Dec 25, 2010

The Christmas programme

The finest Christmas single ever recorded.

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Christmas comes but once a year, which is no bad thing since there is hardly a slew of great festive songs. I have trawled the vaults and extracted these for you yuletide enjoyment. Another chance to hear the Kinks' Father Christmas, for sure, but also a couple of Old Time greats Breaking up Christmas by the Camp Creek Boys and Christmas Time Will Soon be Over by Fiddlin' John Carson.
  1. Christmas, Krzysztof Komeda, Rosemary's Baby, 1968, Paramount
  2. Merry Christmas Baby, Chuck Berry, St. Louis to Liverpool, 1964, Chess
  3. Breaking up Christmas, Camp Creek Boys, Old Time String Band, 1967,
  4. Go Power At Christmas Time, James Brown, James Brown's Funky Christmas, 1995,
  5. Father Christmas Is Dressed In Green, Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire, Christmas 1979, 2007, Damaged Goods
  6. Jingle Bells, Tenchi Muyo, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Oh-Ki No Christmas OST, 1993, AIC/Pioneer
  7. Mistress for Christmas, AC/DC, The Razor's Edge, 1990, Atco
  8. Santa Claus Is Ska-Ing To Town, The Granville Williams Orchestra, 7", GWO
  9. Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over, Fiddlin' John Carson & His Virginia Reelers, Fiddlin' John Carson 5 (1927-1929), 1998, Document
  10. O Tannenbaum, Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965, Fantasy
  11. Little St. Nick, The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys' Christmas Album , 1964, Capitol
  12. Christmas Bop, Marc Bolan and T. Rex, Messing with the Mystic (Unissued Songs 1972-1977), 1975, Fly
  13. Ding Dong Bell, The Ethiopians, 7", 1968, Crab
  14. Father Christmas, The Kinks, 7", 1977, Arista
  15. Hard Candy Christmas, Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton, Once Upon a Christmas, 1984, RCA/BMG
  16. Christmas Eve Is Coming, Anna, Norman Blake, Meeting On Southern Soil, 2002, Red House
  17. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Ronettes, A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records, 1963, Philles

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