jazzville skyline: ‘…tracks in the snow…’

                                                                  jazzville skyline
                                                                     by rocky-o

                                                           “…tracks in the snow…”

While there may be various genres of music to consider like rock, pop, soul, jazz, r&b, country, classical, etc. and so forth, no category can be found that is greater than ‘Christmas’…

Now, everybody has their favorites, from current to classic, and while everyone most likely already has Vince Guaraldi’s classic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, and at least one of the million Mannheim Steamroller christmas albums, there are plenty others to choose from, including Aretha Franklin, Hall And Oates, Bob Dylan, Connie Smith, John Gary, Cheap Trick, Reo Speedwagon, Randy Travis, Manhattan Transfer, Joey Ramone, Kathy Mattea, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Kenny And Dolly, Twisted Sister, and many, many, more…

One staple is Bing Crosby…but not just any Bing…the best Bing is ‘Merry Christmas’ (white cover, santa hat)…and there’s also Dean Martin, who has several good one’s out there (it is Dean after all)…the best are ‘A Winter Romance’ and ‘Making Spirits Bright’…

Al Green has one of my favorites, titled ‘White Christmas’…and another vinyl from my collection, Gladys Knight And The Pips, ‘That Special Time Of Year…

Melissa Etheridge put her spin on things with ‘A New Thought For Christmas’ and Mary Chapin Carpenter took her pen to ‘Come Darkness Come Light’…

For a beautiful madrigal take on the holiday, Sting favors us with ‘If On A Winter’s Night’…and for the unique in all of us, Leon Redbone delivers ‘Christmas Island’…

Then there’s the more traditional Nat King Cole, ‘The Christmas Song’, and Johnny Mathis, ‘Merry Christmas’…and the writer of the classic ‘Christmas Song’ himself, Mel Torme, has his own collection, titled ‘Christmas Songs’…

Of course, Elvis can’t be left out of this list, considering his many christmas platters, but in my humble opinion, the best is ‘Memories Of Christmas’…and don’t forget one of the all time best…’A Christmas Gift For You’, the Phil Spector collection of wall of sound greats like Darlene Love and The Ronettes…

And new this year, a beautiful picture disc reissue of the Ella Fitzgerald l.p., ‘Wishes You A Swinging Christmas’, only available on vinyl…very cool…

What a way to end a year and start a new…blessings everyone…


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