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Christmas Classics

D. Allen "Mr. Mojorisin"
The list author says: "A few years ago, weary of the typical commercialized Christmas music, I decided to research and put together a meaningful collection that would actually be enjoyable and add to the holiday spirit. Since I love jazz, classical, soul, and blues, it was obvious that I would be discovering treasures from all genres. It has become apparent, judging by my favorites, that I am also highly sentimental and nostalgic about Christmas. And not surprisingly, I'm finding that many of the true jewels hail from the golden age of recorded music - the 50s and 60s. The following are what I consider to be the best from my ongoing endeavor so far."
A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
"Frank's first Christmas album is a great orchestrated vocal album. Gordon Jenkins conducts the orchestra and choir, providing Frank with a very tasteful backing. If you're an audiophile or collector, you'll want to get this "Entertainer of the Century" edition (1999 remaster). It has superior sound, and it sports the original black cover. The original CD issue from the '80s also sounds very good."
The Doris Day Christmas Album
The Doris Day Christmas Album
"This isn't the typical perky Doris Day album - she gives a smokey and delicate performance here, and this import is the version to get. It includes the entire original album plus 3 bonus tracks. The domestic issue left 2 of the original songs off."
O Come All Ye Faithful: Favourite Christmas Carols
O Come All Ye Faithful: Favourite Christmas Carols
"If you only get one choral CD, this is the one to get. I have many, and this is the best I've yet to hear. Comprised of men and boys, and accompanied by pipe organ, it's truly beautiful."
Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas
Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas
"One of the best instrumental jazz Christmas albums ever made. Kenny Burrell "jazzed" up some old standards with impressive results."
Pops Christmas Party
Pops Christmas Party
"One of the best orchestrated Christmas albums of all time. Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops set the bar very high back in 1959, and the Leroy Anderson arrangements have become the standard."
Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One
Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One
"What a find! This Ultra-Lounge Christmas series is a high quality collection of (mostly) jazz from Capitol's vaults dating from the 50s and 60s. Great attention was given to the running order of songs, making this sound very cohesive instead of thrown together. They make it fun, and the sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended!"
Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part Two
Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part Two
"Ditto. This isn't your typical thrown-together compilation."
Soul Christmas
Soul Christmas
"Fantastic compilation from the Atlantic vaults consisting of 60s and 70s chestnuts."
Blue Yule
Blue Yule
"Wow! This collection gives notice on the opening track that the listener is in for a treat! It's culled from the best purveyors of the genre spanning four decades."
Handel:  Messiah (The Complete Oratorio)
Handel: Messiah (The Complete Oratorio)
"For this one, we travel back three centurys to the baroque period. It is a classical warhorse that depicts the birth of Christ, and this is one of the more popular versions available. It's been a treasured part of my collection for 25 years."
James Galway's Christmas Carol
James Galway's Christmas Carol
"While many classical label Christmas CD's have come and gone, this one has stuck. It has become a sentimental favorite of my family."
Sound Of Christmas
Sound Of Christmas
"Excellent small group jazz piano renditions of Christmas favs on the first half of the disc. Small orchestra backing on the second half."
First Christmas Morning
First Christmas Morning
"When Dan succumbed to cancer a few years ago, he left behind this beautiful gift. He wrote most of it himself and employed acoustic instruments, often playing them in Old World fashion. On first listen, it becomes apparent that this was a heartfelt effort - not a commercial one. This is NOT the usual pop star Christmas album."
Chieftans Christmas: The Bells of Dublin
Chieftans Christmas: The Bells of Dublin
"The Chieftains do instrumental Irish folk versions of old traditionals. Judging by all the positive reviews here on Amazon, I'm not alone in embracing this CD."
Sing We Christmas
Sing We Christmas
"A twelve man a Capella choral ensemble providing beautiful, yet traditional, interpretations of centuries old music."
The Many Moods of Christmas (1963 RCA Victor Version) Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra
The Many Moods of Christmas (1963 RCA Victor Version) Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra
"The orchestrated chorale album that set the standard."
A Festival of Carols in Brass
A Festival of Carols in Brass
"...and this is the standard by which all Christmas brass interpretations are measured."
A Winter Romance
A Winter Romance
"Ol' Dino created a classic, and this is the version to get. The other version, by Collectors Choice, omits an original song and adds 5 others that weren't on the original album. Some of them have nothing to do with the winter theme."
Cool Christmas Blues
Cool Christmas Blues
"This is a very good Christmas blues album. It actually caught me off-guard and made me think what a shame it was that it flew under my radar for so long."
Mahalia Sings Songs Of Christmas!
Mahalia Sings Songs Of Christmas!
"She was born to do this. She's perfect."
Big Band Christmas
Big Band Christmas
"This is the CD that started my big band madness. It has the superior songs of the three here, but it also has the lowest fidelity. I would definitely get this one though."
Christmas With the Big Bands
Christmas With the Big Bands
"Another excellent big band compilation. If you're an audiophile and you're only going to get one of the big band albums here, this is the one you want to get - it has excellent sound - the best you're going to find for music from the 30s, 40s and 50s."
Christmas on the Bandstand
Christmas on the Bandstand
"More excellent 30s, 40s, and 50s big band music."
Christmas '64 (Remastered)
Christmas '64 (Remastered)
"The great Hammond B3 organ of Jimmy Smith backed up by the usual Blue Note suspects - except this time they're on Verve."
Christmas With Eddy Arnold
Christmas With Eddy Arnold
"Eddy always did country the old fashioned way."
An American Christmas
An American Christmas
"200 years ago, Americans didn't perform most of the Christmas music that we enjoy today. This list wouldn't be complete if it didn't contain what is probably the finest example of the hymns, carols, and spirituals that our forefathers performed in churches and town squares across the young nation."
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