Dean Martin "making spirits bright"
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We play R&B/Disco for X-Mas. The only real exception is a version of the "Nutcracker Suite" performed on mandolins.
Nothing like listening to "The Hustle" on X-Day (@ least in a Methodist/Jewish household:-).
I listen to the real X-Mas music whenever the mood hits, but usually not during the holiday itself.
Any day can be a holiday if you don't force it.
PS: I recently picked an R&B compilation by Rhino Records that sounds great (better than the same cuts on LP's).
Don't know how they got the old recordings to sound so good, but could go for more of these if they were produced in the same manner.
Oh, and the "Nutcracker Suite" is performed by The Modern Mandolin Quartet and is not as wierd as it would seem to be (it's a very nice version).
A couple of great recordings that are wonderful to hear and really bring out everything in your system are 1) Holly Cole, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (2001 Alert Music 6152810382) and 2) David Benoit, "Christmastime" (1983 AVI Record Productions R279161). Honest to goodness, these are good enough to be reference recordings to use while analyzing components. Plus, and more importantly, they are a great listen.
Many of the Narada Christmas Collection cds are also quite good (e.g., 1988 Narada Productions "Narada Christmas Collection" ND-63902 and the 1992 "Volume 2" ND-63909).