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2014 Christmas LPs Review: Willie Nelson, The Vince Guaraldi Trio , Bing Crosby, Elf, Mahalia Jackson, Ernie Ford

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Christmas LPs I’ve Been Listening to this Time of Year.

Willie Nelson Pretty Paper

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Tracks:
Side A:
1. Pretty Paper
2. White Christmas
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. Jingle Bells
6. Here Comes Santa Claus
Side B:
7. Blue Christmas
8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
9. Frosty The Snowman
10. Silent Night, Holy Night
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
12. Christmas Blues
This has been a favorite Christmas LP for many years. I have the same on I have had for around thirty-five years, but there is supposed to be a reissue out by the time you read this. If you like Willie’s album Stardust you should love this Christmas album. Every song on the album is a Christmas Classic except for the title song “Pretty Paper”; all the rest are just good old Christmas songs. The LP was released for Christmas 1979. In it, Willie Nelson teams up with another superstar producer/keyboardist Booker T. Jones to make one of the most successful holiday top charting hit albums of all time.

The album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and so it’s nice that Friday Music has announced the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Pretty Paper. It will be mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited time is pressed by R.T.I. on translucent Blue Vinyl, and features from the original LP artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold presentation, featuring full color photos of Willie Nelson from the Columbia Records archives. Like I said it’s one of my favorite Christmas albums.

The Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas 200g LP

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Musicians:
Vince Guaraldi, piano
Monty Budwig, bass
Colin Bailey, drums
Tracks:
O Tannenbaum
What Child Is This
My Little Drum
Linus and Lucy
Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version)
Skating
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
Christmas Is Coming
Fur Elise
The Christmas Song
Greensleeves

This album is great Jazz and great Christmas music all at the same time. It’s nice to have such a great new reissue of the classic LP. It’s pressed at Quality Record Pressings on very nice, flat 200g vinyl and mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original stereo analog master tapes. It simply sounds great. If you want to enjoy some great Christmas jazz just play this LP.

Bing Crosby Merry Christmas

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Tracks
Side One:
Silent Night
Fideles
White Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Faith of Our Fathers
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Side Two:
Jingle Bells
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Silver Bells
It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas
Christmas in Killarney
Mele Kalikimaka

Can it get anyone more American at Christmas than Bing Crosby. This 1955 LP evolved from the period’s 78rpm records, some from as far back as the 1940s. It includes Crosby’s famous versions of “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.” On some cuts he is joined by the Andrew Sisters and Carole Richards. The album itself has sold over 15 million copies which makes it second only to Elvis Presley’s 1957 holiday album, Elvis’ Christmas Album, as the best-selling Christmas album of all-time. Don’t overlook this album as old fashioned, it is truly classic and very good.

Elf Soundtrack

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Tracks:
Side A:
Pennies from Heaven – Louis Prima
Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Lena Horne
Sleigh Ride / Santa Claus Party – Ferrante and Teicher / Les Baxter
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone / Zooey Deschanel
Jingle Bells – Jim Reeves
Side B:
Nutcracker Suite – Brian Setzer
Christmas Island – Leon Redbone
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
Winter Wonderland – Leon Redbone
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Eddy Arnold
Nothing from Nothing – Billy Preston

I’ve never seen the movie and have no intention to, but when I saw the songs and the people performing them on this LP, I ordered it. Let me tell you I’m glad I did, this is a great selections of Christmas music. So in case you might’ve overlooked this LP because it’s the soundtrack of a really stupid movie, don’t. It’s a great Christmas LP.

Mahalia Jackson Sweet Little Jesus Boy

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Tracks
Silent Night, Holy Night
No Room at the Inn
O little Town of Bethlehem
The Holy Bible
Joy to the World
O Come All Ye Faithful
Go Tell it on the Mountail
White Christmas
I Wonder as I Wonder
Sweet Little Jesus Boy

This 1955 Gospel Christmas album is by Mahalia Jackson who many consider the all time greatest gospel singer. This is my favorite Christmas album. I grew up in a house with a very strange selection of music. My mother had almost every Tennessee Ernie Ford and Mahalia Jackson LPs. My dad had Peet Fountain and Al Hirt LPs. I’ve never outgrown my love for all these except for Al Hirt. So I guess it’s no surprise that this is my favorite Christmas LP. So get on eBay and pick one up, not for the sound but the great music.

A Tennessee Ernie Ford Christmas Special

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TRACK LISTING:
RECORD ONE: SIDE ONE: 1. WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS; 2. CHRISTMAS TREE!; 3. THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY; 4. ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
CAROLING, CAROLING.

SIDE TWO: 1. GOOD KING WENCESLAS; 2. THE VIRGIN’S SLUMBER SONG; 3. THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS; 4. WHAT CHILD IS THIS AWAY IN A MANAGER.

RECORD TWO: SIDE THREE: 1. O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL; 2. LITTLE BOY KING; 3. SLUMBER SONG OF THE INFANT JESUS; 4. BRING A TORCH, JEANETTE, ISABELLA; 5. GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN REJOICE.

SIDE FOUR: 1. THE WASSAIL SONG; 2. THE FRIENDLY BEASTS; 3. HE IS BORN, THE HOLY CHILD; 4. WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS; 5. WHITE CHRISTMAS.

Well, I already confessed my weakness for Ernie Ford’s music. This is simply a great Christmas LP. My mother had this record set when I was growing up. It is a great collection of Christmas songs; a few are only rarely played nowadays. Tennessee Ernie Ford sings these song beautifully. At Christmas time you can often find this LP dirt cheap at used record stores.

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2 Responses to 2014 Christmas LPs Review: Willie Nelson, The Vince Guaraldi Trio , Bing Crosby, Elf, Mahalia Jackson, Ernie Ford


  1. Charles English says:

    There isn’t anything more stupid than commenting on a movie you haven’t seen as stupid.

    • Jack Roberts says:

      Charles I beg to disagree. I don’t know about you but I think most people make such decisions based on the previews and trailers that the movie industry pays millions to produce to entice you to see the movie. I also base such opinions on past performances of the actors and actresses in the movie. Then I also read reviews of this movie. I do not feel I need to see the movie to think it will be a bad or stupid movie.

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