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Christmas Albums

Post by Munkey » Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:25 pm

What are the "must-listen" Christmas albums for you?

The Carpenters Christmas Portrait album would always get played around this time of year when I was growing up, so for me and my brothers has become part of the Christmas tradition.

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Post by Odysseus » Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:01 pm

The 'must have' is the one I made several years ago. I call it 'A Ring-A-Ding-Ding Christmas'. As you can probably gather from the title, it's made up of songs by Sinatra, Dino, Bing, etc. To me, those recordings are quintessential Christmas music.
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Post by Munkey » Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:06 pm

Cool, there are some commercial compilations like that too, I'm listening to one now:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006 ... 92-6185450


And on a different note, I hope you all have your copies of this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00064 ... 92-6185450
8O

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Post by freebird » Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:55 pm

most of my Christmas cd's are in storage, but my favs are Michael Martin Murphey Cowboy Christmas; Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, and the Tractors Christmas (Santa Claus is comin' in a boogie woogie choo choo trrain)
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Post by SinisterHand » Sun Dec 11, 2005 6:09 pm

I have one Christmas album. A Brutal Christmas: The Season In Chaos. A bunch of metal bands with their versions of Christmas classics. My fav is a rather heavy version of Mary Did You Know.
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Post by GScott » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:07 pm

My wife and I love Amy Grant's Christmas Album where she sings "Tennessee Christmas".

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Post by kendrck » Sun Dec 11, 2005 8:40 pm

Wayne Newton's "Songs For A Merry Christmas"
Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song"
Al Hirt's "The Sound Of Christmas"
The Goldigger's "We Need A Little Christmas"
The Ray Conniff Singer's "Here We Come A-Caroling"

... all classics from my parent's LP collection that I digitized and put to CD a few years back. These are the sounds of Christmas growing up for me.
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Post by rattfink138 » Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:33 pm

I can't stand Christmas music until maybe the 23rd or 24th. It could have something to do with working retail too long. I really only like traditional Christian Christmas music.

Maybe when I have kids I won't be such a scrooge.
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Post by PipeAndPint » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:44 am

This year we picked up the "City on a Hill" Christmas album. It's pretty good stuff. Other than that, we've got a Celtic Christmas album by Sheila Walsh - also quite good.
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Post by sguthrie » Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:19 am

Most of mine are instrumentals - Gary Hoey and Manheim Stemroller
SinisterHand wrote:I have one Christmas album. A Brutal Christmas: The Season In Chaos. A bunch of metal bands with their versions of Christmas classics. My fav is a rather heavy version of Mary Did You Know.
I'd LOVE to hear this. I hear a heavy metal version of "Silent Night" a few years ago that was really good. Can't remember who it was by, though. It was one of the Christian metal bands.
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Post by PipeAndPint » Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:20 am

sguthrie wrote:Most of mine are instrumentals - Gary Hoey and Manheim Stemroller
SinisterHand wrote:I have one Christmas album. A Brutal Christmas: The Season In Chaos. A bunch of metal bands with their versions of Christmas classics. My fav is a rather heavy version of Mary Did You Know.
I'd LOVE to hear this. I hear a heavy metal version of "Silent Night" a few years ago that was really good. Can't remember who it was by, though. It was one of the Christian metal bands.
I saw an ad once in a musicians' classified section looking for a guitarist for a "Christian Death Metal" band.. 8O
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Post by Skip » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:01 am

Mannheim Steamroller - all three (preference is first)
Ray Conniff - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (believe it or not - grew up with that one)
Denver & the Mile High Orchestra - Timeless Christmas
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - all
Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack

On that last one, the wife and I rearranged "What Child Is This" and did it with violin, piano, bass and drums for offertory on Sunday. Then for the postlude we (the whole band) did our 'normal' verse/chorus from the last piece of music then the piano/bass/drums jumped into O Tannenbaum - the congregation loved it. Most of the time we get ignored during postlude - we started up on O Tannenbaum and there was a chorus of "oh, yeah!". I Love My Church...
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Post by kendrck » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:05 am

Skip wrote:Ray Conniff - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (believe it or not - grew up with that one)
Yup, got that one too.
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Post by Skip » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:05 am

Munkey wrote:And on a different note, I hope you all have your copies of this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00064 ... 92-6185450
8O
Munkey, I could've gone through the rest of my life not knowing about that one. That was cruel. Really.

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Post by PipeAndPint » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:11 am

Skip wrote:
Munkey wrote:And on a different note, I hope you all have your copies of this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00064 ... 92-6185450
8O
Munkey, I could've gone through the rest of my life not knowing about that one. That was cruel. Really.

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ever watch him sing "Hooked on a Feeling"? :P

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Post by Munkey » Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:25 pm

PipeAndPint wrote:ever watch him sing "Hooked on a Feeling"? :P

http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2433520?htv=12
I have no words... 8O

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Post by John-Boy » Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:30 pm

last year I picked up "All I want for Christmas is a real good tan" by Kenney Chessney. Quickly becoming a family favorite.
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Post by SinisterHand » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:31 pm

sguthrie wrote:Most of mine are instrumentals - Gary Hoey and Manheim Stemroller
SinisterHand wrote:I have one Christmas album. A Brutal Christmas: The Season In Chaos. A bunch of metal bands with their versions of Christmas classics. My fav is a rather heavy version of Mary Did You Know.
I'd LOVE to hear this. I hear a heavy metal version of "Silent Night" a few years ago that was really good. Can't remember who it was by, though. It was one of the Christian metal bands.
You can find it at www.blastbeats.com. check it out.
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Post by SinisterHand » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:33 pm

PipeAndPint wrote:I saw an ad once in a musicians' classified section looking for a guitarist for a "Christian Death Metal" band.. 8O
Believe it or not there is a huge Christian death metal scene.
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Post by kendrck » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:35 pm

SinisterHand wrote:
PipeAndPint wrote:I saw an ad once in a musicians' classified section looking for a guitarist for a "Christian Death Metal" band.. 8O
Believe it or not there is a huge Christian death metal scene.
I know there is ... but didn't the words "Christian death metal" in that order ever give you pause? <redacted_emoji> :wink:
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