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Two brand new holiday albums from Def Soul Classic, individual albums from Patti Labelle and the Isley Brothers. Both albums were produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions.

MISS PATTI’S CHRISTMAS is the first new Christmas album by Philadelphia native Patti Labelle in nearly two decades, since 1990’s Gamble & Huff-produced This Christmas, on Universal’s MCA label. The new album’s 10 songs intersperse Christmas classics (“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?”), contemporary numbers (remakes of the Emotions’ 1978 “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?,” 1995’s Richard Marx & Luther Vandross staple, “Every Year, Every Christmas”), and traditional material (“Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child” featuring the Soul Seekers, “Away In A Manger”).Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis co-wrote four holiday songs for the project: “Christmas Jam,” “Holidays Mean More To Me,” “It’s Going To Be A Merry Christmas,” and “Nativity.” The final sequence for MISS PATTI’S CHRISTMAS is: 1. Christmas Jam * 2. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year * 3. What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas? * 4. Holidays Mean More To Me * 5. It’s Going To Be A Merry Christmas * 6. Do You Hear What I Hear? * 7. Nativity * 8. Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child featuring the Soul Seekers * 9. Every Year, Every Christmas * 10. Away In A Manger.”

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees the Isley Brothers, who now include Ronald Isley and his brother, guitarist and singer Ernie Isley, celebrated their 50th year as a recording group in 2007. Their new album’s 10 songs are a mix of contemporary Christmas standards (“Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” with passionate guitar work by Ernie); traditional fare (“Silent Night,” and the medley of “The First Noël/What Child Is This?/Joy To The World”); and two songs co-written for the occasion by Jimmy Jam (James Harris III) & Terry Lewis that are destined to become classics: “I’m In Love” and “What Can I Buy You?” (the latter also featuring Ernie on guitar).

The Isley Brothers are joined by jazz guitarist Doc Powell (known for his work with Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, and dozens of others) for an unforgettable version of Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).” The final sequence for I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is: 1. Winter Wonderland * 2. I’m In Love * 3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas * 4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas * 5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town * 6. Christmas Medley * Medley (The First Noel, What Child Is This?, Joy To The World) * 7. What Can I Buy You? 8. The Christmas Song featuring Doc Powell * 9. White Christmas * 10. Silent Night.


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