If you could have only one Christmas album/CD, which one?
Me, the Nat King Cole Christmas one with the Mel Torme classic, "The Christmas Song" , there are several others that are my families tradition to listen to, but the one I mention I would not to be without.
Way too difficult a task to choose between Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Ella, Nat Cole and others' Xmas recordings. But, if I had to absolutely choose one that most puts me in the mood and makes me smell nutmeg and pine it would have to be Vince Guaraldi Trio "A Charlie Brown Xmas".
Give me the Time-Life 4-CD Box of original Classic Christmas songs, I know, I know, not very hip, but it is a good mix with:
Judy Garland: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Ella Fitzgerald: Jingle Bells Mel Torme: The Christmas Song Dean Martin: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Placido Domingo: Ave Maria Gene Autry: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Bing Crosby: White Christmas Elvis: Blue Chistmas Harry Belafonte: Mary's Boy Child
Well, you get the idea, and many by artists such as Perry Como, Andy Williams, The Robert Shaw Chorale, Eddie Fisher, Luciano Pavarotti, Julie Andrews, Boston Pops, and much, much, more... Best, Rob
Hmmm...just one CD in this day of playlists? Still would be Vince Guaraldi for me. My "Christmas Playlist" on the good 'ol iPod runs just over 13 hours! But I will accept the forum's subject and dispense with the entire other 12.5 hours and listen to Vince on infinite repeat! Best to all!
I have to cast a vote for what is, IMHO, one of the best holiday tunes to come out in recent years - Paul Simon's "Waiting For Christmas Day". It's the failure of what's remaining of current FM radio that this hasn't become a modern "standard." When I first heard it a couple of years ago (I think) my mind raced back to "Cecilia". For those of you who have not heard it, give it a listen. No mawkish sentimentality, no hitting you over the head with yuletide sappiness, a really sweet song with a KILLER ending lyric...
If you’re a hard-core St. Matthew Passion type the greatest Christmas Record ever is "Christmas Music" by Orphei Danger on BIS . Orphei Danger is the Great Swedish Male Choir , by far the best in Sweden which means the best in the world . 23 tracks of the usual suspects plus works by such as Sibelius and Nielsen . BIS CD -533 This recording has the greatest dynamic range I have ever heard ,even if you don’t like the music you can use it to see if your amp is clipping .
tostadosunidos, I have four "Period Instrument/Historically Informed" versions (Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Leonhardt) of St. Matthew Passion on CD, Gardiner or Herreweghe being my first choice. Yes, I like the "no vibrato" movement! On LP I have Klemperer and Richter, which I haven't listened to in years. Herbert von Karajan's version has it's admirers.
For Pop, it's "A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector", an album of Spector's Phillies Records singers (Darlene Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans) doing classic Christmas songs plus a newly written (by the legendary team Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry) one, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", sung magnificently by Darlene.
Singers Unlimited. My wife's CD, in fact. I've played it so often now that what once seemed a fresh take on old songs isn't as fresh anymore. But their harmonies and voices are fantastic-sounding to my ears.