I can’t believe it’s less than a week until Christmas and there hasn’t been a single Christmas post yet. Wow.
So here’s my humble attempt at one. Great Christmas albums. I don’t mean the greatest of all time. We did great Christmas songs a couple of years ago. We even did bad Christmas music (and here) around the same time. We did best Christmas animation, Christmas films, and so forth. But this is just some good Christmas albums you may have missed that are worth listening to.
Tony Bennett: Snowfall and A Swinging Christmas. The latter in particular is amazing. I’ve been listening to it a lot the past few days. Bennett is always good but somehow he really manages to bring something new to these songs.
Christmas Cocktails. (There are several volumes) Some of the songs you’ll recognize but some are these truly bizarre Christmas recordings from the 50’s and 60’s. Great stuff and somewhat unusual.
Lisa Ono: Boas Festas. Not a great album by any means. And listening to it straight gets a tad repetitive. But take these Brazilian jazz takes on songs and throw it into your random mix. I guarantee you’ll love it.
Lena Horne: Merry from Lena. Great Jazz Christmas takes. A great album to listen to.
I’ve got a few others but why don’t you guys chime in.
BTW – I can 100% guarantee you won’t like Country Christmas by Johnny Cash. Imagine if someone decided to take Cash, one of the greatest performers of all time, and set him up with the producers of Duran Duran (yes there are synthesizers) and have him make souless versions of songs. What I wish for a stripped down Rick Rubin styled take on some of these songs. I actually deleted this from iTunes I hated it so much.