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Bright Eyes’ Christmas Album begins with a piano, flute, ambient noise, and musical saw-driven version of “Away in a Manger,” helping weed out casual Christmas music enjoyers, but all too tempting for the most devout of Conor Oberst’s disciples, who originally learned that the warmth of the holiday season is trumped only by its potential for melancholy back in 2002 with the original Saddle Creek release. Oberst and a small army of friends at his house proceed to jamboree through Christmas classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” Holiday cheer, when delivered with Oberst’s trademark tremble, sounds more like a lament than it does hymns of ecclesiastical joy. But the spirited listener will find that the fragile, homespun, and somewhat blinkered vibe that permeates the album sets itself apart from the bog-standard, less sonically humble offerings of the holidays, and, both strangely and satisfyingly, is probably more aligned with the true spirit of the season..
Christmas Wish is a loving tribute to Gregory’s favorite time of year – and to great songwriters, singers and interpreters including Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Dinah Washington and Nat King Cole. Backed by his long-time band and produced by repeat collaborator Troy Miller, with orchestral contributions recorded at Abbey Road, the album features 3 original songs as well as inspired interpretations of carols, jazz-age standards and soulful sixties deep-cuts including ‘Silent Night’, ‘Little Drummer Boy’, Marvin Gaye’s ‘Purple Snowflakes’, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Someday At Christmas’ and Frank Loesser’s ‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?, which features a powerhouse guest vocal from double Grammy-winning sensation Samara Joy.
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The soundtrack to the holiday film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, features Danny Elfman, who has scored many of Tim Burton's imaginative films (Edward Scissorhands, his two Batman films, etc.), is a perfect musical partner for the somewhat macabre director, and never more so than here, where, in fact, Elfman gets not only to write the music but to play the part of the main character. 12" Zoetrope Picture Disc displaying art from the film.
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Danny Elfman The Nightmare Before Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector is an album of Christmas songs, produced by Phil Spector, originally released in November 1963. Revered as one of the quintessential classic Christmas albums. This vinyl re-issue celebrates the 60th anniversary of the album release.
In 2003, the album was voted No. 142 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. In 2017, it was ranked the 130th greatest album of the 1960s by Pitchfork. In 2019, it was ranked the greatest Christmas album of all time by Rolling Stone. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys has cited this album as his favorite of all time. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Lady A has amassed record-breaking success, ushering in more than 18 million album units and 34 million tracks sold with over 2 billion digital streams. The trio has nine #1 hits to their name including the 9X PLATINUM "Need You Now." They have earned ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year" trophies 3 years in a row and countless other honors including GRAMMY, Billboard Music, and People's Choice Awards. ON THIS WINTER'S NIGHT (DELUXE) is Lady A's classic holiday album plus new 4 bonus tracks.
No Christmas is complete without the voice of Johnny Mathis. Originally released in 1958, this timeless album paired some of the greatest carols of the season with Mathis’ sonorous voice and the rich accompaniment of Percy Faith and His Orchestra. Features classic renditions of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night” and, of course, Johnny’s definitive take on “Sleigh Ride.”