Could this be the greatest Xmas compilation ever?

We’ve reached that critical juncture in the yuletide season when the novelty of hearing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells” everywhere you turn has not only worn off but is fast approaching serious bah-humbug territory. But we have a solution! Take a listen to the terrific compilation of funky, Motown-era ditties, In the Christmas Groove.

The album has 12 tracks, many of them obscure 45 B-sides from Christmases past. There’s the rollicking “Christmas Present Blues” by Jimmy Reed; the ’60s-drenched “Christmas Morning” by Zebra; the Soul Saints Orchestra’s bluesy “Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul”; and (our personal favorite) “Funky Funky Christmas” by Electric Jungle. The songs are catchy, festive and—best of all—entirely fresh. Plus, Amazon is offering the whole album as MP3 downloads for just $5. Now there’s some of that Christmas spirit we were looking for.

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