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    Default Best Christmas albums (favorite 3)

    Well, BAF started a thread about Christmas music DVDs but I thought we could broaden the discussion to include Christmas albums in any format (CD, DVD, LP, cassette...whatever you have). What three can you not do without during the run up to the holidays. I'll start:

    Kenny Burrell: Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas



    Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas



    Nat King Cole: A Christmas Song

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    ^^^ Local Hawaiian favorite







    And I can highly recommend this one. Another island fave.

    http://www.amazon.com/Willie-Kalikimaka-K/dp/B00003GR68

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    I know you already said it, but it's my number one so I can't not :

    Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas


    Dean Martin's Christmas With Dino


    Ella Fitzgerald Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
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    Always looking for good Christmas CD's. The Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas is great. Need to find the best version of Ave Maria by a female vocalist.
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    Bruce Cockburn Christmas
    The Life Christmas Album
    Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Wish you a Merry Christmas (1957 Capitol DJ promo record)
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    The Phil Spector Cristmas Album.

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    I have quite a few Christmas albums and generally play them all each season.

    My TOP 3 are......

    Mannheim Steamroller - A Fresh Aire Christmas




    Carpenters - Christmas Portrait




    Arthur Fielder & The Boston Pops Orchestra - White Christmas: A Christmas Festival



    Followed ever so closely by:

    Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas
    George Winston - December
    Anders Ohrwall & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Messiah
    Amy Grant - A Christmas Album
    Jaci Velasquez - Christmas
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    Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown christmas is a classic and definitely one of my all time Favs

    I also really enjoy the first Transsiberian Orchestra xmas album (Christmas eve and other stories)

    Dr. Dementos Greatest Christmas Novelty is always fun as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janmike
    Need to find the best version of Ave Maria by a female vocalist.
    You may want to check out Sarah Brightman - "A Winter Symphony".



    The album as a whole is just ok but there is a solo and a duet version of Ava Maria that are pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Grand View Post
    The Phil Spector Cristmas Album.
    GG comes through again. :D

    Probably may favorite along with:

    The Ventures' Christmas Album:


    The Manhattan Transfer:
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    Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Thats all I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizelbs View Post
    Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Thats all I need.
    And this ashtray. I don't need this or this. Just Charlie Brown Christmas and this ashtray. And this paddle game, Charlie Brown Christmas, the ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need. And this remote control. Charlie Brown Christmas, the ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need. And these matches. Charlie Brown Christmas, the ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. Charlie Brown Christmas, the ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too. I don't need one other thing, not one - I need this. Charlie Brown Christmas, the paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this. And that's all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair.
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    The Carpenters, Christmas Portrait is one of my favorites. It was really nice buying the CD after having the album for so many years because the CD has like an additional 60 minutes of music.
    Blue Yule is another good one and lets not forget the Meinheim Steamrollers Red album. :)

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    Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas

    Ray Charles The spirit of Christmas

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    Christmas Island, Leon Redbone
    Booker T & the MG's Christmas Album

    Highly recommended!

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    For a new twist on some classics, Christmas Remixed 2.

    Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker will always be one of my all time favs.

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    This was the one I grew up on.
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    Jazz to the World

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    I'll add that any of the Windam Hill-A Winter's Soltice collections are very good.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_...refix=a+winter

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    There's a Bing Crosby and Andrews Sister Christmas CD that's very good. I'm not sure the exact name for it, but it's timeless. I have the Nat King Cole Christmas CD that Norm showed up at the beginning, also a wonderful Christmas CD and perfect to add to anyone's collection.
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    While I'm not normally a fan, Kenny G's Christmas album is very, very good. It's also extremely well recorded with some gut-wrenching bass notes.

    Nat King Cole is my FAVORITE, without exception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    I'll add that any of the Windam Hill-A Winter's Soltice collections are very good.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_...refix=a+winter
    I have quite a few Windam Hill recordings, very nice indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinaz
    While I'm not normally a fan, Kenny G's Christmas album is very, very good. It's also extremely well recorded with some gut-wrenching bass notes.
    Which one? It seems he has about a thousand of them...:D
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    Time-Life Treasury of Christmas: http://www.timelife.com/webapp/wcs/s...oductId=210150


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    Any of the Mannheim Steamroller christmas albums!
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    Not my all-time favorites, but some newer folk/rock stuff to throw into the mix that I really listened to a lot last Christmas.

    The Dawn of Grace - Sixpence None the Richer

    My Holiday - Mindy Smith

    Snow Angels - Over the Rhine

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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    Which one? It seems he has about a thousand of them...:D
    Kenny G's "Wishes Holiday Album" it has a wonderful version of Auld Lang Syne. The recording quality is really very impressive.

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    I typically don't like covers, but this CD is definitely my favorite Christmas album. Very tastefully done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lanion View Post


    I typically don't like covers, but this CD is definitely my favorite Christmas album. Very tastefully done.
    I like this one as well...although not my favorite SM album as a whole.
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