It’s holiday time here at Flea Market Funk, a time to reflect on the year that’s behind us, spend some time with loved ones, and hopefully find some sweet vinyl under the tree. Every year I look for my copy of this record, and every year I can’t find it. I always think I put it in the same place, but of course I don’t. Although while I was looking for this record, I did manage to find a whole stack of records I had been trying to locate in my collection: some Johnny Hammond, Idris Muhammad, and a Joe Williams that I thought I lost. Anyway, I digress. This record was on my mind mind as of late. I got an e -mail from DJ Wax O. He had just used this record under the acapella for Wu Tang Clan’s “C.R.EA.M”, and titled it “C.R.EA.M.Y Christmas. Pretty cool stuff. Check it out here. This year has been a good one for me and for FMF. We branched out all over the world, got to open up for some great bands and artists, and of course found some really great records. I mean you can never find enough vinyl as it is, so finding even one good record can make your whole day.
This record didn’t make the Pop charts, but peaked at number 20 on the Christmas-related Billboard charts in 1966. It’s a great interpretation of a Holiday classic by a great band. I mean there are a lot of X-mas classics I could have chosen from (Booker T. pretty much covered them all), but I really like this interpretation. It’s a Soulful take on a song we all know and love from our childhood. There’s really not much more to say except: Have a Happy Holiday and Prosperous New Year from your friend here at Flea Market Funk. Thank You for your continuing support and I’m looking forward to a Funky 2011. Cheers-