Monday, December 24, 2012

5 good Christmas albums to play at your gatherings

There are a lot of good individual Christmas songs, but I started thinking about what are some decent full Christmas albums. Ones you can have on in the background at your gatherings.

Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" album has a real understated class to it. No elaborate production tricks no vocal histrionics ala Mariah Carey. Just a good simple, pleasant sounding release. Hard to top it.

Neil Diamond has put out a few Christmas albums. Pretty surprising for a Jewish guy!

Try "A Cherry Cherry Christmas". A good mix of tradition and humor (He covers Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song"!)

For something a little more lively where maybe the party is a little louder and drinks are flowing ...try "An Austin Rhythm and Blues Christmas". Features the Fabulous Thunderbirds, a young Charlie Sexton, Lou Ann Barton and other Austin stalwarts.

If your evening is a little more mellow maybe try The Carpenters "Christmas Collection". Karen had a voice as smooth as silk and for a lot of us it reminds us of the simpler times of childhood.

For something a little more modern (or 80's) try "The Edge of Christmas". It's got modern favorites from the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl, The Pretenders, The Waitresses, David Bowie and Bing Crosby..

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