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Updated: 2014-10-05T01:18:49.094-07:00

 



Nearly Perfect? : Time - Life Treasury Of Christmas

2008-12-18T09:10:09.154-08:00

Here's a series of posts to try and rekindle my enthusiasm for (Dinsdale) Kringle's Folly. I'll grab tracklists from various commercially available Christmas compilations and give them a quick once over to see if there's really been any point at all in trying to make a Perfect Mix. Has my Perfect Compilation been out there all along? We'll see...Time - Life Treasury Of ChristmasDisc 101. White Christmas - Bing Crosby02. Medley: Winter Wonderland / Sleigh Ride - Dolly Parton03. The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale04. O Little Town of Bethlehem - Andre Previn05. The Twelve Days of Christmas - Roger Whittaker06. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing - Nat King Cole07. O Holy Night - Perry Como08 The Christmas Song - The Carpenters09. Medley: Carol of the Bells / Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly - Robert Shaw Chorale10. Twas the Night Before Christmas - Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians11. Here Comes Santa Claus - Elvis Presley12. Santa s Beard - The Beach Boys13. Christmas in My Home Town - Charley Pride14. Away in a Manger - Ed Ames15. Silent Night - Jim Reeves16. Home for the Holidays - Perry Como17. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry18. Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano19. Good King Wenceslas - Morton Gould and The RCA Symphony Orchestra20. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms21. Medley: Here We Come A-Caroling / O Tannenbaum / I Saw Three Ships - Atrhur Fiedler and The Boston Pops22. Ave Maria - Leontyne Price with the Choir of St. Thomas Episcopal ChurchDisc 201. Ding Dong Merrily on High - Roger Whittaker02. If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Elvis Presley03. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee04. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Perry Como05. Jingle Bells - Jim Reeves06. What Child Is This? - Andre Previn07. Adeste Fidelis - Luciano Pavarotti with the National Philharmonic08. I ll Be Home for Christmas - Perry Como09. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Julie Andrews10. Christmas in Dixie - Alabama11. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Bing Crosby12. Medley: Joy to the World / Angels We Have Heard on High - Robert Shaw Chorale13. Blue Christmas - Glen Campbell14. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland16. Mary s Boy Child - Harry Belafonte17. Rocking - Roger Whittaker18. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Lena Horne19. The First Noel - Sergio Franchi20. Silver Bells - Kate Smith21. Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives22. It s Beginning to Look like Christmas - Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters23. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Philadelphia Orchestra and ChorusNot a bad song in the bunch. 32/45 that I would consider favorites.A solid collection. Not quite perfect though is it?[...]



ASCAP's Top 25 / 5

2008-11-26T20:22:10.676-08:00

ASCAP has released their list of the most played Christmas tracks on radio over the past five years. Since I'm a fairly harsh critic of modern pop music, both in general and especially in the holiday music genre, I figure I should check the list twice and see if things are better or worse than I imagine.#1 Winter WonderlandWritten by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. SmithPerformed by: Eurythmics#2 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert WellsPerformed by: Nat "King" Cole#3 Have Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasWritten by: Ralph Blane, Hugh MartinPerformed by: The Pretenders#4 Sleigh RideWritten by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell ParishPerformed by: The Ronettes#5 Santa Claus Is Coming To TownWritten by: Fred Coots, Haven GillespiePerformed by: Frank Sinatra#6 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule StynePerformed by: Michael Bublé#7 White ChristmasWritten by: Irving BerlinPerformed by: Bing Crosby#8 Jingle Bell RockWritten by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross BoothePerformed by: Bobby Helms#9 Rudolph The Red Nosed ReindeerWritten by: Johnny MarksPerformed by: Gene Autry#10 Little Drummer BoyWritten by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry SimeonePerformed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra#11 It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The YearWritten by: Edward Pola, George WylePerformed by: Andy Williams#12 Rockin' Around The Christmas TreeWritten by: Johnny MarksPerformed by: Brenda Lee#13 Silver BellsWritten by: Jay Livingston, Ray EvansPerformed by: Kenny G#14 I'll Be Home For ChristmasWritten by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck RamPerformed by: Amy Grant#15 Feliz NavidadWritten by: José FelicianoPerformed by: José Feliciano#16 Frosty The SnowmanWritten by: Steve Nelson, Walter E. RollinsPerformed by: The Ronettes#17 A Holly Jolly ChristmasWritten by: Johnny MarksPerformed by: Burl Ives#18 It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ChristmasWritten by: Meredith WillsonPerformed by: Johnny Mathis#19 Blue ChristmasWritten by: Billy Hayes, Jay W. JohnsonPerformed by: Elvis Presley#20 (There's No Place Like) Home For The HolidaysWritten by: Bob Allen, Al StillmanPerformed by: Perry Como#21 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausWritten by: Tommie Connor (PRS)Performed by: John Mellencamp#22 Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)Written by: Gene Autry, Oakley HaldemanPerformed by: Gene Autry#23 Carol Of The BellsWritten by: Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola LeontovichPerformed by: David Foster (instrumental version)#24 Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)Written by: Midge Ure (PRS), Bob Geldof (PRS)Performed by: Band Aid#25 This ChristmasWritten by Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnorPerformed by Gloria EstefanWell, that didn't help. Apparently songwriters have forgotten how to write holiday songs that people want to record and other people want to listen to. The most recently written song is from Band Aid?As for the list...The top 12 is surprisingly sound. I wouldn't have guessed the number one but I suppose it crosses genres nicely. 13 is unlucky indeed. I'd rather have seen a different "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" than Johnny Cougar's make the list. The list only weakens again at number 25.Of course the list's saving grace is the preponderance of classic tracks and the weak links are all of relatively recent vintage. At least programmers and DJs have the good sense to stick with the classics, it's just too bad they haven't been a bit more adventurous with the modern stuff.[...]



Nearly Perfect? Top 100 Christmas Songs (V.A.)

2008-11-16T09:41:01.429-08:00

Here's a new series of posts to try and rekindle my enthusiasm for (Dinsdale) Kringle's Folly. I'll grab tracklists from various commercially available Christmas compilations and give them a quick once over to see if there's really been any point at all in trying to make a Perfect Mix. Has my Perfect Compilation been out there all along? We'll see...I've seen this set on a few blogs but couldn't find an official link to it. I'm not sure if it's a commercial release of an unofficial compilation but here goes...Top 100 Christmas SongsCD101. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas 03:4702. Boyz II Men - Let it Snow 04:0903. Michael Mcdonald - Every Time Christmas Comes Around 03:3304. Marvin Gaye - I Want to Come Home for Christmas 03:2305. Ashanti - Hey Santa 01:5406. David Essex - A Winter's Tale 04:1307. Aaron Neville - Such A Night 03:2408. Olivia Newton-John - Christmas Never Felt Like This Before 03:5109. Jackson 5 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 02:5710. Freddy Fender - Christmas Time in the Valley 02:2411. Michael Ball - Driving Home for Christmas 03:5712. Laura Fygi - the Very Best Time of Year 02:4713. Gladys Knight - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 04:3614. Diana Ross - Little Bright Star 02:2815. Patti Page - Where Did My Snowman Go 02:3216. Ringo Starr - Dear Santa 05:1117. Wes Montgomery & Jimmy Smith - Baby It's Cold Outside 05:5818. Vanessa Williams - Go Tell it to the Mountain 05:4719. The Temptations - Little Drummer Boy 03:2120. The Moody Blues - Happy X Mas (War is Over) 02:35Not a bad disc but only 8/20 are in my rotation with none that are making the Perfect list.CD201. Bing Crosby - White Christmas 03:0002. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock 02:1103. Brenda Lee - Winter Wonderland 02:2204. Chante Moore - Christmas Morning 05:2005. The Platters - Blue Christmas 02:0006. Diana Ross & the Supremes - My Favourite Things 02:5307. George Strait - Santa's on His Way 02:0708. B.B. King - Christmas Celebration 03:3809. Ella Fitzgerald - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 02:5310. Will Downing - the First Noel 04:5811. Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling 04:0412. Patti Labelle - That's What Christmas Means to Me 03:2713. Jack Jones - Lullaby for Christmas Eve 04:1314. New Edition - the Joy of Christmas 02:5915. Shawn Philips - A Christmas Song 03:2816. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Christmas Lullaby 04:0817. Singers Unlimited - Caroling, Caroling 01:1518. The Statler Brothers - Away in A Manger 02:5119. Dinah Washington - Ole Santa 02:4420. Roger Whittaker - Little Shepard 02:529/20 this time with three crackers to lead the disc off. Again, a pretty good selection.CD301. Mel Torme - the Christmas Song 02:4602. Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby - the First Snowfall 03:0803. Pat Boone - I'll Be Home for Christmas 01:5104. James Brown - Please Come Home for Christmas 03:2205. Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Christmas on Riverside Drive 03:4606. Free the Spirit - Last Christmas 03:5207. Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody 03:4308. Stephanie Mills - Christmas with You 04:5609. Michael Jackson - Little Christmas Tree 03:3810. Hanson - What Christmas Means to Me 03:4011. Lionel Hampton - Boogie Woogie Santa Claus 02:4512. Connie Francis - Baby's First Christmas 02:2713. Billy Eckstine - Christmas Eve 03:0514. Betty Carter - Home for the Holidays 04:3115. BZN - Once Upon A Christmas 05:2816. Nana Mouskouri - Deck the Hall Boughs of Holly 01:3417. Rita Reys - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 04:2118. Kim Weston - Wish You A Merry Christmas 02:3719. Supremes - Joy the World 02:1120. Gheorghe Zamfir - Little Drummer Boy 02:179/20. A bit dodgy here and there but not too bad. Once again the disc starts out really well and has a swell path in the middle.CD401. 98 Degrees - this Gift 04:1202. K - Ci & Jojo - Merry Christmas Baby 03:0203. Steve Winwood - Christmas in Now Drawing 02:3504. Shanice & Johnny Gil - Silent Prayer 04:5805. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Jingle Bells 02:4806. Oliva Newton John - There's No Place Like Home For The Ho[...]



Nearly Perfect? : Christmas Hits (2007)

2008-11-05T19:56:41.704-08:00

Here's a new series of posts to try and rekindle my enthusiasm for (Dinsdale) Kringle's Folly. I'll grab tracklists from various commercially available Christmas compilations and give them a quick once over to see if there's really been any point at all in trying to make a Perfect Mix. Has my Perfect Compilation been out there all along? We'll see...We start with Christmas Hits (2007) A 4 disc set, though since the fourth CD is made up of traditional carols I'll skip it.Titles in bold indicate songs I'd consider for Heavy rotation during the holidays. Normal text indicates a perfectly good tune but not a particular favorite of mine and grayed out means I'd rather give it a miss - though it may not be because the song is rotten but because it's not what I consider a "real" Christmas song or has mere novelty value. Spelling mistakes courtesy of source. (I'm just a cuttin' and a pastin' here)CD101 Andy Williams - Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year02 The Pouges Feat. Kristy Mccol - Fairytale Of New York03 Pretenders - 2000 Miles04 Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone05 Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas06 Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry07 Robson And Jerome - I Believe08 Cyndi Lauper - Early Christmas Morning09 Gloria Estefan - Love On Layaway10 Charlotte Church - Dream A Dream11 Steps - Merry X-Mas Everybody12 Bo Selecta - Proper Crimbo13 The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)14 Eva Cassidy - Over The Rainbow15 Sarah Mclachlan - Wintersong16 Johnny Cash - The Little Drummer Boy17 Frank Sinatra - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town18 T - Rex-Christmas Bop19 Boney M - Marys Boy Child Oh My Lord12/19 songs that I could see having on one of my comps with only one all time real classic plus a few modern ones. Take out the non-truly-Christmas songs and the novelty track and it's a pretty good selection.CD201 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You02 Christina Aguilera - The Christmas Song03 Luther Vandross - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas04 Cliff Richard - The Millennium Prayer05 Michael Bolton - White Christmas06 Dido - Christmas Day07 Nsync - I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You08 Britney Spears - My Only Wish (This Year)09 Toni Braxton - Holiday Celebrate10 Backstreet Boys - Christmas Time11 Air Supply - Sleigh Ride12 Spike Jones And His City Slickers - All I Want For Christmas13 Jackie Wilson - Deck The Halls14 G4 - Silent 015 Natalie Cole - Jingle Bells16 Linda Ronstadt - When You Wish Upon A Star17 Brenda Lee - Rockin Around The Christmas Tree18 Shakin Stevens - Blue Christmas19 The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas20 East 17 - Stay Another Day6/20 and that's being kindCD301 Wham! - Last Christmas02 Westlife - I Have A Dream03 Il Divo - O Holy Night04 Angelis - Pie Jesu05 Elvis Presley - Merry Christmas Baby06 Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow07 Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby08 Aretha Franklin - Joy To The World09 Gladys Knight And The Pips - Do You Hear What I Hear10 Tony Bennett - Winter Wonderland11 Doris Day - Ill Be Home For Christmas12 The Edwin Hawkins Singers - Oh Happy Day13 Mario Lanza - O Christmas Tree14 Gay Gordon - Auld Lang Syne15 Harry Belafonte - Marys Boy Child16 Al Green - What Christmas Means To Me17 Peter Auty - Walking In The Air18 Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born19 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love14/19 a nice recovery with very little chaff though, once again, light on actual classic tunes.So, not the worst selection I've ever seen but also not one that I'd want to be trapped on a deserted island with either.Especially that second disc.[...]



Kringle's Folly

2008-10-15T13:15:24.164-07:00



Just a couple of weeks until Halloween means the offfical start of the Christmas season is just around the corner.I've been doing sporadic work on the "Mix" and I'm a little but disappointed at how predicable the the final selection is turning out to be. Lots of the usual yuletide suspects. I had hoped to offer a revised version of the traditional holiday canon but the best are still the best. So there won't be any real revaltions but i'll still be posting the various compilations I've been, umm, compiling,  as well as asking all of you for your favorite collections of Christmas songs - store bought or home made.

More after All Hallows...



2 more sneak in...

2008-08-26T10:31:46.573-07:00

A couple of additions...

  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Johnny Mann Singers
    (will likely be competing with We Wish You A Merry Christmas/Jingle Bells/Where Did My Snowman Go - Gunter Kallmann Choir)

  • Christmas Is A 'Comin' (May God Bless You) - The Brothers Four
    (has the unenviable task of going against Bing's version)



16 more shown the door...

2008-08-26T10:24:51.556-07:00

Some more very tough cuts. Cailoa/Ortolani and KT Tunstall both disappear from the master list and my current personal fave version of Baby It's Cold Outside gets frozen out as well. Some cuts were hard but inevitable - was there really any doubt that the Harry Simone Chorale version of Little Drummer Boy would beat out it's rivals?

As always the songs leaving the main comp. will end up on others comps because even the Perfect Christmas Mix would become tiresome if it was all you ever listened to.

  1. Christmas Chimes - Andre Kostelanetz
  2. Sleigh Ride - Al Cailoa & Riz Ortolani
  3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Andre Kostelanetz
  4. Sleigh Ride - KT Tunstall
  5. A Christmas Medley - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops
  6. A Time To Be Jolly - Bing Crosby
  7. A Very Merry Christmas - Cliff Edwards
  8. Angels We Have Heard on High - The Roches
  9. Buon Natale - Al Caiola and Riz Ortolani
  10. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Carmen McRae & Sammy Davis Jr.
  11. Ding Dong! Merrily on High - The King's Singers
  12. Mele Kalikimaka (Christmas in Hawaii) - KT Tunstall
  13. The Bell That Couldn't Jingle - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  14. The Little Drummer Boy - Anita Kerr Singers
  15. The Little Drummer Boy - The Living Voices
  16. I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You - Claudine Longet



10 more frozen out...

2008-08-07T10:33:05.451-07:00

This just gets harder and harder. Gone is my last 12 Days type tune, the Andy Williams re-write "A Song and a Christmas Tree". I figure the Perfect mix has to have the real thing.

I still have a number of tunes with multiple version so next on my to-do list is getting each song down to a single, hopefully Perfect, example. I've really sent my self on a fool's errand this time. Oh well...
  1. A Song And A Christmas Tree (The Twelve Days Of Christmas) - Andy Williams
  2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
  3. Christmas Chopsticks - Bobby Vinton
  4. Frosty the Snowman/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Henry Mancini
  5. Give Love on Christmas Day - The Temptations
  6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Julie Andrews
  7. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Joao Bosco
  8. Jingle Bell Rock - Anita Kerr Singers
  9. My Christmas Tree - The Going Thing
  10. The Sounds Of Christmas - Catherine McKinnon



16 more former candidates....

2008-07-29T19:51:52.671-07:00

16 down, oodles to go. I've already blogged about my 12 days problem, it ituns out I've somehow missed finding the perfect "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" as well. The search continues.

Quite a few favorites here but they're either the second most perfect version of a song (Bing's "And the Bells Rang") or just not quite right for this type pf compilation (the Line Material stuff). Every cut will end up on a supplemental volume though so, please, no hate mail from rabid Ray Conniff fans. (Or "Conniffreaks" as they like to call theselves)
  1. The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Mantovani
  2. The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Ray Conniff & Singers
  3. Jing Jing A Ling - Honey And The Bees
  4. Caroling Caroling - Lisa Ono
  5. And The Bells Rang - Bing Crosby
  6. Christmas Is - Percy Faith
  7. Do You Hear What I Hear - The Gamble Folk
  8. Jingle Jangle - The Penguins
  9. O' Bambino - Harry Simeone Chorale
  10. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - The Glad Singers
  11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Mike Sammes Singers
  12. Winter Wonderland - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  13. Welcome Christmas - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  14. The Kinds of Christmas - Line Material
  15. Let's Trim the Christmas Tree - Line Material
  16. Christmas Collage - Kathy Mattea



The Twleve Days of Christmas

2008-07-21T21:11:18.237-07:00

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Today I pit the three remaining versions of The Twelve Days of Christmas against each other and, much to my surprise, none of them seemed quite "perfect". I don't know how I overlooked better versions from other artists - perhaps it was the length and repetition inherent in the song that I unconsciously steered away from, maybe I was burned out from a surfeit of jolliness. I don't know but I've decided to keep Bing and the Andrew Sisters for now and move Mantovani and Ray Conniff to the supplemental volumes.

I even considered the Sesame Street version, featuring a stirring lead vocal from Cookie Monster, already destined for a kiddie themed mix but couldn't quite being myself to add it.

Do you have a favorite version of The Twelve Days of Christtmas you think I should consider? Let me know in the comments!



Perfect Candidates List - July Update

2008-07-16T12:38:37.344-07:00

Update: Looks like I forgot to add a week's worth of new candidates a couple of months ago! New total is now 162 - I've updated the Master list (below) with the missing tunes...Here's the most recent Master List. 162 top tinsel tunes. Time to get to work paring it down to something in the low double digits....(There's No Place Like) Home For the Holidays - Perry ComoA Christmas Medley - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston PopsA Christmas Toast - Bing CrosbyA Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl IvesA Marshmallow World - Johnny MathisA Merry Christmas At Grandmother's - The Andrew Sisters with Danny KayeA Merry Christmas Song - Living Strings & Living VoicesA Song And A Christmas Tree (The Twelve Days Of Christmas) - Andy WilliamsA Time To Be Jolly - Bing CrosbyA Very Merry Christmas - Cliff EdwardsAll I Want for Christmas (is my Two Front Teeth) - Nat King ColeAnd The Bells Rang - Bing CrosbyAnd The Bells Rang - The ModernairesAngels We Have Heard on High - The RochesBaby, It's Cold Outside - Carmen McRae & Sammy Davis Jr.Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean MartinBlue Christmas - Johnny MathisBuon Natale (Means Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King ColeBuon Natale - Al Caiola and Riz OrtolaniCaroling, Caroling - Nat King ColeCaroling Caroling - Lisa OnoChristmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene LoveChristmas Can't Be Far Away - Burl IvesChristmas Carols - Lawrence Welk & His Champagne MusicChristmas Chimes - Andre KostelanetzChristmas Chopsticks--Bobby VintonChristmas Chopsticks - Andre Kostelanetz And His OrchestraChristmas Collage - Kathy MatteaChristmas Is - Lou RawlsChristmas Is - Percy FaithChristmas Is A-Comin'- Bing CrosbyChristmas Rush - Vincent LopezChristmas Time All Over The World - Sammy Davis, JrChristmas Time Is Here (Vocal) - Vince Guaraldi TrioChristmas in Killarney - Bing CrosbyComfort And Joy - Simon & GarfunkelCool Yule - Louis ArmstrongDeck the Halls - Nat King ColeDing Dong! Merrily on High - The King's SingersDo You Hear What I Hear - Andy WilliamsDo You Hear What I Hear - Bing CrosbyDo You Hear What I Hear - Johnny MathisDo You Hear What I Hear - The Gamble FolkFeliz Navidad - Jose FelicianoFirst Snowfall Medley - The CarpentersFrosty The Snowman - Jimmy DuranteFrosty the Snowman/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Henry ManciniGive Love on Christmas Day - The TemptationsGod Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Ray ConniffGod Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - The Glad SingersGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Mike Sammes SingersHappy Sleigh Ride - Ferrante And TeicherHark! The Herald Angels Sing - Julie AndrewsHark the Herald Angels Sing - Andre KostelanetzHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Going ThingHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy GarlandHere Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Elvis PresleyHere Comes Santa Claus - Doris DayHere Comes Santa Claus - The Mills BrothersHere We Come A-Caroling - Ray Conniff SingersHoliday For Bells - Bert KaempfertHolly Jolly Christmas - Burl IvesI'll Be Home For Christmas - Doris DayI'll Be Home For Christmas - Joao BoscoI'll Be Home for Christmas - Frank SinatraI've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Dean MartinI Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You - Claudine LongetI Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Burl IvesI Saw Three Ships - Nat King ColeI Wouldn't Trade Christmas - The Sinatra FamilyIt's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Bing CrosbyIt's Beginning to Look Like Christmas - Perry CuomoIt's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy WilliamsIt's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Johnny MathisIt Happened In Sun Valley - The Original Glenn Miller SingersJing-A-Ling-A-Ling - Wayne King and His OrchestraJing Jing A Ling - Honey And The BeesJingle Bell Rock - Anita Kerr SingersJingle Bell Rock - Bobby HelmsJingle Bells - The Norman Luboff ChoirJingle Bells/Sleigh Ride -[...]



Perfect Candidates - July 7

2008-07-07T13:09:46.597-07:00

Finally an update.

To tell the truth I've been a bit burnt out the last few weeks. It took half a year of non-stop Christmas music before I found myself actively avoiding the stuff but it did eventually happen. I think I'm coming out of it now though and hope to have posts up on at least a weekly basis from here on out. Famous last words...

Only one addition to report...




Perfect Candidates Update - June 1

2008-06-01T16:59:20.154-07:00

Not too many additions this time out - blame the summery weather I suppose.A Christmas Medley - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston PopsChristmas Is A-Comin'- Bing CrosbyJoy to the World - Percy Faith and His OrchestraLittle Jack Frost, Get Lost - Bing Crosby (with Peggy Lee)Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers - Dick Schory's Percussion PopsSnowfall - The Manhattan TransferThe First Snowfall- Bing CrosbyHAL Kringle, my yuletide computer, had itself an episode while I was compiling the album list for this update and I lost the first half. I'll go back through my discs and add the missing entries to the next update. No, I don't think anyone actually cares.Here's the post-crash list...A Cabaret ChristmasA Christmas Festival - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston PopsA Merry Christmas With Engelbert HumperdinckAcoustic Hearts Of Winter - Aly & AJAngels' Glory - Kathleen Battle & Christopher ParkeningAntlers - MelanieChristmas '64 - Jimmy SmithChristmas: Through a Different Window - Ray StevensChristmas Disco - Mistletoe Disco BandChristmas In July 2006-The Best From Ernie (Not Bert)Christmas Is Calling - Roch VoisineChristmas Sing In - Gunter Kallmann ChoirChristmas Song Book - Helen MerrillChristmastime Is Here - Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati PopsElfFollow That Star - Stacey KostesFor Christmas - Peter KaterGary Puckett At ChristmasGolden Memories ChristmasHaunted Mansion HolidayHome For Christmas (RCA Dynagroove)Jimmy Dean's Christmas CardJingle Bell RockJose-Luis Orozco - Navidad Y Pancho ClausMerry Christmas - The New Christy MinstrelsNomad ChristmasNon-Stop Christmas Disco - The Roller Disco OrchestraNot A Traditional Christmas - Jessica HarperOriginal Music Box FavoritesRalph Carmichael - 'Specially For ShepherdsRaphael Presents ChristmasRomantic ChristmasSanta's Own ChristmasSanta Claus Is Canadian - Ontario Lottery CorporationSing A Song Of Christmas - The SwingalongsStereo Motion ChristmasSwitched on Santa! The Merriest Moog Synthesizer Plays Christmas Favourites - Sy MannTe Canto NavidaThe Best Christmas...EverThe Christmas Album - The Manhattan TransferThe Columbia album of Christmas Music - Percy Faith and his OrchestraThe Huron Carol - Phoenix A Chamber ChoirThe Reggae Christmas CollectionThe Spirit Of Christmas - Living StringsThe Star Carol - "Tennessee" Ernie FordThe Twelve Days of Christmas - The Salvation Army BandThe Twenty-fifth Day Of December - Staple SingersThe Voice of Christmas - Bing CrosbyTijuana Christmas - The Border BrassUltimate Christmas AlbumYou Just Gotta Love Christmas - Peter CeteraYuletunes[...]



Perfect Candidates Week Fifteen

2008-05-12T12:06:37.776-07:00

Sorry I'm late with these (as if anyone was actually waiting for them) but Mother's Day weekend was surprisingly hectic.

It only took a few months but I've finally come to the realization that all this work has been unnecessary. The perfect Christmas compilation only needs a few tracks each from a couple of Johnny Mathis albums and you're all set. It took great determination to hold myself to six Mathis tunes in this week's additions.

  1. A Merry Christmas Song - Living Strings & Living Voices
  2. Angels We Have Heard on High - The Roches
  3. Blue Christmas - Johnny Mathis
  4. Comfort And Joy - Simon & Garfunkel
  5. Do You Hear What I Hear - Andy Williams
  6. Do You Hear What I Hear - Johnny Mathis
  7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Going Thing
  8. Here Comes Santa Claus - Doris Day
  9. Mele Kalikimaka (Christmas in Hawaii) - KT Tunstall
  10. My Christmas Tree - The Going Thing
  11. My Favorite Things - Living Strings & Living Voices
  12. Ring Christmas Bells - We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Living Strings & Living Voices
  13. Sleigh Ride - Johnny Mathis
  14. Sleigh Ride - KT Tunstall
  15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Johnny Mathis
  16. The Jolly Old Man In the Bright Red Suit - Vaughn Monroe
  17. The Sounds of Christmas - Johnny Mathis
  18. Twas the Night Before Christmas - Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians
  19. Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis



Week 15 - Albums

2008-05-09T09:12:19.918-07:00

Here are most of the albums I listened to, some more thoroughly than others naturally, while compiling this week's new additions to the master list. Song list to follow in a little while...50,000,000 Santa Fans Can't Be Wrong! - The Dino MartinisA Christmas Card - The Forester SistersA Christmas Carousel with Children's Bible HourA Christmas To Remember - The Jimmy Joyce SingersA Family Christmas - John TeshA Sentimental Christmas - Gerry BeaudoinA Sound of Christmas - Søren SkoBrand New Year - ShedaisyCheetahlicious Christmas - Cheetah GirlsChemistry Xmas - Girls AloudChicago XXV - ChicagoChristmas - Kimberley LockeChristmas - Tim JanisChristmas 1968 With The Going ThingChristmas Album - Johnny MathisChristmas At The Stables - Cleo LaineChristmas Carousel - Peggy LeeChristmas Classics - Burgess Meredith With Joe Reisman's Orchestra And ChorusChristmas Disco Party - Max FagenChristmas Eve with Johnny MathisChristmas Favorites Sung By The Magnificent Magnavox ChorusChristmas Is For You - Paulette CarlsonChristmas Is The Time - Lou RawlsChristmas Pan Flute, Vol. 2Christmas Time - The Pete King Chorale And OrchestraChristmas With Kitty WellsChristmas With The ChipmunksChristmas in EuropeChristmas in My Heart - Connie FrancisChristmas with Paul AnkaFor Christmas - Johnny MathisGive Me Your Love for Christmas - Johnny MathisHallelujah He Is Born - Sawyer BrownHave Yourself A Very KT Christmas - KT TunstallHome for the Holidays - Trisha YearwoodIt's Christmas TimeJack Jones Christmas AlbumLaughing All The Way - Kitty StallingsLet It Snow - Michael BubleMarshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites - Raul MaloMarty Gold Children's Chorus - How The Grinch Stole ChristmasMerry Christmas - Andy WilliamsMerry Christmas - Johnny MathisMusic Box Christmas creations - Porter Music BoxMusic For A Merry Christmas - Frank ChacksfieldNoels - Paul MauriatNutcracker Suite - Duke EllingtonOsmond Family ChristmasPeace - Rotary ConnectionRock-A-Billy ChristmasSanta's Playlist - Sister HazelSimply The Best Christmas AlbumSongs of the Season - Peter WhiteSounds Like Christmas - The December PeopleSounds of The Season - Elliott YaminSounds of the Season - Taylor SwiftSpirit of the Carols - Thom RotellaStar Bright - Vanessa WilliamsSwing Along With Santa's SnowmenThe Christmas Album - The CompanYThe Joyous Sounds of Christmas - Johnny Largo at the OptiganThe Meaning of Christmas - Fred WaringThe Sounds of Christmas - Johnny MathisThe Williams Brothers Christmas AlbumWatching The Snow - Michael FranksWell Seasoned - The Joy StringsWhen It Snows - The BlendersWhite Christmas - Living Strings & Living Voices[...]



Nine more drops...

2008-05-07T06:02:27.547-07:00

Nine more tracks drop from the main lis. Some wonderful music here - The Glad Singers were over-represented on the master list and so are over-represented here. I must have done half a dozen A/B comparisons of the Sinatra and Jack Jones versions of Mistletoe and Holly and in the end I found Sinatra's a bit too somber for the flavor the Perfect Mix is beginning to develop.

A new group of nominees coming soon (and it won't be a short list this time thanks to my hitting the Johnny Mathis section of my collection!)
  1. Deck the Halls - The Glad Singers
  2. Happy New Year - The Glad Singers
  3. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly/Wassail Song - Hugo Winterhalter
  4. Gee Whiz, It's Christmas - Carla Thomas
  5. Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High) - The Glad Singers
  6. We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Kingston Trio
  7. Winter Wonderland - The Three Suns
  8. The Little Drummer Boy - Henry Mancini
  9. Mistletoe And Holly - Frank Sinatra



Perfect Candidates Week Fourteen

2008-04-29T18:29:23.389-07:00

Here's a good sign - only two new additions to big list this week! And from a decent selection of albums too...Good King Wenceslas - Mel TorméYou Meet The Nicest People - Dinah ShoreHere are most of the albums I sampled this time out...12 Saxophone Christmas Classics - Ace Cannon60's Soul Christmas Party - Mark BaldwinA Barbershop ChristmasA Caribbean Christmas - Tommy BeaumontA Christmas Song - Russ TaffA Drummer Boy's Christmas - Eric DarkenA Noteworthy ChristmasA Tapestry of Carols - Maddy Prior and the Carnival BandAsi Es Nuestra Navidad - Gilberto Santa Rosa Y El Gran ComboChristmas... It's a Love Story - Naturally 7Christmas; Time For Song - Thurlow Spurr And The SpurrlowsChristmas Dreams - Liona BoydChristmas Memories = Barbra StreisandChristmas Party - The Three SunsChristmas Sing-Along with Mitch - Mitch MillerChristmas Sing Song - Woody the WoodchuckChristmas from around the WorldCool Jazz ChristmasCountry JulDecember - Chris BottiFaith of Our Fathers Christmas - John McCormack And Frank PattersonFollowing Yonder Star - Scott WilliamsonFunky ChristmasGifts - Nashville Mandolin EnsembleGreatest Christmas Songs of our Land - Vic JordanGuitars at Christmas - Guitars, Inc.Holiday - Russ FreemanHoliday For Teens - Paul and PaulaHome For Christmas - The Irish TenorsIn The Swing of Christmas - Brett WalesIrish Tenors ChristmasIt's Christmas Day - CBC TV's Singalong Jubilee SingersIt's Christmas Time In HollandIt's a Wonderful Life: Sax at the Movies for Christmas - Jazz at the Movies BandJoyeux_Noel - Gisele_MacKenzieLe Party Des Fêtes - La Famille DionLes Fans Chantent Noël - L'école Des FansLil Wally Sings Polish Christmas CarolsLynn_Anderson-The_Christmas_AlbumMerry Christmas - Raymond LeFevreMerry Christmas From Buck Owens & Susan RayeMerry Christmas from Kukla, Fran and OllieMerry Monster ChristmasMr. Hankey's Christmas ClassicsMrs. Santa Claus (OST)Music And Mistletoe - Howard LopezMy Christmas Favorites - John DavidsonNoël, parle-moi - Marie-Denise PelletierNoel! Noel! Noel! - Michala PetriNoel - Derri Daugherty, Riki Michelle, Steve HindalongO Santa Where Art ThouPac-Man Christmas AlbumSanta's Bag: An All-Star Jazzy ChristmasSing Christmas and The Turn of The Year - Alan Lomax CollectionSing Me Home - Lisa LeuschnerSongs Of Christmas - Alan Lomax CollectionThe Season...A Family Christmas Celebration - Fred PennerThe Sounds Of Christmas - The Three SunsThe Three Suns Present Your Christmas FavoritesTis The Season - Fred KochWhite Christmas - Rosemary Clooney[...]



Perfect Candidates: Week Twelve

2008-04-22T09:10:55.468-07:00

So, after the trauma of pulling 27 yracks off the master list here I am adding a bunch more righ back on it.

  1. A Song And A Christmas Tree (The Twelve Days Of Christmas) - Andy Williams
  2. Caroling Caroling - Lisa Ono
  3. Frosty the Snowman/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Henry Mancini
  4. Give Love on Christmas Day - The Temptations
  5. Jingle Bell Rock - Anita Kerr Singers
  6. Jingle Bells/Sleigh Ride - Henry Mancini
  7. Jingle Jangle - The Penguins
  8. Let's Trim the Christmas Tree - Line Material
  9. Medley: Pine Cones And Holly Berries (with It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas), We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Living Voices
  10. Merry Christmas Polka - Freddy Martin w. Merv Griffin
  11. O Holy Night - Andy Williams
  12. The Bell That Couldn't Jingle - Anita Kerr Singers
  13. The Kinds of Christmas - Line Material
  14. The Little Drummer Boy - Anita Kerr Singers
  15. The Little Drummer Boy - The Living Voices
  16. The Sounds Of Christmas - Catherine McKinnon
  17. Winter Wonderland - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass



27 more down...

2008-04-21T08:30:14.558-07:00

I feel such a Grinch. 27 terrific songs cut from the master list. They'll all be back on one of the various supplemental playlists I'll work up once The Perfect is done - but still I feel as if I'm betraying some old friends...

  1. 2000 Miles - Pretenders
  2. A Five Pound Box of Money - Pearl Bailey
  3. A Winter's Tale - Mike Batt & David Essex
  4. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
  5. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - Lionel Hampton
  6. Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant
  7. Christmas - Rachelle Ferrell
  8. Christmas Is The Best Of All - Johnny Tillotson
  9. Christmas Love - The Rotary Connection
  10. Come On, Ring Those Bells - Evie (Tornquist)
  11. December Will Be Magic Again - Kate Bush
  12. Deck The Halls - Sandler & Young
  13. I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You - Margo Guryan
  14. I Love The Winter Weather - Tony Bennett
  15. It's Clichéd to be Cynical at Xmas - Half Man Half Biscuit
  16. Just Like Christmas - Low
  17. Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming - Feist
  18. Mary, Did You Know - Kathy Mattea
  19. Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding
  20. Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters
  21. Merry Merry Christmas Baby -Dodie Stevens
  22. Midnight Sleighride - Sauter-Finegan Orch.
  23. Ring out solstice bells - Jethro Tull
  24. Silent Night - Elvis Presley
  25. Sleigh Ride - The Ventures
  26. Sleigh Ride - Voices of Walter Schumann
  27. What Child Is This - Julie Andrews



Week 12 : Albums

2008-04-21T08:13:42.609-07:00

In order to shorten some of these posts I'm going to experiment with using separate entries for each round of candidate's songs and source albums. Here are most of the albums I listened to in order to come up with the newest collection of candidates for TPXMASM...

A Christmas Sampler - Westminster Hi Fi
A Jazz-a-Bye Christmas
A King Family Christmas
A Million Dollars Worth Of Christmas Doo-Wop
A Sesame Street Christmas
Boas Festas - Lisa Ono
Can't Stop Thinking About Christmas - Universal Honey
Christmas Album - Catherine McKinnon
Christmas Dancing - James Last
Christmas Kisses
Christmas Time Is Here - Dianne Reeves
Christmas With Donald And Debbie - Donald O'Connor & Debbie Reyonlds
Christmas With The Don Les Harmonicats
Christmas with Korla Pandit
Doo Wop Christmas
Everything You Want For Christmas - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Gifts Of Comfort & Joy - Medwyn Goodall
Give Love at Christmas - The Temptations
Glade Jul - Sissel Kyrkjebø
Greatest Christmas Songs - Henry Mancini
Happy Holi-dee - Lenny Dee
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Wayne King and His Orchestra
Irish Christmas - Craig Duncan
Joyeaux Noel - Les Djinns Singers
Laughing All The Way - Kitty Stallings
Merry From Lena - Lena Horne
Noel Des Anges - Laurence Jalbert
Pastorale des Noels de France - Le Petits Chanteurs de Chaillot
Pop Idols the Xmas Factor
Süßer Die Glocken Nie Klingen - Vicky Leandros
Snowfall - Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra
Spirit of Christmas - Medwyn Goodall
The Christmas Album - Mighty Blue Kings
The Little Drummer Boy - The Living Voices
The Magic Of Christmas - Giovanni
The Temptations Christmas Card - The Temptations
Too Many Santas! - The Bobs
Underground Oldies Christmas Album
When It Snows - The Blenders
Wonderland of Christmas - Andre Kostelanetz

I should have this week's songs up soon, plus I'll try to pull a few tunes off the master list in a feeble attempt to keep the tally under 200.



Jingle Bells Ring-Off

2008-04-14T10:55:53.678-07:00

While Jingle Bells is an undisputed classic I doubt we need more than one version on the Perfect Mix. I've gathered up the current candidates...

  1. Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
  2. Jingle Bells - Glenn Miller and His Orch.
  3. Jingle Bells - Johnny Cole
  4. Jingle Bells - Johnny Mercer
  5. Jingle Bells - Sammy Davis, Jr
  6. Jingle Bells - The Norman Luboff Choir
  7. Jingle Bells/Mele Kalikimaka - Alfred Apaka And The Hawaiian Village Serenaders
  8. Jingling Brass - Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass
  9. Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells - Andy Williams
...and now it's time to pick the best version
(in my humble opinion - your mileage may, and likely will, vary).

The Hawaiian version's long been a favorite but it's just can't cut it against this competition.

Sammy and Frank do great turns but I think they'll do just fine on a supplemental disc - plus both artists are still represented by other songs on the big list.

The Glenn Miller version's straight out of an old radio broadcast and suffers a bit in the audio department - plus the cigarette ad opening's less than ideal.

Johnny Cole's sounds classic on it's own but when placed in direct contrast against the rest it's clear it belongs on a supplemental.

Jingling Brass gets dropped since it's an instrumental version (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Andy Williams' take on Kay Thomson's Jingle Bells makes the cut since the song is enough of a variation that i don't consider it a duplication.

That leaves a pair of brilliant cuts - The Norman Luboff Choir and Johnny Mercer. Both tracks are in heavy rotation at Casa Kringle each holiday and it's hard t choose between the two. But, of the current crop, I'd have to say the Luboff version is so perfectly Christmas that it's starts snowing every time I play it.

So, I managed to drop 7 terrific , but just slightly less than perfect, songs from the master list. Thrilling, ain't it?

For more info on the song that sets the season visit Wikipedia.

karloff3 started a terrific Jingle Bells thread over at the Falalalala forums.

Do you have an absolute favorite vrsion of Jingle Bells I haven't covered yet?



14 down, 140 to go!

2008-04-13T14:38:53.003-07:00

Well I've managed to drop 14 tracks (plus another duplicate) to reduce the candidate list down to 161. A mere 140 or so more than I need. No problem. Sure I'm likely to add a whole bunch more in the upcoming months but hey, how tough could it be?

The current over/under for supplemental volumes is 14 (including themed volumes I've been populating but not chronicling here on the blog (yet).

I guess it's time to have a couple of song showdowns - there's no point in carrying 10 variations on Jingle Bells or 4 Deck the Halls. Watch for them in the next few days.

Here are the 14 songs I reluctantly sent to the supplementals.

Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
Driving Home For Christmas - Michael Ball
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Joyce
It's Clichéd to be Cynical at Xmas - Half Man Half Biscuit
Jingle Bells - Diana Krall
Let It Snow - Ray Brown Trio
Little Drummer Boy - Al Caiola and Riz Ortolani
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Three Suns
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Arthur Lyman
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - Elvis Presley
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Bruce Springsteen
Twinkle Twinkle Little Me - Stevie Wonder
Vive le vent - Ginette Reno



Updated Master List - April 8

2008-04-13T14:11:43.043-07:00

Holy Reindeer Droppings! I've let the list get a wee bit out of control. Nearly 200 songs! I guess I've got some serious pruning ahead of me.Update: I found a few duplicates and dropped the total down to 176 -but still...176! And I've got more candidates waiting in the wings!Updated Master List (April 8, 2008)(There's No Place Like) Home For the Holidays - Perry Como2000 Miles - PretendersA Christmas Toast - Bing CrosbyA Five Pound Box of Money - Pearl BaileyA Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl IvesA Marshmallow World - Johnny MathisA Merry Christmas At Grandmother's - The Andrew Sisters with Danny KayeA Time To Be Jolly - Bing CrosbyA Very Merry Christmas - Cliff EdwardsA Winter's Tale - Mike Batt & David EssexAll I Want for Christmas (is my Two Front Teeth) - Nat King ColeAnd The Bells Rang - Bing CrosbyAnd The Bells Rang - The ModernairesBaby, It's Cold Outside - Carmen McRae & Sammy Davis Jr.Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean MartinBlue Christmas - Elvis PresleyBoogie Woogie Santa Claus - Lionel HamptonBreath of Heaven - Amy GrantBuon Natale (Means Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King ColeBuon Natale - Al Caiola and Riz OrtolaniCaroling, Caroling - Nat King ColeChristmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene LoveChristmas - Rachelle FerrellChristmas Can't Be Far Away - Burl IvesChristmas Carols - Lawrence Welk & His Champagne MusicChristmas Chimes - Andre KostelanetzChristmas Chopsticks--Bobby VintonChristmas Chopsticks - Andre Kostelanetz And His OrchestraChristmas Collage - Kathy MatteaChristmas Is - Lou RawlsChristmas Is - Percy FaithChristmas Is The Best Of All - Johnny TillotsonChristmas Love - The Rotary ConnectionChristmas Rush - Vincent LopezChristmas Time All Over The World - Sammy Davis, JrChristmas Time Is Here (Vocal) - Vince Guaraldi TrioChristmas in Killarney - Bing CrosbyCome On, Ring Those Bells - Evie (Tornquist)Cool Yule - Louis ArmstrongDecember Will Be Magic Again - Kate BushDeck The Halls - Sandler & YoungDeck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly/Wassail Song - Hugo WinterhalterDeck the Halls - Nat King ColeDeck the Halls - The Glad SingersDing Dong! Merrily on High - The King's SingersDo You Hear What I Hear - Bing CrosbyDo You Hear What I Hear - The Gamble FolkDriving Home For Christmas - Chris ReaDriving Home For Christmas - Michael BallFeliz Navidad - Jose FelicianoFirst Snowfall Medley - The CarpentersFrosty The Snowman - Jimmy DuranteGee Whiz, It's Christmas - Carla ThomasGloria (Angels We Have Heard on High) - The Glad SingersGod Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Ray ConniffGod Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - The Glad SingersGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Mike Sammes SingersHappy New Year - The Glad SingersHappy Sleigh Ride - Ferrante And TeicherHark! The Herald Angels Sing - Julie AndrewsHark the Herald Angels Sing - Andre KostelanetzHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - JoyceHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy GarlandHere Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Elvis PresleyHere Comes Santa Claus - The Mills BrothersHere We Come A-Caroling - Ray Conniff SingersHoliday For Bells - Bert KaempfertHolly Jolly Christmas - Burl IvesI'll Be Home For Christmas - Doris DayI'll Be Home For Christmas - Joao BoscoI'll Be Home for Christmas - Frank SinatraI've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Dean MartinI Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You - Claudine LongetI Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You - Margo GuryanI Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Burl IvesI Love The Winter Weather - Tony Ben[...]



Perfect Candidates Week Eleven

2008-04-02T18:18:58.331-07:00

I know, I know! I've already got waaay too many songs to choose from and I haven't even included nine out of your own personal (and flawless) top ten. How can I keep adding candidates?This week's newcomers...And The Bells Rang - The Original Glenn Miller SingersBaby, It's Cold Outside - Carmen McRae & Sammy Davis Jr.Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King ColeBuon Natale - Al Caiola and Riz OrtolaniChristmas - Rachelle FerrellChristmas Can't Be Far Away - Burl IvesGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Mike Sammes Singers With Organ And ChimesHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - JoyceI'll Be Home For Christmas - Joao BoscoI Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Burl IvesIt Happened In Sun Valley - The Original Glenn Miller SingersJingle Bells - Johnny MercerJingle Bells - The Norman Luboff ChoirLet It Snow, Let It Snow - Randy Van Horne SingersLittle Drummer Boy - Al Caiola and Riz OrtolaniO' Bambino - Harry Simeone ChoraleRudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene AutrySilent Night - The Norman Luboff ChoirThe Twelve Days Of Christmas - MantovaniWe Wish You The Merriest - The Original Glenn Miller SingersWinter Weather - Jo StaffordGreat, didn't I just struggle over getting rid of a couple of "Jingle Bells" and here I am adding two more. And couldn't I have at least made up my mind between the two "Buon Natale's"? Apparently not.Quitw a few terrific albums this week - I really enjoyed revisiting some of these.A Celtic Celebration - The Night Heron ConsortA Christmas Carol - David AustinA Christmas Carol- Jordan RudessA Gift Of Song - Mason WilliamsA Goodfellas ChristmasA Johnny Mathis ChristmasA Personal Christmas Collection - Robert GouletA Romantic Christmas - Richard ClaydermanA Smooth Jazz Christmas - Dave Koz & FriendsA Very Nostalgic ChristmasBeyond The Season - Garth BrooksChristmas Carol - James GalwayChristmas In The Stars - Star Wars Christmas AlbumChristmas Serenade in the Glenn Miller Style - The Original Glenn Miller SingersChristmas Sky - Jordan RudessChristmas Songs - Mel TormeChristmas Songs - Wayne NewtonChristmas Time Down South - Charlie DanielsChristmas Variations - Rick WakemanChristmas With Patti PageChristmas With The PlattersChristmas With the Norman Luboff ChoirChristmastime - David BenoitDecember - Kenny LogginsEnchanted Christmas - Anna Maria MendietaGhosts of Christmas PastGo Tell it on the Mountain - Blind Boys of AlabamaHallmark presents Christmas With Tony BennettHappy Holidays-I Love The Winter Weather - Jo StaffordHappy Holidays - The Lemon 5Have A Merry Little Christmas -Al HirtHave Yourself A Souful Little Christmas - Kenny BurrellHave a Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl IvesHeavenly ChristmasHoliday Pops - Boston Pops OrchestraHolly & Ivy - Natalie ColeHome for the Holidays - Schooner FareIceland - All About EveIt Feels Like Christmas - LettermenIts A Cool Cool ChristmasJoy - AvalonMambo ChristmasMantovani's Christmas FavoritesMerry Christmas - Brenda LeeMerry Christmas - Joe ScruggsMy Christmas Dream - Sonny JamesOriginal Big Band ChristmasPersonal Christmas Collection - Doris DayPoets & Angels - Ottmar LiebertRemembering Christmas - Danny WrightSharing the Season, Vol. 4 - Lorie Line & Her Pop Chamber OrchestraSnow the Get Easy Christmas CollectionSongs Of The Season - Peter WhiteSound of Christmas - Al Caiola and Riz OrtolaniThe Christmas Album - David FosterThe Christmas Song - Lawrence WelkThe Christmas Song - Roger WhittakerThe Greatest Hits[...]



Perfect Candidates Week Ten

2008-03-28T10:43:35.713-07:00

Just got back from an unplanned extended vacation in CT. so I'm a bit behind.Here's another batch of Christmas Crackers vying for a position in the Perfect Christmas Mix.A Christmas Toast - Bing CrosbyA Five Pound Box of Money - Pearl BaileyA Time To Be Jolly - Bing CrosbyA Winter's Tale - Mike Batt & David EssexAnd The Bells Rang - Bing CrosbyBreath of Heaven - Amy GrantDecember Will Be Magic Again - Kate BushDriving Home For Christmas - Chris ReaI Saw Three Ships - Nat King ColeIt's Clichéd to be Cynical at Xmas - Half Man Half BiscuitJust Like Christmas - LowLet It Snow - Ray Brown TrioMary, Did You Know - Kathy MatteaOiche Chiún (Silent Night) - EnyaRound and Round The Christmas Tree - Bing CrosbySleigh Ride - The VenturesSong of the Sleigh Bells - June HuttonThe Holly And The Ivy - The Norman Luboff ChoirThe Twelve Days Of Christmas - Ray Conniff & SingersWe Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Kingston TrioWhat Child is This - Vince Guaraldi TrioMany of this week's tunes came from the following albums (selected favorites in bold)..(I was pleasantly surprised by The Moody Blues offering - I'd only sampled bits of it in the past but it's likely to get a lot more spins from me in future. The Bing Crosby album 'A Time to be Jolly" is a one of Der Bingle's later efforts and holds great sentimental value for me -thus four tracks make the list - how many will survive until the end remains to be seen.)A Carnegie Hall Christmas ConcertA Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi TrioA Classical Christmas - Helmut LottiA Merry AffairA Pooh ChristmasA Tapestry of Carols- Maddy Prior & the Carnival BandA Time to be Jolly - Bing CrosbyA Washington Christmas - United States Marine BandBest Christmas Album EverBlanca Navidad - Eydie Gorme y Los PanchoC'est Noël Luis MarianoCambridge Singers - Christmas NightCaribbean Christmas Party - The MerrymenCarols & Capers - Maddy Prior & the Carnival BandCeltic Christmas - Katie McMahonCheery, Vol. 1Christmas All Over the WorldChristmas Is For the Family - Dennis DayChristmas RocksDecember - Moody BluesDo You Hear... Christmas with Heather, Cookie and Raylene RankinFröhliche Weihnacht überall - CalimerosFrank Sinatra's Christmas CabaretHoliday Guitar - Dan CraryIn the Moon of Wintertime - Barbara SemmannIn the Spirit - Michael McDonaldKidz Bop ChristmasLet's Share Christmas - John PizzarelliMeowy Christmas - Jingle CatsNature's Noel - Bruce KurnowOsmond Family ChristmasRadio City Music Hall Presents Songs Of Christmas - Stephen Hill SingersRock n' Roll Christmas - DionSounds of Christmas - The Living StringsThe 20 Greatest Xmas Songs - Boney MThe Christmas Song - Nat King ColeThe Last Month Of The Year - The Kingston TrioThe Bing Crosby Christmas AlbumThe Sounds Of ChristmasThe Three Tenors ChristmasThe Ventures' Christmas AlbumThis is Christmas - Jimmy Joyce SingersTrojan Christmas Box SetUltimate Christmas - Beach BoysWhat Would Santa Say - Mark ShaneWOW ChristmasWorld ChristmasYule B' Swingin' Too[...]