Photographer: Carolyn Cochrane.
A seemingly random trawl through the holiday nook of the EMI vault, the selections on R&B Christmas: 10 Great Songs span seven decades. It's a brief set that skips from era to era, ranging from certified classic material (Charles Brown's "Merry Christmas, Baby," the Five Keys' "Every Heart Is Home at Christmas") to picks that are far too recent to be placed in that class (Deniece Williams' "Do You Hear What I Hear?," Faith Evans' "The Christmas Song"). Dianne Reeves, BeBe & CeCe Winans, the Whispers, and Lou Rawls are also featured in this set, which is most useful for those who put together lengthy and diverse playlists for Christmas get-togethers. ~ Andy Kellman