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ekedolphin
11-30-2015, 07:03 PM
Merry Christmas! This thread is for us to make recommendations for Christmas music that might otherwise fly beneath the radar. Please include links to where you can buy the tracks or albums online.

I'm currently listening to the excellent album Christmas Piano & Cello (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-piano-cello/id264904972) by The London Fox Players.

Christmas With Julie Andrews (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000K2W9?keywords=christmas%20julie%20andrews&qid=1448928104&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2) is not to be missed.

What are some of your recommendations?

CT_Damsel
11-30-2015, 08:38 PM
Aaron Neville's Soulful Christmas

Pretty Paper Willie Nelson

Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites Raul Malo

Baker
11-30-2015, 08:44 PM
Well, it's not Christmas music exactly, but our own brujaja has some special carols about Cthulhu, using familiar Christmas music

Here's "Cthulhu the Monster" set to the tune of "Frosty the Snowman"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn3kSdEno3s

Suburban Plankton
11-30-2015, 09:09 PM
A Charlie Brown Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewG5xsNz5No), by Vince Guaraldi

Deeg
11-30-2015, 09:32 PM
It's just a single song, but I really like Billy Paul Williams' Santa Claus is Coming To Town (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3RWhwileQg).

Ranger Jeff
11-30-2015, 09:38 PM
Charles Brown has released 2 albums of bluesy Christmas tunes.
The California Guitar Trio has an album of Christmas tunes.
B.B. King released a Christmas album, as has James Taylor.
Monty Python recorded a Christmas song, also. (https://youtu.be/zztkoVNf2So) NSFW

WordMan
11-30-2015, 09:49 PM
Brian Setzer Orchestra: Boogie Woogie Christmas. Oh yeah.

http://www.amazon.com/Boogie-Woogie-Christmas-Orchestra-Setzer/dp/B0002XED80

Snowboarder Bo
11-30-2015, 10:42 PM
Gary Hoey

Carol Of The Bells (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqDsSC5w5KU)
Deck The Halls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzcvrJXNOb8)
You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mio07zb1vM)

pseudograph
11-30-2015, 11:49 PM
Jonathan Coulton, Chiron Beta Prime (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3DyxaCYlfg)

SaharaTea
12-01-2015, 09:49 AM
For peaceful, soothing spiritual music I love Our Heart's Joy: A Chanticleer Christmas (http://www.amazon.com/Our-Hearts-Joy-Chanticleer-Christmas/dp/B000003VV3). Their version of Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" is stunning.

DCnDC
12-01-2015, 11:23 AM
Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics

Annie-Xmas
12-01-2015, 11:32 AM
I will never pass up a chance to recommend Carols For A Cure (http://broadwaycares.stores.yahoo.net/caforcucds.html). Absolutely wonderful songs, sung by Broadway casts, and the money is for a great cause. The standard songs are perfection, the original songs magical, and the novelty songs laugh out loud funny.

ZipperJJ
12-01-2015, 11:51 AM
I've always been partial to the Squirrel Nut Zippers' Christmas Caravan (http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Caravan-Squirrel-Nut-Zippers/dp/B00000AE4A). A mix of old and new songs, all done to swingin' perfection!

Did anyone else look forward to the "A Very Special Christmas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Very_Special_Christmas)" albums? My mom usually bought them and we'd listen to them in the car a lot.

BobLibDem
12-01-2015, 11:55 AM
I've always thought The Band's Christmas Must Be Tonight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5bKtRU0Q6c) was underappreciated.

Totenfeier
12-01-2015, 03:46 PM
George Winston, December
The Chieftains, The Bells of Dublin
Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas

There's Christmas, right there.

stillownedbysetters
12-01-2015, 04:46 PM
I love the GRP Christmas Collection (3 volumes) put together by Dave Grusin (the G). I recently downloaded them from Amazon Music. They are performed by various guest musicians and are all what I'd term smooth jazz. When I've had a hectic day prepping for the holiday (or even at work), nothing is better than turning off the lights, turning on the Christmas tree, grabbing a glass of wine, and decompressing to this music.

Another very old one that I enjoy (it's so old that my parents owned it) is Harry Belafonte's Christmas (also available on Amazon Music). It's Caribbean flavored Christmas music, performed simply (often with only a guitar accompanying Harry) and respectfully in an introspective style. For me, it wouldn't be Christmas without it. (This is a reissue of Harry's original album "To Wish You a Merry Christmas" with a few extra songs).

gigi
12-01-2015, 05:26 PM
Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Of course it has the Eastery parts too!

http://www.amazon.com/Handels-Messiah-A-Soulful-Celebration/dp/B000002LUJ

bienville
12-01-2015, 06:20 PM
ME!!! Your good friend bienville has written some Christmas songs that might otherwise be flying beneath your radar!

YouTube links:

Family Thanksgiving, Family Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHfxsNfGAw4)
That Early Winter Sundown (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUZmtEt1Tfk)
Spending The Holidays With People I Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIE9W7zSbqs)


Enjoy!!!

Chefguy
12-01-2015, 07:45 PM
Christmastime (http://www.amazon.com/Christmastime-David-Benoit/dp/B00AJIT4SW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1449016410&sr=8-5&keywords=david+benoit+christmas), David Benoit

Ukulele Ike
12-01-2015, 07:53 PM
John Fahey's 1968 classic, The New Possibility.

http://www.amazon.com/New-Possibility-Faheys-Guitar-Christmas/dp/B00004W579/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1449017561&sr=1-1&keywords=john+fahey+christmas

Ukulele Ike
12-01-2015, 07:58 PM
Also Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen.

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Bruce-Cockburn/dp/B0000028TK/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1449017793&sr=1-1&keywords=bruce+cockburn+christmas

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Jorma-Kaukonen/dp/B000000SUR/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1449017889&sr=1-1&keywords=jorma+kaukonen+christmas

tapu
12-01-2015, 08:08 PM
Simon and Garfunkel: Silent Night/7o'clock News

https://youtu.be/WgYFXCUEL4Y

tapu
12-01-2015, 08:10 PM
Another anti-vietnam war xmas song from around the same time (novelty type):

https://youtu.be/Mamr3K6G_Ew

romansperson
12-01-2015, 09:27 PM
Did anyone else look forward to the "A Very Special Christmas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Very_Special_Christmas)" albums? My mom usually bought them and we'd listen to them in the car a lot.

We have the very first one, and play it every year. It's a perfect combination of tunes we like matched with artists who do a great job with their chosen song. Particular favorites are the Stevie Nicks version of 'Silent Night' and Madonna's 'Santa Baby'.

I also like The Gift (http://www.amazon.com/The-Gift-Acoustic-Offerings-Holiday/dp/B000005P18), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Mannheim-Steamroller/dp/B0000005MT/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1449023103&sr=1-1&keywords=mannheim+steamroller+christmas) and Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and Other Stories (http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Other-Stories-Trans-Siberian-Orchestra/dp/B000002JX6/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1449023151&sr=1-2&keywords=trans+siberian+orchestra) (which is kind of cheesy, but in a good way).

burpo the wonder mutt
12-01-2015, 09:30 PM
Funny stuff:

Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time (http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Demento-Presents-Greatest-Christmas/dp/B00000348G/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1449023331&sr=1-2&keywords=dr+demento)

My faves: "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" and "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus."

Rick Kitchen
12-01-2015, 09:34 PM
Pentatonix's "That's Christmas To Me" album, one of the biggest selling albums of last year (and again this year already).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp_Fpyk4sj0&list=PLZmiuwmMQUHPV1i9mezE218_aEs-hM4Vq

romansperson
12-01-2015, 09:37 PM
Straight No Chaser (http://www.sncmusic.com/music) has a couple good holiday albums too - I have the first one.

silenus
12-01-2015, 09:44 PM
Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio. (http://www.amazon.com/Santa-Claus-Rivers-Twisted-Radio/dp/B000002IX7/ref=pd_sim_15_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=418Z6269AJL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=16GHXX2152DVMMYB018D)

Contains such classics as:

I Am Santa Claus

Walking 'Round In Women's Underwear

I Came Upon A Roadkill Deer

and many others.

5 time champ
12-01-2015, 09:52 PM
From the sublime, The Medieval Babes:
The Holly & the Ivy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7Oik2yl6wE)
In Dulce Jubilo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4-3GfW1paw)
Coventry Carol (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhCLwwmtKjs)

to the ridiculous, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E0DpdSPo2Y) sung to the melody of Free Bird by Rocket Park

Eliahna
12-01-2015, 09:53 PM
Kate Miller-Heidke covering Tim Minchin's White Wine In The Sun (https://youtu.be/PLp2DfsW5Cw).
Tripod's I Hate Your Family (https://youtu.be/gGm7mZJw5jc). Jump to about 35 seconds in.

Regallag_The_Axe
12-01-2015, 11:46 PM
Gary Hoey

Carol Of The Bells (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqDsSC5w5KU)
Deck The Halls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzcvrJXNOb8)
You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mio07zb1vM)

I came in here to recommend Gary Hoey's "Ho! Ho! Hoey: the Complete Collection." That is the best rendition of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" you'll ever hear.

Also, everyone needs to hear King Diamond's No Presents For Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a5fHMlb4V0). Although it's not very cheery.

I'd say Trans Siberian Orchestra, too, but they're hardly below the radar.

Jeep's Phoenix
12-02-2015, 01:28 AM
Loreena McKennitt has recorded plenty of non-standard Christmas songs...Midwinter Night's Dream is one of my favorite albums.

And because there's no tradition like a new tradition, how about the acapella chorus version of (Let's Have) A Patrick Swayze Christmas (https://youtu.be/Lq8WhYTRbC8)?

RobDog
12-02-2015, 03:13 AM
Some from the other side of the Pond:

Jonah Lewie - Stop the Cavalry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HkJHApgKqw): bit of an oddity, an anti-war Christmas song with a video set in the WW1 trenches released on a label better known for bands such as The Damned and The Pogues, and artists as diverse as Elvis Costello and Bob Marley. An oddly bouncy number considering the sentiment.

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8): Ahh, Kirsty MacColl. Bless.

Steeleye Span - Gaudete (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN9AJj9rtlk): If plainsong sung with an occasionally West Country accent* is your thing.

Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM_H4CAAYxc): 70's British Glam Schlock at its "finest".

The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQhuoY5h2kE): Serious rock band, or massive piss-take of 70s American hair metal - you decide.

* Think British version of "redneck".

don't ask
12-02-2015, 05:48 AM
I love good music, of all types. The only thing I cannot stand is standard Christmas music. My sister in law and a woman who sits near me at work both play this dross for weeks each year. So I introduced them both to the fine works of Putumayo World Music (http://www.putumayo.com/product-category/holiday/) and we are all happy now.

Jazz and Blues Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF49OUcIbuY), New Orleans Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4Hr6lIxzuI&list=PLL8CogljAJaRU1KUylNR4CyekHB4VI50c) and plenty of others are on youtube.

JKellyMap
12-02-2015, 06:05 AM
The Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas album is great. So is the one by Yo Yo Ma and friends.

Biotop
12-02-2015, 10:05 AM
I have posted a link in other years to this experimental piece from Mom and Daddy. It is a bit abrasive in the middle, but listening to it loud just blows me away every single time. When I used to do a radio show on the local public station, I would play this every year on my last show before Christmas and it never failed to get a response--- sometimes positive and sometimes negative. If you like Christams music and are not opposed to something very out of the ordinary... give it a listen.

O Holy Night ---performed by Mom and Daddy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QZJ_n1fgpA)

Bridget Burke
12-02-2015, 10:57 AM
The late Tommy Thompson of the Red Clay Ramblers wrote "Hot Buttered Rum (http://www.mikecraver.com/lyricsTT.html#rum)"

When chimney smoke hangs still and low across the stubbled fields of snow
And angry skies reach down and seize the sorry blackened bones of trees
In the dead of winter when the silent snowbirds come
You're my sweet maple sugar,honey, hot buttered rum....

Moody rather than cheerful; YouTube has versions. If you don't own any Red Clay Rambler albums....

Brave Combo, that Nuclear Polka Band from Denton, has It's Christmas, Man. (http://bravecombo.com/bcinfo/its-christmas-man/) Their first Christmas album. Listen to some of the tunes here (http://bravecombo.com/listen/). Or find out when they'll play your town.

Not too obscure--Joan Baez's Noel. With music arranged by Peter Schickele--AKA P.D.Q Bach. Released in 1966, the album surprised many because of its simple beauty....

Misnomer
12-02-2015, 11:31 AM
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM_H4CAAYxc): 70's British Glam Schlock at its "finest".My initial reaction was "70s?? Duh, it's an 80s song!" but Wikipedia quickly informed me that I was heretofore only familiar with the 1984 re-release (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Wish_It_Could_Be_Christmas_Everyday#Re-releases). I distinctly remember watching it on Top of the Pops that year, as a young teen.

It will always be an 80s song to me. :)

Ranger Jeff
12-02-2015, 11:45 AM
Charles Brown - Please Come Home For Christmas (https://youtu.be/itdNoGtPQ3Ihttp://)
The Eagles (https://youtu.be/kNnU-8TocSIhttp://) do a great cover of it too.

Charles Brown - Merry Christmas Baby (https://youtu.be/-RJJwk-Opw4) and it sounds great when Bonnie (https://youtu.be/ZzkOTRjjTrc) helps him out.

The Chuckster! (https://youtu.be/cCXx1Z8srYY)

Nonsuch
12-02-2015, 12:11 PM
Snow Angels (http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Angels-Over-Rhine/dp/B000V5EY4M) by Over the Rhine is probably the best all-originals (i.e., no standards) Christmas album I've ever heard. (Well, there's a tongue-in-cheek reworking of "Jingle Bells," but close enough.) "Darlin' (Christmas Is Comin')" is one of my all-time favorites.

The Spirit of Christmas (http://www.amazon.com/The-Spirit-Christmas-Ray-Charles/dp/B000003432) by Ray Charles: also stellar. Every track kills. He even makes "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" enjoyable, and I hate that song.

Paste magazine's Christmas comps are usually good, and the 2012 one (http://noisetrade.com/pastemagazine/christmas-sampler) in particular was killer.

Christmas Remixed - Holiday Classics Re-Grooved (http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Remixed-Holiday-Classics-Re-Grooved/dp/B000S57MMG). Sounds like it would be cheesy, but really very good.

Merry Christmas (http://www.amazon.com/Merry-Christmas-Johnny-Mathis/dp/B0002S94HK) by Johnny Mathis, for when you want to go old-school with the master. Better than Nat King Cole for my money.

And what would Christmas be without James Brown to make it funky (http://www.amazon.com/James-Browns-Funky-Christmas-Brown/dp/B000001EFD)?

That takes care of the albums; here are some single tracks worth adding to your holiday mix:

"All That I Want" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FsGor-NBak) - The Weepies
"Christmas After All" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEuf0ZxyrHk) - Maria Taylor
"Why Can't It Be Christmas Time All Year" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYtR-a356Mg) - Rosie Thomas (her album is good, if not quite a classic)
"Peace at Last" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrZam5uZu08) - Hem (almost unbearably beautiful)
"Thanks for Christmas" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DBJRSMP8Uw) - XTC
"Uncle John" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfjS_Q8o2nM) - Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick. Hilarious.
"Everything's Changed at Christmas But You" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l5VdV5qZe0) - Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors. What Christmas means as you get old. Prepare to weep into your egg nog.

I may post more if I have time. I'm a bit of a Christmas music fiend. :)

Skywatcher
12-02-2015, 12:56 PM
The Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas album is great.Which one? :D

Skywatcher
12-02-2015, 01:03 PM
Not found on any Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas album (AFAIK): the instrumental version of "Winter Wonderland" off the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack.

JKellyMap
12-02-2015, 03:42 PM
Which one? :D

Silly me! I was referring to this one (http://www.amazon.com/Harry-For-The-Holidays-Connick/dp/B0000DF00Z), but I've no doubt they're all great.

Regallag_The_Axe
12-02-2015, 04:20 PM
I forgot to mention it last night but I'd also recommend Dropkick Murpheys' "The Season's Upon Us (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTx-sdR6Yzk)". Again, not all that cheery, but definitely good and definitely a Christmas song.

Disheavel
12-02-2015, 05:13 PM
ME!!! Your good friend bienville has written some Christmas songs that might otherwise be flying beneath your radar!

YouTube links:

Family Thanksgiving, Family Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHfxsNfGAw4)
That Early Winter Sundown (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUZmtEt1Tfk)
Spending The Holidays With People I Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIE9W7zSbqs)


Enjoy!!!

Those are great! Enjoyable listening. They don't work well with my audio-controlled christmas lights (not many non-orchestral or electronic songs are), so they will just be on the internal playlist.

CT_Damsel
12-02-2015, 05:15 PM
Silly me! I was referring to this one (http://www.amazon.com/Harry-For-The-Holidays-Connick/dp/B0000DF00Z), but I've no doubt they're all great.


I have that one too. When I get tired of listening I just stare at the cover picture. sigh :o

bienville
12-02-2015, 09:10 PM
Those are great! Enjoyable listening.
Thanks!

mcgato
12-03-2015, 10:01 AM
Fairytale of New York has been mentioned, but my other Christmas type song favorites are:
Christmas Wrapping (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nud2TQNahaU) by the Waitresses
Give the Jew Girl Toys (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gRGMOhslq0) by Sarah Silverman

stillownedbysetters
12-03-2015, 03:11 PM
If you really want a Christmas giggle (Not Suitable for Family) try this:

http://www.amazon.com/Its-Christmas-Dr-Duke-Tumatoe/dp/B0012CO2W2/ref=sr_1_4?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1449173583&sr=1-4-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=dr+duke

Octarine
12-03-2015, 04:33 PM
The music that really transports me back to being 5 years old and sitting in front of the fire is my grandfather's Hungarian carols. My two favorites are "Mennyből az angyal" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2ZU8u87C3M) and "Pásztorok, pásztorok" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIRbzKByaCM). I still remember swearing that when I grew up, I'd sing in one of those children's choirs. ;)

crazyjoe
12-03-2015, 04:43 PM
Pentatonix's "That's Christmas To Me" album, one of the biggest selling albums of last year (and again this year already).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp_Fpyk4sj0&list=PLZmiuwmMQUHPV1i9mezE218_aEs-hM4Vq

I jumped into this thread to mention this one exactly. It is truly amazing.

gigi
12-03-2015, 06:12 PM
Steeleye Span - Gaudete (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN9AJj9rtlk): If plainsong sung with an occasionally West Country accent* is your thing.

* Think British version of "redneck".

Good to know. I've been listening to them for years and not realizing they are "rednecks". ;)

MacLir
12-07-2015, 10:14 AM
Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio. (http://www.amazon.com/Santa-Claus-Rivers-Twisted-Radio/dp/B000002IX7/ref=pd_sim_15_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=418Z6269AJL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=16GHXX2152DVMMYB018D)

Contains such classics as:

I Am Santa Claus.

I prefer the version sung by Thurl Ravenscroft, who is better known for his renditions of the virtues of sugary cereal and the non-virtues of a Christmas-associated Dr. Suess character.

He voiced the original Tony the Tiger, and sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", which was uncredited in the show and sometimes mistakenly attributed to narrator Boris Karloff.

MacLir
12-07-2015, 10:22 AM
A Pirate's Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPfiRZoBwoU) by Tom Smith

Wicked parodies of carols. ;)

Skywatcher
12-07-2015, 01:25 PM
Speaking of Thurl Ravenscroft, he sang bass in a quartet called The Mellomen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mellomen) among a bunch of other names. Fitting this thread, here's something they recorded with Spike Jones (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CghebJSQTaE).

Wednesday Evening
12-07-2015, 02:07 PM
I love Christmas music! A couple of lesser-known favorites that come to mind:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qoClBsZSTM) by Allan Sherman. A bit dated, but still hilarious.

Mr. Heatmiser (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMjAf8Nwohs) by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Awesome cover of the classic song from that Rankin-Bass Christmas program that everyone forgets the title of.*


*The Year Without A Santa Claus

Dendarii Dame
12-07-2015, 02:08 PM
Straight No Chaser (http://www.sncmusic.com/music) has a couple good holiday albums too - I have the first one.

Yesterday I heard Straight No Chaser's "The Twelve Days of Christmas". It's funny. :)

Biotop
12-08-2015, 03:59 AM
Welcome Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdafbvxbBNk) by Love Spirals Downwards.

Goth/ethereal meets Dr. Seuss.

++++

Stille Nacht (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYG-pQOMPvw) by Autopsia

A slightly different mix than the one from the Projekt VA Dark Noel CD. Quite beautiful.

Wolverine
12-08-2015, 04:29 AM
I don't remember how I found this album, but I love the instrumental Festival of the Heart (http://www.amazon.com/Festival-Heart-BOSWELL-JOHN/dp/B000000X61/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449566461&sr=8-1&keywords=festival+of+the+heart) particularly the arrangements of "What Child is This?" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel". Many times productions go too big, but these have a simpler, haunting style to them. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to curl up with some hot chocolate, turn off all the lights except the Christmas tree, and listen to this album.

MacLir
12-08-2015, 09:48 AM
Speaking of Thurl Ravenscroft, he sang bass in a quartet called The Mellomen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mellomen) among a bunch of other names. Fitting this thread, here's something they recorded with Spike Jones (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CghebJSQTaE).

Another of my favorites, and also on my holiday playlist. ;)

Misnomer
12-08-2015, 10:54 AM
Yesterday I discovered a bad-ass instrumental (jazz) version of "Sleigh Ride," by Chelsey Green & The Green Project (https://www.facebook.com/warren.shadd/videos/10207276279497228/) (this is a Facebook video that will start playing automatically). I am now on a mission to tell the world. :D

Warren Shadd (http://www.shaddpianos.com/) is the world's only African American piano maker: his top-quality pianos have been played at the Vatican, and are featured on Empire. He recently released a series of Christmas videos featuring some seriously talented local musicians, some of whom I'm proud to say that I know. The entire series is definitely worth checking out, but so far this one is my favorite. I immediately bought the MP3 (I got it from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018ULCGFW), but it's also available from iTunes and other sources).

Enjoy!