Recorded in 1985, The Spirit of Christmas
finds Ray Charles
performing a variety of holiday favorites with vocal assistance from the Raelettes
and an appearance by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
. The ten tracks mix standards and originals, including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and the ballad "That Spirit of Christmas," which was featured in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The Spirit of Christmas
is perfect background music for any holiday celebration.