Sick of digging through Christmas albums by every Tom, Dick
and Harry? Disturbed by the number of Pop bands churning out
second-rate Christmas tributes. We've dug through all the
old classics to give you an idea of what you should be listening
to this season. Most of the albums here are already familiar
in that their songs have been lifted for many movies, ranging
from Home Alone to Die Hard.
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Nat's voice is immaculate. This album incites all sorts of
Christmas memories with fourteen traditional carols. Consider
this one a necessary staple of your holiday listening.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas
This one's for the kids more than anything. Well, actually,
it's more for the people who were kids during the early eighties.
Children nowadays may not have any idea who Alvin and the
Chipmunks were. The album is silly and fun, but still a great
album nonetheless. (Also: If you owned the vinyl, did you
play it on slow speed to hear that the voice of Alvin is done
by the same guy who did Dave?)
A Carpenter's Christmas
Karen Carpenter has probably one of the best voices that
I've heard in a long time. This collection is vast and impressive.
With the re-editioning of the album with tracks that weren't
released originally, this album makes a great addition to
any music fan's collection.
Charlie Brown Christmas
Vince Guaraldi's masterpiece is now synonymous with Charlie
Brown. Tracks like Linus and Lucy are so ingrained
in our culture that once we hear them, we think of the cartoon
special we grew up watching. Even though Charles Shultz stated
that he was ashamed at how rushed the special was, it is still
a staple in all our holiday television watching.
Dr. Demento Presents...
If you've ever wanted an album with all of the novelty Christmas
songs you hear on the radio, then this is it. With tracks
from Cheech and Chong, Weird Al Yankovic and the McKenzie
Brothers to name a few, you should get a good chuckle from
this album. Also included are All I Want for Christmas
is My Two Front Teeth and Grandma Got Run over by a
Reindeer. If you love non-traditional Christmas songs,
then scoop this one up.
Bing Crosby's White Christmas
There are very few albums that should be considered staples
of Holiday music and this is one of them. Bing's wonderful
voice covers everything from the title track to I'll Be
Home For Christmas and Silver Bells. Also, expect
some lesser know songs, at least to our generation, like Christmas
in Killarney and Mele Kalikimaka.
Elvis' Christmas Album
How can you go wrong with Elvis? This is probably one of
the only "rock and roll" Christmas albums that actually sounds
good. Elvis' charming voice does these carols well. Who can
forget his rendition of Blue Christmas? This is a must-have
for all Elvis fans.
John Denver and the Muppets: A Chrismas Together
With the passing away of both John Denver and Muppets creator
Jim Henson, this album really has a lot of sentimental value.
If you grew up watching the television show or the movies,
then you already know the characters. Although most of the
songs are done with a sense of humor, a few heart-filled tracks
try to give the album a good balance. Both The Twelve Days
of Christmas and Little Saint Nick are funny, charming