Christmas Music

my wife picked up a copy of the Pickwick Records reissue of Elvis' Christmas Album -- for $1 from the charity shop where she volunteers -- which was way more entertaining than i expected. two things about this version: 1) it gets right down to business and has Blue Christmas as the first track, unlike the original release, and 2) it ends with "Mama Liked the Roses", which has nothing to do wth Christmas (guess they ran out of material) but is a nice break from the holiday stuff.

 

Garbarek and Cantato Domingo gets my full approvement! However, I fully embrace the British concept of "tradition n continuity" as described by Jerome K Jerome in his Three Men in a Boat and in my household the only Christmas music has always been and will always be the Nutcracker :-)

joe9407 posted:

my wife picked up a copy of the Pickwick Records reissue of Elvis' Christmas Album -- for $1 from the charity shop where she volunteers -- which was way more entertaining than i expected. two things about this version: 1) it gets right down to business and has Blue Christmas as the first track, unlike the original release, and 2) it ends with "Mama Liked the Roses", which has nothing to do wth Christmas (guess they ran out of material) but is a nice break from the holiday stuff.

 

Snap, almost!

Dug it out of my parents' all-but-forgotten vinyl collection, so no idea where it came from. A visit to Camden, maybe? Has the same first and last tracks, though, and presumably the others are the same too.

When I found it and gave it a clean a couple of months ago, I put it aside, not to be played until the appropriate time of year. I suppose it's getting on for the time when I should give it a spin.

Whilst having a filling replaced on one of my upper molars this morning I was struck by the age of the popular Xmas tunes coming from the radio as I lay their in numbed ecstasy. They were all the popular classics from the 70s and 80s: my youth, to be precise. I mused as to why new Xmas tunes seem to be such a rarity these days? Back then it seemed much more competitive. I still have my original 7" single of Slade doing their stuff! The comments were greeted with bemused smiles from the dentists. And yet, they too were mystified. They could only think of Mr Bouble and proferred the thought that it wasn't very Christmassy at all.

 

In truth you can't beat Messiah. Christmas Oratorio is good, even very good, but Messiah cracked it.

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