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Old 12-20-18, 12:05 PM
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Best Christmas Albums

For the past few years I been collecting some Christmas albums. Been trying to be very careful with the ones i bought, but finally got to the point to tell some of my favorites

A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector
Not only is the sound production great. But i enjoy the happy feeling of this albums. Many Christmas albums tend to be too melancholic and just plain sad so this one stands out as encapsulating that happy Christmas spirit you feel when you are a kid.

Elton John Christmas Party
This one is a compilation but it has some hardly heard Christmas songs from artist such as the Flaming Lips, Pet Shop Boys,The Band, The Pretenders, Outkast

others i really enjoy

Andy Williams Christmas Album
She & Him Christmas
Michael Buble's Christmas
Pink Martini Christmas

what are others you guys consider good
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Old 12-20-18, 12:31 PM
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GRP Christmas Collection vol. I,II, and III.
A Winter's Solstice - Windham Hill Artists
This Is Christmas - Luther Vandross
Christmas Portrait - The Carpenters
Andy Williams Christmas Album
If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Elvis Presley
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi
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Old 12-20-18, 03:52 PM
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Re: Best Christmas Albums

All the Brian Setzer ones
Canned Heat
If you like Jethro Tull. Sounds same as one of their regular albums. Lyrics are all Christmas.
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Re: Best Christmas Albums

I own over 300 Christmas albums. Ask me anything.

Some of my favorites include:

Doris Day - The Doris Day Christmas Album (1964)

Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree: The Decca Recordings

A Capitol Christmas: Volume One and Two

The Best of Santa's Greatest Hits

Beach Boys - Ultimate Christmas

The Supremes - The Ultimate Merry Christmas

Percy Faith and his Orchestra - Music of Christmas

Dean Martin - A Winter Romance
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I used to buy Christmas albums like crazy in the mid to late 90s when my kids were little. I love the straightforward performances the best, so these were some of my favorites from those days:

Vanessa Williams "Star Bright"
https://open.spotify.com/album/2zxB6hxt6wT7x4RGYfKwzJ

Jewel "Joy"
https://open.spotify.com/album/6LxaLcNnXsYOmvSIbtT0xs

Martina McBride "White Christmas"
https://open.spotify.com/album/6zMbvZeDQRie5F6a4wOu8e

I would have to dig out my CDs to remember the others.
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Love Christmas music. A few of my favorites:

The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
Bob Dylan - Christmas in the Heart
Carpenters - Christmas Collection
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album
Frank Sinatra - A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
George Jones & Tammy Wynette - The Classic Christmas Album
The Jackson 5 - Ultimate Christmas Collection
Jacob Miller - Natty Christmas
James Brown's Funky Christmas
Johnny Cash - Christmas with Johnny Cash
Low - Christmas
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
New York Latvian Concert Choir - Christmas Joy in Latvia
Nick Lowe - Quality Street
Ray Charles - The Spirit of Christmas
She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
The Staple Singers - The 25th Day of December
Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas
The Ventures' Christmas Album
Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
Willie Nelson - Pretty Paper

And these compilations are also great:
Louis Armstrong - The Christmas Collection
Phil Spector - A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
Christmas in Soulsville
Christmas with the Rat Pack
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Original Soundtrack
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Xmas
A Motown Christmas
Rudolph, Frosty and Friends Favorite Christmas Songs
Soul Christmas
Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails
Where Will You Be Christmas Day
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When I was a kid, we had the Sesame Street Christmas Album on cassette and played it over and over. I've played it for my kids and it's not quite the same with them but I still like it.

When I was a teenager, I had the Neil Diamond Christmas Album on CD and I really remember loving it, though I can't remember a thing about it. I'll download it and play it a little this weekend, see if it still holds up.
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Originally Posted by Kelkee View Post
GRP Christmas Collection vol. I,II, and III.
A Winter's Solstice - Windham Hill Artists
This Is Christmas - Luther Vandross
Christmas Portrait - The Carpenters
Andy Williams Christmas Album
If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Elvis Presley
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi
This is the best answer.

I won't embarrass myself by stating how many different copies I own of this masterpiece, on CD and vinyl. It wouldn't be Christmas without it.
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All the Brian Setzer ones
Canned Heat
If you like Jethro Tull. Sounds same as one of their regular albums. Lyrics are all Christmas.
This post jogged my memory that the soundtrack to the movie "Jingle All The Way" is a really good Xmas compilation, and Setzer contributes to a few tracks on that one.
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When I was a kid, we had the Sesame Street Christmas Album on cassette and played it over and over. I've played it for my kids and it's not quite the same with them but I still like it.

When I was a teenager, I had the Neil Diamond Christmas Album on CD and I really remember loving it, though I can't remember a thing about it. I'll download it and play it a little this weekend, see if it still holds up.
"The Christmas Album" by Neil Diamond is pretty good. Avoid his other Christmas albums, which almost descend into parody.
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Old 12-21-18, 08:09 PM
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Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas is a masterpiece, even outside of Christmas album rankings.

Also of note, Carpenter's Christmas Portrait is an incredible showcase of Karen's talents. My parents had it on vinyl and I remember being entranced by it as a kid.

I've also come to enjoy Barenaked for Holidays, though it's a bit uneven.
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This is one of my favorites:

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I’m also a big Christmas music fan and collector, maybe 500 CDs. Here’s a mellow song from an album I can’t eject lately, Relient K’s 2008 Christmas offering.
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I loooooove Christmas music. Can't argue with many of these choices. Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts album is the king. My brother just keyed me into a local musician who did a big band take on it, which is pretty good:

https://r4nd4zzo.bandcamp.com/releases

Also, I make an annual Christmas mix for family and friends. I'll post the Spotify link for this year's here for y'all. (PM me if you want to download it.) Enjoy!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0q...UEd7SbnfJAEAvS

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Old 12-26-18, 08:13 AM
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wow so many awesome recommendations. I thought I was a bit too much by owning over 20 Christmas CDs
What about Gene Autry? I been meaning to get a Christmas album from him. Which one is the one ?

Also yeah Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic. Funny i read the other day that Schulz detested jazz, so if he would have had it his way, the Peanuts music would have been classical pieces
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