The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Christmas Hits: Jingle Bell Rockcollects 12 classic tracks of the holiday genre including "Run, Rudolph, Run" (Chuck Berry), "Jingle Bell Rock" (Bobby Helms), "Sleigh Ride" (the Ventures) and " Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" (Brenda Lee). Many of these artists will appeal to a broad range of ages, making it perfect for family gatherings.
Of all the factors making the more cynical amongst us dread the oncoming of another festive season, the preponderance of the same dozen records spun endlessly across the airwaves and in department stores for months prior to the big day, is one of the most potent. But with a compilation as refreshing, thrilling and eclectic as this alternative yuletide collection now available, with its delightful tunes actually complementing the event in question, the time has come to welcome in the season of goodwill while enjoying the likes of The Reindeer Boogie, North Pole Rock, Mambo Santa Mambo or one of 53 other Christmas Crackers as presented on this 2 disc set.
Culled from three Christmas tapes released by Flagpole magazine, this CD includes performances recorded between 1990-92 by 21 Atlanta, and Athens, GA. bands. Most of the songs are diverse "alternative" originals, but there's also a bizarre guitar/sax duet of "Jingle Bells" from The Flat Duo Jets, a cover of Spinal Tap's "Christmas with the Devil" by Allgood, an okay version of The Sonics' "Santa Claus" by The Woggles, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from The La Brea Stompers, and more spotty fun.
Russian State Chorus named after Sveshnikov with 70th years history is a national property of Russian Federation, real legend of world choral singing. It is hard to overestimate creative contribution of famous collective to the saving age-old singing traditions of motherland. The Russian State Chorus Celebrates Christmas includes Schubert's Ave Maria, Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, Amazing Grace.
On A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Brian O'Donovan, the host of the Celtic Sojourn radio show, compiles a collection of songs that mixes the contemplative with more raucous fare, ancient melodies with modern, and the earthy with the ethereal. The musicians come from all corners of the Celtic world, and include the Breton choir Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde, who blend medieval vocal harmonies with modern instruments such as the tin whistle and the guitar; Dordan, the masters of Irish baroque music; and the pan-Celtic band the Boys of the Lough. Also included are English performers Maddy Prior (the lead singer of Steeleye Span) and the family group Waterson:Carthy, who deliver a hearty version of the "The Ditchling Carol." The majority of the tracks feature vocals, but the instrumental selections–particularly fiddler Bonnie Rideout's haunting "Gloomy Winter" and the lovely "Midwinter Waltz" from the Boys of the Lough–do a beautiful job of wordlessly evoking the season. By passing over too-familiar Christmas songs in favor of less-well-known melodies, O'Donovan has come up with that rarest of all holiday treats–a gift that that both surprises and delights.