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The 12 coolest Christmas albums…

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Posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:06:35
kootenay
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Over the years, we've heard hundreds of holiday offerings -- and now we've whittled that massive list down to the 12 Coolest Christmas Albums of All Time. They may not be the biggest hits of Christmases past. But they should make you the hippest DJ on the party circuit.

Happy listening -- and be sure to come back next week for our special two-page roundup of this year's holiday CDs.

12) South Park Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (1999) Stan, Kyle, Eric, Kenny and their cartoon pals put the X in Xmas with Christmas Time in Hell, Lonely Jew on Christmas, Merry F**king Christmas and, of course, Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo.

11) Low Christmas (1999) Those who prefer a bluer Christmas will be in tune with this melancholy offering from the Duluth slowcore trio.

10) Sufjan Stevens Songs for Christmas (2006) Indie-popster Stevens makes his own presents -- holiday EPs he gives to friends and family. Now, he's regifted them to us in this five-disc box, which comes with comics, a poster and more.


9) Emmylou Harris Light of the Stable (1979) Country queen Harris is a true Christmas angel on her down-homey offering, which welcomes guests like Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young and the McGarrigle sisters.




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Alright. I give., posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:16:00
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For the rest of the day I'm going to sing Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer everywhere I go.


 

Even worse...., posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:18:52
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One song is called I'm Giving Santa a Pikachu For Christmas. If this isn't illegal, it oughta be.
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"Before we can play Pokemon,, posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:21:02
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I'll have to take a Pikachu." I forget who said that.


 

Trivia Time:, posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:24:05
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There are two variations of the Emmylou Harris "Light of the Stable" LP cover.

What's the difference and which is the rarer cover?

And, yes, SOMEONE, somewhere does care...


"...You're all welcome to stay for the next set...we're going to play all the same tunes, but in different keys..." -Count Basie

 

Oooh! Oooh!, posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:30:50
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I have absolutely no idea. I thought you were going to ask how many of the ladies on that album cover Phil Spector pulled a gun on. ;~)

Yes, I'm getting back to work. Grandma got run over by a reindeer.......


 

the list-mongers did it again!? :-(, posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:38:06
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The coolest Christmas albums I own are mostly obscure:

"Fred Waring presents the 1957 'Capitol of the World' Christmas Recordings"
"The Life Christmas Record"
"Christmas With Gisèle [MacKenzie]"

But my favorite nowadays is "Christmas" by the notoriously Canadian Bruce Cockburn. Miss this one at your own peril! It is terrific in every way, including sonically.


all the best,
mrh

 

Shut Up Bruce!...., posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:42:11
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I can hear you from here, and you're actually drowning out Miles Davis!

And I have the stereo on LOUD, there being no one else around.

Whooopeee!


"...You're all welcome to stay for the next set...we're going to play all the same tunes, but in different keys..." -Count Basie

 

no idea, I have it on CD :-(, posted on December 3, 2007 at 11:49:35
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Think I paid about a buck for it, though.


all the best,
mrh

 

Some of the coolest ones I have are Jazz artist's, posted on December 3, 2007 at 13:58:04
Ella has a couple, and there's even a compilation that was released on CD, I think it's "Jingle Bell Jazz." Very cool! I think I have the CD somewhere, but I also have the LP.

I think Ellington, Basie and others have done Christmas LPs...including the ubiquitous Sinatra Christmas LPs.

 

ahmmm, nope! don't think so! Nurgle nurgle, rhubarb, rhubarb, BOFbit, BOFbit, posted on December 3, 2007 at 15:01:39
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Schlock!

Not even kitzch!

pop music approaches to Christmas remind me of Dr Johnson who
noted that as with a dog dancing on its hind legs, and a woman's preaching, that you admire the learning and effort, while wondering WHY!?

My musical faves are the King's College Cambridge carol collections, and some other choirs efforts! Closely followed by the 4 Advent Carol Services, and Bach's equivalent for the 4 Advent Sundays the 4 cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio!

I do have a few popular Xmas songs that I like, like Jingle Bells, RTRNReindeer, Bing's IDOAWChristmas (although I've never had one!) etc. IZZAT okay?

Pretty much everything about the current mass of culture christmas shits me to tears! The emphasis not on giving (and wht it is symbolic of) - but on getting and on display.

Mind you I do CELEBRATE Christmas, and I DO enjoy food and a drink.

I still place Easter above Christmas.

One further concession, Xmas as a usage is fine by me, the antecedents of the X in this context mean christ anyway! Izzat pismire-y enough?

And I must say I now find 'Phil Spector and Christmas' kinda oxymoronic. So, good on yer Bwookie!












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Ya left out, posted on December 3, 2007 at 15:36:40
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Renaissance Christmas - Boston Camerata (& others)

"Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to" Mark Twain

 

Leon Redbone's Christmas Album is, posted on December 3, 2007 at 15:43:45
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a lot of fun

"Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to" Mark Twain

 

UGH! :-) Like looking thru a telescope and seeing Uranus (n/t), posted on December 3, 2007 at 16:33:49
m/t as my head!

 

re: "Easter above Christmas", posted on December 3, 2007 at 16:56:41
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Well... yeah, but we're getting too theological now :-)

There are some cool Easter tunes, too.

The last bit of Handel's "Messiah" comes to mind...

Or, one may thumb through a handy hymnal...


all the best,
mrh

 

I have heard that, a friend has it!, posted on December 3, 2007 at 17:29:14
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and I kinda meant that kind of thing, too, and anyway!

;-)!
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Never mind…., posted on December 3, 2007 at 18:16:41
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I agree with you if it were I, I would say that Bruce Cockburn should be on the list too. If it is any consolation, Anne Murray and Celine Dion are not on the list either.

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Hey Tim! What do you think of this classic Christmas carol eh?....., posted on December 3, 2007 at 18:23:46
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