up with a pretty bow, this collection of infectiously funky poppy songs is perhaps one of the most durable modern takes on the Xmas album.


The Jackson 5 Christmas Album
by The Jackson Five
Motown Records 635 250

We have heard songs from this a lot this year, not just in our store but also in the car, in restaurants, everywhere! It really goes over easy. The Jackson 5 doesn't seem to have the same baggage that Michael Jackson's later career has. Fake Thriller nostalgia gets us mad but these 70s records are from a more innocent time. The Jackson 5 Christmas Album is pretty joyous. I know it was a cynical cash grab created by a bunch of grumpy men at Motown, and that the brothers were mercilessly rehearsed and kept under a close watch by their family, but it all comes together on the side of universal peace, brotherhood, and sweetness. Maybe we can't listen to these songs around the clock, but when you haven't heard them for a year, and then hear them a few times over the holidays, it's a great pick-me-up.

This was the fourth record the Jacksons put out in the same year. They were really on a roll. It's hard to pick out a favourite here, but we like "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and maybe "Up on the Rooftop" the best. They all have something to recommend them.


Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 5:10
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town 2:25
The Christmas Song 2:45
Up On The Housetop 3:11
Frosty The Snowman 2:30
The Little Drummer Boy 3:06
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 2:30
Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year 2:30
Give Love On Christmas Day 2:58
Someday At Christmas 2:38
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 2:59

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