Adapters: Ronald Coleman; McKinley Jackson.
Personnel: Clarence Carter (vocals, guitar); Cissy Houston, Myrna Smith, Estelle Brown, Donny Hathaway, Johnny Moore Band, Joe Tex, Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, Margie Joseph, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Sylvia Shemwell, Carla Thomas (vocals); Clyde McPhatter, Gerhart Thrasher, Charles Thomas (tenor); Andrew Thrasher, Eugene Pearson (baritone, bass voice); Johnny Terry, Bill Pinkney (bass voice); Billy Davis , Duane Allman, Jimmy Oliver, Steve Cropper, Billy Butler (guitar); Gil Askey (banjo); Bob Gallo (strings); Bill Bivins, Billy Bivens, John Scott (saxophone); Joe Arnold, King Curtis, Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Dave Burns, Eddie Williams , Wayne Jackson (trumpet); George Jeffers (trombone); Isaac Hayes (piano); Robert Banks, Booker T. Jones (organ); Jimmy Johnson, Jr. , Al Jackson, Jr. , Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums).
Audio Remixers: Bert Bevans; Steven Greenberg.
Liner Note Author: Margaux Ravis.
Recording information: Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (02/04/1954-10/08/1970); Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN (02/04/1954-10/08/1970); Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals (02/04/1954-10/08/1970); Memphis, TN (02/04/1954-10/08/1970); New York, NY (02/04/1954-10/08/1970).
Arrangers: Eric Gale ; McKinley Jackson; Paul Riser.
This 1991 reissue includes eight of the original 11 tracks included on the Atco 1968 release (a rare album still worth seeking), with 11 more tracks added from the Atlantic vaults. Few, if any, Christmas compilations are more essential than this. Otis Redding's performances of "White Christmas" and "Merry Christmas, Baby" are alone worth the price of admission. Clarence Carter's funky "Back Door Santa" and Joe Tex's ballad "I'll Make Every Day Christmas (For My Woman)" are only two more tracks that make this collection an absolute must-have CD. ~ Dennis MacDonald