a mench, a virgin & a god: revised (merry christmas 2007)

Artist Song Buy
darlene love  "christmas (baby please come home)"  buy on itunes
chuck berry  "run run rudolph"  buy on itunes
the beach boys  "little saint nick"  buy on itunes
elvis presley  "blue christmas"  buy on itunes
frank sinatra  "mistletoe & holly"  buy on itunes
ray charles & betty carter  "baby, it's cold outside"  buy on itunes
prince  "another lonely christmas"  buy on itunes
carla thomas  "all i want for christmas is you"  buy on itunes
otis redding  "merry christmas, baby"  buy on itunes
big star  "jesus christ"  buy on itunes
the crystals  "santa claus is coming to town"  buy on itunes
the beatles  "christmas time (is here again)"  buy on itunes
stevie wonder  "someday at christmas"  buy on itunes
james brown  "santa claus go straight to the ghetto"  buy on itunes
the ronettes  "sleigh ride"  buy on itunes
tom petty & the heartbreakers  "christmas all over again"  buy on itunes
the ramones  "merry christmas (i don't want to fight tonight)"  buy on itunes
the kinks  "father christmas"  buy on itunes
the vince guaraldi trio  "christmas time is here"  buy on itunes
tom waits  "christmas card from a hooker in minneapolis"  buy on itunes
ryan adams  "hey parker, it's christmas"  buy on itunes
rufus wainwright  "spotlight on christmas"  buy on itunes
the pretenders  "2000 miles"  buy on itunes
johnny cash  "silent night"  buy on itunes
john lennon & yoko ono (with the harlem boys community choir)  "happy xmas (war is over)"  buy on itunes

Comment:

this is my revision of last year's christmas mix, with intent to ship around to family & friends with (or without) gifts this holiday season. i went through about a dozen different incarnations of this mix, at first feeling really self-conscious & uncomfortable with the fact that it skirted dad-rock territory a little too closely for my taste - a bit too much like something you'd find in the bargain bin at a family-oriented dollar store. after reworking it enough times, no closer to a satisfying final draft, i realized that it wasn't necessarily a bad thing: the conventionality actually works in this case, ringing in a sort of comfort that these standards tend to conjure up. yes, the line-up is entirely predictable; yes, the song choices are safe; yes, quite a few of these cuts are incredibly cheesy; no, there's nothing out of the ordinary here. however, that's sort of what christmas is all about to me, that sense of nostalgia these classics seem to bring out in everyone. not to mention, there's a reason so many of these tunes are holiday standards. is there a better reading of "blue christmas" than elvis presley's? is there a funnier, or more bitingly cynical, christmas song than "father christmas"? has any holiday protest song even come close to "happy xmas (war is over)"? & let's not forget the opener, hands down my all-time favorite christmas song ever. all in all, this may not be the most groundbreaking holiday mix, nor will it house any raging obscurities us music geeks love to savor over (unless you count the ryan adams track as a "rarity," which it sort of is). it's just a wonderfully nostalgic trip down holiday lane with some proven & true standards i never get tired of hearing this time of year. title once again from rufus wainwright. enjoy, everybody! merry christmas & happy holidays!
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Rob Conroy
Date: 12/4/2007
This is lovely, fantastic, etc., although I would say that, as it looks quite a bit like my Christmas mix from '03: http://www.artofthemix.org/FindAMix/getcontents.asp?strMixID=64320.
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doowad
Date: 12/5/2007
Very sweet and I have to agree whole-heartedly with your favorite
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Mark Petruccelli
Date: 12/5/2007
Superbly festive. Nothing wrong with holiday Dad-rock.
Happy Holidays Anthony
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hemizen
Date: 12/5/2007
Who needs a "groundbreaking holiday mix" when a classic like this is available?
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sammyg123
Date: 12/5/2007
Happy Holidays. I'm in no doubt at all that the Darlene Love starter is my favourite Christmas record of them all. It sends shivvers up my spine. And always reminds me of 'Gremlins'!. Love the closer as well of course.. Is track 8 the same song as the Mariah one?
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Salman1
Date: 12/5/2007
I've got to be honesty, I hate these Christmas themed mixes. But, I've got to say you've picked a lot of great artists for a Christmas themed mix to not make me totally cringe. Congrats!
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ofthaltned
Date: 12/5/2007
I have to second Salman here on both counts here. I'll say that I'd be happy to give this one a listen in July or thereabouts, though!
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Moe
Date: 12/5/2007
Simply a wonderful Christmas mix! Only a Scrooge would hate it.
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Mike Eternity
Date: 12/6/2007
Quintessential, to say the least. Not every mix needs them raging obscurities. This should be sold in stores. Bless your Christmas spirit, lombardi :)
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Skipper Bartlett
Date: 12/6/2007
Great collection. Merry Christmas.
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SwankQueen
Date: 12/6/2007
Cool mix. That Vince Guaraldi record always gets me. I didn't think this was so very akin to Rob's ghost of Xmas past, 'til I saw the Tom Waits track. It really is uncanny how similar your taste is, especially in the romantic department! Happy Holidays!
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rivkam
Date: 12/7/2007
Oh I love "All I Want for Christmas is You"! This is a wonderful family mix. Happy Holidays.
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Barrydali
Date: 12/8/2007
I'd put the Pogues in the driving seat with Darlene adopting a very close shotgun role. A little to sugary for me Ant but from you it makes sense. Thats a compliment by the way as back handed as it sounds. Buon Natale!
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musicgnome
Date: 12/9/2007
Complete opposite to what I've been listening to, of late. In that, these are quality items.
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Sister ZoT Jarvis
Date: 12/11/2007
thanks for this, mr. lombardi!
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e. buster
Date: 12/17/2007
Just lovely, sure we know em, but what would christmas be without them?!? This is a better mix than any commercial CD you could ever find. Thanks!
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Rob_z2.
Date: 12/22/2007
Looks beautiful. Merry Christmas! :)
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Ginatron
Date: 12/26/2007
this is my kind of christmas mix! i need to make myself a copy of this.
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sbessg
Date: 1/6/2008
I love this Christmas mix! From the title to the perfect closer, you nailed it!

Also, thanks for the compliment on m'last mix.

<3 Sara

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