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Post by Bnielsen » Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:41 pm

As Thanksgiving and Christmas near, I started pulling out some of my favorite Christmas Music albums.

What are some of your favorites?

For me:

Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas
Trans-Siberian-Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Trans-Siberian-Orchestra - The Christmas Attic
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Soundtrack
Phil Keaggy - Majesty and Wonder - An Instrumental Christmas

Now if only a certain Progressive Rock group would make one ;-)
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Post by FredProgGH » Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:33 am

Shreddy's making one. It should be ready soon!
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Post by Bnielsen » Sun Nov 23, 2008 7:44 pm

Cool!

Does it have some notable GH guest musicians? =p
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Post by FredProgGH » Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:35 pm

It's got one at least :)
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Post by yanks07 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:51 pm

Nice choices, especially the Charlie Brown one. But I have to add the classic of classic Christmas albums, Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song". It's one of my favorite albums of all time, and one of the all-time great voices. I've always enjoyed the really old recordings, it's hard to beat things like Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas". I like traditional carols the most, especially "Carol of the Bells".

Some fun recordings are the 2 "Merry Axemas" albums put together by Steve Vai.

I've kind of burnt out on the Manheim Steamroller albums -have all of them, but I've gotten a ton of enjoyment out of them.

A couple surprising ones are the two by John Tesh, "Romantic Christmas" and "Family Christmas". These are instrumental, and are a nice mix of jazzy and orchestral holiday songs. I know he has the reputation for some real cheesy music, but it's not the case here at all, I highly reccomend them.
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Post by Physicist » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:07 am

Good suggestions all. I, too, would spring for a Christmas album by Shreddy (or Glass Hammer). To the list, I would add the Christmas album that Michael W. Smith did years ago. I can't remember the title but it was largely a choral work.
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Post by Bnielsen » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:34 pm

MWS Christmas album you say? Oooh I've got to check that out
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Post by yeshead 777 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:56 am

Actually, my fav overall is Twila Paris' christmas CD from years ago.It has a killer duet version with Matthew Ward on "Oh Holy Night"
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Post by Physicist » Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:52 am

yeshead 777 wrote:It has a killer duet version with Matthew Ward on "Oh Holy Night"
I'll have to check that one out...
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Post by mflorio » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:34 am

yanks07 wrote:Nice choices, especially the Charlie Brown one. But I have to add the classic of classic Christmas albums, Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song". It's one of my favorite albums of all time, and one of the all-time great voices. I've always enjoyed the really old recordings, it's hard to beat things like Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas". I like traditional carols the most, especially "Carol of the Bells".
I'm with you! Coincidentally, I just wrote about that: http://massdream.blogspot.com
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Post by yanks07 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:29 pm

mflorio wrote:
yanks07 wrote:Nice choices, especially the ".
I'm with you! Coincidentally, I just wrote about that: http://massdream.blogspot.com
Yeah, you are right about the backup singers. I guess it was just the style back then. I just watched "Holiday Inn" last week, amazing to think theater goers in 1942 were hearing White Christmas for the very first time. Needless to say it went over real big.
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Post by esteban » Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:47 pm

How about A Christmas Album by the California Guitar Trio? Everything from "For Unto Us" from Handel's Messiah to an acoustic surf-rock version of Jingle Bells.

I'm also partial to Ancient Noels by Maggie Sansone and Ensemble Galilei. And played on period instruments, too.
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Post by gh_ariana » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:12 pm

Guest spots by certain GH personelle on other people's Christmas albums is all well and good. But, some of us are still waiting for the Glass Hammer Christmas Album, to include hymns and carols such as "It Came upon the Midnight Clear" and "O Holy Night" as well as standards such as "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride" and, of course, "White Christmas."

Some of us have been waiting patiently for said album since 1992. Hint, Hint!
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