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Four Year Strong is releasing a live album of their annual hometown holiday show performance at The Palladium that always sells out. It's their entire set list recorded live!
Limited “Ever-glo” colored vinyl. Get ready to rock steady this Christmas with Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra’s “Bluebeat Holiday”, featuring lead vocals by the sensational Jesse Wagner from The Aggrolites! This California supergroup delivers a Jamaican jazz & big-band twist on 10 of your favorite Christmas classics. From “Happy Christmas” & “Dominick the Donkey” to “Let It Snow” & “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” - “Bluebeat Holiday” is sure to keep you dancing and celebrating for years to come
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Bright Eyes’ Christmas Album begins with a piano, flute, ambient noise, and musical saw-driven version of “Away in a Manger,” helping weed out casual Christmas music enjoyers, but all too tempting for the most devout of Conor Oberst’s disciples, who originally learned that the warmth of the holiday season is trumped only by its potential for melancholy back in 2002 with the original Saddle Creek release. Oberst and a small army of friends at his house proceed to jamboree through Christmas classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” Holiday cheer, when delivered with Oberst’s trademark tremble, sounds more like a lament than it does hymns of ecclesiastical joy. But the spirited listener will find that the fragile, homespun, and somewhat blinkered vibe that permeates the album sets itself apart from the bog-standard, less sonically humble offerings of the holidays, and, both strangely and satisfyingly, is probably more aligned with the true spirit of the season..
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Estefan Family Christmas is a true Family album includes tracks by Gloria, daughter Emily and grandson Sasha. Album includes 17 tracks 14 tracks in English and three in Spanish.
Combining the jazz-crooner elegance of Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole with the sophistication of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Merry Christmas From José James raises the bar for the contemporary Christmas album. Covering 10 songs – including two originals by James and his partner Talia Billig – James breathes new life into much-loved holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "White Christmas" and "Let it Snow." Also included is a joyful rendition of John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things." Available on 180g black vinyl.
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Carole King's classic holiday album, A Holiday Carole, released in 2011. Produced by her daughter Louise Goffin, the album's 12 songs artfully blend the sacred and the secular with an eclectic mix of well-chosen standards and newly-written material. Goffin co-wrote three original tracks on the album, including the Latin-flavored "Christmas in Paradise," on which she collaborated with Grammy-winners George Noriega and Jodi Marr, the sublime Goffin/Marr composition "Christmas In The Air," and the deeply moving "New Year's Day," co-written with renowned songsmith Guy Chambers.
"As an experienced producer," King remembers, "Louise's first question to me as her artist was, 'What songs do you like?'" After compiling a list of favorites, Goffin went on the hunt for more unusual tracks, coming up with tunes like William Bell & Booker T. Jones' Stax classic "Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday." King puts her own indelible stamp on the music, lending it a special seasonal flair.
For King, the album's emotional highlight is undoubtedly "Chanukah Prayer." "Louise had the brilliant idea to take the Chanukah prayer that I learned from my parents, and they learned from their parents, and back through generations," she explains. "She said 'I want to record you singing that and I'm going to build a track around it.'" The result is a warm, jazz-inflected tune that brings together three generations on vocals: King, her daughter, and her grandson.