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Lee Marshall

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Hey there everybody.  After Al's in depth view of the Grand Canyon [now THAT'S deep] I figured I'd go as light as these legs can go.  It's Christmas time and I wanted to give you some choices that even your parents would know.  So?  Here are some rather traditional Christmas songs.  While they may not all be carols...they certainly have some history to them in terms of the songs themselves.

I know this may be hard to take into consideration but, please, try to judge these entrees on the performance rather than simply on which song you've always liked the best.

Brian Wilson seldom turns in anything but a stellar performance whether he wrote the song himself or whether he, instead, admires the heck out of it for any reason whatsoever.  Here's a classic.  This one would be a Christmas carol.



The Moody Blues have always been extremely popular in North America.  Perhaps in the UK they remain somewhat more taken for granted?  At any rate they certainly have a strong contribution to make...including this week.  On the Threshold of J.S. Bach.



Bob Dylan sing Christmas songs?  Really?  Whodda thunk it?  But he did.  And he even shows that old time standards by Frances Albert are up his alley.  Bob Dylan singin' 'bout Santa!?!  Yes sir/Yes ma'am.  Go ahead.  You CAN call him Zimmy.



And then there's Chicago.  America's hottest band in the 70s and finally in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.  These guys are still performing and they still sound great too.  So enjoy and "let it snow."  [well maybe not down under.]  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good week.



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Gold - Brian Wilson - I'm a big fan of Brian's Christmas album.  

Silver - Moody Blues 

Bronze - Chicago

Tin - Bob Dylan 

My favorite Christmas song of all time is still John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over). 

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I'll need a few listens to vote. Meanwhile, here's some festive fun:

The Three Wise Men (aka XTC) - Thanks for Christmas (produced by The Good Lord aka David Lord)


Dandy Warhols - Little Drummer Boy


James Chance - Christmas with Satan



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Wow, Lee!  This week is gonna be a toughie for me because all 4 of these are fab.

I'll go with:

GOLD:  Moody Blues for In the Quiet of Christmas Morning.  It sounds like the true spirit of Christmas to me.

SILVER: Brian Wilson for Joy To the World.  Completely wonderful all the way around.

BRONZE:  Bob Dylan for It Must Be Santa.  This is the first time I've heard this and I LOVED it!  Puts the fun into the season.

TIN/PEWTER:  Chicago for Let It Snow, Let It Snow.  Funny, I listened to this one first and thought, 'this is my gold choice this week'.  Ho, ho, ho!  Very good and I do love Chicago.

My final answer.

Awesome choices, Lee!

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t bedford

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I'm back to vote already.

GOLD to Bob Dylan. New to me, I like a happy Bob.

SILVER for Brian Wilson...harmonic bliss.

BRONZE for Moody Blues

TIN to Chicago




The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York


Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (Live on David Letterman - 2004)

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John E

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Here's my order:

1.Brian
2.Bob.
3. Moodies
4. Chicago

Meanwhile, here's a Christmassy Leonard Cohen song!

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I really like the Christmas album from Blackmore's Night, the passion project from former Deep Purple / Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night.

Here's one of the cuts I really enjoy, an ode to that magical night, Christmas Eve

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Al Forsyth

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Lee,  thanks for getting the holiday spirit going!
Chuck knows the mastermind:

Some Karen

Sing it with feeling:

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Lee Marshall

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Thanks, so far, to the various participants, kds, Cindy, *t* and John for voting and for contributions to the theme from all of them plus, of course, from my ol' pal Al.  I'm kind of hoping that we can collectively help form the playlist for someone's tree-trimming soundtrack.  What's missing?  That's up to you.

I'll refrain from voting early so as not to influence YOUR 'take' here.

Not sure ... being 'new' here or having yet to participate in the 'battle'?  ALL are welcome to listen, to comment, to add in a tune or ten and/or to vote.  This is not a clique thing.  Step right up and win the prize of feeling that you belong...'cause you do.
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A few of my many holiday favorites:

A favorite novelty oldie from Dr. Demento's Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time, "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas" by 10 year-old Gayla Peevey from 1953:


And who doesn't love the Waitresses 1981 holiday hit "Christmas Wrapping":


Macca's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is also a must play around our house over the holidays:


Got to heat it up a bit under the fireplace with Eartha Kitt's original (oft-covered) 1953 classic "Santa Baby":


And what would the holidays be without Roy Orbison's classic "Pretty Paper":


Back later in the week with my votes and more favorite holiday tunes.

Excellent battle, Lee, to get us all in the holiday spirit!
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Excellent choices, everybody!  At the risk of sounding just a smidge Grinchy, allow me to note that Dylan lifted the unique arrangement for "Must Be Santa" from one of my favorite bands, Denton, TX's own Brave Combo, from an album they released 25 years ago.  I mean, like, a carbon copy lift...Dylan's drummer even replicates some of the accent fills.  And Bob didn't give BC any credit 'til they made a wee polite bit o'noise about it; after which, he mentioned it in at least one interview.  Just, credit where due.  

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Some more Karen, because why not?  I was thinking of this earlier.

(also thinking of my sister of the same name who is about to have her second child any day now...)




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Hi there, Lee.

Christmas, huh? 




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Ho, ho, ho! Here we go...


GOLD -- Robert Zimmerman (aka Dylan), Must Be Santa -- Heard this the first time a few years ago and posolutely love it! A Klezmer-type polka from a Jewish Minnesotan...and a band from Texas previous in a previous form?!? Who saw THAT coming? Regardless, just try NOT to tap yer toes or kick yer feet sky-high to this high spirited romp.

SILVER -- Brian Wilson, Joy To The World -- As soothing as the Moodys below, but with the added bonus of that gentle giant's voice on vocals.

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, no Lump of Coal to any contenders, so it's a:

BRONZE (tie) -- Moody Blues -- Sooooo soothing - good for de-stressing amidst the Christmas hubbub and anxieties.
                   -- Chicago -- Spirited and spunky! No "Bah! Humbug!" here.

Of course, "Zimmy" wasn't the first non-Christian to cut a Christmas track. Here's a Jewish New Yawker with one of my favourite Xmas tunes:





Some more a cappella...borrowing a bit from Bob's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video:




If the season drives you crazy, have a laugh with these silly parodies:




a manly perspective of "The Nutcracker":



I'll leave it at that....for now. Thanks, Lee!
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t bedford

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A few more from (mostly) off the beaten track:

Got the Christmas Blues? So does Canned Heat:


This one's especially for fans of "Them" in the UK, or "Shadows of Knight" in the US:
The Tryfles - Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)


A couple for the surfers among us:
The Crossfires (soon to become the Turtles) - Santa and the Sidewalk Surfer


The Ventures - Sleigh Ride


One for you Kinks fans:
Father Christmas


And finally (for now), the Beatles 1967 Fan Club (only) Christmas single:

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