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Cassette | Alternative - College Rock
Playlist | Mixed Genre
Playlist | Alternative - College Rock
MP3 Playlist | Mixed Genre

Christmas with the Family

Artist Song Buy
Boston Camerata  Nowel, Out of Your Slepe  buy on itunes
Boston Camerata  Nova, nova: Aue fitt ex Eva  buy on itunes
Boston Camerata  While Shepherds Watched/Sherburne  buy on itunes
Virginia Gentlemen  The Christmas Song  buy on itunes
Virginia Gentlemen  Twelve Days of Christmas  buy on itunes
Virginia Gentlemen  Deck the Halls  buy on itunes
Bing Crosby  Do You Hear What I Hear?  buy on itunes
Bing Crosby with David Bowie  Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy  buy on itunes
The Chieftains  O the Holly She Bears a Berry  buy on itunes
The Chieftains  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  buy on itunes
The Chieftains  The Boar's Head  buy on itunes
Frank Sinatra  White Christmas  buy on itunes
Frank Sinatra  The Christmas Waltz  buy on itunes
Jimmy Smith  We Three Kings (of Orient Are)  buy on itunes
Duke Ellington  Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Pipes)  buy on itunes
Duke Ellington  Peanut Brittle Brigade  buy on itunes
James Brown  Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year  buy on itunes
U2  Driving to Midnight Mass on a Dublin Christmas Eve  buy on itunes
Vince Guaraldi  Skating  buy on itunes


Part one of a two-part Christmas compilation. This disc is meant to be shared with family (including my 80-something father-in-law) and is heavily traditional. Notes on a few tracks:

Boston Camerata: From an all time favorite album Sing We Noë, three carols ranging from Middle English and Latin to 19th century Sacred Harp shaped note singing.
Virginia Gentlemen: From the (cassette) recording of the Virginia Glee Club’s 50th Annual Christmas Concert in 1990, this set comprises live in performance men’s a cappella schmaltz and cheese at its finest.
Bing Crosby with David Bowie: The famous pairing from just a year or so before Crosby’s death; still surprising affecting.
The Chieftains: Set of three more or less traditional carols, played in strong Irish style with bodhrain and pipes, from their Christmas album The Bells of Dublin.
Jimmy Smith: With Wes Montgomery on guitar, the cleanser after a fully orchestral album, this stripped down jazz/blues combo is the right stuff.
Duke Ellington: From the Duke’s translation of The Nutcracker Suite to the big band jazz idiom. Swingin’.
James Brown: A sincere holiday original from the Godfather of Soul.
U2: An early fanclub single, featuring Bono reading the Dylan Thomas poem.
Vince Guaraldi: From the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, this original says Christmas to me like little else.


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