compilations are often cheesy, smooth selections
of bland, overplayed seasonal pabulum. even announced
with “funky” or “groovy”,
it often leaves listeners disappointed. so were
jan kohlmeyer and tobias kirmayer. first, they
were bugged out by the all filler-no-killer compilations.
the second and more important reason was that
of the considerable number of proper rare
groove tunes recorded and released in
the 1960s and `70s, many languished in obscurity.
the pair started a collaboration to create a funky-soul
the project started in 2010 when jan illustrated the diversity of more than 50 christmas tunes in the field of jazz, funk and soul to tobias kirmayer of tramp records. although some of the titles had already been compiled, there were exceptional songs that grabbed their attention. major record companies owned a handful of the initially pre-selected songs. the majors refused or ignored jan and tobias’s repeated requests for licensing. where other labels would have given up in despair, jan and tobias were determined to move forward with the project independently. ladies and gentlemen, sing along, shake your hips and dance because: santa's funk & soul christmas party is goin' on.
the cd booklet and lp sleeve contain scans of all 45RPM single labels as well as liner notes to each song. the vinyl comes with a gatefold cover and is limited to 500 copies.
1. detroit junior - christmas day
2. lee rogers - you won't have to wait till Xmas
3. gary walker - santa's got a brand new bag
4. vernon garrett with sir stan & the counts - merry christmas baby
5. vernon garrett with sir stan & the counts - christmas groove
6. count sidney & his dukes - soul christmas (voc)
7. count sidney & his dukes - soul christmas (instr)
8. rose graham - black christmas
9. binky griptite - stone soul christmas
10. fat daddy - holiday baby
11. jimmy reed - christmas present blues
12. buchanan & goodman with paul sherman - santa & the satellite
13. jimmy jules & nuclear soul system - Xmas done got funky