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Annual SamAdams76 Celebration of Christmas Musics
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Posted on 12/09/2001 9:06:15 AM PST by SamAdams76

WARNING: Very long vanity thread about Christmas music If you are interested, pour your favorite adult beverage, throw a log on the fire and pull up an ice block. If not, feel free to hit the back button and move on.

I know it is hard for some to get into the Christmas spirit during these times, what with the nation still on alert for terrorism, the wreckage at the WTC still being gone through and our soldiers overseas fighting what is sure to be a very long battle against the terrorists. But Christmas is just about two weeks away and we must all take some time out to celebrate it properly. Can’t let the terrorists put a damper on Christmas. Besides, New England received its first snowfall today so now it looks like Christmas, my neighborhood looks a lot like the picture here. So as far as I’m concerned, Christmas has arrived!

This post is dedicated to Christmas music. Since we are all familiar with the traditional music, I will focus on contemporary Christmas music that you may or may not be familiar with. But not the same old tired songs like “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” and “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” We are so bombarded with the same old “novelty” songs like the aforementioned dreck and the mostly non-secular, “non-offensive” songs like “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Frosty The Snowman” that we are not even aware that hundreds upon hundreds of great Christmas recordings sit unnoticed on store shelves and go unplayed on radio stations. It is my task with this post to introduce you to some of them. And please feel free to add some of your own. And surprisingly, you don’t have to restrict yourself to the classical music section of the record store to get some good, genuine Christmas music. Contemporary artists such as the Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush and Collective Soul have put out some inspiring and worthy Christmas recordings. I will also have in my list some traditional Christmas songs as well that deserve more airplay and attention than they have gotten. Lastly, I will include some recordings that are not Christmas songs, per se, but have the “feeling” of Christmastime nevertheless.

I have been collecting holiday music for 20 years now. In addition to the 100+ Christmas CDs and Albums that I own, I tape between 5 and 10 hours of Christmas music off the radio every single year. Many stations go commercial free on Christmas and Christmas Eve and I just let the tape roll and catch what I may. Sometimes I mine gold. Othertimes, I get junk (and I won’t mention it here). One year I got the 1939 recording of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens (as narrated by Orson Wells). Another year, I got a reading of the Dylan Thomas poem “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” which deserves its own thread. I will be posting that here sometime around Christmas Eve. But mostly, I get Christmas music and those tapes become a sort of time capsule of Christmases past. For example, as I type this, I am listening to some tapes I made on Christmas Eve, 1985. Each of my Christmas recordings represents a sort of time capsule of Christmas’s past. Yes, I am obsessed.

Anyway, without further ado, here is my Christmas gift to my fellow Freepers. Hope you like it. This list is in no particular order and is simply an abbreviated list of some of my favorite Christmas musics. Hopefully some who read this thread are turned on to some pretty good Christmas music that they otherwise would not have known about. Also, I tried to restrict my list to what is available, as much of my Christmas music is no longer available. And feel free to add some of your own Christmas music at the end.



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Well, that's it for this year! Hope you all like it.
1 posted on 12/09/2001 9:06:15 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Ryle; uvular; Mrs. Fletcher
Ping!
2 posted on 12/09/2001 9:10:37 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
Wow. You must have worked on that post for a while. You have a great diverse taste in music. You really picked the some of the best. Bump!
3 posted on 12/09/2001 9:13:43 AM PST by Pyro7480
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To: SamAdams76
Thanks Sam..

My favorite artist at Christmas is Karen Carpenter....love her voice..

4 posted on 12/09/2001 9:17:02 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
My favorite artist at Christmas is Karen Carpenter....love her voice..

The Carpenters' "Christmas Portrait" album, on A&M Records. I literally never fail to get goosebumps when, after the 3 minutes or so of the choral and instrumental music that begin the album, her voice breaks in with the sustained first note of "Christmas Waltz." It's absolutely gorgeous.

There's a double CD entitled "Christmas Collection," but "Christmas Portrait" distills it down to the best of the best.

5 posted on 12/09/2001 9:34:42 AM PST by DallasMike
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To: Dog
The Carpenters put out some great Christmas music as well. Unfortunately, I can't include them all or this thread would have killed the Free Republic server!
6 posted on 12/09/2001 9:34:53 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
Fairy Tale of New York is one of my very favorite Christmas songs.  I've seen the Pogues in concert a couple of times.  Their long broken up now but it was better when the rest of the band could keep the toothless Shane off the drink for at least a few hours in the studio!

I would also recommend you check out "Punk Rock Xmas".  Definitely not for everyone but with your range of interest, you might like it.  It's pretty old so you may have some trouble finding it.  My favorites on there are "Merry Christmas (I don't wanna fight tonight)" by the Ramones, "Daddy Drank our Xmas Money" by TVTV and "Run Run Rudolph".  You wont find it on any CD but Tiny Tim singing "Santa's got the AIDS this year" should find it's way onto your hard drive.

I would also recommend you find David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing Little Drummer Boy.

7 posted on 12/09/2001 9:36:58 AM PST by Incorrigible
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To: SamAdams76
What a fabulous thread. I will be using it for reference to update what I have. Thank you.

George Winston – Christmas

Excellent suggestion. I own almost all of his work. He is a magnificient pianist. I have yet to find any music that will soothe me quicker than his does.

8 posted on 12/09/2001 9:40:41 AM PST by riley1992
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To: Incorrigible
I own "Punk Rock Xmas" and one of my favorites from that is The Damned doing "There Ain't No Sanity Clause." Haven't given that a spin in quite a while, I think I'll dust it off later and revisit it. The Bing & Bowie song is great. I have a version taped off the radio which has a humorous spoken dialogue between Bing and David before the song begins.
9 posted on 12/09/2001 9:46:30 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: DallasMike
Maybe I will put "Christmas Portrait" by the Carpenters on next year's list as it is probably the best of the Carpenter's Christmas albums.
10 posted on 12/09/2001 10:44:23 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
O Holy Night is my ALL time favorite Christmas song, I tear up, and get chills down my spine even when I think about the song being sung. The weird thing is, I don't believe in a greater being, or Angels, or anything like that. That song just hits me in the deep spot.

My point though ... I've been trying to get the BEST version of that song for the longest time now. I have purchase many CD's hoping that would be the one I've been searching for, but it never is THE ONE. I hear the right one on the radio at least once every year, but they never say who sang (sung) it. Do you know the performers of a few versions, besides the ones you've mentioned already, that I could look for on the file sharing network I use? It would be old, but not THAT old. It would be a chorus, not one person, and it's not the Mormon Tabernacle(?) Choir.

Anyone? ... anyone? ... Bueller?...

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Oh Yeah ...

Merry Christmas to you, and everyone here at the great Free Republic!

11 posted on 12/09/2001 12:12:14 PM PST by Gumption
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To: Gumption
"O Holy Night" has the same effect on me as well, as well as "Ava Maria," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and a few others at Christmastime. Wish I could help you though, I have so many versions I'd only send you on a wild goose chase. Your best is to hit the file sharing network and download as many versions as you can until you find it. I have never not been able to find a song that way.

It has always irked me how radio stations will play songs and rarely identify who the artist is. The record companies lose more money this way than file sharing in my opinion. How can you buy the music if you don't know the artist? Hopefully soon, stations will transmit artist/song title information that we can read on our RDS displays. Or at least post to their website the playlist of at least the previous 24 hours.

12 posted on 12/09/2001 12:27:40 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
radio stations will play songs and rarely identify who the artist is. The record companies lose more money this way than file sharing in my opinion.

Ain't that the truth? Well, I might as well get started then. See ya, and thanks for the post. It made me feel all Christmasy.

13 posted on 12/09/2001 12:39:23 PM PST by Gumption
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To: SamAdams76
Bump for the nighttime crowd.
14 posted on 12/09/2001 4:21:40 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
I finally got on the computer-bump!

Just discovered Trans Siberian Orchestra this year and am lovin' these albums!

Again, a recommondation for a MP3 download of Leon Redbone's Let it Snow, and Jim Brickman's Christmas albums are nicely romantic, mostly piano instrumentals. Great while roasting your chestnuts-ahem-or soaking in a hot tub after a hectic day!

Wonderful reviews Sam; thanks for your efforts and the ping.

15 posted on 12/10/2001 8:00:29 AM PST by uvular
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To: SamAdams76
WHAT? No Jazz offerings? :) I've got my choices but no time to offer input.
16 posted on 12/10/2001 8:05:51 AM PST by Solson
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To: SamAdams76
Good stuff. Bookmarked for reference. Thanks.
17 posted on 12/10/2001 8:06:10 AM PST by Ward Smythe
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To: Gumption
I've been trying to get the BEST version of that song for the longest time now.

Running nightly in our church Christmas production...complete with camel, wise men, flying angels and the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes (or a reasonable facsimile of the babe when our cast member is colicky).

Sorry, but we're sold out this year...We play 18 performances to over 25,000 people.

O Holy Night is an annual favorite. In all honesty, we're probably not the "best," but it's still pretty spectacular...

18 posted on 12/10/2001 8:10:10 AM PST by Ward Smythe
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To: Gumption
RE: O Holy Night

Try Vienna Boys Choir. However, in hearing and downloading several versions of this song, it's hard to find one that isn't beautiful, be it sung by a choir or played by a piano alone. TSO's O Come All ye Faithful/O Holy Night is fabulous, too!

19 posted on 12/10/2001 11:24:37 AM PST by uvular
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To: Ward Smythe
O Holy Night is an annual favorite. In all honesty, we're probably not the "best," but it's still pretty spectacular...

I'm sure "spectacular" is a gross understatement. I'd love to hear your, or any other, choir perform that song live. I'll bet my chills would multiply greatly.

One thing I don't understand though, why is that wonderful song is relegated to being only an annual favorite? It seems more like a year around song to me, even though I'm happy I don't hear it more often so the emotion it evokes can stay fresh with me.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

20 posted on 12/10/2001 3:09:55 PM PST by Gumption
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To: uvular
Yes, the Vienna Boys Choir version was the best of the 7 I downloaded last night, but it's not the ONE I'm looking for. I'll try the TSO (is that Texas Symphony Orchestra?) one tonight. Thanks.

it's hard to find one that isn't beautiful,

You haven't heard the N'SYNC version ... YUK!

Thanks for the reply, and I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas.

21 posted on 12/10/2001 3:18:18 PM PST by Gumption
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To: Solson
WHAT? No Jazz offerings? :) I've got my choices but no time to offer input.

A Charlie Brown Christmas certainly counts as jazz, doesn't it?

22 posted on 12/10/2001 3:24:19 PM PST by Oschisms
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To: SamAdams76
Many years ago, for a buck I picked up a CD of the Atlanta Symphony doing Christmas. Patapan, Drummer and O Holy Night...just kicks!

The sound track from the Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye "White Christmas" Movie is also a big tear jerker around here...Hugs and Love to all.

GRRRRR

23 posted on 12/10/2001 3:33:09 PM PST by GRRRRR
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To: SamAdams76
Bump!
24 posted on 12/12/2001 12:23:14 PM PST by texasbluebell
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To: SamAdams76
BTTT
25 posted on 12/14/2001 8:00:20 PM PST by Ryle
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To: Oschisms
Yes, the Charlie Brown Christmas album by Vince Guaraldi is definitely jazz. And I'd argue that my selection of Louis Armstrong & Friends is a jazz record as well.
26 posted on 12/15/2001 4:43:41 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
Just stumbled across the Pogues & New York Fairytale a few weeks ago and it is now on my favorite list too.

The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day

Merry Christmas

27 posted on 12/15/2001 8:04:48 PM PST by cantbebought
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To: SamAdams76
The combination of gospel music and Christmas music is pretty phenomenal. Kirk Franklin's Christmas is spectacular. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has a Christmas album too, some of which is very commercial-sounding but there are a few outstanding tracks. Then there is an album called Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration---you will flip out at some of these, even if you think the original couldn't possibly be improved upon.
28 posted on 12/18/2001 9:23:42 PM PST by firebrand
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To: SamAdams76
Some great Christmas videos via internet

Including Karen Carpenter's "Merry Christmas Darling"!

29 posted on 12/18/2001 9:30:20 PM PST by Dakotabound
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To: Incorrigible
You wont find it on any CD but Tiny Tim singing "Santa's got the AIDS this year" should find it's way onto your hard drive.

I remember hearing Howard Stern play that Tiny Tim song a few years ago. A co-worker, whose office was next to mine, went apoplectic over that song!

Speaking of twisted Christmas, I'm watching one of my all-time favorite Christmas TV show's -- the "Married With Children" featuring Sam Kinison as Al Bundy's guardian angel.

On a not-so-twisted note, my all-time favorite Christmas song is Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas."

30 posted on 12/18/2001 9:53:24 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: SamAdams76
Christmas Eve Eve bump.
31 posted on 12/23/2001 5:45:28 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
I love Christmas music, too, and collect it. Have you ever heard an interesting little New Year's song by Cary Grant? More of a spoken one than sung, really, but you might want to look for it sometime. I heard it and luckily recorded most of it on the radio, on an old-time radio program in Chicago, though missed the very beginning of it while I was getting my tape going. He must have originally done it in the 40s or 50s, but not sure. Maybe you can find it on napster or one of those services. It's delightful.
32 posted on 12/23/2001 7:13:59 AM PST by texasbluebell
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To: SamAdams76
Bump.
33 posted on 12/24/2001 1:29:32 PM PST by DallasJ7
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To: SamAdams76

Christmas Eve bump


34 posted on 12/24/2005 11:49:08 AM PST by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: SamAdams76

35 posted on 12/24/2005 11:52:55 AM PST by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: SamAdams76
Here's a few additions from last posting:


36 posted on 12/24/2005 12:41:27 PM PST by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: Gumption

I think I will have to do another one of these posts this year.


37 posted on 12/04/2011 9:14:40 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 59 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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