Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Guest List: Christmas LPs I Grew Up With

Holiday remembrances from TheMovieGuru.

Christmas albums that were staples in our family and some that still are...

Barbra Streisand – A Christmas Album

I remember asking my dad when I was a kid, “Dad, if Barbra Streisand is Jewish, why does she have a Christmas album?” I can’t remember his answer though. To this day, I still don’t get it. If you want to torture someone, lock them in a room and play Barbra’s version of “Jingle Bells.” You’ll understand why once you hear it.

The Andy Williams Christmas Album

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Killer song. I never even knew what was on the rest of the album. Still don’t. That song was all that mattered.

A Music Box Christmas

One of my dad’s personal favorites. Yes, you guessed it. It’s simply recordings of music boxes playing Christmas songs. Well I guess since the average music box is a pretty penny, you get your money’s worth with this album. And you don’t have to crank a music box to hear the music. I remember about 10 years ago my dad found out he could order it on cd and was so excited he could hardly contain himself. Yes, they actually printed this album on cd.

Johnny Mathis – Merry Christmas

Our family’s (and my personal) favorite Christmas album. Doesn’t get any better than this. Recorded in 1958 and still popular today. I remember my dad wore out his original album so he had to buy another one. It wasn’t until my teens that I found out Johnny was black. I always thought he was white.

Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music

Another staple in our house. He actually reads the entire “Twas The Night Before Christmas” story which I always loved as a kid. However, when he said that Santa said “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night” at the end which always irked me. Who the hell says “Happy Christmas?” I thought to myself.. and that was when I was 5 years old.

John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together

My mom and I always used to love to sing “The 12 Days Of Christmas” because you hear each Muppet sing. You’d look forward to the part when Miss Piggy sings way over the top for “Five Gold Rings.” Lots of fun. “Ba dum bum bum….”

Alabama Christmas
Another one of my dad’s favorites and one of the albums that makes me want to vomit as soon as I hear it. To this day, whenever I’m at my parents’ house I make a point of trying to hide this cd so my dad can’t find it. Torture song – “Christmas In Dixie.”

Robert Goulet’s Wonderful World Of Christmas
Goulet was the man. His version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is still the best. I always thought he was a badass, even when I was too young to know what a badass was.

The Carpenters – Christmas Portrait
Yes, when I was little I loved “Merry Christmas Darling.” I was too young to know I could get beat up for saying that.

Burl Ives – Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
Best part of this album is.. it’s funny. His rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is hysterical. He puts an “a” before everything he sings. “He’s a making a list, he’s a checking it twice…. Santa Claus is a comin… to town.”


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