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2010/12/22 11:08:00 (permalink)

Christmas Music/favs

"Screamin' Chicken" (Brad)'s comments on "Christmas Irritation" thread is on holiday music.
I "love" holiday music. I have a huge collection, bigger now that I can do searches on iTunes. (I realized it is less about the music itself,and more about the range of interpretations of the genre).
 
What are some of your favorites? (music/interpretation)
Mine?
O Come Immanuel (many versions), also In Dulci Jubilo and Lo How a Rose is Blloming
Sleigh Ride (esp. by Crystal Theory)
Christmas for Cowboys (John Denver, etc.)
Mary & Joe (Darryl Purpose) (very funny song)
 
 
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    mbrookes
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 12:33:42 (permalink)
    For really fine harmony listen to The Beach Boys version of We Three Kings.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 13:10:09 (permalink)
    I guess I am a traditionalist ! Give me the the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with any good Orchestra, doing the Caroles, and Handels Messiah. I think they teamed with the Philadelphia Orchestra for the the cds I have.
     
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 13:21:43 (permalink)
    No Christmas music collection is complete without A John Waters Christmas.
     
    Of the 20-25 or so CDs I have my most favorite are probably "A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector" (thankfully just songs, no bullets), "A Charlie Brown Christmas", and "The Ventures' Christmas Album" (the similar instrumental album from Los Straitjackets is equally good).  Dean Martin's "Christmas With Dino" is another good one (his version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" is the best), as is "Christmas With The Rat Pack" and the 3-disc set "Christmas Cocktails" for those who like what I perceive to be the '50s and '60s Vegas sound, and the music that was most likely playing in the background of family photos from that era.
     
    I also have a disc called "Rudolph, Frosty and Friends' Favorite Christmas Songs", which are tunes from the Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa's Coming to Town TV specials of my childhood.  Probably very little in the way of redeeming musical qualities but great for memories.
     
    And now I'm going to put 1 foot in front of the other to go get some more goodies from the table in the lobby...
     
    Brad
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 13:28:25 (permalink)
    I just heard Any Williams' recording of It's the Most Wonderful Night of the Year while I was coming home from the gun shop. That's a great one.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 13:39:02 (permalink)
    "Sleigh Ride" by the Boston Pops...can't go a Christmas without hearing it!
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 13:58:07 (permalink)
    I'm really fond of "It Snowed" by Meaghan Smith.
     
    I thought I knew a fair number of Christmas songs, but yesterday I discovered http://en.wikipedia.org/w..._Christmas_hit_singles - I think I only know a quarter of those songs or so.
     
    We really enjoyed listening to "What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)", but I would not claim it as a favorite. 
    It's available on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/what-can-you-get-wookiee-for/id208439176?i=21418781
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 16:47:29 (permalink)
    I'm hearing Bobby Darin's version of Silent Night as I'm typing. Very, very nice.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 17:15:53 (permalink)
    mayor al

    I guess I am a traditionalist ! Give me the the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with any good Orchestra, doing the Caroles, and Handels Messiah. I think they teamed with the Philadelphia Orchestra for the the cds I have.


    Al,
     
    We need to get you a copy of the South Park Christmas CD.  You'll love "Christmastime in Hell."
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 17:47:51 (permalink)
    I'd give this a 10!
    http://vimeo.com/4885643
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 17:47:57 (permalink)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WTPiNK8Y0A
     
     
    Oesch's Die Dritten - Ein Jodler für's Christkind

     
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 18:27:03 (permalink)
    Hey, that Silent Night from Chewingthefat is very good. I usually hate that song, its so tired, but their version has a nice edge (bass line) and the photos of NYC (!) add a lot. And that "Jodler" NYPizza, quite a yodel! Thanks.
    post edited by NYNM - 2010/12/22 18:29:16
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 21:07:02 (permalink)
    I love Oh Holy Night by Josh Grobin
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 21:12:27 (permalink)
    Blue Christmas and It Won't Seem Like Christmas Without You by Elvis.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 21:38:52 (permalink)
    Grandma Got Molested At The Airport But seriously, Vince Gauraldi Christmas album always hits me nicely.

    post edited by wheregreggeats.com - 2010/12/22 21:43:15
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/22 21:59:04 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken, your choices are on my A-list too. I love how the Ventures played old standards with riffs from then-current songs like "I Feel Fine" and "She's Not There".
     
    I get a kick out of catching folks' Christmas podcasts and discovering ancient gems like the Universal Robot Band's "Disco Christmas" (heavy on 'jive turkey' talk), and the Sensational Little Shana Lynette's "Mister Russian, Please Don't Shoot Down Santa's Sleigh" - actually a cheerful little number.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 06:57:45 (permalink)
    Mostly i like OLDER CHRISTMAS MUSIC (Stuff from the 80s and before)
     
    Todays christmas music is crap like most everything else
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 07:27:35 (permalink)
    This is my favorite.  I used it last Christmas during the Christmas parade with my Miata.  I had a great sound system on the car and it was decorated highly with lights.  Great tune and is used a lot with home decorators.  The Trans Siberian Orchestra is super.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkAhmH40kiM
     
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 07:38:33 (permalink)
    Dude111

    Mostly i like OLDER CHRISTMAS MUSIC (Stuff from the 80s and before)

    Todays christmas music is crap like most everything else
    Old is from the 30s, 40s, 50s  and 60s ....

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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 12:58:53 (permalink)
    We have a few time/life compilation disks...I can stand some of it, but most drives me crazy...We streamed a channel while we decorated the tree when the CD player was down (relocated it)...and got to hear the new divas with the multiple note versions of songs..is it really important to sing every note in the scale on every song?
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 13:35:06 (permalink)
    traditional - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, song by Judy Garland, or just about anyone else.
     
    I have a Leon Redbone Christmas CD I read about here at Roadfood last Christmas, and have to thank the poster who  mentioned it.  Two favorites on the CD are Christmas Island, and a funky little number(I think, it's called That Old Christmas Moon) with Dr. John on the piano - just great.  
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 16:34:32 (permalink)
    Might hav been me--i have tht cd---i also have a large collection of cassettte tape that a friend made every year fot a long time---he worked at Tower Records in Calif for about 15yrs and had a truly awesome clollectio of music of all kinds. All of his friends--includinmg me-give him record collection because he preserves them . Anyway. i have about 12 yrs of 90 min cassettes with ALL kinds of Christmas---and Hunnukah---music, that i treasure Sting doing "I Saw Three Boats" is really incredible!!!!!!
     
     
     
    BelleReve

    traditional - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, song by Judy Garland, or just about anyone else.

    I have a Leon Redbone Christmas CD I read about here at Roadfood last Christmas, and have to thank the poster who  mentioned it.  Two favorites on the CD are Christmas Island, and a funky little number(I think, it's called That Old Christmas Moon) with Dr. John on the piano - just great.  


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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 18:39:04 (permalink)
    MacTAC

    I'm hearing Bobby Darin's version of Silent Night as I'm typing. Very, very nice.

    "Home For Christmas" from Rhino Records has an uptempo version of "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by Bobby Darin, as well as some other good songs.  There are 2 volumes and they're the first Christmas CDs I ever bought.
     
    BelleReve, since I've had the Leon Redbone (unrelated to the early '70s rock group Redbone) CD for several years I'll unabashedly take credit for the recommendation.  Especially since you like it.
     
    Brad
    post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2010/12/23 18:44:40
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 23:09:24 (permalink)
    At the very tippy top of my list o' Christmas favorites would have to be Bing Crosby's version of "Silent Night".  It gives me chills to this day.
     
    Other good ones, in no particular order:
     
    • "Stop the Cavalry" - Jona Lewie
    • "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo" (no, seriously) -  Cowboy Timmy
    • "Angels From the Realms of Glory" (the version with the "come and worship" chorus)
    • "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade
    • "Carol of the Bells"
    • "Good King Wenceslas"
    • "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - John Mellencamp
    • "Gabriel's Message" - Sting
    • "Coventry Carol" - Alison Moyet
    • "Christmas In Hollis" - Run-DMC
    • "Thanks For Christmas" - The Three Wise Men
    • "Christmas Day" - Squeeze
    • "Christmas Wrapping" - The Waitresses
    • "2000 Miles" - The Pretenders
    • "Santa Claus and His Old Lady" - Cheech and Chong
    • "Deck the Halls with Advertising" - Stan Freberg
     
    Oh, and "The Christmas Shoes". 
     
    NOT!
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/23 23:28:59 (permalink)
    My favorite Christmas CD is a compilation called "Christmas Cocktail" with Peggy Lee, Martin Denny, Dean Martin, Kay Starr and others. You can practically hear the ice tinkling in the glasses while listening to it.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/26 00:27:36 (permalink)
    As the evening and the holiday wind down I'll throw out 2 more:
     
    "Pretty Paper", penned by Willie Nelson and sung by Roy Orbison.  Earlier this week I heard for the first time a live version that apparently predates the studio version; in the intro Roy Orbison mentions that the song is going to be released soon and based on the crowd noise it sounds like it might've been recorded in a smaller, club-type venue.  The accompaniment is mostly acoustic guitar and it's a great alternative version, and it's on my list of songs to add for next year.
     
    And my current Most Favorite Christmas Song Of All Time (Secular Division):
     
    Billy Squier's "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You".  If my wife is saying "turn it down" or "haven't you heard that song enough" at this time of year, odds are that this is what is drawing her ire.  And as I type this the $30 Craigslist special here with me in the basement has a CD playing...
     
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/26 07:13:17 (permalink)
    The Roche Sisters have a version of "Frosty The Snowman" sung in three-part harmony & in a Brooklyn accent...it takes me back to NYC.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/26 10:01:19 (permalink)
    Happy Xmas (War is Over) John and Yoko
    A Christmas Song - Jethro Tull
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/26 11:56:46 (permalink)
    Last year I got the Leroy Anderson Christmas cd, one of my very favorites from long ago. Starts with his ubiquitous 'Sleigh Ride' and his 'Christmas Festival' medley, then a series of traditional song suites arranged for brass choir, string orchestra, and woodwind ensemble.
     
    On the other end of the spectrum, I always have to catch "Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas" (based on the movie 'Road House') done by the cast of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'. The late Mr. Swayze got a kick out of it, so, still funny.
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    Re:Christmas Music/favs 2010/12/26 13:58:56 (permalink)
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