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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    I like this one as well...although not my favorite SM album as a whole.
    How's the sound quality Steve?
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    Quote Originally Posted by janmike
    How's the sound quality Steve?
    The SQ is very good...as is usually the case with her albums. The song selection is fine...but some of the interpretations are a little TOO melancholy for my tastes. Not bad at all...and that was the mood she was stiving for as I understand...especially since that is her style of music. There are definitely some nice tracks...starting with the first three... "Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Greensleeves, and River. Any fan of Sarah needs this album. If you like your Chrismas music on the laid back side of "cheerful"...this is your album.
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    As another alternative...I've had a chance to hear Clay Aikens "Merry Christmas With Love" CD. It is one of my wife's favorite Christmas CDs. I liked it. Christmas music suites his musical style qutie well. Defintely worth a listen IMO.
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    Clay Aiken?

    Your man card, please.....(standing with arm extended and palm up)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Clay Aiken?

    Your man card, please.....(standing with arm extended and palm up)

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    Ahem...I've seen your music "collection" and won't embarrass and out you with the titile/artists (you will just claim they belong to TLW anyway).

    Besides...anyone who drinks moonshine straight from a real mason jar has lifetime man card revocation immunity. :D

    shack...happily listening to John Mayer as I type......
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    EVERYTHING belongs to the TLW....so, technically it would be true....or I would say Tour left it.

    Good point on the moonshine.

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    Just order this one (Cantate Domino) in SACD. This will be good and a different variety of wordly Christmas music.
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    Now That's What I Call Christmas!



    Diana Krall Christmas Songs


    The third has already been mentioned: "A Charlie Brown Christmas".
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    fav 3 for Xmas....

    A Christmas Festival - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops

    The Glorious Sound of Christmas - Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra

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    Leon Redbone - "Christmas Island" fantastic
    Booker T & the MG's Christmas album - funky organ carols
    I have so many, I can't think of a 3rd

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    Fats Domino - Christmas Gumbo


    Has a cool New Orleans flair to it.
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    Re-electing our politicians would be like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders

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    Re-electing our politicians would be like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders

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    Re-electing our politicians would be like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders

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    Well, aside from the usual suspects like Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Eartha Kitt, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and so on, I have a few that usually hit the CD player as well.

    This album is better than it seems. "The Ultimate Christmas Album" from a local radio station WOGL -FM "Oldies 98". It was a nice surprise because the only reason I have it is because it was the only album I could find at the time that was still in print and had Mavis Staples - "Christmas Vacation" on it. It also has stuff like "Feliz Navidad" sung by Jose Feliciano but also has Bobby Vinton, The Supremes, Larry Chance and The Earls, Andy Williams, Percy Faith and Lou Christie. Worth owning. Production quality is pretty good too.


    http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Chris...0801080&sr=1-1

    Mavis Staples - "Christmas Vacation"


    This one is one of my favorites. It's pretty well done too. It's called "The Beauty of Christmas" and it involves The London Festival Orchestra and The Ambrosian Singers. I grabbed it out of a $5 discount bin like 15 years ago now most likely. It ended up being a pearl among pebbles. Especially since it has sone nice tracks you don't often find done well if done at all. Oh, yeah, and if you are going to crank the volume on this one, better have some power behind your setup. A few tracks have a battery of un-muted French horns. It makes the Silver Seven t's I have hooked up to the Amazings dim the lights pretty drastically if I'm not careful.


    http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Christm...0801590&sr=1-1


    This album overall isn't bad but the only reason I have it is because of track #2, The Eurythmics "Winter Wonderland". Everything else is Meh.

    A Very Special Christmas - Vol 1

    http://www.amazon.com/Very-Special-C...0800960&sr=8-1


    Another VERY cool album would be "Ho Ho Ho Hoey" from Gary Hoey. Alot like The Ventures album it's all instrumental. But Gary Hoey doesn't do anything lightly.


    http://www.amazon.com/Ho-Hoey-Comple...0802228&sr=1-1

    A little sample of Hoey:


    There's also "Dr. Demento Presents: Greatest Christmas Novelty CD". This has lotsa fun stuff on it including Weird Al's "Christmas At Ground Zero". Unfortunately, it is misisng his song "The Night Santa Went Crazy". But it does have Allen Sherman's "12 Gifts of Christmas" and "I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas" and "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus"! There's lotsa fun stuff on this album, especially for Dr. D fans!


    http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Demento-Pre...0802662&sr=1-6

    Lastly, I have this one to annoy others! That is, until they realize that those bass notes are actually "Frosty The Snow Man" or "Jingle Bells"!


    http://www.amazon.com/Have-Very-Chri...0801928&sr=1-1


    I know I have a few more good ones but all my albums are packed up right now while I'm working on the library. I'm going on memory here.

    Oh yeah and another vote for the Phil Spector album. My dad has it on vinyl and dubbed it to tape. It's usually played while tree decoration goes on.
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    Something a little different and I've been a Ritchie fan for a long time.

    http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Carols-...0891787&sr=1-1

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    I just picked up Berl Ives "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" for $3.99. It is not the best recording quality by far but that doesn't prevent one form enjoying this wonderful collection of Christmas music. This CD really captures the season of Christmas in a very simple, pleasant manner.

    For a more modern listen, I also recommend Aimee Mann's "Another Drifter In The Snow".
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    There's an Aimee Mann holiday album?! Is it still in print? That sounds pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    There's an Aimee Mann holiday album?! Is it still in print? That sounds pretty cool.
    Still in print. I'ts actually pretty new.

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    You may not agree with the link below, I did not, but it includes album art and most of the songs have an embedded full length audio sample that I found useful.

    http://www.aolradioblog.com/2010/11/...hristmas-songs

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    Ive enjoyed A Very Special Christmas albums. There are a few. Good stuff


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    I can't believe neither of these 2 have come up on this list yet.


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    I can.

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    Celtic Woman have a really nice Christmas DVD and CD that sounds and looks great:)

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    I can't believe noboby has not pulled this all time favorite out. With the SDA's, it's like Alvin is singing behind you.
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    Seems like a good time of the year to revive a thread like this...

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    What makes you say that Ben?

    I wll re-recommend the Chris Squire CD "Swiss Choir". Great disc!
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    Perry Como had a great__ Christmas album years ago, I think it was just called "Season's Greeting" or something like that. There's probably not many members here who even remember Perry Como, but he had a great, smooth voice and was very popular back in the day. Another Christmas album I always enjoyed was one done by The Ray Conniff Singers, "Christmas With Conniff".

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