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NEWSLETTER #146
Seasonal Specialties
Johnny Adams ->
Various Artists
 

 

 

DVD

 
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Koch Vision 6415 The Junky's Christmas ● DVD $16.98
Finally available on DVD this 21 minute short from 1993, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, features Burroughs reading the sad but ultimately redemptive story of Danny, the junky, just released from jail and trying to score a Christmas day fix and finding the Christmas spirit instead. The story is presented in claymation animation and ends with a brief live action segment of a party at Burrough's house with him carving a turkey with a switchblade. The DVD includes two bonus shorts "Ironbound" with music by Joe Jackson and "Traveling Light" with music by Van Morrison.

 

COMPACT DISCS

 
JOHNNY ADAMS Ace (US) 2046 A Christmas With Johnny Adams ● CD $16.98
11 Christmas songs in the inimitable Adams style produced by Senator Jones - Silent Night/ Little Town Of Bethlehem/ Lord's Prayer/ Bells Of St. Mary's/ Please Come Home For Christmas.

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & FRIENDS Hip-O 69702 20th Century Masters - Christmas Collection ● CD $10.98
14 tracks including duets with Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and others including sides with Benny Carter's Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and more - Christmas In New Orleans/ Silent Night/ Christmas Night In Harlem/ Cool Yule/ 'Zat You Santa Claus?/ Jingle Bells/ May Everyday Be Christmas, etc.

 
GENE AUTRY Varese 66593 The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings ● CD $13.98
Gene Autry had three of the biggest Christmas hits of all time with Here Comes Santa Claus (which he wrote), Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman. The original recordings of all three are here along with 23 other Christmas songs he recorded for Columbia in the 40s and early 50s.
GENE AUTRY: (Hard Rock, Coco and Joe) The Three Little Dwarfs/ An Old Fashioned Tree/ Everyone's a Child at Christmas/ Freddie, the Little Fir Tree/ Frosty the Snowman/ He'll Be Coming Down the Chimney (Like He Always Did Before)/ He's a Chubby Little Fellow/ Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/ Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/ I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus/ If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas/ Look Out the Window (The Winter Song)/ Merry Christmas Waltz/ Merry Texas Christmas, You All!/ Poppy the Puppy/ Round, Round the Christmas Tree/ Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer/ Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/ Santa, Satna, Santa/ Sleigh Bells/ The Night Before Christmas (In Texas, That Is)/ The Night Before Christmas Song/ Thirty-Two Feet-Eight Little Tails/ Up on the House Top (Ho Ho Ho)/ When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter/ Where Did My Snowman Go?/ You Can See Old Santa Claus (When You Find Him in Your Heart)

 
CHARLES BROWN Bullseye Blues 9561 Cool Christmas Blues ● CD $10.98
The smoothest bluesy Christmas - with Clifford Solomon, Johnny Otis, Bobby Forte & others.
CHARLES BROWN: A Song For Christmas/ Blue Holiday/ Bringing In A Brand New Year/ Christmas Comes But Once A Year/ Christmas In Heaven/ Merry Christmas Baby/ Please Come Home For Christmas/ Santa's Blues/ Silent Night/ Stay With Me/ To Someone That I Love

 
JAMES BROWN Polydor 0623-02 The Christmas Collection ● CD $11.98
Culled from 3 long out of print LPs from the late 60s/ early 70s by Soul Brother No. 1, James Brown belts out 17 soul Christmas classics and knee-dropping originals Go Power At Christmas Time/ Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto/ Let's make Christmas Mean Something This, Parts 1 & 2/ The Christmas Song - Version 1/ Christmas Is Love/ santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay/ Tit For Tat Ain't No Taking Back/ Sings Of Christmas and more.

 
THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS Arhoolie 504 Sacred Steel For The Holidays ● CD $12.98
10 Christmas standards and one Chanukah one (The Dreydl Song) given the sacred steel treatment. Silent Night/ Go Tell It On A Mountain/ Joy To the World/ Hark the Herald Angels Sing/ the Little Drummer Boy, etc.

 
JOHN FAHEY Takoma 8912 The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Xmas Album ● CD $13.98
John Fahey gives 18 Christmas tunes his unique touch. This CD reissues his 1968 album "The New Possibility" along with six tracks from his 1975 album "Christmas With John Fahey, Vol.2." Includes Joy To The World/ Auld Lang Syne/ We Three KIngs Of Orient Are/ Christ's Saints Of God Fantasy/ Go I Will Send Thee/ Silent Night, Holy Night/ Russian Christmas Overture/ Christmas Fantasy

 
HARRY "THE HIPSTER" GIBSON Viper's Nest Gold 153 Harry The Hipster Digs Christmas ● CD $11.98
1976 recordings featuring this unique performer accompanying himself on piano with unique versions of classic Christmas songs plus I Wish My Mother-In-Law Don't Visit Us This Christmas

 
BOBBY HELMS/ JOHNNY PAYCHECK Koch 9812 A Little Darlin' Christmas ● CD $11.98
A country Christmas with 12 songs from Bobby Helms (Jingle Bell Rock/ White Christmas/ Silver Bells/ The Old Year Is Gone, etc.) and four from Johnny Paycheck (I'll Place My Order early/ The Old Year Is Gone/ Mommy For A While On Christmas/ Jingle Bells).

 
MAHALIA JACKSON Columbia CK 64675 Mahalia Sings Songs Of Christmas ● CD $9.98
18 Christmas songs featuring Mahalia's mighty voice - Oh Holy Night/ No Room At The Inn/ A Star Stood Still/ Sweet Little Jesus Boy/ Silent Night/ I Wonder As I Wander, etc.

 
JOHN KIRKPATRICK Fledgling 3060 Carolling & Crumpets ● CD $16.98
Britain's premiere accordion and concertina wizard and a superb singer with a delightful selection of traditional and original songs and tunes for the holiday season. Includes The Wassail Cup carol/ The Holly & the Ivy/ That Great Christmas Pud/ The Pig On A Tricycle/ The Cherry Tree Carol/ The Sherborne Mummers Song/ The Pantomine Schottische, etc.

 
THE KLEZMATICS JMG 18060 Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah ● CD $16.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
A delightful surprise featuring songs about Hanukah written by America's great folk poet Woody Guthrie. Though Woody himself wasn't Jewish, his second wife was, and Woody was greatly inspired by his mother-in-law Aliza Greenblatt - a renowned Yiddish poet. These songs, among the thousands that Woody left behind without music, have been set to music by the talented Klezmatics and the result is a sheer delight including Honeyky Hanukah/ Hanuka Bell/ The many And The Few/ Hanukah's Flame and more along with a couple of instrumentals written by members of the group. (FS)

 
PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLES Relic 7043 Sleigh Bells, Jingle Bells & Bluebelles ● CD $14.98
16 tracks.
PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLS: 0 Come All Ye Faithful/ Auld Lang Syne/ Blue Christhas/ Hark The Herald Angels Sing/ I Believe/ It Came Upon A M1dnight Clear/ Jingle Bells/ O Little Town Of Bethlehem/ Oh Holy Night/ Santa Claus Is Coming Town/ Silent Night/ The First Noel/ White Christmas/ Wihat Are You Doing New Years Eve/ Winter Wonderland/ You'll Never Walk Alone

 
JOHN PRINE Oh Boy 011 A John Prine Christmas ● CD $14.98
8 tracks, 33 min., recommended
Why debate the existence of Santa when you could be listening to Prine's mini-album of Xmas tunes? He opens with new versions of Everything Is Cool/ All The Best, the latter recorded live. They're sort of Xmasy. So's Silent Night All Day Long/ If you Were The Woman And I Was The Man, a duet with the Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins. All right, the last one isn't really a Xmas song, but give the guy a break. Best thing is the solo take of Christmas In Prison, and for purists he's included Silver Bells/ I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. (JC)

 
LEON REDBONE Rounder 3158 Christmas Island ● CD $8.98
Reissue of 1987 album originally on the Private label. The distinctive Mr. Redbone lends his vocal and instrumental talents to a group of Christmas songs including a duet with Dr. John on Frosty The Snowman. Also White Christmas/ There's No PLace Like Home For The Holidays/ Christmas Island/ I'll be Home For Christmas/ Christmas Ball Blues and others.

 
HANK SNOW Bear Family BCD 16980 Snow On Christmas ● CD $22.98
With a name like Snow, how can you not do a Christmas album? This CD reissues Hank's 1967 album "Christmas With Hank Snow" plus tracks drawn from singles, LPs and rare radio transcriptions In digipac with 32 page booklet.

 
RALPH STANLEY Freeland 639 Christmas Time With Ralph Stanley ● CD $14.98
11 tracks, 31 mins, recommended
Some lovely Christmas bluegrass music from Ralph and the gang (Ernie Thacker, Junior Blankenshipm Jack Cooke, Curly Ray Cline, Art Stamper & Shelton Faezell) recorded in 1993. New and old favorites like I'm Going Home, It's Christmas Time/ Christmas Praise/ Christmas Time's A Comin'/ The Christmas Spirit and others. Included is a spine chilling acapella version of the exquisite Bright Morning Star which is, alone, worth the price of the album. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHM 1128 Rhythm & Blues Christmas ● CD $13.98
Celebrate Christmas the Ace way with their first seasonal collection featuring 20 great rhythm & blues sides including nine new to CD and three previously unissued.
JESSE BELVIN: I Want You With Me At Christmas/ HADDA BROOKS: White Christmas/ SYLVESTER COTTON: Christmas Blues/ THE DEBONAIRES: Christmas Time/ Crazy Santa Claus/ LOWELL FULSON: I Wanna Spend Christmas With You Part 1/ I Wanna Spend Christmas With You Part 2/ SMOKEY HOGG: My Christmas Baby/ MARI JONES & JOHNNY MOORE ORCH: Merry Christmas Baby/ B.B. KING: Christmas Celebration/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Merry Christmas/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE: Dig That Crazy Santa Claus/ God Gave Us Xmas/ THE NIC NACS: Gonna Have A Merry Christmas/ BOBBY NUNN: Christmas Bells/ RIFF RUFFIN: Xmas Baby/ UNKNOWN: White-Hot Christmas/ THE VOICES: Santa Claus Baby/ Santa Claus Boogie/ SMOKEY WILSON: Christmas

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace (US) 2040 Rock 'n Roll Christmas ● CD $15.98
New Orleans Xmas greetings from Huey Smith, Charles Brown, Dr. John, Alvin "Red" Tyler, Lee Allen, Earl King, James Booker and others doing songs like White Christmas Blue/ Silent Night/ Lonely Christmas/ I Wrote To Santa Claus/ Happy New Year/ 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 212 Mark Lamarr's Rhythm & Blues Christmas ● CD $9.98
Popular British DJ Mark Lamarr picks a selection of 25 blues, R&B and doo-wop with a Christmas theme.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Cool Yule/ THELMA COOPER: I Want A Man/ LARRY DARNELL: Christmas Blues/ FLOYD DIXON: Empty Stocking Blues/ THE FIVE KEYS: It's Christmas Time/ LLOYD GLENN: Sleigh Ride/ GLORIA GRAFTON: Bring That Cadillac Back/ FELIX GROSS: Love For Christmas/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Merry Christmas Baby/ LIGHTIN' HOPKINS: Happy New Year/ LITTLE ESTHER: Far Away Christmas Blues/ THE MARSHALL BROTHERS: Mr Santa's Boogie/ THE MOONGLOWS: Hey Santa Claus/ Lonely Christmas/ GATEMOUTH MOORE: Christmas Blues/ THE ORIOLES: What Are You Doing New Years Eve/ THE RAVENS: White Christmas/ 'SUGAR' CHILE ROBINSON: Christmas Boogie/ MABEL SCOTT: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ J.B. SUMMERS: I Want A Present For Christmas/ BIG JOE TURNER: Christmas Date Boogie/ TITUS TURNER: Christmas Morning/ BILLY WARD AND HIS DOMINOES: Christmas In Heaven/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 9202 Genuine Houserockin' Christmas ● CD $15.98
16 track collection of Christmas blues featuring various Alligator artists.
MARCIA BALL: Christmas Fais Do Do/ CAREY BELL: Christmas Train/ LONNIE BROOKS: All I Want For Christmas (Is To Be With You)/ MICHAEL BURKS: Christmas Snow/ CEPHAS & WIGGINS: Christmas Day Blues/ CHARLIE & THE NIGHTCATS: It's Christmas Time Again (Spend, Spend, Spend)/ C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND: Zydeco Christmas/ W.C. CLARK: Christmas Party/ SHEMEKIA COPELAND: Stay A Little Longer, Santa/ DAVE HOLE: Fattening Up The Turkey/ THE HOLMES BROTHERS: Back Door Santa/ LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS: Christmas Time/ COCO MONTOYA: A Bluesman's Christmas/ ROOMFUL OF BLUES: Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get The Blues?/ SAFFIRE: Really Beed Good This Year/ KOKO TAYLOR: Have You Heard The News?

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Atlantic 82316 Soul Christmas ● CD $12.98
20 holiday songs from Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters - White Christmas, Clarence Carter - Backdoor Santa, Otis Redding Merry Christmas Baby, Otis & Carla Thomas - New Year's Resolution, King Curtis - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, plus Joe Tex, The Sweet Inspirations, Solomon Burke and plenty more Atlantic heavy-hitters. (MB)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Body & Soul 2632 Jazz Christmas - Noel Jazz ● CD $15.98
22 tracks of jazzy Christmas cheer. Includes 12 page booklet with 20 rare photos.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG: White Christmas/ CHARLES BROWN: Merry Christmas Baby/ NAT KING COLE: The Christmas Song/ TOMMY DORSEY: Santa Clause Is Comin' to Town/ DUKE ELLINGTON: Santa Claus Bring My Man Back/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney/ LOWELL FULSOM: Original Lonesome Christmas/ ERROLL GARNER: Great Christmas/White Christmas/ LLOYD GLENN: Sleigh Ride/ BENNY GOODMAN: Santa Claus Came in the Spring/ FELIX GROSS: Love for Christmas/ LIONEL HAMPTON: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ AL HIBBLER: White Christmas/ JULIA LEE: Christmas Spirits/ WILLIE LEWIS: Christmas Night in Harlem/ CHARLIE PARKER: White Christmas/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: Far Away Christmas Blues/ LOUIS PRIMA: What Will Santa Claus Say?/ DJANGO REINHARDT: Christmas Swing/ MABEL SCOTT: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ FATS WALLER: Swingin' Them Jingle Bells/ WASHBOARD PETE: Christmas Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55095 Rockabilly Christmas ● CD $18.98
30 track collection. Most of this is rock 'n' roll rather than rockabilly but it's interesting to hear some of the more obscure rock 'n' roll songs about Christmas.
MARK ANTHONY & THE ELFS: Mama's Twistin' With Santa/ BARRY & THE HIGHLIGHTS: Xmas Bell Rock/ BIG BUD: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ CHUCK BLEVINS: Sleigh Bell Rock/ THE BOYS NEXT DOOR: The Wildest Christmas/ LILIAN BRIGGS: Rock N' Roll Polly Santa Claus/ JERRY CLAYTON: Santa Claus/ SONNY COLE: Santa To The Moon/ RAL DONNER: Christmas Day/ THE EPISODES: The Christmas Tree/ LITTLE JOEY FARR: Big White Cadillac/ Rock'n Roll Santa/ THE FOUR IMPERIALS: Santa's Got A Coupe De Ville/ CORDELL JACKSON: Rock And Roll Christmas/ TOMMY LEE & THE ORBITS: Jingle Rock/ JODY LEVINS & HIS BOYS: Jingle Bells Boogie/ VEL MARES: Jingle Bells/ THE MOODS: Rockin' Santa Claus/ THE OUTLAWS: Run Rudolph Run (live)/ MARLENE PAUL: I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis/ JOE POOVEY: Santa's Helper/ JOHNNY PRESTON: (I Want A) Rock And Roll Guitar/ New Baby For Christmas/ BARRY RICHARDS: Baby Sittin' Santa/ CATHY SHARPE: North Pole Rock/ THE SPORTSMEN: Reindeer Rock/ CHARLIE STEWART: Santa Clause Won't Come This Year/ THREE ACES & A JOKER: Sleigh Bell Rock/ MARGUERITE TRINA: The Rocking Tree/ THE UNIQUES: Rock'n Rudolph

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectors' Choice 412 Swinging Songs For Santa ● CD $24.98
A big band and pop music Christmas celebration drawn from 40s radio transcriptions. Two CDs with 36 tracks..
HARRY BABBITT: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?/ JAY BLACKTON CHORUS: Christmas Medley #1/ Christmas Medley #2/ LES BROWN & HIS BAND OF RENOWN: Swingin' The Nutcracker Suite/ ROSEMARY CLOONEY: Here Comes Santa Claus/ Littlest Angel/ DOROTHY COLLINS: Send Me Your Love For Christmas/ BING CROSBY: The Little Drummer Boy/ We Wish You A Merry Christmas/ BOB CROSBY: The Skater's Waltz (in Swingtime)/ TOMMY DORSEY: March Of The Toys/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Silver Bells/ White Christmas/ THE FONTANE SISTERS: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ JAN GARBER ORCHESTRA: Blue Christmas/ Frosty The Snowman/ Sleighride/ DICK HAYMES: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!/ SKITCH HENDERSON: Jingle Bells/ LARRY HOOPER: High On A House Top/ BOB HOPE: Silver Bells/ AL JOLSON: White Christmas/ THE KINGSMEN: T'was The Night Before Christmas/ PEGGY LEE: The Christmas Song/ GUY LOMBARDO: Christmas Medley #4/ THE MELLO-MEN: Look Out The Window/ JOHNNY MERCER: Frosty The Snowman/ GLENN MILLER: Jingle Bells/ MAJOR GLENN MILLER AAF BAND: Christmas Medley #3/ THE PENNSYLVANIANS: Music Of Tradition/ THE RHYTHMAIRES: Adeste Fideles/ THE SATISFIERS: Winter Wonderland/ ARTIE SHAW & HIS ORCHESTRA: When Winter Comes/ KAY STARR: December/ JOHN SCOTT TROTTER: Toy Trumpet/ MARGARET WHITING: It's Christmas Time Again

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4501 Have A Boogie Christmas Rock & Roll ● CD $16.98
Fine collection of 29 christmas songs - mostly rockabilly and rock 'n' roll from the 50s plus some piano boogie, country, bluegrass and, out of left field, the pre war black group The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers with the great Christ Was Born On A Christmas Morn. The opening track by Ricky Godfrew and Rudy Blue sounds like a recent recordings but most of the rest is from the 50s and 60s and most of them are making their first appearance on a Christmas themed anthology.
PAUL BAIN: Santa Claus Boogie/ BIG BUD: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ Snow Man Rock/ JERRY CLAYTON: Santa Claus/ COTTON TOP MOUNTAIN SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn/ TED DAIGLE: New Baby For Christmas/ THE FABULOUS: Thunderbirds-Rockin Winter Wonderland/ LITTLE JOEY FARR: Rock & Roll Santa/ RICKY GODFREW & RUDG BLUE: Shoes-Boogie Woogie Christmas/ THE JACKSON TRIO: Jingle Bell Hop/ CAROLYN KAG & GRAND PAREES: A Christmas Halo/ BIG TINY LITTLE: Silver Bells/ Ting's Christmas Medley/ GORDON MACMILLAN & DIPLOMAT TRIO: Jingle Bells Boogie/ SAMMY MARSHALL: Jingle Mint Twist/ SONNY MOORE: Santa's Lil Helper/ LITTLE BOBBY RAG: Rockin J Bells/ RUSTY RICHMOND: Santa's Here To Stay/ THE ROBIN SISTERS: Chimney Top Twist/ Santa's Little Workshop/ SHOO & THE RAINDROPS: Jingle Bell Stomp/ GERRY STEADMAN & THE ENCHANTED MOUNTAIN BOGS: Holiday Rock/ ROY TAN & COMBO: Happy New Year/ THE UNIGUES: Rock 'N' Rudolph/ UNKNOWN BAND: December Rock (Take3)/ THE VEL-MARS: Jingle Bell's/ MICHAEL T. WALL: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ Rockin Santa Claus/ NELSON YOUNG: Christmas Time Is Near

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Columbia CK 40166 Jingle Bell Jazz ● CD $9.98
14 Christmas tune featuring some of the finest of Columbia's awesome jazz roster - Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS County 2722 Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday - The Breaking Up Xmas Story ● CD $15.98
An old time country Christmas with Tommy Jarrell, Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, Andy Kahan & Band, The Slate Mountain Ramblers, benton & Larry Flippen, Benny Jarrell & band, Kyle Creed, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Jerry Correll, Nicholas & Chester McMillan and others - Breaking Up Christmas (several different versions)/ John Brown's Dream/ Tempy/ Ragtime Annie/ Cluck Old hen/ Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem/ Jack Of Diamons/ Sugar Hill, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dialtone 004 Blue Christmas ● CD $14.98
10 tracks, 33 mins, recommended
Excellent collection of Christmas blues (and gospel) featuring Texas performers. Brilliant guitarist Clarence Pierce of The Texas Eastside Kings is featured on a number of tracks including a couple of instrumentals - a bluesy rendition of Silent Night would you believe? Among the highlights here are Richard Earl's cover of Freddie King's I Hear Jingle Bells, the superb Ernestine Fuller with How I Hate To See Christmas and The Bells Of Joy with the splendid Merry Christmas To Everyone. A most enjoyable collection. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dipper 213 The Ultimate Group Harmony Christmas Collection ● CD $17.98
25 track collection of sides - mostly from the 50s with a few earlier and a few later.
THE CADILLACS: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer/ THE CAMEOS: Merry Christmas/ THE CHANACLAIRS: Yuletide Love/ THE COOLBREEZERS: Let Christmas Ring/ THE FALCONS: Can This Be Christmas/ THE FIVE KEYS: Every Heart Is Home At Christmas/ It's Christmas Time/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: White Christmas/ THE HEPSTERS: Rockin N Rollin With Santa Claus/ SKIP JACKSON & THE SHANTONS: The Christmas Song/ JOEL & THE DYMENSIONS: All I Want For Christmas Is You/ THE LARKS: All I Want For Christmas/ MARVIN & THE CHIRPS: I'll Miss You This Christmas/ THE MOONGLOWS: Hey Santa Claus/ THE ORIOLES: O Holy Night/ THE PENGUINS: A Christmas Prayer/ THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS: I'll Be Home For Christmas/ THE POETS: Merry Christmas Baby/ THE RAVENS: Silent Night/ SIR JABLONSKI: Merry Christmas Day/ THE VALENTINES: Christmas Prayer/ THE VOICES: Santa Claus Baby/ KENNY WILLIAMS & GROUP: Old Fashion Christmas/ JACKIE WILSON & THE DOMINOES: Christmas In Heaven/ THE YOUNGSTERS: Christmas In Jail

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 02 Where Will You Be Christmas Day? ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended Terrific collection of vintage recordings of Christmas songs featuring recordings made between 1917 and 1959 and featuring a broad spectrum of music and sentiments including blues (Lead Belly, Walter Davis, Bessie Smith, Lightnin' Hopkins, etc.), gospel (Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers, Rev. J.M. Gates, etc), calypso (Lord Executor, Lord Beginner), country (The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Fiddlin' John Carson, etc), jazz (McKinney's Cotton Pickers), American-Italian (Pasquale Feis), sacred harp (Alabama Sacred harp Singers) and more. Excellent sound, attractive packaging and full discographical info adds up to one of the best collections of songs about Christmas out there. (FS)
ALABAMA SACRED HARP SINGERS: Sherburne/ BUTTERBEANS AND SUSIE: Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree)/ LEROY CARR: Christmas in Jail (Ain't That a Pain?)/ FIDDLIN' JOHN CARSON AND HIS VIRGINIA REELERS: Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over/ REV. EDWARD W. CLAYBORN (THE GUITAR EVANGELIST): The Wrong Way to Celebrate Christmas/ COTTON TOP MOUNTAIN SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn/ WALTER DAVIS: Santa Claus/ NORMAN EDMONDS: Breaking Up Christmas/ PASQUALE FEIS: Tu Scende Dalle Stelle (Pastorale di Natale)/ REV. J. M. GATES: He Was Born in a Manger/ MARY HARRIS: Happy New Year Blues/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Happy New Year/ PAWLO HUMENIUK: Dance under the Willows (Tanec Pid Werbamy)/ LOS JIBAROS: Décimas de Nacimiento/ KANSAS CITY KITTY: Christmas Morning Blues/ BUELL KAZEE: Lady Gay/ LEAD BELLY: Christmas Is A-Coming/ LORD BEGINNER: Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning/ LORD EXECUTOR: Christmas Is a Joyful Day/ MADDOX BROTHERS AND ROSE: Jingle Bells/ MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS: Gee, Ain't I Good to You/ KELLY PACE, AARON BROWN, JOE GREEN, MATTHEW JO: Holy Babe/ BESSIE SMITH: At the Christmas Ball/ VERA HALL WARD: The Last Month of the Year

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Electro-Fi 3376 Santa's Got A Mojo ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 55 minutes, excellent
An arresting selection of Yuletide blues from a bevy of talent. Instead of the usual fare of overcooked traditional holiday material, most of these are newly written and superb. Mel Brown's Don't Plan No Party This Christmas features gritty guitar and great vocals, Snooky Pryor's Check It Out, Santa smolders with rich harp blasts, and Mark Hummel's Thank You, Santa Claus is in the alley, as is Willie "Big Eyes" Smith for One Day Till Christmas, sounding incredibly good on vocals for a change. Jack de Keyzer's The Twelve Blue Days of Christmas features smoldering guitar even if his vocals are a little weak and over-the-edge. (CR)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Free Reed FRQCD 30 MidWinter - Folk Music & Traditions Of Christmas & The ● CD $54.98
One of the most exciting and important seasonal releases to come along in a long time. A four CD set in a long box with 156 page full color book exploring all the facets of "the holidays" from pre-Christian pagan traditions to the modern day. The set's 115 recordings includes music and poetry and prose readings from both sides of the Atlantic though with the bulk being from the British Isles. The material ranges from American sacred harp to Sheffield carols, from big ballads to blues, from singer-songwriters to tradition bearers and from living legends to recent stars. Performers includes Phil Tanner, Robert Frost, John Fahey, Lal Waterson, Leadbelly, The Mabe Choir, Jean Ritchie, The Watersons, The McCalmans, The Halliard (featuring a very early appearance by Nic Jones), Enoch Kent, Scan Tester, John McCutcheon, Sacred harp Convention, Youg Tradition, Nigel Schofield, T.S. Eliot, Druidstone, Steve Ashley, Martha Tilston, Alan Hull, Buell Kazee, John Tams, Mandy Morton band, Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Teeside Feetlers, Boris Karloff, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, John Clough, Steve Tilston and many others. The book is packed with background information and in addition to full details on all the songs includes a number of short stories from the likes of O Henry and Charles Dickens as well as all kinds of fascinating facts and figures.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Koch 51407 A Treasury Of Golden Christmas Songs ● CD $7.98
12 Christmas songs from the Vee-Jay catalog including Silent Night and Oh Holy Night by jerry Butler, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by The Caravans, White Christmas and Hark The Herald Angels Sing by The Five Blind Boys Of Alabam plus tracks by Charles Taylor, The Swan Silvertones, The Patterson Singers and The Gospel Clefs.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Mardi Gras 1015 Christmas In New Orleans ● CD $14.98
Xmas tunes New Orleans R&B, jazz and gospel style - Tommy Ridgely, Charmaine Neville, The Zion Harmonizers, Willie Humphrey and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Mistletoe XMS 1001 Ghosts Of Christmas Past ● CD $17.98
Wide ranging collection of 29 Christmas songs.
SUZY BOGGUSS: Mr Santa (Mr Sandman) (stereo)/ THE CREW-CUTS: Dance Mr Snowman Dance/ DANCER, PRANCER & NERVOUS: The Happy Reindeer/ ELMO & PATSY: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (stereo) (orig Soundwaves single version/ THE FIVE KEYS: Every Heart Is Home At Christmas/ BENNY GOODMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Jingle Bells/ BARRY GORDON: Santa Claus Looks Just Like Daddy/ CARY GRANT: Christmas Lullaby/ BOBBY HELMS: Captain Santa Claus/ THE JAYNETTES: Snowman Snowman Sweet Potato Nose/ LOUIS JORDAN: Santa Claus, Santa Claus/ EDDIE LAWRENCE: The Merry Old Philospher/ MARK LINDSAY: What Child Is This? (stereo)/ THE LITTLE KIDS: Santa Claus Is Stuck in the Chimney/ BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE: The Twelve Days of Christmas (stereo)/ THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS: You Need A Little Christmas (stereo)/ GILBERT O'SULLIVAN: Christmas Song (stereo)/ PAUL & PAULA: Holiday For Teens (stereo)/ GAYLA PEEVEY: I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas/ BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT: Monster's Holiday (stereo)/ LOUIS PRIMA: What Will Santa Claus Say?/ GARY PUCKETT: O Holy Night (stereo)/ SUGAR CHILE ROBINSON: Christmas Boogie/ BOBBY RYDELL & CHUBBY CHECKER: Jingle Bells Imitations/ JACK SCOTT: There's Trouble Brewin' (stereo)/ BOB SEGER & THE LAST HEARD: Sock It To Me Santa/ MILLIE SMALL: I've Fallen In Love With A Snowman/ THREE BLONDE MICE: Ringo Bells/ THE YOUNGSTERS: Christmas In Jail

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS New Line 39034 A John Waters Christmas ● CD $11.98
On this release, you get, of course, a lot of shock and shlock and some great raunchy blues. Fat Daddy starts it all off; Daddy was a renowned Baltimore DJ, who also hosted "Negro Day" on "The Buddy Deane Show" and is the inspiration for the character "Motor Mouth Maybelle" in Water's classic "Hairspray." Up next is Tiny Tim doing a disturbing (no surprise) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. From there it's pure anarchy; John Waters treats us to all of his X-mas favorites, reveling in his life long love of the holiday and every camp and bizarre cultural artifact associated with it. This gem came out in 2004 and I was hoping it would be the first in a line of Waters compiled collections, but so far this is all I have seen; rest assured if any new ones pop up, I'll be first in line to pick them up. (JM)
AKIM: Santa Claus Is a Black Man/ ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: Sleigh Ride/ ROGER "HOT DOG ROG" CHRISTIAN: Little Mary Christmas/ THE COCTAILS: First Snowfall/ JIMMY DONLEY: Santa! Don't Pass Me by/ FAT DADDY: Fat Daddy/ BIG DEE IRWIN: I Wish You a Merry Christmas/ LITTLE CINDY: Happy Birthday Jesus (A Child's Prayer)/ RUDOLPH & GANG: Here Comes Fatty Claus/ STORMY WEATHER: Christmas Time Is Coming (A Street Carol)/ TINY TIM: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/ RITA FAYE WILSON: Sleigh Bells, Reindeer and Snow

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7005 Swing Time Christmas ● CD $14.98
16 bluesy Christmas delicacies - mostly from the Swing Time label..
CHARLES BROWN: Merry Christmas Baby/ LOWELL FULSON: Christmas Party Shuffle (instrumental)/ Lonesome Christmas (part 1)/ Lonesome Christmas (part 2)/ CECIL GANT: Hello Santa Claus/ It's Christmas Time Once Again/ LLOYD GLENN: Sleigh Ride (alternate Take)/ Sleigh Ride (instrumental)/ DEXTER GORDON: Jingle Jangle Jump/ PETE JOHNSON: Pete's Holiday Boogie (instrumental)/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS WITH FRANKIE ERVIN: Christmas Eve Baby/ Christmas Everyday/ MABEL SCOTT: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ JESSE THOMAS: Christmas Celebration/ BIG JOE TURNER: Christmas Date Boogie/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Paula 12 Merry Christmas, Baby ● CD $9.98
23 tracks, 69 min., recommended
What I like about this is that it has plenty of songs that aren't usually on such sets. Sure it has the usual Charles Brown cuts - not the King Records versions - but how often do you hear Bobby Powell sing Bing Bong? And while it's not often on such compilations, what Yule would be complete without Johnny & Jon's Christmas In Vietnam? Other artists include the Violinaires, Uniques, Sugar Boy Crawford, Louis Jordan, Oris Mays, Ernie Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Ronnie kole Trio, Albert Washington, Hot Rock Mays, and Big Joe Williams. Shalom, y'all. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rebel 1800 Christmas In The Mountains - Bluegrass Songs For The S ● CD $14.98
14 tracks of new and old holiday songs.
BILL CARROLL: Slowly Fall The Snowflakes/ THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN: Christmas Time Back Home/ Silent Night/ TOMMY EDWARDS: The Christmas Letter/ LOST & FOUND: Christmas In Virginia/ LARRY SPARKS: Blue Christmas/ Christmas Time's A-Comin'/ RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS: Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem/ RALPH STANLEY II: Mary, Merry Christmas/ THE WILDWOOD VALLEY BOYS: Christmas In Caroline/ Christmas Time/ When It's Snowin' In The Mountains/ PAUL WILLIAMS & THE VICTORY TRIO: Emmanuel/ I Can't Go Home This Christmas

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhino 70192 Christmas Classics ● CD $17.98
18 classic R&B, rock 'n' roll and country Xmas songs.
CHUCK BERRY: Run Rudolph Run/ CHARLES BROWN: Merry Christmas Baby/ Please Come Home For Christmas/ JAMES BROWN: Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto/ THE CADILLACS: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/ THE DRIFTERS: White Christmas/ ARETHA FRANKLIN: Winter Wonderland/ BOBBY HELMS: Jingle Bell Rock/ JOHNNY HORTON: They Shined Up Rudolph's Nose/ BRENDA LEE: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree/ ROY ORBISON: Pretty Paper/ BOBBY 'BORIS' PICKETT AND THE CRYPT-KICKERS: Monsters' Holiday/ SANTO AND JOHNNY: Twistin' Bells/ RAY STEVENS: Santa Claus Is Watching You/ THE SUPREMES: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ BOBBY VEE: A Not So Merry Christmas/ THE VENTURES: Sleigh Ride/ STEVIE WONDER: Someday At Christmas

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhino 70568 Blue Yule ● CD $17.98
18 Christmas blues tunes from the 40s through the 80s including Santa's Messing With The Kid by Eddie C. Campbell, Christmas Blues by Canned Heat, Christmas Day by Detroit Junior, Christmas Time, Part 1 by Jimmy McCracklin, Santa Claus by Sonny Boy Williamson plus tracks by John Lee Hooker, Texas Pete Mayes, Jimmy Liggins and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhino 70910 Hipster's Holiday: Vocal Jazz & R&B Classics ● CD $17.98
For the coolest Xmas ever, groove on the grooves on this baby! Satchmo- Cool Yule & 'Zat You, Santa Claus, the Marquees- Santa Done Got Hip, Leo Watson- Jingle Bells, Lambert, Hendrix & Ross- Deck Us All With Boston Charlie, Oscar McLollie- Dig That Crazy Santa Claus, Mabel Scott- Boogie Woogie Santa Claus, John Greer- We Wanna See Santa Claus Do The Mambo, Pearl Bailey- 5 Lb. Box Of Candy, Babs Gonzalez- Be-Bop Santa Claus + Miles Davis, Eartha Kitt, Lionel Hampton, and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rounder 1719 Songs Of Christmas - From The Alan Lomax Collection ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
Beautiful collection of traditional Christmas music from around the world recorded by Alan Lomax and his associates on location between the 1940s and 60s. Includes excerpts from a mummers play from England, toasts from the West Indies, a midwinter horn solo from Holland, bagpipe tunes from Italy, a Christ Child lullaby from Scotland, a liturgical chant from Italy, the legendary Copper family from England, Sacred Harp singing from Alabama, cumulative song with friction drum accompaniment from Spain about the Virgin Mary, a song from the Georgia Sea Island singers, choral singing from Italy, a fiddle tune from Virginia and a whole lot more. A wonderful collection including a 40 page booklet with notes on the music and the performers, song lyrics and photos of some of the performers. (FS)
CHARLEY BATE: The Gower Wassail Song/ CAGGIANO PIPERS: Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle/ JOSE CALDEZ, JUAN MARTOELL & OTHERS: Aguinaldo/ BOB & RON COPPER: Shepherds Arise/ The Twelve Days Of Christmas/ NORMAN EDMONDS: Breaking Up Christmas/ SEAMUS ENNIS: A Warm Drink For The Baby/ TOM EVELEIGH: Singing The Travels/ GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SINGERS: O Day/ Walk Billy Abbot/ VERA WARD HALL: No Room At Theinn-last Month Of The Year/ LOCAL GROUP, IBIZA, SPAIN: Caramiles/ Exit Tune From Midnight Mass/ LOCAL GROUP, HUNEDOARA, RUMANIA: Rumanian Midwinter Carol/ EWAN MACCOLL: Christmas Rhyme/ MANUELA MORENA: Tan Tan/ JULIO RAMOS POLO: Las Doce Por La Virgen/ PONTE LANGARINO GROUP: New Year's Song/ PUTIPU BAND OF CAPRI: New Year's Day Tarentella/ THE RED ANTS: The Motion Tune/ SACRED HARP SINGERS: Sherburne/ SCOTTISH CROFTER GROUP: Taladh An Leinibh Losa/ THE SYMONDSBURY MUMMERS: Conclusion Of Symondsbury Mummer's Play/ Entrance Of Father Christmas/ MARGARETTA THOMAS: Mari Lywd Description & Farewell Verse/ DAVID THOMAS & PARTY: Mari Lywd Cermony/ TRINIDADIAN CANTIQUE SINGERS: Bon Nouvelle/ La Fils Du Roi De Gloire/ UNIDENTIFIED PRIEST, ABRUZZI, ITALY: Venite Adoremus/ UNKNOWN DUTCH PLAYER: Midwinter Horn Solo/ VARIOUS ARTISTS: Conch Shell Horn On New Year's Eve In Positano, Italy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Santa 2001 Christmas - It's That Time Of Year ● CD $17.98
30 track collection of doo-wop Christmas songs - most not previously reissued on CD.
BARRY & THE TOTS: Christmas Each Day Of The Year/ THE DEL VETTS: I Want A Boy For Christmas/ DON & THE SATIN NOTES: Merry Christmas Darling/ DONNA & THE DEES: Happy Holiday/ THE DYNAMICS: Christmas Plea/ THE EMERYS: All I Want This Christmas (acapella)/ THE EMULATIONS: My Christmas Tree/ THE EXACALIBURS: Xmas Dreaming/ THE FACES: Christmas/ New Years Resolution/ THE FIVE KEYS: Every Heart Is Home At Christmas/ ARTIE FULLILOVE: Santa Claus Please Listen To Me/ GIGI: Peace For Christmas/ THE HUTCH STEREOS: Christmas Morn/ THE JAYNELLS: Doowop Santa Claus/ THE LA-FETS: A Christmas Letter/ THE MARQUEES: Christmas In The Congo/ MILT PATRICK: Merry Twistmas/ THE QUALITIES: Happy New Year To You/ It's Christmas Time/ THE REGALS: Donde Esta Santa Claus/ BARRY RICHARDS: Baby Sittin' Santa/ THE ROOMATES: Christmas Bells/ THE RUMBLES: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ SOCIETY'S CHILDREN: White Christmas/ EVERETT STATION: Lonely Christmas/ THE STATUES: White Christmas/ THE TRAVELERS: I'll Be Home For Christmas/ THE UNIQUES: Please Come Home For Christmas/ THE VOICES: Santa Claus Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Santa 2003 Naughty Or Nice ● CD $17.98
A varied collection of doo-wop, rock 'n' roll and novelty songs including Lynda W.'s touching I Farted On Santa's Lap..
THE BOOKENDS: Christmas Kisses/ BARBARA CHANDLER: A Lonely New Year/ JIMMY CHARLES: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/ THE CLASSIC FOUR: Limbo Under the Christmas Tree/ THE CRYSTALAIRS: Santa Isn't Here/ JOHNNY HORTON: They Shined Up Rudolph's Nose/ LINDA HUGHES: Elvis Won't Be Here for Xmas/ KENNY AND CORKY: Nuttin' for Christmas/ LITTLE BRENDA LEE: Christy Christmas/ RADIO MANN: Christmas Bomp/ JAY MATTY: Merry Twistmas/ THE NEWPORTS: It's Christmas Once Again/ THE NOCTURNS: My Christmas Star/ MARLENE PAULA: I Want to Spend Christmas with Elvis/ THE REGALS: Christmas Is Here/ Deck the Halls/ CINDY RELLA: Bring Me a Beatle for Christmas/ THE RUMBLES: Santa Claus is Coming to Town/ The Wildest Christmas/ JACK SCOTT: Jingle Bells Slide/ THE SHANTONS: Santa Claus is Coming To Town/ RONNIE SUAZO & THE BELL-CLAIRS: My Christmas Star/ Winter Wonderland/ THE SURF BOYS: I Told Santa Claus I Want You/ Stuck in the Chimney/ THE UNIQUES: Rock'n Rudolph/ LYNDA W.: I Farted on Santa's Lap/ KIM WESTON: Wish You a Merry Christmas

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Savoy Jazz 17271 Savoy Christmas Blues ● CD $12.98
15 tracks of Christmas blues, R&B and jazz from the Savoy vaults including Little Esther doing Far Away Christmas Blues, The Ravens with Silent Night and White Christmas, Dan Grissom and Wonderful Christmas Night, Johnny Guarnieri with Slam Stewart and Santa's Secret, Felix Gross does Love For Christmas, Big Maybelles White Christmas and Silent Night and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Swallow 6070 Merry Cajun Christmas - Volume 1 & 2 ● CD $15.98
Celebrate Christmas at the fais-do-do with 21 tracks of Cajun delights from Belton Richard, Michael Doucet, Paul Daigle, Cajun Gold, Joe Bonsall and others - Cajun Night Before Christmas/ Cajun Christmas/ It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/ It's Christmas Time in Louisiana/ Veille de Noel / Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree/ Veille de Christmas Sur la Grand Bayou/ Christmas on the Bayou, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Topic TSCD 700 The Season Round ● CD $10.98
Traditional songs for Christmas and other seasons from the Topic archives performed by The Watersons, Shirley Collins, Waterson-Carthy, Oak and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trojan TJETD 142 Trojan Christmas Box Set ● CD $21.98
Three CD set of Christmas songs from Jamaica including ska, rocksteady and reggae. Includes Santa Claus Is Ska-Ing To Town by The Granville Williams Orchestra, Ding Dong Bell by The Ethiopians, African Christmas and Breadfruit Roasting On An Open Fire by Yellowman, Happy Christmas (The Christmas Song) by The Maytals, Christmas Day by Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Feliz Navidad by Freddie McGregor and many more - 50 tracks in all.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Varese 66294 Christmas Jump & Jive - Christmas Classics From The War ● CD $10.98
20 Christmas ditties from V-Disc radio transcriptions.
BIG JIM'S BANJO BAND: Christmas Mountain Swing/ NAT KING COLE: Mrs. Santa Clause/ BILLY COTTON BAND WITH FRED DOUGLAS & THE BROT: Jolly Old Christmas/ TOMMY DORSEY: The March Of The Toys/ DUKE ELLINGTON: Ring Dem Bells/ ELLA FITZGERALD & BING CROSBY: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/ BENNY GOODMAN: Jingle Bell Jive/ Rose Room/ ARTHUR GREENSLADE: Christmas Night In Knightsbridge/ CORKY HALE: Hark The Herald Angels Swing/ LOUIS JORDAN: Jumpin' At The Jubilee/ JOHNNY MERCER: G. I. Jive/ GLENN MILLER: Little Brown Jug/ Sun Valley Jump/ LOUIS PRIMA: (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover/ BUDDY RICH: Quiet Christmas Riot/ ARTIE SHAW: When The Quail Come Back To San Quentin/ CHARLIE SPIVAK: White Christmas/ KAY STARR: Ain't Misbehavin'/ JAY WILBUR WITH THE THREE GINX: Santa Claus Express

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Verve 01240-02 Yule Be Miserable ● CD $10.98
12 songs focusing on the not so jolly side of Christmas including Christmas Blues by Ramsey Lewis, Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney, My Birthday Comes On Christmas and Nuttin' For Christmas by Spike Jones and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Xmas 1003 Santa's On His Way ● CD $17.98
30 track collection of obscure Christmas songs - blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll and pop.
RAY AGEE: Merry Christmas My Love/ BROOK BENTON: Blue Decorations/ BIG BUD: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ Snow Man Rock/ EDD BYRNES: Yulesville/ THE CAMEOS: Merry Christmas/ ART CARNEY: Santa And The Doodlee Bop/ JIMMY CHARLES: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/ Santa Won't Be Blue This Christmas/ EDDIE 'TEX' CURTIS: Sleighbells In The Moonlight/ DETROIT JUNIOR: Christmas Day/ This Time Last Christmas/ THE FOUR IMPERIALS: Santa's Got A Coupe Deville/ THE HEPSTERS: Rockin And Rollin With Santa Claus/ GUS JENKINS: Remember Last Christmas/ KENNY & CORKY: Susy Snowflake/ B.B. KING: Christmas Celebration/ EARTHA KITT: This Year's Santa Baby/ MARVIN & THE CHIRPS: I'll Miss You This Christmas/ MR. BO & HIS BOYS: Santa's On His Way/ JACK NIETSCHE: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ JIMMY RICKS: Christmas Song/ SKINNY DYNAMO: Jingle Bells/ THE STOMPERS: Stompin Round The Christmas Tree/ THE UNIQUES: Merry Christmas Darling/ THE VELVET SOUNDS: Hanging Up My Christmas Stockings/ Sing A Song Of Christmas Cheer/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Ol Santa/ FRANK WHITE'S TRIO: Jack Frost And Old Man Winter/ SHEB WOOLEY: Santa And The Purple People Eater

 

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