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Royal Rother 5th December 2006 10:29 PM

For the last few years my colleagues have brought in various CDs of Christmas music which by now have driven me close to madness. If I hear bloody Band Aid, bloody East 17, bloody Shakin' Stevens and bloody Pogues, Chris De Burgh, Wham! etc etc et-bloomin-c then I am likely to throw myself off Windsor Bridge and hope for the worst.

 

So...... having discovered allofmp3.com this year I decided to make use of their extensive libraries to find some different Christmas music.

 

I have not downloaded each and every track off each album so as to avoid getting 12 versions of The Christmas Song, but have downloaded a number of different songs, which I will be foisting upon the office as soon as anyone so much as mentions Christmas CDs.

 

So, any other recommendations? If they are on any Now That's What I call Christmas or Best Christmas Album in The World type compilations they are unlikely to qualify. (Apologies for the abbreviated titles....)

 

Duke Ellington - Ring Dem Bell

Duke Ellington - Sleigh Ride

Fats Waller - Swingin' Them Ji

Louis Armstrong - Cool Yule

Count Basie - Good Morning Blu

Dean Martin - Ive Got My Love

Dean Martin - Silver Bells

Frank Sinatra - I Believe

Frank Sinatra - Ill Be Home Fo

Frank Sinatra - It Came Upon A

Frank Sinatra - Mistletoe And

Frank Sinatra - The First Noel

Frank Sinatra And Dean Martin

Sammy Davis Jnr - Christmas Ti

Dean Martin - Baby Its Cold Ou

Peggy Lee - The Christmas Spell

Peggy Lee - Don't Forget To Feed The Reind

Peggy Lee - I Like A Sleighride (Jingle Be

Peggy Lee - My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy

Peggy Lee - The Christmas Waltz

Peggy Lee - The Star Carol

Jackson 5 - Christmas Won't Be The Same Th

Jackson 5 - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

Jackson 5 - Someday At Christmas

Slade - Let's Have A Party

Slade - Do You Believe In Miracles

Slade - Okey Cokey

Slade - Auld Lang Syne , You'll Never

Slade - Here's To The New Year

Slade - Let's Dance

Slade - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Slade - All Join Hands

The Beach Boys - Auld Lang Syne

The Beach Boys - I'll Be Home For Christmas

The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick(Single Versi

The Beach Boys - The Man With All The Toys

The Beach Boys - Merry Christmas,Baby

The Beach Boys - Christmas Day

The Beach Boys - Santa's Beard

The Beach Boys - We Three Kings Of Orient Are

The Beach Boys - Frosty The Snowman

Elvis Presley - Here Comes Santa Claus (Right

Elvis Presley - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day

Elvis Presley - Holly Leaves And Christmas Tre

Elvis Presley - If I Get Home On Christmas Day

Elvis Presley - Merry Christmas Baby

Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

Elvis Presley - I'll Be Home For Christmas

Elvis Presley - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To M

Elvis Presley - Silver Bells

Elvis Presley - White Christmas

Elvis Presley - Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Elvis Presley - O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Elvis Presley - Silent Night

Elvis Presley - On A Snowy Christmas Night

Elvis Presley - The First Noel

Elvis Presley - Winter Wonderland

Elvis Presley - The Wondeful World Of Christma

Elvis Presley - It Won't Seem Like Christmas (

Elvis Presley - If Every Day Was Like Christma

Elvis Presley - O Come All Ye Faithful

Sarah McLachlan - I'll Be Home For Christmas

Sarah McLachlan - River

Sarah McLachlan - Song For A Winter's Night

Sarah McLachlan - Christmas Time Is Here

Sarah McLachlan - Have Yourself A Merry Little C

Sarah McLachlan - In The Bleak Mid-Winter

Sarah McLachlan - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Sarah McLachlan - O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Sarah McLachlan - Silent Night

Sarah McLachlan - The First Noel (Mary Mary)

Sarah McLachlan - What Child Is This (Greenslee

Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong

 

megustaleer 5th December 2006 11:04 PM

great selection, but you must have Santa Baby, and it must be by Eartha Kitt

 

megustaleer 5th December 2006 11:11 PM

you definitely do not want to include this guy's song (click on "enjoy this funny recording"...at your peril).

 

Flingo 5th December 2006 11:56 PM

How about a nicely performed version of Leroy Anderson's Troika?

Ginger 6th December 2006 01:03 PM

Trisha Yearwood (a country singer with a lovely Linda Rondstadt type voice).

Actually, I love the country music and find these most appealing.

 

MarkC 6th December 2006 02:19 PM

How about Ring out solstice bells by Jethro Tull? Not strictly speaking Christmas, but only a few days out.

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Anyone who picked up a copy of the Mail On Sunday's free Slade CD yesterday might have been dissapointed to find that the recordings were not the original hit versions, and were all "live" concert versions. Actually, all were rather good (after you've heard the 45s a few hundred times, an alternative version can be quite welcome!). What is particularly interesting is that 3 of the recordings have never been officially released before. Far Far Away, Thanks For The Memory and How Does It Feel didn't appear on any of the live albums and - with Slade rarities being very thin on the ground - this CD is probably the most collectible item that the MoS has ever produced.

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"I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY"

.................what a ghastly thought.

Well quite, given that:

If all the year were playing holidays,

To sport would be as tedious as to work.

[I Henry IV]

 

But... those Wizzard singles (See My Baby Jive, Angel Fingers, the Christmas one mentioned...), with their over-the-top production effects, were IMO among the most original stuff to have come out of the early seventies. And Christmas Every Day knocks spots off Merry Xmas Everybody and a hundred others.

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And Christmas Every Day knocks spots off Merry Xmas Everybody

I don't think it does. That would be like saying that Van Gogh knocks spots of Munch. They are both at the very pinnacle of their ilk - the eternal Christmas songs that we long for for 11 months of the year and feast upon for the twelfth. I'd say that one that might edge both of them out, though, is Jonah Lewie's Stop The Cavalry. That is both Christmassy and poignant.

 

And remember - there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas.

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Van Gogh ... Munch....are both at the very pinnacle of their ilk - the eternal Christmas songs that we long for for 11 months of the year and feast upon for the twelfth.

 

Pinnacle of compulsive-to-sing-along-with-ability has to be Mariah Carey

 

I won't ask for much this Christmas

I won't even wish for snow

I'm just gonna keep on waiting

Underneath the mistletoe

I won't make a list and send it

To the North Pole for Saint Nick

I won't even stay awake to

Hear those magic reindeers click

'Cause I just want you here tonight

Holding on to me so tight

What more can I do

Baby all I want for Christmas is yoo

oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo

oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo

oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo

oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo

 

I just thought, all those Os look like snowflakes. Maybe that's what she's getting at.

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I'd say that one that might edge both of them out, though, is Jonah Lewie's Stop The Cavalry. That is both Christmassy and poignant.

Here's wikipedia on Jonah Lewie and Stop The Cavalry:

the specific style of the brass instruments and bells in the chorus are very noticable as a "Christmas" style theme.

It's the inverted commas around Christmas that make this comment sound so knowledgeable, isn't it?

Hear those magic reindeers click

:lmao:

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I have a definite aversion to cheesy Christmas music but I do have two Christmas albums that I love:

 

  • A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector which has my favourite Christmas song - It's Christmas, Baby, Please come home. (The original, not the horrid U2 cover version).

 

  • A Funky Christmas by James Brown.

 

Having a quick look on Amazon, I spotted Mark Lamarr's Rhythm and Blues Christmas which I may have to purchase as well.

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