Click on the link here for Audio Player: Beatles – Christmas 1967
As long as we’re in a celebratory mood, you can’t have Christmas without this one – Christmas Time Is Here Again, from the Beatles Fanclub release of 1967.
A word from The Fab Four.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Honegger – Christmas Cantata – 1955
Just in time for Christmas. Again from the French Radio Transcription collection. Here is a 1955 radio broadcast performance of A Christmas Cantata by Arthur Honegger, featuring Baritone Pierre Mollet, Maurice Duruflè, Organ. The Chorus of the ORTF, conducted by Yvonne Gouvernè. The Children’s Choir of the ORTF, conducted by Jacques Jouineau and The French National Orchestra, conducted by Jean Martinon.
By all indications, this is the first radio performance of the work, having been completed by Honegger in 1953.
One more celebration of the holiday season.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 15 Happy Holiday
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Jumping into Christmas in swingin’ fashion.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ramsey Lewis Trio – Merry Christmas Baby
Continuing in our “Cool Yule” vein tonight with a contribution from The Ramsey Lewis Trio and a track from their 1961 album The Sounds Of Christmas. The immortal Merry Christmas Baby, as done in inimitable Ramsey Lewis fashion.
Works well with little or no lights on.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Balancing Act – Green Pants and Finance – 1987
Roaring on with our non-Traditional week of Christmas Tunes. The Balancing Act were one of those under appreciated and under-noticed bands of the late 1980s that got slightly overlooked by their then-label.
Happily (for everyone), The Balancing Act have gone through a resurrection and are back together after a 22 year hiatus. I understand the new material is great and as soon as I dig up an album I will share it. But in the meantime, here is their contribution to the infamous 1987 IRS Christmas Album; Green Pants And Finance.
Certainly the sentiment is timeless.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Timbuk 3 – All I Want For Christmas – 1987
Continuing our romp through non-traditional Christmas tunes, here is Timbuk 3’s contribution; All I Want For Christmas. Less domestic mayhem-oriented than last nights entry, it still carries that message of anti-conspicuous consumerism, which is just fine by me. Who needs a lot of stuff you can’t use anyway?
I’ll take hanging out with friends and a large dose of Peace this year and every year anyway.
Enjoy and stay out of trouble.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Wall of Voodoo – Shouldn’t Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas – 1987
Continuing our Ode to Christmas (and the decided lack of Traditional Xmas tunes), here is the infamous Wall Of Voodoo and a track they recorded for a promo-only Christmas album issued by IRS Records in 1987.
Tonight it’s “Shouldn’t Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas”. Maybe not so heart-warming, but certainly true-to-life for a lot of family get-togethers around the holiday season.
Brings back memories. Or not.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Rocket from the Crypt – Reading Fest. 1996
Turn it up and kick a few crypts around.