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Old 12-20-2010, 03:13 AM
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Best versions of Jingle Bells?

I have been asked by a dear family friend, one who I cannot say no to, to make her a compilation CD of the song ďJingle Bells.Ē

...blank stare...

A mix CD? How 2004. Jingle Bells? How ... how uniform.

Though Iím usually the go-to person for all things music (for my wifeís family at least), I have no idea where to start. Iím generally not a Christmas music aficionado. Heck, Iím downright carol-averse. Iíd much rather put together a bunch of Medeski Martin and Wood or P-Funk and tell her itís Jingle Bells. She doesnít speak English (so I might get away with it), but the rest of the family does (so I wonít).

Okay then.

Help. Please help.

Iím sure there are some lovely standards out there, and if I can find the barking dogs version, fantastic, but Iíd really like to find some good things to put on it. Miles? Coltrane? Hendrix? Nina? Anyone?

The only criteria I have are that the songs have to be easily, safely, and legally found. I have a Rhapsody subscription, so thatís a start.

I hope you can help because my only other thought is to do a title search and listen to the various tracks until I find ten or twelve that will do. As it is, Iíll still have to listen to ten to twelve versions of the song, so the better/funkier/jazzier/jammier the better.

Help!
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:23 AM
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Ella Fitzgerald's version of this overly-familiar Chistmas song is fun. She also sings the other verses to "Jingle Bells" that most people leave out.
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:45 AM
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I've always enjoyed the Barenaked Ladies version from their Christmas album, Barenaked for the Holidays. Jingle Bells (as found on Amazon)

It's both slow/sweet & fun/rambunctious. Plus Batman makes an appearance.
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:51 AM
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You're in luck. Rhapsody definitely has the Singing Dogs Jingle Bells.

My favorite version is by the Brian Setzer Orchestra from their album "Boogie Woogie Christmas." Here's their performance of the song on YouTube.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:26 AM
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Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters did a nice swing version.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:07 AM
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I'd suggest also looking for the Puppini Sisters' version, which is very jazzy and upbeat.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:14 AM
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Try the Statler Brothers, I always liked their version, plus, banjos!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWVjurtT3xE
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:19 AM
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My two favorite renditions are by the above-mentioned Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Frank Sinatra. You can't go wrong with Frank.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:38 AM
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Yello released an electronic version a few years back. It's rather peppy sounding.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:32 AM
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The Ventures do a version that seems to be a mash-up with "What I'd Say".
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:56 AM
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"Swingin Them Jingle Bells" is awesome. A must-have.

"Ring Dem Bells" by Duke Ellington is obviously a riff on "Jingle Bells" too, but not sure if everyone would be able to hear it.

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Old 12-20-2010, 11:03 AM
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Yello released an electronic version a few years back. It's rather peppy sounding.
I was going to suggest that one. It's like the "techno" version of jingle-bells. It was made for Tim Allen's The Santa Clause movie but never made it onto the film.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:40 AM
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My new favorite can be found over the Aussie Christmas Carols thread. Nice twist on the lyrics for a place where Christmas is in summer!
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:53 AM
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The first track I would put on the disc (or maybe last?) would be the short audio clip from The Christmas Story with Ralphie, Randy, and mom singing the batman smells version ending with THHHHBBB!!!! and mom laughing.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:58 AM
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Santo & Johnny "Twistin' Bells".
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:42 PM
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Wow, this is fantastic. I dreaded this, but woah.... THANKS!
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:44 PM
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Barking Dogs is the clear winner. Fact.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:45 PM
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If you don't like them, you can always include this horrid version by Streisand.
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:22 PM
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If you don't like them, you can always include this horrid version by Streisand.
If only she would have picked a tempo and stayed there...
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:36 PM
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Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg ...
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:46 PM
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I actually enjoy Glee's version of Jingle Bells.
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:47 PM
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If you don't like them, you can always include this horrid version by Streisand.
Oh my god, my wife and I actually heard that at the grocery store last weekend. I Shazam'ed it just to see who was perpetrating this atrocity on humanity, and was quite surprised to find that it was Babs. Utterly awful.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:25 PM
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I guess the reason I never hear the Streisand version on the radio is because I'm the only person who likes it...
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:48 PM
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There's always this version
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:43 PM
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I like the downtempo version by Sub Santa


How about the Bombay Dub Orchestra remixing Joe Williams

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