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#1 Posted on 5.12.03 1513.28
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Okay, We need to add a few Christmas CD's to our collection. Can be traditional or not, but at least set the proper mood. My personal favorite is the Mel Torme Christmas recording, although the Kinks singing "Father Christmas" is a close second. We spend a lot of road time this time of year in flyover country and any good suggestions are appreciated. This may have been done last year but there seems to be a boatlaod of new Holiday CD's out evey year and out here we just don't get much info. Thanks.
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#2 Posted on 5.12.03 1539.04
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I like Garth Brooks' Christmas album from a couple of years ago. You can't go wrong with Bing Crosby, Ray Connif and the Singers, or the Carpenters Christmas album either. I'm a big ol' dork around this time of year.


EDIT: Of course, you probably already have Crosby, and Connif. The Vince Gill Christmas CD is quite good as well.

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#3 Posted on 5.12.03 1805.20
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
    Okay, We need to add a few Christmas CD's to our collection. Can be traditional or not, but at least set the proper mood. My personal favorite is the Mel Torme Christmas recording, although the Kinks singing "Father Christmas" is a close second. We spend a lot of road time this time of year in flyover country and any good suggestions are appreciated. This may have been done last year but there seems to be a boatlaod of new Holiday CD's out evey year and out here we just don't get much info. Thanks.
Honestly, the NOW Christmas compilation is a quick'n'easy way to get two discs of standards, if you don't mind the poppier stuff (I certainly don't).

Here's the quicklist of all the CDs I'll be dragging to work to annoy my coworkers:

Now That's What I Call Christmas! (2 discs - UMG 2001)
New Wave Xmas (Rhino 1996)
VH-1's The Big 80's Christmas (Rhino 2001)
Acid X-Mas (Street Beat 1997)
Superstar Christmas (Epic/Sony 1997)
Dean Martin - Season's Greetings (reissue - CEMA 1992)
Perry Como - Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music (reissue - Special/BMG 1995
Christina Aguilera - My Kind of Christmas (RCA 2000)
Christmas Classics (CD-R from my cousin 2001)

I'd recommend all of the above with the exception of "Acid X-Mas" which comes from a Pandisc-offshoot and is meant to create lots of bass and generally annoy people. Also, my cousin probably won't burn you a copy of his disc either.

Also, I have these which I stole from the (name of company removed) promo pile and have never even opened...yet

One Silent Night (Myrrh 2000) - Christian label
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Christmas Time Again (CMC/BMG 2000)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories (Lava 1996)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Christmas Attic (Lava 1998)
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#4 Posted on 5.12.03 1905.12
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Not a year goes by that Mom doesn't haul out the Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton Christmas CD...
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#5 Posted on 5.12.03 1924.22
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Here's part of the music that I'm playing to try and inspire people to buy Christmas trees while I'm over at the tree farm.

Just In Time for Christmas (IRS 1990) (Timbuk 3, Dread Zeppelin, and Wall of Voodoo make for a Christmas album that is, shall we say, interesting.)

A Country Christmas (Warner 1994)
Amy Grant - Home for Christmas (A&M 1992)
and several CDR's of stuff off of various Windham Hill Winter Solstice albums.

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#6 Posted on 5.12.03 1941.17
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No one does Christmas like Johnny Mathis. He has several Chistmas Greatest Hits out, which I would recommend picking up.

Although I'm not a big fan of his, Jimmy Buffet's Christmas Island is pretty fun.

In my house, it also whould not be Christmas without John Denver & the Muppets' A Christmas Together. I believe it dates back to 1979.
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#7 Posted on 5.12.03 2103.11
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The first A Very Special Christmas has U2's "Baby Please Come Home" and Run-DMC doing "Christmas in Hollis", so there's an easy winner if I say so myself. But here's one you will burn for yourself... it's a comp I made for work today (of course, they fix the stereo in the back, making it all moot, but what the hell), along with notes.

1. Bjork: "Merry Christmas from Bjork" (She sings some Icelandic Christmas song, then wishes us a merry Christmas. Awwwwww.)
2. Mighty Mighty Bosstones: "It Sure Doesn't Feel Like Christmas Time" (Great song, probably one of the two best originals. Christmas from the eyes of a homeless guy.)
3. Violent Femmes: "Holly Jolly Christmas (live)" (Gordon Gano forgets the words at the beginning... but even better, it starts off with someone asking if he'll sing them a few bars, and he says "NO.")
4. Save Ferris: "Christmas Wrapping" (Rewritten to be about Hanukkah. No, really. Quite funny, too.)
5. Kurtis Blow: "Christmas Rappin'" (Hey, it was either this or Snoop Dogg doing "Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto".)
6. Bob Marley: "Christmas Reggae" (Nice change of pace. Not so sure it's actually him, though.)
7. Booker T and the MG's: "White Christmas" (Instrumental... nicely done.)
8. Smashing Pumpkins: "Christmastime" (WAY too heavy on the synthy strings, but what the hell, they're allowed.)
9. R.E.M.: "Christmas Time Is Here" (Yep, instrumental. Again, either this or "Christmas Griping", and you don't go to Yankee Candle to hear about someone being driven to go up on a tower with a high-powered rifle after hearing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" one too many times.)
10. Low: "Blue Christmas" (It's growing on me. )
11. Morphine: "Sexy Christmas Baby Mine" (This woulda made this particular Yankee Candle the Singe Coolest One Ever. Either way, is good.)
12. Manic Street Preachers: "Last Christmas (acoustic)" (Yep, the best song on the CD. It's just the singer and an acoustic guitar.)
13. Johnny Cash: "O Christmas Tree" (Because you HAVE to have him on there somewhere.)
14. Poe: "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" (More country-ish than I expected... it's quite good.)
15. Mike D: "Country Christmas" (Uhm... I don't know what to make of it. You take a shot.)
16. The Pogues: "Christmas In the Drunk Tank" (YOU picture this as background music in any store. Another solid song.)
17. The Alarm: "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" (Living up to those U2 comparisons.)

The idea was to go with stuff that wasn't on any compilations, so you'll have to excuse me if I'm WAY off on some of these.
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#8 Posted on 6.12.03 0221.40
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So much of the enjoyment of the Christmas season seems to depend upon the traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. With that in mind, allow me to suggest The Beach Boy's Christmas Album featuring the Brian Wilson compositions "Little Saint Nick", "The Man With All The Toys" and "Merry Christmas, Baby", along with Carnie and Wendy Wilson's Hey Santa, featuring the title track composed by Brian's two daughters along with Jack Kugell. As to individual songs that simply don't get played often enough, two of my favorites are "Run Rudolph Run", by Chuck Berry and "My Mom and Santa Claus" performed by George Jones.
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#9 Posted on 6.12.03 0417.28
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Oh I ALSO have "Christmas" by James Brown (reissue PSM/Polygram 1994) which does NOT contain "Santa's Got a Brand New Bag," which is probably my favourite JB Christmas track, but WAS $6.99 at wherever I got it.
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#10 Posted on 6.12.03 0623.37
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Dr. Dirt, you may enjoy B.B. King's A Christmas Celebration of Hope. The guy sounds like he really wanted to make a Christmas album, and had fun doing it.
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#11 Posted on 6.12.03 1005.28
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Me and the younguns have an affection for Brian Setzer's Boogie Woogie Christmas that he put out last holiday season.

And Chris - I must be knowing what is on the New Wave Christmas CD, please.
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#12 Posted on 6.12.03 1022.25
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Christmas Songs by Sinatra. Also, I dig Trans-Siberian Orchestra as their "Carol of the Bells" is pretty cool.
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#13 Posted on 6.12.03 1537.06
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    Originally posted by pieman
    Me and the younguns have an affection for Brian Setzer's Boogie Woogie Christmas that he put out last holiday season.

    And Chris - I must be knowing what is on the New Wave Christmas CD, please.
Good God, what an ugly background colour. (And this is *CRZ* saying that!)

Stolen from http://www.inthe80s.com/ compilations/xmas_rhinoxmas.shtml so I wouldn't have to type...

Thanks For Christmas - XTC
Christmas Day - Squeeze
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues w/ Kirsty MacColl
Rudoplh The Manic Reindeer - Los Lobos
2000 Miles - The Pretenders
Santa Claus - Throwing Muses
Little Drummer Boy - Miracle Legion
Xmas At K-Mart - Root Boy Slim et. all
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie / Bing Crosby
One Christmas Catalogue - Captain Sensible
All I Want For Christmas - Timbuk 3
...A Gun For Christmas - Wall Of Voodoo
Santa's Beard - They Might Be Giants
Christmas - The Buzz of Delight w/ M. Sweet
Christmas Time - Chris Stamey Group
Christmas Xmess - Sun 60
Careless Santa - Mono Puff

(See [and hear?] also at http://ca.geocities.com/ tymer_2000/N7/nw.html ...while their bandwidth holds out)
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#14 Posted on 6.12.03 1910.10
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Can't very well have Christmas without ELVIS...

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#15 Posted on 7.12.03 0115.20
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Mono Puff and TMBG on the same record. Indeed.

For reference, "Christmas in the Drunk Tank" is really called "Fairytale of New York."

And, good Lord, let me join the chorus of praise for Johnny Mathis. The man is pure gold. I've got one of his Christmas compilations, but sadly I can't provide you with the name of it right now - the CD is in my car. Perry Como is also the man.

I'll also throw a vote out there for Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," a terrific album by the terrific Mr. Cole. Percy Faith and his Orchestra also put together a nice Christmas album, and of course you can't go wrong with Bing Crosby.

And someone should at least mention Burl Ives' name here.
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#16 Posted on 7.12.03 0735.16
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    Originally posted by PalpatineW
    Mono Puff and TMBG on the same record. Indeed.



Mono Puff, TMBG and Matthew Sweet. It's a Christmas Miracle!

I usually just listen to the $1 "Coke" CDs I get at Speedway every Christmas (They're up to Vol. 3), but I will probably put together a more contemporary compilation featuring some of those mentioned above.

And the only Christmas CD I've ever paid full retail price for . . . Vince Guraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

(edited by DrewDewce on 7.12.03 0541)
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#17 Posted on 7.12.03 1053.31
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If you like some soft guitar music, check out Tuck Andress' "Hymns, Carols, and Songs about Snow." One of the prettiest little Christmas albums I've ever heard.

And I'd be remiss in not mentioning my two favorites: "A Sesame Street Christmas" (the original 1975 LP for preference) and "John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together."

Yeah, I know, John Denver. But it's GOOD!

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#18 Posted on 7.12.03 1545.20
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    Originally posted by DrewDewce
      Originally posted by PalpatineW
      Mono Puff and TMBG on the same record. Indeed.



    Mono Puff, TMBG and Matthew Sweet. It's a Christmas Miracle!

    I usually just listen to the $1 "Coke" CDs I get at Speedway every Christmas (They're up to Vol. 3), but I will probably put together a more contemporary compilation featuring some of those mentioned above.

    And the only Christmas CD I've ever paid full retail price for . . . Vince Guraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

    (edited by DrewDewce on 7.12.03 0541)


Much love for Vince Guaraldi's Christmas stuff. I'd also submit the Squirrel Nut Zippers Christmas album... name escapes me, though.
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#19 Posted on 7.12.03 1920.33
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I'll second pieman's recommendation on the Brian Setzer Christmas CD. (Of course, having heard most of said CD live might sway my opinion a little bit.. ).

As for the Squirrel Nut Zippers CD: I believe that'd be Christmas Caravan.
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#20 Posted on 7.12.03 1933.27
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I can't promise you'll find it, but if you ever see an album called Christmas Soul Special, pick it up. It was recorded in the early 80s and features a really tight band with a variety of soul legends--Ben E. King, Martha Reeves, Sam from Sam & Dave. Wilson Pickett's tracks are fantastic. If you can't find that, one of the Motown Christmas sets (Jackson 5ive, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Miracles) would do.

And any disc that has "I Wish It Would Be Christmas Everyday" by Roy Wood shapes up pretty well.
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