Gee, and I thought my wife went nuts for Christmas music... anyways, Chicago's Christmas album is one of my favorites.
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I've collected a dozen or so Christmas CDs by different artists over the years, but the one we keep coming back to year after year for sheer pleasure is Anne Murray's "Christmas Wishes". Originally released by Capitol records, 1981. She has a pure and beautiful voice for these traditional Christmas favorites. Highly recommended-- if still available. Cheers. Craig.
For sound quality-Cante Domino on Proprius Records. Favorite cut is O Holy Night. Even though I don't understand German, it still gives me the chills. Excellent soundstaging and dimensionality. For pure fun-Manheim Steamroller Christmas. Favorite cut is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I even use this to "show off" my system around the holidays. Also enjoy Charlie Brown Christmas and some of the Windham Hill Winter Solstice recordings. Happy Holidays to all.
My favorite has to be the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" -- powerful musically, powerful emotionally. For blues, try Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics. For jazz, hard to beat either Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful Christmas" or Frank Sinatra's "A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra". On the lighter/pop side, the "A Very Special Christmas" discs are not too bad. Merry Christmas, and thanks to all for the lively posts. -- Paul Danborn
Vinyl only I'm afraid but....Lou Rawls: Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho, Kenny Burrell: Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas, Peggy Lee: Christmas Carousel, Aretha: Blue Holiday (album cut)...CD's...Holly Cole Trio: Blue Christmas and Rhino's "Hipsters Holiday" which includes Louis Armstrong's classic "Cool Yule" and many more. Season Greetings and happy listening
I have several "Favorite" Christmas songs but I'll pick "Carol of the Bells" by mostly anyone who sings (or plays) it. One highly unique rendition is by Wynham Marsalis, on the "Swing Into Christmas" CD. Love Faith Hill's "A Baby Changes Everything." Also "What Do the Lonely Do At Christmas?" by the Emotions (R&B 70's girl-group). 2 albums from my childhood, "Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir" which my Mom bought from one of those record clubs in the 60's (absolutely beautiful) and "Merry Christmas The Supremes" original 1965 vinyl that I got for Christmas along with my first record player.