Stevie Wonder – 1967 – Someday At Christmas
Someday at Christmas is a Christmas album by Stevie Wonder, released on November 27, 1967 under Motown Records. It was his eighth studio album release. It would also be re-released in 1978 with different cover art and different catalog number (Original 1967 catalog: T-281, 1978 reissue: T7-362 R1). It would again be re-released as part of Universal Music’s Christmas Edition of their successful 20th Century Masters series in 2003 with additional tracks. The title song was previously released as a single in 1966 and reached #24 on the Billboard Christmas singles chart that year.
It is considered one of Motown’s best in the genre and features original songs, including “What Christmas Means To Me” and “Bedtime For Toys” plus the title song, by now a standard on its own, and soulful versions of “Silver Bells”m “The Little Drummer Boy” and the jazzy “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You).
A1 Someday at Christmas 2:50
A2 Silver Bells 2:22
A3 Ave Maria 3:58
A4 The Little Drummer Boy 3:07
A5 One Little Christmas Tree 2:43
A6 The Day That Love Began 3:35
B1 The Christmas Song 3:09
B2 Bedtime for Toys 3:29
B3 Christmastime 2:33
B4 Twinkle Twinkle Little Me 3:15
B5 A Warm Little Home on a Hill 3:28
B6 What Christmas Means to Me 2:27
Review by Rovi Staff
With Someday at Christmas, Stevie Wonder applies his inimitable vocal technique to yuletide songs, some familiar, some not, with predictably successful results. In the title song he yearns for a Christmas when “Men won’t be boys/playing with bombs like kids play with toys,” striking a plaintive tone not usually found on Christmas albums. Although he is hopeful that the day will come, he sings that it may not happen any time soon. The song seems eerily prescient in light of the chaotic year that would follow, Christmas 1967, when this record was released.
Other high points include his joyous reading of “Little Drummer Boy“, with its steadily building martial beat, and chestnuts like “Silver Bells” and “The Christmas Song“, which Wonder delivers with total assurance, as well as a palpable sense of fun. He even brings a measure of soul to more sentimental numbers like “One Little Christmas Tree” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me“. The album ends on an up note in “What Christmas Means to Me“, which invokes the bumping bassline of the Capitols’ “Cool Jerk” and features a happy harp solo from Wonder.
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