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What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: December 15, 2014 08:57AM
We are in the thick of christmas wrapping and last minute shopping. What album keeps your christmas cheer going? I can think of two. If I want to hear my HIFI shine I go for David Lanz Christopher's dream . Wow [itunes.apple.com] . If I want to dance like a middle aged man who doesn't know how to dance then I go for The Ventures Christmas Album, specifically the Sleigh Ride song, [itunes.apple.com] .

So, what are your favorite christmas albums?
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: December 15, 2014 09:14AM
Not an album, but I love the way The Temptations do "Silent Night". It was free on iTunes store a few years ago.



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: December 15, 2014 09:15AM
Here's another vote for The Ventures. Discovered it when I saw a band play it all the way through a few years ago.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: RE:up
Date: December 15, 2014 09:27AM
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - Gayla Peevy.

Not an album, just a song, cracks me up every time.

"Just bring him in the back door, it's the easy thing to do."
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: msglee
Date: December 15, 2014 09:31AM
Nana Mouskouri

[itunes.apple.com]
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: 3d
Date: December 15, 2014 09:36AM
Straight No Chaser: Holiday Spirits gets alot of airtime in my house

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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: December 15, 2014 09:40AM
This is a single song, not an album.

“NBC ran a comedy-drama show for one season back in 2006 called Studio 60. One episode featured a group of displaced-by-Hurricane-Katrina New Orleans jazz musicians playing O Holy Night. Hauntingly beautiful.

NBC put up a link for folks to download the song shortly after that episode aired. Don’t know if the official NBC link is still active. You can find a link here:

[bigsole.blogspot.ca]
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Pam
Date: December 15, 2014 09:41AM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve and Other Stories
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: rz
Date: December 15, 2014 09:59AM
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The only part I don't like is where the cast of the show starts singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing". I just skip to the next song.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: December 15, 2014 10:01AM
msg and Todd's, thanks for those! Never heard either of them. Like'em!



That old man - he don't think like no old man...
Now I wouldn't want to be within 400 - 500 yards of one of them nuclear bombs when it goes off! WW1 Vet Old Man
"He's pinned under an outcropping of rock. Lucky for him, the rock kept the dirt from burying him alive."
If idiots could fly, this place would be an airport. And I'd be a TSA agent.
A bonified member of The Mystic Knights of The Sea, George P. Stevens, President. Andy Brown, Treasurer, Algonquin J. Calhoun, Legal Consultant.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: CW2V
Date: December 15, 2014 10:03AM
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rz
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The only part I don't like is where the cast of the show starts singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing". I just skip to the next song.

You beat me to it!

Yoootooobe
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: decay
Date: December 15, 2014 10:07AM
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rz
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The only part I don't like is where the cast of the show starts singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing". I just skip to the next song.

You beat me to it!

Yoootooobe

This.



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 15, 2014 10:17AM
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GuyGene
Not an album, but I love the way The Temptations do "Silent Night". It was free on iTunes store a few years ago.

That's my all-time favorite Christmas song! [www.youtube.com]
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 15, 2014 10:19AM
The whole album isn't great but I love Ringo Starr's "I Want To Be Santa Claus"

has excellent versions of "Little Drummer Boy" and a good, triply, original "Peace Be With You"



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 15, 2014 10:20AM
Do I have to like just one album?

I prefer Pandora's Swinging Christmas Radio.



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: December 15, 2014 10:43AM
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vision63
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GuyGene
Not an album, but I love the way The Temptations do "Silent Night". It was free on iTunes store a few years ago.

That's my all-time favorite Christmas song! [www.youtube.com]

Yeah, don't they just do a fantastic job! I listen to that one over and over.



That old man - he don't think like no old man...
Now I wouldn't want to be within 400 - 500 yards of one of them nuclear bombs when it goes off! WW1 Vet Old Man
"He's pinned under an outcropping of rock. Lucky for him, the rock kept the dirt from burying him alive."
If idiots could fly, this place would be an airport. And I'd be a TSA agent.
A bonified member of The Mystic Knights of The Sea, George P. Stevens, President. Andy Brown, Treasurer, Algonquin J. Calhoun, Legal Consultant.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: J Marston
Date: December 15, 2014 10:46AM
The Roches, We Three Kings.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: decay
Date: December 15, 2014 10:58AM
I just got tipped off to this:
[www.discogs.com]

Jingle Bell Jazz is a collection of jazz versions of Christmas songs recorded between 1959 and 1962 by some of the most popular artists on the Columbia label. It was first issued October 17, 1962.

Side One

01 – Jingle Bells (Duke Ellington)
02 – White Christmas (Lionel Hampton)
03 – Winter Wonderland (Chico Hamilton)
04 – The Christmas Song (Carmen McRae)
05 – Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Pony Poindexter)
06 – We Three Kings Of Orient Are (Paul Horn)

Side Two

07 – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
08 – Deck Us All With Boston Charlie (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
09 – Deck The Halls (Herbie Hancock)
10 – If I Were A Bell (Manhattan Jazz All Stars)
11 – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Marlowe Morris)
12 – Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (Miles Davis)

Released: October 17, 1962
Genre: Christmas, Holiday, Jazz
Length: 41:37
Label: Columbia Records



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: December 15, 2014 11:06AM
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CW2V
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rz
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The only part I don't like is where the cast of the show starts singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing". I just skip to the next song.

You beat me to it!

Yoootooobe

This.

Count me in. One of my all time favorites. I really like Vince's piano playing. Heck, I can even put up with the Hark song too. thumbs up



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: bruceko
Date: December 15, 2014 11:10AM
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 1984
The orchestra is still on tour this year.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: particleman
Date: December 15, 2014 11:34AM
Yule Struttin : A Blue Note Christmas

Stanley Jordan does a great version of Silent Night

[www.amazon.com]

Hipsters' Holiday: Vocal Jazz and R&B Classics

A good one to put on and break out the cocktail shaker

[www.amazon.com]
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: December 15, 2014 11:40AM
“You’re All I Want For Christmas” by The Persuasions.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: December 15, 2014 12:11PM
I love the old Firestone and Goodyear albums from the 60s and 70s. Corny but so full of memories for me. Unfortunately they aren't available as anything but second-hand vinyl.



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: h linamen
Date: December 15, 2014 12:21PM
Definitely:
Christmas Wonderland - Bert Kaempfert
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: December 15, 2014 12:27PM
I love the Charlie Brown Christmas album, especially the kids singing Hark the Herald Angel Sing
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: SteveO
Date: December 15, 2014 12:38PM
GRP Christmas (jazz album series) - [www.amazon.com]
--sounding a little dated now as a reviewer mentioned, but still good stuff

A Merry Jazzmas - various artists

Harry Connick Jr. - When my heart finds christmastime

George Winston - December

Winter's Solstice V and VI (there are many others obviously, also likely good) - (Wyndam Hill artists)

Elvis' Christmas album

Santa Stole My Lady - Fitz & The Tantrums

Seriously West Coast Vol 2 - (various Canucks)

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Everything you want for christmas

Sarah Mclachlan - Wintersong

The Killers - various xmas songs

Paste Holiday Sampler - various artists
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: December 15, 2014 12:53PM
In addition to all the others, the Brian Setzer Orchestra one, and Barenaked Ladies-Barenaked for Christmas

Edit: also the old Avon collection from the 80s.



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Spiff
Date: December 15, 2014 12:54PM
John Denver and the Muppets - A Christmas Together

Christmas in the Stars - A Star Wars Christmas

Victoria's Secret Christmas - London Symphony Orchestra



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: December 15, 2014 01:12PM
The Guaraldi LP for sure.

I have some others that bring great childhood memories that are also good in their own way.

These both from 1962:

Ray Conniff, We Wish You a Merry Christmas
So very schmaltzy. It's of course "music for squares," in a "Mad Men" suburbia style but a lot of fun.)

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Philly Orch w/ Eugene Ormandy, The Glorious Sounds of Christmas
A standard choral, orchestral set done really well, straight up, "no foolishness." Too good to be boring.

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Now we go back to 1959 with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians for The Sounds of Christmas (seems there was little imagination for album titles back then).
Again, a "formal, adult" recording but there's huge variety here, everything from stuffy orchestral/choral like the Ormandy, to gospel to almost-Conniff like campy to swanky jazz. "Santa Claus Is coming to Town" here is the sexiest version of it you'll hear.


A little more than a year I ago I emailed the Coordinator at Penn State's Library, where Fred Waring had left many artifacts and recordings. The Sounds of Christmas was OOP but he graciously gave me an MP3 download for free, unfortunately crappy-sounding. I shared with him my better-sounding LP rip ... (got no response about that)

It was later part of a 2-LP and then 2-CD set called "Christmas Magic" also OOP. Apparently, 3 weeks ago Capitol/Universal re-released it. (iTunes link)
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So now back to the '60s with Ferrante and Teicher, We Wish You a Merry Christmas
History wasn't kind to this kind of light "fluff" artistry but for Xmas it works just fine.

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If you like vocal jazz I shouldn't have to tell you about this, you need to own it already:


If you play vinyl seek out both the original mono and stereo versions, black label Verve.
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With a few others that group above formed the core of what I heard growing up for most Decembers.

Now for something completely different: From '91, Brave Combo, It's Christmas, Man!
Polka, waltzes, samba, rock, etc


There's a live recording that's similar, called Christmas Present.
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If you find this, it should be green vinyl. Earlier versions weren't but sound the same: like an old TV speaker ...


There are others in standard rotation here but that should get anyone going.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: decay
Date: December 15, 2014 01:24PM
Tijuana Christmas by The Border Brass
[www.youtube.com]



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: sekker
Date: December 15, 2014 01:25PM
I love all of Amy Grant's Christmas albums.

Thanks for the listings here, I will definitely try some of them (Pandora will be easy).
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: December 15, 2014 01:29PM
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$tevie
I love the old Firestone and Goodyear albums from the 60s and 70s. Corny but so full of memories for me. Unfortunately they aren't available as anything but second-hand vinyl.

There's some really good music on those records (and a lot of schmaltz, too, but still). Kind of remarkable that a couple of tire companies put in the kind of resources it must have taken to make them, and with some of the biggest musical names of the time to boot.

MP3 rips exist if you look around for them...
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: beagledave
Date: December 15, 2014 01:59PM
Not an album, and some might scream humbug, but I like Katzenjammer's cover of Fairytale of New York.

[www.youtube.com]
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: December 15, 2014 02:13PM
Thank DK, for the Jingle Bell Jazz tip. Ordered a NM copy.

Looks like when Trunk Records in the UK licensed it a few years ago they got the original running order (Dukes of Dixieland instead of Herbie Hancock). And from them you can it lossless and with original artwork: [bleep.com]
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: December 15, 2014 02:44PM
I like the GRP series as well.

Also the "A Very Special Christmas" series. All of Run DMC's tracks starting with Christmas in Hollis are now classics (to me).

James Brown "Santa's got a Brand New Bag" is good.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: kahuna1342
Date: December 15, 2014 03:00PM
One of my favorites for the past couple of years is A Very She and Him Christmas.
She and Him Christmas

Also, the one from Pink Martini is really good.
Pink Martini - Joy to the World





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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: decay
Date: December 15, 2014 03:06PM
Hidey Ho!
[www.youtube.com]

John Waters Christmas
[www.youtube.com]

I farted on Santa's Lap
[www.youtube.com]



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: December 15, 2014 03:33PM
I always recommend Sing We Christmas by Chanticleer. Some gorgeous work.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: DP
Date: December 15, 2014 04:08PM
Yule Struttin : A Blue Note Christmas

Got this one. Also:

Jingle Bell Jazz

We have an album from Pottery Barn with some of these songs and others from the 40s and 50s.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: December 15, 2014 04:18PM
Gary Hoey's "Ho Ho Hoey" Christmas CD

His take on meny holiday favs with a lead rock guitar.

Dave



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: pdq
Date: December 15, 2014 04:25PM
I must also go with Vince Guaraldi. Classic for folks my age.

However, December by George Winston is also one of my seasonal favorites. And I've somehow just gotten to love the song "It Snowed (Last Night)" by Meaghan Smith, which was on an iTunes holiday sampler a couple years ago. So upbeat and cheery about snow, it could only have been sung by a Canuck.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 15, 2014 04:50PM
We usually put on the Vienna Boy's Choir, or some german Christmas music from the 1950's and 1960's. It's a 32 year family tradition that we gather 'round the tree and sing "Stille Nacht". In German. OK, my wife and I sing it in German, the kids mumble along. We adopted almost all of my wife's family's Christmas traditions. Except I don't hit the Slivovits as hard as her dad usually did. Or complain about the food.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: December 15, 2014 05:57PM
Album...gotta go classic: Christmas With The Conniffs

Individual Song Category

White Christmas - Bing Crosby

Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Comin To Town

Red Peters - Holy @#$%& It's Christmas



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: December 15, 2014 06:27PM
Holy smokes, 43 posts so far and still going strong! I'm going to spend tonight listening to the music listed here. I already bought one album based on these recommendations.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: fauch
Date: December 15, 2014 06:29PM
[itunes.apple.com]
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: decay
Date: December 15, 2014 07:05PM
I picked up this LP for 50 cents, but it's also on CD

Rockin' Little Christmas



[www.amazon.com]

(starts at a penny)

[www.discogs.com]

[itunes.apple.com]



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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: surfer33
Date: December 15, 2014 09:02PM
Haven't listened to their album, but favorite live Christmas show is Celtic Woman.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Kate
Date: December 15, 2014 09:15PM
Late to the party but I love harmony (someone else mentioned Strait No Chaser, but I also love the Roches "We Three Kings" and Aliqua "All I Want"

Kate
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: December 15, 2014 10:10PM
decay, didn't ye mean this one:

[m.youtube.com]



That old man - he don't think like no old man...
Now I wouldn't want to be within 400 - 500 yards of one of them nuclear bombs when it goes off! WW1 Vet Old Man
"He's pinned under an outcropping of rock. Lucky for him, the rock kept the dirt from burying him alive."
If idiots could fly, this place would be an airport. And I'd be a TSA agent.
A bonified member of The Mystic Knights of The Sea, George P. Stevens, President. Andy Brown, Treasurer, Algonquin J. Calhoun, Legal Consultant.
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Re: What is your favorite christmas album?
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: December 15, 2014 10:11PM
Can’t recommend this as classic Christmas music, and I enjoy a nostalgic trek by listening to at least one lot-time radio program. Here you can find “The Great Gildersleeve” episodes.

“Leroooooyyyy!”

[www.greatgildersleeve.com]
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