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Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 11:08 AM
"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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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 12:33 PM
For really fine harmony listen to The Beach Boys version of We Three Kings.

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 1:10 PM
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 - Wed, 12/22/10 1:21 PM
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 - Wed, 12/22/10 1:28 PM
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 - Wed, 12/22/10 1:39 PM
"Sleigh Ride" by the Boston Pops...can't go a Christmas without hearing it!

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 1:58 PM
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 - Wed, 12/22/10 4:47 PM
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 - Wed, 12/22/10 5:15 PM
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 - Wed, 12/22/10 5:47 PM
I'd give this a 10!
http://vimeo.com/4885643

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 5:47 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WTPiNK8Y0A
 
 
Oesch's Die Dritten - Ein Jodler für's Christkind

 

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 6:27 PM
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.
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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 9:07 PM
I love Oh Holy Night by Josh Grobin

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 9:12 PM
Blue Christmas and It Won't Seem Like Christmas Without You by Elvis.

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 9:38 PM
Grandma Got Molested At The Airport But seriously, Vince Gauraldi Christmas album always hits me nicely.

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Wed, 12/22/10 9:59 PM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 6:57 AM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 7:27 AM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 7:38 AM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 12:58 PM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 1:35 PM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 4:34 PM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 6:39 PM
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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
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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Thu, 12/23/10 11:09 PM
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 - Thu, 12/23/10 11:28 PM
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 - Sun, 12/26/10 12:27 AM
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...
 
Brad

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sun, 12/26/10 7:13 AM
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 - Sun, 12/26/10 10:01 AM
Happy Xmas (War is Over) John and Yoko
A Christmas Song - Jethro Tull

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sun, 12/26/10 11:56 AM
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 - Sun, 12/26/10 1:58 PM

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sun, 12/26/10 5:00 PM
mbrookes


For really fine harmony listen to The Beach Boys version of We Three Kings.


mbrookes,
Thanks so much for reminding me about The Beach Boys version of We Three Kings.  I immediately went to youtube to listen to it.  I love to heard harmonies from same family groups- the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers.  I love that DNA harmony.
 

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Mon, 12/27/10 5:45 PM
I'm remembering George Winston's fabulous piano Holiday CD, "DEcember"
But tis the season now for Auld Lange Syne.
Besides Guy Lombardo, whose your fav? (I know this is the bonus round question).
(I said I have weird taste - I have 41 versions of OLS on my iTunes).
(from Beach Boys to James Taylor to YoYo Ma to a  Reggae version to Bonnie Rideout - a real Scottish version)
(and don't miss Regina Spektor's "My Dear Acquaintance") 
 

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sat, 12/15/12 10:24 PM
A couple of days ago I ordered Booker T & the MG's Christmas album so it should be arriving any day now.

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sun, 12/16/12 3:33 PM
My Christmas playlist:  (It's all over the map)
Ding Dong! Merrily on High - Chanticleer
Baby It's Cold Outside - James Taylor
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
Little St. Nick - Beach Boys
Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Please Come Home for Christmas - Eagles
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Winter Wonderland - Tony Bennett
Silent Night - Sarah Brightman
Mary's Boy Child - Harry Belafonte
Jehovah the Lord Will Provide - Harry Belafonte
Here Comes Santa Claus - Willie Nelson
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Luther Vandross
O Holy Night - Faith Hill
 
What will NEVER be on my playlist:  Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sun, 12/16/12 3:34 PM
ScreamingChicken


A couple of days ago I ordered Booker T & the MG's Christmas album so it should be arriving any day now.

That sounds like fun!!!

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sun, 12/16/12 4:53 PM
Anyone else ever see "Christmas with The Rat Pack – Live at The Sands?"

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Tue, 12/18/12 7:12 PM
I think this one is my all time favs
 
http://haydnspage.tripod.com/
 
It is recorded kind of low so you may have to turn your speakers up some.

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Tue, 12/18/12 7:31 PM
ScreamingChicken


A couple of days ago I ordered Booker T & the MG's Christmas album so it should be arriving any day now.

I'm listening to their 'Silver Bells' on the YouTube right now - quite nice.
One of my favorites is Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful Christmas" - a compilation of his and others' tunes, mostly from the '50s. There's Mel Torme singing his 'Christmas Song' live in the wee hours at a Sunset Strip club, Eartha Kitt's 'Santa Baby' which IMO stands up fine to massive airplay, Louis Jordan being uncharacteristically mellow and sweet, and Louis himself giving us "Christmas in New Orleans", "'Zat You, Santa Claus?" and more...just buy this album, I'm serious!

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Tue, 12/18/12 7:37 PM
My top song(s) list (No particular order):
 
Novelty Songs
 
The hat I got for Christmas is too big - Mel Blanc
The 12 pains of Christmas - Bob Rivers
Hippopotamus for Christmas - Gayla Peevey
Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey - Lou Monte
All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth - Spike Jones
You're a mean one, Mr Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Gaurdsman
 
Non Novelty Songs
 
Johnny Mathis' Christmas Albums
George Winston - December
Time Life's Christmas Collection
Straight No Chaser - Christmas Can Can & 12 Days of Christmas
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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Tue, 12/18/12 9:04 PM
' You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch' is a modern classic - I want to mash it up with Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So.'
For novelty songs I like 'I Got a Cold For Christmas' by the Three Stooges in their tv-age revival. How can you not like the lyrics:
All the other girls and boys
Ran downstairs to get their toys
But all I did was sneeze and sniff
And use my Christmas handkerchief

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Fri, 12/21/12 4:16 PM
I am a frequent reader and rarely post unless I have something to truly contribute. This is it. I am very much a traditionalist when it comes to holiday music, but this song makes me sing loud whenever I hear it. If you check it out on You Tube, feel love for the dated-ness of the video. This song gets turned up, and makes my heart happy: Mary's Boy Child by Boney M.

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Re:Christmas Music/favs - Sun, 12/23/12 12:42 PM
Merry Christmas To All!