The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection
by Various Artists
Released: Oct 2009
Motown has released many essential holiday numbers, but this one is exceptional. You get the irrepressible joy of the young, eager-to-please Jackson 5, the group dynamics of the Temptations, the wintry genius of Stevie Wonder and the ever-eccentric Marvin Gaye crooning the truly weird "Purple Snowflakes." It gets even better when you add the label's lesser-lights (but not lesser talents) and a number of old seasonal radio spots. There is even a Smokey number touting adoption on here!