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evelyn's picture

it's nearly upon us and I want to add to my list/compile (yet) another Christmas CD.

One of my favourites is 'Somewhere In My Memory' for quiet and happy and giving you that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Yours?

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AnnL's picture

(post #51378, reply #1 of 47)

I love the King's College Christmas CD that has The Holly and The Ivy on it.  I love that song and love that whole CD.  Hmmm, mine wore out last season, I should go order another.  Thanks for the reminder!  :-)

Ann
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Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Jean's picture

(post #51378, reply #2 of 47)

Anything by John Rutter. Anything by the Mannheim Steamrollers.


OH,  and 'Mary did you know'.




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Gretchen's picture

(post #51378, reply #5 of 47)

All of what you said. Going to see Mannheim Steamroller next week!


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thecooktoo's picture

(post #51378, reply #6 of 47)

Love Mannheim Steamroller, have all of their Christmas Albums.  Love to listen to Rutter...hate to sing his arrangements.  Rutter hates conventional basses.  He puts notes into a range that I have to wear a ---never mind --- just to able to hit them.  Basses don't normally sing g above middle c.  And he loves it!


Jim

TracyK's picture

(post #51378, reply #3 of 47)

Any of Rockapella's Christmas albums.


LOVE Sarah McLachlan's Christmas album.



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leonap's picture

(post #51378, reply #19 of 47)

Haven't heard Sarah's Christmas album. With that voice, it would have to be wonderful. What is it with her CD's though? Granted I don't know of any recent ones, but what I have looked at, there are repeats on every one.

There are two radio stations locally that play nothing but Christmas music from Black Friday on. This year one of them started the week before Thanksgiving. Way too much!

I have an album, I think it is called Country Christmas with various country artists from the Urban Cowboy era, that is wonderful. I would love to have it on CD but no such luck. Not even much of a country music lover, but love this album. Another favorite is The Judds' Christmas CD. Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (from same) really moves me.

TracyK's picture

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That's funny -- I'm not a big country music fan either but last year I heard a recording of O Holy Night that brought tears to my eyes, and lo and behold it was Martina McBride. Absolutely gorgeous!


Just yesterday I downloaded a new Christmas album with songs by Ingrid Michaelson, Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles and a couple other new female singer/songwriters, mostly on the strength and beauty of a 30-second clip from Silent Night by a woman named Priscilla Anh. It's lovely so far (except for one horrible recording by Katy Perry).



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MadMom's picture

(post #51378, reply #27 of 47)

I have such a collection of Christmas music.  About time to drag out all the CDs and put them into the player on random rotation.  I love the Christmas music, but when I hear it before Thanksgiving (or worse yet, before Halloween) it makes me crazy.



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Nightrider's picture

(post #51378, reply #30 of 47)

What's the album called?  I'd like to check it out.


I buy the Starbucks Christmas compilation every year.  They're usually pretty good.


My all time favourite though is Handel's Messiah, as recorded by the Toronto Symphony with Kathleen Battle singing soprano.  A holiday must for me.

Quilter's picture

(post #51378, reply #34 of 47)

My favorite is "O Holy Night", a Christmas album recorded years ago by Lucianno Pavarotti in Montreal.  Absolutely gorgeous.  For me, all others pale in comparison. I think maybe that recording of The Messiah would be well worth a listen though.


 

shoechick's picture

(post #51378, reply #22 of 47)

LOVE Sarah McLachlan's Christmas album.


So do I, plus I have to support our home town girl :)  I sat across from her on a flight a little while back, she's lovely.


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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

jojo's picture

(post #51378, reply #38 of 47)

I like her (Sarah M.) on the Bare Naked Ladies' Christmas album. She sings "We Three Kings" with them.
I like Winter Solstice by Windham Hill.
I just got a new CD by Yo-Yo Ma, Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace, with various guest artists (James Taylor, Allison Krause, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Renee Fleming and more). I am breaking that one out today.

teebee's picture

(post #51378, reply #4 of 47)

I have been listening to Christmas music since our first snowfall of the season (October 29). My favorite is Bruce Springsteen's live version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." probably because it came out while I was in college and it brings back memories. Other than that, anything that Harry Connick, Jr. sings! ;)

kathymcmo's picture

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Despite the fact that he apparently is quite the creep and probably guilty of killing his girlfriend while under the influence, Phil Spector's Christmas album is still a favorite of mine, it brings back good memories.

assibams's picture

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I really need to copy a 'stone-age' record of my dad's. It is by the Hallein Men's Choir, and they sing traditional Austrian Christmas songs. Somehow a men's choir is very, very Christmassy to me. And the songs are too beautiful.


As everyone knows (*snort, giggle*) Hallein, the town my dad grew up in and my parents moved back to, which is very close to Salzburg, is where the composer of 'Stille Nacht' (Silent Night) is buried.


Every year the song is performed at the grave, by two men only, like the original version, two baritone voices and a guitar.


I'm tearing up just thinking about it......


But if I hear another commercial for those Christmas Rock CDs including Wham (George Michael) singing 'Last Christmas' I might just have to throw up.



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Jillsifer's picture

(post #51378, reply #10 of 47)

I really need to copy a 'stone-age' record of my dad's.


I keep slapping my hands to prevent myself from ordering ALL the CDs of ALL the old Firestone Christmas albums from the 1960s because they bring back sooooo many wonderful memories of caroling with my dad. Ohhhhhhhh, what I'd give to hear him sing with/to me just one more time . . .


 


 


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dlish's picture

(post #51378, reply #13 of 47)

Goodyear Tire Co. also put out a set of Christmas albums as a promotional item during the 60s. My grandfather owned a service station, so now we have all the records. They are such treasures and evoke such fond memories. I'd love it if they were available on CD, like the Firestone ones.

Gretchen's picture

(post #51378, reply #14 of 47)

Oh, yeah. Some of my favorites are Robert Shaw's or Fred Waring!


I have some Christmas brass records that I so love--all instrumental.


All time fave--Mannheim Steamroller Stille stille stille.


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EdHarrison's picture

(post #51378, reply #9 of 47)

The "Dean Martin Christmas CD." There is no other Christmas CD. Dino KNOWS Christmas, FEELS it, LIVES it, LOVES it.

Good luck.

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veronica320's picture

(post #51378, reply #11 of 47)

Tied for favorite are 'Quelle est cette odeur agreable?', St. Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Marriner), 'Still, Still, Still', Cambridge Singers (Rutter) and any arrangement of 'In the Bleak Midwinter'. I love all of Rutter. The Sinatra, Rat Pack, Nat King Cole albums all good.

A few favorite CD's:

The Chieftains - The Bells of Dublin
Cherish the Ladies - On Christmas Night
Hark! - Richard Stoltzman
Cyrus Chestnut & Friends - A Charlie Brown Christmas
Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde - Noels Celtiques
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Choir - A Festival of Christmas

Hope you are mending well.

Jean's picture

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Rutter's Shepherd's Carol. :)




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Syrah's picture

(post #51378, reply #15 of 47)

I succumbed. It is not the 1st of December, but I just had to listen to some carols this morning.

One of my absolute favourites is Il Divo - The Christmas Collection. Rejoice is particularly powerful, but I also love their version of Silent Night.

I also love Diana Krall's Christmas songs.

ETA the Prayer is another powerful one. I love Russell Watsons duet with Lulu.

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Edited 11/28/2008 5:35 pm by Syrah

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shoechick's picture

(post #51378, reply #16 of 47)

I succumbed. It is not the 1st of December, but I just had to listen to some carols this morning.


I loaded up my ipod with Christmas music this week, but I haven't actually listened to it yet....November just isn't right :)


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Syrah's picture

(post #51378, reply #17 of 47)

I'm two days early... and I really need it this year.

(I won't tell you that I watched *gasp* the new version of Miracle on 34th Street while I made our wreath a month ago)

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

shoechick's picture

(post #51378, reply #18 of 47)

Well Hello.... Dylan McDermott?  Eye Candy 12 months a year, it doesn't have to be Christmas.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

bobbys's picture

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Gretchen's picture

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You and my dear son. He dressed as Elvis one Halloween. He has lots of Elvis "stuff", and when other DS wants to gig him he gets his little boy to say to his uncle "Elvis is dead".


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evelyn's picture

(post #51378, reply #25 of 47)

hmmmmm...I think he just left the building.

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
PeterDurand's picture

(post #51378, reply #23 of 47)

<<Christmas Music>>

One of the reasons I will be wearing ear protectors for the next 3 weeks when I shop.

Cheers,

Peter(bah!humbug!)

 


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Syrah's picture

(post #51378, reply #24 of 47)

Don't be such a grumblebum.

Evelyn, another CD I have that is lovely is called Christmas from the Land of Song - sung by a male Welsh choir. Just glorious - and very uplifting.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie