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    Your Favorite Christmas Album

    It's that time of year when we start thinking about how to expand our Christmas music collection. This year I bought Johnny Cash's Christmas album and re-bought Diana's Wonderful Christmas Time CD.

    What is your #1 favorite Christmas album you couldn't do without?

    For me it is a classic... Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee.

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    Something about this transcends all my other favs. Maybe because it has received no acclaim, never been on CD in the US, but is from a happier, more prosperous time. Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is a VERY close second.

    If you could only recommend one album, whose would it be?
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    Oh man, the Jackson 5 Christmas album played for years in our house. It's still my favorite Christmas album. But my favorite Christmas song is "Please Come Home Christmas" by Charles Brown, followed by Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas".

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    It doesn't sound very "Christmassy" but I cannot go through the season without listening to this one -
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    Or, this one:
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    Hmmm...Well as far as full albums go, I'm a huge fan of the Motown Christmas' (Supremes, Miracles, Tempts, Stevie, J5, Diana Ross). The Phil Specter Christmas album always gets a lot of play from me. Natalie Cole's Holly and Ivy and The Magic of Christmas is in constant rotation. James Brown's A Soulful Christmas is great. Funky Christmas from Cotillion with Luther, Margie Joseph, the Impressions and others, is another one that I love. It's Christmas by Mandisa. Christmas All Over the World by New Edition. Profile Records' Christmas Rap from 1987 with Run DMC, Sweet Tee, Spyder D and others. And believe it or not, Kathie Lee Gifford's Christmas album from the 90s. I pull it out every year. Now which of those albums are my favorite? I don't know if I could choose. But I must note that I'm not as big a collector of Christmas albums as I am individual Christmas songs, especially since a lot of artists will record one or two Christmas songs but not full Christmas albums. There's a ton of Christmas songs by particular artists that I love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thommg View Post

    Or, this one:
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    I'm going to have to check out this one. I love Johnny's voice and imagine it well suited to Christmas music.

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    I'm always into a jazz flow, laid back, relaxing soulful holiday listening. I have a lot of holiday music, but these are my favorites that I play for the holidays.

    Oscar Peterson - An Oscar Peterson Christmas
    Roberta Flack - The Christmas Album
    Dianne Reeves - Christmas Time is Here
    Chris Botti - December

    And, of course, the album to kick off the season, Give Love at Christmas by The Temptations.

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    This one here. It came out in the 60s. I think my Dad got it free with a fill up at a gas station. Now it costs $145.00!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    This one here. It came out in the 60s. I think my Dad got it free with a fill up at a gas station. Now it costs $145.00!

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    Pretty sure I can go over Mom and Dad's right now and pull this out, Marv. I might just do it so I can put it on digital so they can listen to it on their computer this Christmas.

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    RanRan, Johnny has had 5 or 6 Christmas albums through the years. This was his first one and I consider it a classic LP. I think you'll really enjoy this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    Pretty sure I can go over Mom and Dad's right now and pull this out, Marv. I might just do it so I can put it on digital so they can listen to it on their computer this Christmas.
    Jerry, my Mom still has our copy. It's cover is held together now with scotch tape. LOL! It would great to have that on a disc after all these years. It was first released for Christmas 1964.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    Pretty sure I can go over Mom and Dad's right now and pull this out, Marv. I might just do it so I can put it on digital so they can listen to it on their computer this Christmas.
    If you do digitalize this album, remember me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    This one here. It came out in the 60s. I think my Dad got it free with a fill up at a gas station. Now it costs $145.00!

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    Dang! I can't tell you how many times I've seen that album at Goodwill and never ONCE did I buy it, Lol!

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    I have a lot of favorites

    but the 2 essential ones are the Temptations - Give Love at Christmas" and Manheim Steamroller's first Christmas album

    Growing up those were the first 2 albums played as presents were opened and I continue that tradition today

    My most recent favorite is Ledisi's xmas album - that one gets a lot of play also

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    We were basically a singles/45 family, as I remember growing up. Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas", Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas" and the Temptations' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are the songs I remember hearing the most. I also remember hearing the J5's Christmas Album at a Christmas Party in around 2nd grade, so that would be my pick.

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    On a side note

    Why wasn't there a 60s Marvin Gaye or Four Tops Christmas album?

    I know Marvin did a few xmas songs that have popped up on various collections (I love his Christmas in the City instrumental) and the Tops did a 90s album (which I don't care for at all)

    I've always wondered why we never got a "classic Motown" album from either one

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    If you do digitalize this album, remember me?
    Most definitely. Of course that is contingent on how many ticks and pops and whether I want to take the effort to clean it up. I see them every weekend so I'll look for it on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    Dang! I can't tell you how many times I've seen that album at Goodwill and never ONCE did I buy it, Lol!
    At $145.00, it may be too expensive now. hehehehehehehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    Most definitely. Of course that is contingent on how many ticks and pops and whether I want to take the effort to clean it up. I see them every weekend so I'll look for it on Sunday.
    Thanks Jerry, you're a Boss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    We were basically a singles/45 family, as I remember growing up. Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas", Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas" and the Temptations' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are the songs I remember hearing the most. I also remember hearing the J5's Christmas Album at a Christmas Party in around 2nd grade, so that would be my pick.
    Lockhartgary, all of those got played at our house and including the O'Jays "Christmas Just Ain't Christmas Without the One You Love", The James Brown Christmas album and the Supremes "Merry Christmas" album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nysister View Post
    I'm always into a jazz flow, laid back, relaxing soulful holiday listening. I have a lot of holiday music, but these are my favorites that I play for the holidays.

    Oscar Peterson - An Oscar Peterson Christmas
    Roberta Flack - The Christmas Album
    Dianne Reeves - Christmas Time is Here
    Chris Botti - December

    And, of course, the album to kick off the season, Give Love at Christmas by The Temptations.
    I'll have to look into Roberta and Dianne's Christmas albums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thommg View Post
    RanRan, Johnny has had 5 or 6 Christmas albums through the years. This was his first one and I consider it a classic LP. I think you'll really enjoy this.
    Thanks for the recommendation Thom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    We were basically a singles/45 family, as I remember growing up. Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas", Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas" and the Temptations' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are the songs I remember hearing the most. I also remember hearing the J5's Christmas Album at a Christmas Party in around 2nd grade, so that would be my pick.
    My household was similar. I really didn't start collecting Christmas albums until I was a teenager. My family mostly did singles (45s and cassettes). Donny's "This Christmas" and the Tempts' 1980 "Silent Night" hold specific and fond memories for me at Christmas. ("Silent Night" was playing on Christmas Eve/wee hours of Christmas morning when I snuck out of bed and saw the bike I wanted being hid in the closet so I wouldn't see it right away when I came to the living room to open my gifts. I gave an Oscar worthy performance that morning acting surprised during the big reveal. "A bike? For me? I had no idea!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimal Saint View Post
    On a side note

    Why wasn't there a 60s Marvin Gaye or Four Tops Christmas album?

    I know Marvin did a few xmas songs that have popped up on various collections (I love his Christmas in the City instrumental) and the Tops did a 90s album (which I don't care for at all)

    I've always wondered why we never got a "classic Motown" album from either one
    Believe it or not, when I was typing my original post and listing my Motown favorites, it was suddenly glaringly obvious that my favorite male singer of all time Marvin Gaye was conspicuously absent from that list, despite recording a couple of really nice holiday tunes. I wondered to myself why he never got a holiday album. Vocally and artistically, Marvin was in line for Gordy's crossover dreams, so it would seem like a natural idea to have him record a Christmas album. The same with the Tops. Both Marvin and the Tops were among Motown's biggest and successful, so it would've made sense to capitalize on that with holiday albums. I guarantee both would've been legit classics.

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    "A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records" (The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, and Phil Spector)

    Still powerful and exciting after all these years. You can almost feel the walls shaking at Gold Star!

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    Hi!

    A Dramatic Christmas by the Dramatics from 1997, an album people tend to forget.

    http://www.soulexpress.net/dramatics_discography.htm

    Actually they forgot it already at the time of its release :-).

    Best regards
    Heikki

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    First of all, I'm Jewish, so we didn't celebrate Christmas. But, I did listen to the R&B stations and programmes, so, I heard Christmas music, the same way I hard Gospel music. I bought mostly 45s. So, I have hundreds of Christmas songs on 45s, by The Five Keys, Orioles, Ravens, Larks, Moonglows, Flamingos, Platters, Drifters, Harptones, Heatbeats, Cadillacs, Delta Rhythm Boys, Charles Brown, Lowell Fulson, Miracles, Temptations, etc.
    I have Christmas LPs by The Orioles, Platters, and Phil Spector's Philles Christmas LP. I have Johnny Mathis', and a Nat Cole Christmas LP, too. I might have 5 or 6 more, I can't remember. But, I almost never played Christmas LPs straight through. I had made a series of 90-minute tapes of rare R&B/Soul Christmas songs from 45s, that we almost never heard on the radio.

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    I'm just gonna drop this right here for those who want to hear it. One of the greatest doo wop arrangements ever, in my opinion.

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    And this one (Christmas is only a month and a half away):

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    Now I'm all the way back into my childhood:


    (Sorry... )

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    A Christmas Gift For You From Phillies Records (Crystals, Ronettes, Darlene Love & Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans) is the ULTIMATE Christmas Record. Since Nov.1963 that has been THE Christmas music in my household.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    I'm just gonna drop this right here for those who want to hear it. One of the greatest doo wop arrangements ever, in my opinion.
    Yes! One of my all time favorites. Very similar to the Ravens arrangement from 1948.

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