Oh No, Not Another Christmas Music List!!

A Listmania! list by Anton Karidian (Tennessee)
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The list author says: "OK, I realize that there are not only a zillion Christmas CDs and DVDs out there, but also at least 10 billion Listmania lists FOR them!! So why am I creating yet ANOTHER list?? For one thing, I've always loved Christmas music and have my definite favorite recordings, so I enjoy sharing them (as long as you return them before Christmas). Secondly, my list has got several quite obscure selections that I believe should get more publicity. I did NOT try to put the items on this list in order by priority, so please don't think that the ones nearer the top are necessarily the "best." However, I should note that CDs are at the top and DVDs at the bottom. And I did put similar ones together, such as classical, jazz, party-oriented, and gag ones. Note that this list is for Christmas MUSIC, so I am not including feature films, documentaries, non-music TV shows, and such here. I hope my list helps you, so have a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!!"
Holiday Pops
1.  Holiday Pops by Boston Pops Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Here's a well-done Christmas disc by the wonderful Boston Pops Orchestra if you're looking for something with orchestra and chorus. I like that it has several rather unusual yet terrific pieces, such as "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" by Ralph Vaughn Williams, as well as several cleverly altered medleys of familiar holiday songs. Great digital sound from 1997."
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For the Holidays
2.  For the Holidays by For the Holidays
The list author says:
  "This is one of many compilations by various performers, yet this is easily one of the best I've come across. It's a "classical" treatment performed mostly by Europeans such as opera singers Renata Tebaldi and Luciano Pavarotti, as well as major choral groups and orchestras. It was done by Decca, one of the best classical music labels."
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The Glorious Sound of Christmas
3.  The Glorious Sound of Christmas by Felix Mendelssohn
The list author says:
  "Eugene Ormandy and his Philadelphia Orchestra were famous for their beautifully lush "Philadelphia Sound." That makes for a very moving and wonderfully arranged Christmas album from the 1960s. This is mostly very religious and serious, so there are few light pieces like "Jingle Bells" or "Let It Snow." Ormandy and the Philadelphia later recorded the holiday album "Joy to the World.""
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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Complete)
4.  Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Complete) by Tchaikovsky
The list author says:
  "My Christmas is not complete without both hearing and seeing Tchaikovky's Nutcracker ballet several times. There are LOTS of recordings of it, but here's a satisfying, great-sounding complete version conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. See also the DVD Nutcracker near the bottom of this list."
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O Holy Night / Luciano Pavarotti / Special Deluxe Edition (Decca)
5.  O Holy Night / Luciano Pavarotti / Special Deluxe Edition (Decca) by Vittoriano Benvenuti
The list author says:
  "This is a really beautiful and moving Christmas album by famed opera tenor Pavarotti. This "Special Deluxe Edition" has 6 tracks added to the original album, or you can get the original album on CD if you'd prefer. Also, it's very religiously focused. I prefer to see this performed, but the only DVD I've found of it has substandard sound quality."
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Christmas With Peggy Lee
6.  Christmas With Peggy Lee by Peggy Lee
The list author says:
  "Peggy Lee is one of my favorite vocalists. She always interprets songs in her own unique, sexy manner. As is usually the case with her recordings, these Christmas songs are jazz arrangements, and as usual she sings them splendidly."
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The Andy Williams Christmas Album
7.  The Andy Williams Christmas Album by Andy Williams
The list author says:
  "Andy Williams is another Christmas standard, and with good reason! This CD from the 1960s is perhaps the best of his holiday albums, although others are very good too. These are all great songs, but I especially love his rendition of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," which has become one of his signature songs. See also his terrific Christmas concert below on DVD."
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Christmas With the Rat Pack
8.  Christmas With the Rat Pack by Dean Martin
The list author says:
  "Here's some of the best songs from the holiday albums of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Interestingly, only 4 songs on here are strictly religious, and there are only 2 songs where more than one of these guys sings together."
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A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
9.  A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra by Frank Sinatra
The list author says:
  "Alternately, if you just want to hear Ol' Blue Eyes and not a bunch of Rat Packers at Christmas time, here's Sinatra's classic 1957 album. (There's a newer "50th Anniversary" CD of this, but as far as I can tell it's the same recording as this one, and this is a whole lot cheaper.)"
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Season's Best: 15 Christmas Favorites
10.  Season's Best: 15 Christmas Favorites by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "If you grew up as I did listening to the great Columbia Records Christmas albums with singers like Doris Day and Danny Kaye from the 50s and 60s, the series "15 Christmas Favorites" is how some of them have been repackaged by Sony. However, some of the big names from those Columbia albums are missing on these - people like Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and others, though I don't know why."
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Yuletide Concert: 15 Christmas Classics
11.  Yuletide Concert: 15 Christmas Classics by Christmas Traditional
The list author says:
  "Here's another good CD in the Columbia/Sony series. You might have noticed that this CD says "Classics" in the series title, rather than "Favorites," but it's part of the same series nonetheless."
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Sharing the Spirit: 15 Christmas Favorites
12.  Sharing the Spirit: 15 Christmas Favorites by Jerry Wayne
The list author says:
  "And another in the Columbia/Sony series. I've only listed 3 here, but there are 3 more sold on Amazon. Just search for "15 Christmas Favorites.""
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Christmas Peace
13.  Christmas Peace by Elvis Presley
The list author says:
  "This 2-disc set is my favorite packaging of Elvis's Christmas music. It's all his studio Christmas songs, plus a disc of gospel songs. A good 1-disc version that combines his 2 Christmas albums is "Elvis Christmas," while another 1-disc version that has alternate takes but no gospel songs is "If Every Day Was Like Christmas.""
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The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas
14.  The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas by Bing Crosby
The list author says:
  "Here's another singer who will forever be connected with Christmas. There are a bunch of CDs of his holiday music, but this seems to be the best overall. His "White Christmas" album is the classic, but has 6 fewer tracks than this one. See also the great DVD set below of his TV specials."
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Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
15.  Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album by Tony Bennett
The list author says:
  "Here's another jazzy classic by one of the great singers of our time. This is a new edition that includes a DVD that I have not seen, or you can get an older issue of just the CD cheaper than this CD/DVD combo."
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Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
16.  Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "Ella Fitzgerald is definitely one of the great singers at Christmas, or at any other time for that matter. Here's a terrific jazzy Christmas collection by her."
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
17.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives
The list author says:
  "If you're at all a fan of this classic TV special, you also need the soundtrack of this infectious music by Johnny Marks. It not only has all the songs from the TV special, but the second half is pleasant instrumentals of those songs with the Decca Concert Orchestra."
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Old-Fashioned Christmas (Dickens Christmas / The Nutcracker)
18.  Old-Fashioned Christmas (Dickens Christmas / The Nutcracker) by Ed Sweeney
The list author says:
  "This 2-CD set and the one below are among my favorites. The "Dickens Christmas" part is very nicely done in a "traditional" British manner by Ed Sweeney on folk instruments such as guitar, dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, handbells, and more, with no vocals. Many songs are familiar to Americans, but about a third are more British. I have not heard the "Nutcracker" part of this 3-CD set."
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It's Christmas Time in the City
19.  It's Christmas Time in the City by Ed Sweeney
The list author says:
  "Here's another of Ed Sweeney's very enjoyable "traditional" folk instrumental arrangements of Christmas songs. Compared to his "Dickens Christmas" CD above, these songs tend to be more familiar to Americans, and more recent."
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Celtic Harp for Christmas
20.  Celtic Harp for Christmas by Lori Pappajohn
The list author says:
  "This is a great and well-arranged disc of Christmas tunes for harp accompanied by flute, bells, and cello, with no vocals. It's a mix of familiar Christmas tunes and some unusual ones."
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Christmas Harp
21.  Christmas Harp by Christine Drescher
The list author says:
  "This is a pretty CD of Christmas carols performed on SOLO harp. This is good at the end of the day when you want to relax, or when other people are around and they don't want to hear blasting music."
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A Guitar for Christmas
22.  A Guitar for Christmas by Eric Robertson
The list author says:
  "Liona Boyd does a fine job with these guitar arrangements of holiday songs. It's done in a more traditional style, and not new age. She later made another good holiday album entitled "Christmas Dreams," so I play both together. Both of these albums are not for guitar solo, but include an orchestra, other solo instruments, and a few include singers."
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La Mer
23.  La Mer by Amor Artis Chamber Choir
The list author says:
  "This is both beautiful and interesting as it encompasses Christmas songs from many different countries. Of course, many have become classics in the U.S. as well, though some are less familiar here."
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Perry Como: Greatest Christmas Songs
24.  Perry Como: Greatest Christmas Songs by Perry Como
The list author says:
  "Perry is another staple of Christmas time. Here's a good collection of some of his best songs of the holidays."
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The Complete GRP Christmas Collection (Vol. I, II, & III)
25.  The Complete GRP Christmas Collection (Vol. I, II, & III) by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "Have yourself a jazzy little Christmas with this collection from the esteemed GRP label. It's got lots of major jazz artists such as The Yellowjackets, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, Dave Grusin, and many more. I love most of these, although a few are pretty bizarre. And you can get these on 3 separate CDs if you don't want to start with this combo of all-in-one."
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Playboy's Latin Jazz Christmas: A Not So Silent Night
26.  Playboy's Latin Jazz Christmas: A Not So Silent Night by Arturo Sandoval
The list author says:
  "Spicy latin jazzed up versions of familiar Christmas songs. It's actually by the famous label Concord Jazz, but marketed through Playboy. Good music notes too, including some by Hef. I was lucky to get a copy that has a sexy babe in a Santa suit on the cover, as well as other places."
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A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special
27.  A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special by Vince Guaraldi
The list author says:
  "This soundtrack from the beloved TV special has become a modern classic, with the Vince Guaraldi Trio performing jazzy Christmas tunes, and a few tracks including the Peanuts gang too. (This is the original version, though a newer issue re-mixes this, has some alternate takes, etc.)"
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Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One
28.  Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "This CD is part of the Ultra-Lounge series, so it's some really cool, fun, swinging music you might want to play at your Christmas party. It includes some familiar Christmas singers like Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole, but also contains several instrumental tracks."
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A Froggy Christmas
29.  A Froggy Christmas by Froggus
The list author says:
  "This CD always gets big laughs since it really IS frogs singing 10 Christmas classics!! Croaking frogs were recorded, then carefully edited to get the right pitches and tempos to make Christmas songs. It features such frog stars as Ribbit Goulet and Toady Keith, and there are also a few owls and other wildlife singers. It's mostly a gag, but is actually quite good musically too!"
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Christmas With Flicka
30.  Christmas With Flicka DVD ~ Melba Moore
The list author says:
  "This and below are DVDs. Here the wonderful mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade takes her kids to Austria and treats us to a wonderful Christmas program. Usually, Von Stade's wonderful singing (sometimes along with singer Melba Moore and others) is heard as she and her kids visit various sites around the town St. Wolfgang, Austria, so this is a great sight-seeing tour as well."
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The Andy Williams Christmas Show (Live from Branson)
31.  The Andy Williams Christmas Show (Live from Branson) DVD ~ Andy Williams
The list author says:
  "This is one of my favorite Christmas music DVDs, one that my family watches every year. It's a good balance of light and serious songs, with good backing from his orchestra as well as guest stars like the Osmond Brothers and Lorrie Morgan. Also see the Andy Williams CD above."
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Christmas Goes Baroque / Handel Messiah Choruses - A Naxos Musical Journey
32.  Christmas Goes Baroque / Handel Messiah Choruses - A Naxos Musical Journey DVD ~ Naxos Musical Journey
The list author says:
  "This 2-DVD set is a great combination of serious and light-hearted, classical and popular. DVD 1 plays "classical" arrangements of popular Christmas tunes, while showing Christmas scenes around Europe. DVD 2 plays choruses from Handel's "Messiah," while showing details of a beautiful church in Bavaria."
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The Nutcracker / Baryshnikov, Kirkland, Charmoli
33.  The Nutcracker / Baryshnikov, Kirkland, Charmoli DVD ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov
The list author says:
  "I never tire of seeing this classic version of "The Nutcracker" with the American Ballet Theater! There are several versions out there on DVD, and I haven't seen them all, but you can't lose with this one featuring the great Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. See also the CD Nutcracker near the top of this list."
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The Andy Williams Collection
34.  The Andy Williams Collection DVD ~ Andy Williams
The list author says:
  "One of these 3 DVDs is of Christmas songs from Andy's TV variety series. Actually, all 3 DVDs are music taken from that series, but only one of the DVDs is Christmas songs."
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Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2- The Christmas Specials
35.  Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2- The Christmas Specials DVD ~ Bing Crosby
The list author says:
  "And here's the great Bing Crosby TV Christmas specials on DVD. A big part of Christmas when I was growing up was watching the TV specials by Bing, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and others, yet most have not been released on DVD. These are loaded with great music!! OK, now someone PLEASE release the specials by Perry and Andy!! Also see the Bing Crosby CD above."
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Herbert von Karajan - His Legacy for Home Video: The New Year's Concert 1987
36.  Herbert von Karajan - His Legacy for Home Video: The New Year's Concert 1987 DVD ~ Herbert von Karajan
The list author says:
  "To help you ring in the New Year, here's a DVD from the terrific "New Year's in Vienna" series, in which the Vienna Philharmonic performs music mainly from the Strauss family every January 1. This one is from 1987 and is conducted by the great Herbert Von Karajan, but there are several in this series, with various conductors."
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