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Christmas Tunes by Prog Artists

Post by esteban » Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:22 pm

Hey folks,

For Christmas Day edition of Retune the Sky (and the two weeks following on the archive) I'm going to play the proggiest Christmas music I can find for my little Internet radio gig. But what with final exams (I give them, I don't take them...insert evil laugh here) and the continued frenzy about trying to move to Chattanooga, I don't have time to audition a bunch of stuff, if there even IS a bunch of stuff.

Right now I have a whopping three albums under consideration:

Jon Anderson - Three Ships
Neal Morse - Merry Christmas from the Morse Family
California Guitar Trio - TenChristmas Songs

Any other recommendations out there? If The Professor can find 'em, he'll play 'em! And give the recommender a shout-out if that's what floats your boat :wink:
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Post by FredProgGH » Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:34 pm

Some of the Fresh Aire stuff is proggy enough to get by, probably. Trans-Siberian Orchestra gets worn out these days but it should count as well. Jethro Tull did Christmas Song (Living In The Past) which isn't very proggy but probably would work- I like it. Of course there's ELP and Father Christmas (let's not get into the argument about whether it's pro or anti Christmas again :D :D) And now I'm out- there must be more!!
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Post by yeshead 777 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:55 am

There are a couple of "Merry Axemas" Cd's with various guitar shredders such as Steve Lukather and Steve Morse-haven't heard them in a while.
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Post by yeshead 777 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 1:04 am

I checked on Amazon.com and Vol.1(Merry Axemas) has "Little Drummer Boy" by Alex Lifeson, plus Morse,Satriani,Vai,Brian Setzer,Eric Johnson, and Jeff Beck! Vol. 2 features "O Come all ye faithful" by Trevor Rabin, plus Lukather,Al DiMeola,Zakk Wylde,Neal Schon, and others. i haven't heard vol.2, but vol.1 rocks-from what I can remember. guess I'll have to order it now to get it in time to be burnt out on it by Christmas! If you can find Whiteheart's "Little Drummer Boy"-I know its on "Souvenirs"-its very proggy-and is the best ROCK version of that song I've heard!!!!
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Post by FredProgGH » Sat Dec 09, 2006 1:26 am

We're actually doing a version of Little Drummer Boy right now for a great singer named Mikala- maybe she'll let me post it.
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Post by yeshead 777 » Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:12 pm

I just downloaded Steve lukather's "Santamental" from itunes-I'll let you know how it is. It has Vai, Edgar winter, and others on it.
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Post by SuperTed » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:15 am

Well there's;

Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells
Cliff Richard - O Little Town (very proggy!)
Squire & White - Run With The Fox

Also, there's this album. It always gets played around this time of year in Chez Ted :lol:
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Post by Alatar » Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:02 pm

Jethro Tull's Christmas album is an obvious source. There are also a couple of albums by Loreena McKennit, but she is only prog if you use a very broad definition.

You probably don't want to use "Strychnine For Christmas" by Present.
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Post by FredProgGH » Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:32 pm

When did Tull do a Christmas album??
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Post by Bozo » Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:47 pm

2003 they did it. It´s pretty good one it´s one of the few albums you can play at Christmas having your mother in law in house another one is Rick Wakemans Christmas Album and ofcorse the new from Blackmore´s Night.
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Post by Alatar » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:58 pm

FredProgGH wrote:When did Tull do a Christmas album??
It was around the time Ian recorded Rupi's Dance. The album includes a few of their Christmas songs from earlier albums re-recorded (e.g. Another Christmas Song), a few new songs and a few traditional songs given the same treatment Tull gave to Bouree (We Three Kings gets put into 5/4 and is called We Five Kings).

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Post by soulfreq » Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:17 pm

Here is a great prog Christmas album I *highly* recommend...12 25 from Ten Point Ten:

http://www.tenpointten.com/v4/html/musi ... stmas.html

You can download the single here:
http://www.tenpointten.com/v4/html/stage.cgi?id=33

"Gentle King" is a great original song, but not as proggy as some of the rest of the CD. Great stuff though!

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Post by soulfreq » Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:35 pm

I should also mention that the aformentioned song "Gentle King" "borrows" a pretty familiar Yes bass lick from "And You and I".

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Post by yeshead 777 » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:45 pm

Merry Axemas is really good overall! I was not impessed at all with Alex Lifeson's "Little Drummer Boy", but Steve Morse,Steve Vai,Eric Johnson,Brian Setzer Orchestra,Kenny wayne shephard,and Hotei all have great songs here. Esp. Morse and Johnson.
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Post by yeshead 777 » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:46 pm

P.S. And Jeff Beck does a very interesting "Amazing Grace"!
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