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Old 12-15-2006, 08:39 AM   #1
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Is there such a thing as GREAT Christmas music?

I love Christmas music. I only listen to it from Thanksgiving Day to New Years, but during that time I love it (the rest of the year it's a sacrilege if I hear it played!)

But Christmas music has been sorely abused in my opinion. We've got this radio station on our island that's been playing mostly Xmas tunes since Thanksgiving and I'd say 90% of what they play is horrible. Nauseatingly cheesy renditions of Christmas classics or some songwriters attempt at creating a "new" Christmas classic and failing miserably.

Which made me wonder, is there any such thing as truly GREAT Christmas music? The canon of classics is pretty limited so it's more a question of what can be done with reinterpreting a song that's been done "many times, many ways." And then there's the "new" Christmas song. Have you ever heard any that really kept the Christmas-y vibe, yet also broke new ground, lyrically and musically with new, QUALITY seasonal songs.

For me my favorite Christmas album ever is one of those CD's made just for a particular store. Best Buy's Acoustic Christmas. Just some unknowns from Minneapolis playing Christmas classics on acoustic guitars. It's gorgeous, warm, golden music and is the perfect thing to listen to late Christmas Eve actually early Christmas morning when everyone else has gone to bed and you're still up staring at the Christmas tree.

Oscar Peterson's Christmas album is quite good.

The Windham Hill label, home of new-agey soothing sounds which I can't bear for most of the year knows how to do Christmas right. "Guittars and Other Stringed Things" and "A Windham Hill Christmas" are both great.

I like all three Amy Grant Christmas albums--the last one is probably the best musically.

In terms of quality original Christmas music (i.e. the dangerous ground of "new" songs), I have yet to hear anything surpass the new tunes found on A City on A Hill Christmas.

So that's what I think. What about you?
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Oh Holy Night, I can't say I've ever heard anyone butcher that one. That's my favorite Christmas carol.

I think Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan is pretty great. Same for Charlie Brown Christmas, I got the new remastered version but I haven't been able to listen to it yet.
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I normally find very little interest in Christmas music, but Trans-Siberian Orchestra's multiple albums are simply gorgeous.
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5 words for you: New Twisted Sister Christmas Album
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MS already said it, but the Vince Guaraldi Trio tunes for Charlie Brown Christmas are fantastic.

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Also Handel's Messiah

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Oh Holy Night, I can't say I've ever heard anyone butcher that one. That's my favorite Christmas carol.
How lucky for you that you've avoided Mariah Carey's or Christina Aguilera's versions.
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Or Cartmans version for that matter

Tom Jackson's version of The Huron Carol is very haunting and beautiful.
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The Three Tenors' Christmas album is superb. I highly recommend it.

As for original Christmas songs, "Christmas in Hollis" by Run DMC will always be a favorite of mine.
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I second Sufjan Stevens - it's a great set of 5 cd's...don't DL it - buy it, its affordable...

but anything from Sufjan can be listened during Christmas - he has a lot of religious stuff in his music... i think almost 90% are some kind of christian music and I love iit...
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I go with the classic crooners typically for Christmas, Bing, Deano, Frank.

Sinatra's rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas can bring tears to my eyes at times.

For new(er) stuff, there's always our boys with Christmas Baby Please Come Home, that's excellent. The new Killer's song, Big Red Sled is a great song in its own right. Download it and it's proceeds goes to (red) which is a nice bonus. Mellencamp's I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is excellent. And of course, Dion's Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree is fantastic.

There's a Bing Crosby christmas album out there where between songs he's talking to his listeners at home. It's such a nostalgic piece, you can almost picture your parents as little kids and your grandparents in their prime, huddled around the record player listening in and singing along, pre-tv. I love that one.
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I'd really like to get my hands on one of Goulet's Christmas albums.

Ba ba bee ba ba boooooo
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I saw them on Leno the other night...scary!!!
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don't cut me out now, but i'm quite a fan of Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas such a guilty pleasure.. got it the first time it came out circa 1994 and it's been on every Christmas ever since

... bla bla bla.. all i want for christmas is youuuu ... bla bla bla..
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