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Bobby (Boris) Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers - The Original Monster Mash (1962) Reissue 1991

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Bobby (Boris) Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers - The Original Monster Mash (1962) Reissue 1991

Bobby (Boris) Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers - The Original Monster Mash (1962) Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included | 00:39:49
Holidays, Comedy Rock, Novelty, Rock & Roll, Lounge | Label: Deram | # 844 147-2

"Monster Mash" is one of the all-time great holiday songs, resurfacing (and sometimes charting) every Halloween without fail. The Original Monster Mash is the accompanying Top 20 album from 1962, on which Pickett leads off with his big hit before plying his Boris Karloff shtick for another 15 songs. Pickett's other Top 100 monster hit, the Christmas novelty "Monsters' Holiday," is here as well, along with dated jokes about Fabian ("Rabian - The Fiendage Idol") and then-current dance crazes ("Transylvania Twist," "Skully Gully"). "Let's Fly Away" is a brief Stan Freberg send-up that replaces "John and Marsha" with Dracula and Vampira. The Crypt-Kickers were an all-star band that counted Leon Russell, producer Gary Paxton, and other famous folks among its members, and the album remains a fine Halloween party platter year and years later. Unfortunately, the album was remixed for CD release in 1991, and the vocals are obscured in the mix so that the generic rock backing often prevails over the "spooky" dialogue and singing, which defeats the point for a novelty effort such as this.

Tommy Emmanuel - All I Want for Christmas (2011)

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Tommy Emmanuel - All I Want for Christmas (2011)

Tommy Emmanuel - All I Want for Christmas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb
Label: Favored Nations | # none | Covers included | Time: 00:37:26
Guitar Virtuoso, Holidays, Christmas, Country, Pop, Folk, Jazz, Instrumental

Released the year after he was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist for a second time by Guitar Player magazine, Australian virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel further establishes his esteemed reputation with this collection of festive covers, All I Want for Christmas.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 449 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2522 | Time: 01:19:08
Holidays, Pop, Rock, Vocal Pop, R&B

The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 5 collects more pop and rock holiday tunes, this time venturing further into the '70s and '80s with songs like Paul McCartney & Wings' "Wonderful Christmastime," Hall & Oates' "Jingle Bell Rock," and Barry Manilow's "It's Just Another New Year's Eve." The collection still features traditional pop chestnuts, including Dean Martin's "A Marshmallow World," Johnny Mathis' "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)," and Andy Williams' "Sleigh Ride," but this volume's overall feel is more contemporary than classic. Other highlights include Manhattan Transfer's "A Christmas Love Song," the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping," the Tokens' "Little Drummer Boy," and the Jackson 5's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." If The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 5 isn't necessarily the most coherent volume in the series, it's certainly one of the most interesting.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2517 | Time: 01:10:41
Holidays, Pop/Rock, R&B, Rock & Roll, Vocal Pop, Soul

Another installment in Collectables' The Ultimate Christmas Album series, volume four gathers a mix of well-known and offbeat holiday tunes, including Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," the Platters' "Winter Wonderland," and Perry Como's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Brook Benton's "You're All I Want for Christmas," Percy Faith's "Christmas Is," and Otis Redding's "Merry Christmas Baby" are some of the collection's soulful highlights, while Santo & Johnny's "Twistin' Bells" and Stan Freberg's "Christmas Dragnet" add some novelty to the festivities. Though it's a somewhat uneven collection, The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 4: WCBS 101.1 has enough interesting and classic moments to make it worthwhile for anyone looking to go beyond the season's basic music.

John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together (1979) Reissue 1996 [Re-Up]

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John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together (1979) Reissue 1996 [Re-Up]

John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together (1979) Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 177 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 83 Mb | Scans included | 00:34:48
Holidays, Children's, Folk, Pop/Rock | Label: LaserLight Digital | # 12 761

The Muppets have sung with so many people over the years, from Elton John to Tony Bennett, yet it has always seemed like their performances with John Denver were somehow the perfect match. Christmas Together is a delightful–what else?–sing-along collection of Christmas favorites as performed by Denver and the Muppets ensemble. While the usual suspects have more than their say here–Kermit, Miss Piggy–the standout piece is "Twelve Days of Christmas." What could be better than a Muppet a day? Denver leads the critters through a tender "Silent Night," which comes couched in a medley that closes with a rousing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." "Deck the Halls" is equally raucous–about as raucous as Muppets can get. Listen for the subtle lyric adaptations and the witty exchanges between Denver and his minstrels. Definitely not just for kids.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 3 (1996)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 3 (1996)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 3 (1996)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 447 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans ~ 60 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2513 | Time: 01:17:23
Holidays, Vocal Pop, R&B, Pop/Rock, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Soul

Another installment in Collectables' The Ultimate Christmas Album series, volume 3 gathers a mix of well-known and offbeat holiday tunes, including Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song", The Singing Dogs' "Jingle Bells", The Supremes' "Twinkle Twinkle Little Me", The Ventures' "Sleigh Ride", Johnny Mathis' "Winter Wonderland", Perry Como's "Home For The Holidays", Burt Bacharach' "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle", Paul Anka's "It's Christmas Everywhere", Percy Faith's "We Need A Little Christmas", Andy Williams' "Happy Holidays", Ray Charles' "Christmas Time", Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby".

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2512 | Time: 01:09:25
Holidays, R&B, Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul

Volume two of Collectables' Ultimate Christmas Album gathers more classic pop and rock holiday tunes, including the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Diana Ross & the Supremes' "White Christmas." Most of this volume's best-known tracks are by traditional pop crooners, such as Dean Martin's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Bing Crosby's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," and Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas." However, less-familiar tracks like the Echelons' "A Christmas Long Ago (Jingle Jingle)," Augie Rios' "Donde Esta Santa Claus," and Barry Gordon's "Nuttin' for Christmas" prevent the collection from being too predictable. It's not exactly a straightforward holiday-hits compilation, but The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 2 balances enough standards and obscure tunes to make it a unique collection.

Peter Cetera - You Just Gotta Love Christmas (2004)

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Peter Cetera - You Just Gotta Love Christmas (2004)

Peter Cetera - You Just Gotta Love Christmas (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb
Label: Viastar | # VIA0412 | Time: 00:39:44 | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Holidays, Christmas, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock

For most artists recording a Christmas record is a convenient stop-gap in between releasing new material. In Peter Cetera's case this doesn't ring true as it has been a while since we last heard from one of soft rock's most distinctive crooners. You Just Gotta Love Christmas brings to the table everything you'd expect from a Peter Cetera record: lush, pleasant arrangements with crisp, warm, polished production and able musicanship from a crew of veteran session players. It's a mix of holiday favorites mixed in with a few originals and some guest appearances from Alison Krauss and Peter's daughter Claire; who is more than up to the task of singing with her father on two of the album's 12 tracks. Cetera and Chicago fans will no doubt enjoy having this on in the background during the holidays.

Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)

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Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)

Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Artwork included
Label: Wildflower/Cleopatra | # CLP 0924 | Time: 01:02:20
Holidays, Christmas, Pop/Rock, Folk

Building on her well-represented holiday catalog, Christmas with Judy Collins is essentially a reissue of the folk artist's 2000 release All on a Wintry Night, padded with two additional songs. All 14 tracks from Wintry Night are featured here in their original sequence with the addition of a new single, the western-tinged "Angels in the Snow" leading off the album, and a stirring, largely a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" closing it out. Fans of Collins' rich, warm voice will enjoy some of the more stripped-down arrangements, which feature her singing to a simple piano accompaniment on lesser-known carols like "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Cherry Tree Carol." On the other hand, the dated synthesizer sounds on tracks like "Come Rejoice" and "Good King Wenceslas" sound rather homogenous and the spoken intro over the faux-strings of "Away in a Manger" is far too heavy-handed to take seriously. Fortunately, the bulk of the album's 16 tracks favor the more minimalist arrangements keeping Collins' lovely voice at the forefront without much distraction.

Jimmy McGriff - Christmas With McGriff (1996) Recorded in 1963 [Re-Up]

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Jimmy McGriff - Christmas With McGriff (1996) Recorded in 1963 [Re-Up]

Jimmy McGriff - Christmas With McGriff (1996) Recorded in 1963
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 191 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans included
Holidays, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Hammond | Label: Collectables | # COL-5747 | 00:36:35

This funky little holiday gem from 1964 was originally released on Sue Records and was actually Jimmy McGriff's highest charting album, rising to number 15 on the pop charts that year. Naturally his gritty Hammond B-3 playing is front and center here, given wonderful support by drummer Jimmie Smith, guitarist Larry Frazier, and Rudolph Johnson on soprano and tenor saxophone. The whole affair is surprisingly energetic and spunky, and tracks like the hard-charging "Christmas With McGriff," the sleigh bell-embedded "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and the lively "Hip Santa" are all wonderful examples of upbeat soul jazz. Even the version of "Jingle Bells" that closes the set is funked up, riding a chugging rhythm and a bed of sleigh bells into the yuletide night. McGriff could have easily gone through the motions on this holiday session, and that he obviously didn't makes Christmas With Jimmy McGriff even more endearing.

Ray Charles - The Spirit Of Christmas (1985) [Re-Up]

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Ray Charles - The Spirit Of Christmas (1985) [Re-Up]

Ray Charles - The Spirit Of Christmas (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Artwork included | 00:43:67
Holidays, Christmas Standarts, Vocal Jazz, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Columbia | # CK 40125

Recorded in 1985, The Spirit of Christmas finds Ray Charles performing a variety of holiday favorites with vocal assistance from the Raelettes and an appearance by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. The ten tracks mix standards and originals, including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and the ballad "That Spirit of Christmas," which was featured in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The Spirit of Christmas is perfect background music for any holiday celebration.

Ray Conniff And The Singers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1962)

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Ray Conniff And The Singers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1962)

Ray Conniff And The Singers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1962)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 193 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 77 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Christmas | Label: Columbia | # CK 8692 | Time: 00:31:14

Between 1957 and 1968, Ray Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40. He started out at Columbia Records as their home arranger, backing artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, and Johnnie Ray, with his orchestra and was eventually offered the chance to do his own record. We Wish You a Merry Christmas is packed with traditional holiday tunes that Conniff and his (25) Singers wove into a series of medleys. This album has a retro studio sound, which, upon listening, may conjure up images of Lawrence Welk singers strolling the stage, dressed in matching holiday garb. Sometimes melodramatic ("Ring Christmas Bells"), other times, bright and exuberant ("Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!"), it's good, clean fun for the whole family and a solid addition to any Christmas catalog.

Elaine Paige - Christmas (1986)

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Elaine Paige - Christmas (1986)

Elaine Paige - Christmas (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Christmas, Holidays, Vocal Pop | Label: WEA | # 242040-2 | Time: 00:40:33

Christmas is an album Elaine Paige, released in 1986, the fifth and final album to be released on the label until the release of Piaf in 1994. The album reached number 27 in the UK album charts. The album was recorded at Visconti's Good Earth Studios in September 1986. In contrast to Paige's musical theatre background, a feature of all her Visconti-produced recordings is the pop arrangements.

The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)

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The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)

The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 207 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 77 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Christmas | Label: Columbia | # CK 8185 | Time: 00:31:01

Christmas with Conniff is Ray Conniff's first holiday record, and it remains one of his very best efforts in that genre. His light, pretty, signature touch is perfectly suited to Christmas music, and he and his singers make such carols and holiday songs as "Frosty the Snowman," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and "Silver Bells" irresistible easy listening. Perfect background music for any holiday event.

VA - Rock 'N' Roll Christmas (2004) {1962 Before Recordings}

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VA - Rock 'N' Roll Christmas (2004) {1962 Before Recordings}

VA - Rock 'N' Roll Christmas (2004) {1962 Before Recordings}
WEB Rip | FLAC (no cue or log) | scans | 473 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 145 mb
Genre: rock'n'roll, R&B

Rock 'N' Roll Christmas is a 2004 compilation of some of the prized holiday music in rock and roll from the early days of rock and roll. This was released on the 1962 Before Recordings label.