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Thu Dec 24, 2020, 01:51 PM

My Favorite Christmas Albums:

from my blog at:

https://www.afiendishthingy.com/blog/Entries/2020/12/my-favorite-christmas-albums.html

Below is a list of my favorite Christmas Albums; although there are many excellent various artist compliations out there (especially on the Rhino and Bear Family labels), this list focuses on albums that were conceived as whole entities, hence most are by individual artists.

1. Various Artists, produced by Phil Spector - A Christmas Gift For You (originally released 1963). This album, along with #2 below, has been part of our family’s Christmas eve listening for decades.
2. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (originally released 1965). For anyone, but especially Baby Boomers, this music is essential listening.
3. The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute Band)- A Fab Four Christmas/Have Yourself a FAB-ulous Little Christmas (2002). Covers of Christmas songs, Beatle-Style. Captures the joy and spirit of both Christmas and the Beatles.
4. J.D. McPherson - Socks (2018). If this disc doesn’t have you smiling and bopping around the house, you must be six feet under.
5. Cyndi Lauper - Merry Christmas…Have A Nice Life! (1998). Fun collection,mixing originals with covers. Some bouncy tunes along with some sentimental ones too.
6. Rotary Connection - Peace (1968). This soulful collection Features Minnie Riperton.
7. The Smithereens - Christmas with The Smithereens (2007). Power Pop Christmas Rock!
8. The Grip Weeds - Under The Influence Of Christmas (2011) More Power Pop Christmas Rock!
9. Nat King Cole - The Magic Of Christmas (1960, rereleased as “The Christmas Song”)
10. Emmylou Harris - A Light In The Stable (1992, expanded with new tracks in 2002). If you’re looking for a Roots/Bluegrass Christmas album, this is the one. Guest appearances by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young.

What are your favorite Christmas albums?

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:01 PM

1. I'll play.

The Four Season’s Christmas
James Taylor - A Christmas Album
Johnny Mathis
The Chipmunks
John Denver & The Muppets

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:01 PM

2. Here's a few of mine

Andy Williams
Perry Como
Frank Sinatra
Firestone with great music we bought cheap
Yorgi Yorgensson

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:05 PM

3. I listen to that Phil Spector album all year long.

It’s just so damn cheerful. I also agree with your #9 and #10. We also like the Hawaiian slack key guitar Christmas albums by Led Kapaana. Staples Singers 25th Day of December. Etta James has a great old one, too. The Elvis album which my border collie adored for some reason. An Oscar Peterson Christmas. Carpenters Christmas Portrait. Aaron Neville’s Soulful Christmas.

I could go on..and on..and on..

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:09 PM

4. Because of childhood associations:

My dad absolutely loved the Jack Jones Christmas album. Because it was played so much during the holidays it is really ingrained in my brain.

The Jackson 5 Christmas record. We somehow had this album in the house too. My sisters and I absolutely loved it. To this day I remember the lyrics to Someday at Christmas wrong because of what I thought they were when I was five or six years old.

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:00 PM

5. Even though my favs are older, they bring a lot of memories with them...

Johnny Mathis - All of them.
Nat King Cole
Bing Crosby
The Carpenters
James Taylor
Susan Boyle
Barbra Streisand
Andy Williams
My absolute favorite instrumental is Jackie Gleason's Orchestra, Tis the Season

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:45 PM

6. I love the Andy Williams Christmas album, a childhood favorite!

I love the Johnny Mathis Christmas album too.

We asked Alexa to play them while we were decorating our tree. 🌲 🎁 ⛄️ ❄️ 🎅

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 04:00 PM

7. Doesn't anyone remember...Burl Ives?

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, everyone.

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 05:08 PM

8. I love yours, especially #2, just really brings back 60s childhood...

A “modern” favorite one for me is Home For Christmas, *NSYNC.

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