Monday, December 4, 2006
Favorite Christmas CDs.
I've loved "Yule B' Swingin' Too" — loved it as much as "Jingle Bell Jam," in fact —†and so I thought its predecessor "Yule B' Swingin'" would be even better. Whoa, Dasher! Two stars. I should have picked up Verve's "Very Best of Christmas Jazz." [Later: Yeah, the Verve CD is much better.]
As for classical Christmas albums, here are my two favorites (in addition to Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Messiah, of course): the extremely satisfying a cappella "Traditional & Modern Carols" featuring the Pro Arte Singers (with "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" and a marvelous Shaker hymn, "Give Good Gifts," that ought to be revived for congregational singing) and its rival for my all-time favorite Christmas CD, "Christmas Carols" with the Choir of Westminster Abbey (featuring a thrilling modern setting of the 16th-century "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day").
Mrs Philocrites just picked up the Blind Boys of Alabama's "Go Tell It On the Mountain," on which Tom Waits helps sing the title track and "Away in a Manger" is transformed (appropriately) into a blues song. I wish a few of the guest singers had stayed home, though. (The Blind Boys' version of Waits's "Jesus Gonna Be Here," on "Spirit of the Century," is awesome, however. That's a must-have disc.)
What are your favorite holiday albums?
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Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 4 December 2006 at 8:06 AM