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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 7 (2008)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 7 (2008)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 7 (2008)
24 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 480 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans ~ 28 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-1249 | Time: 01:19:24
Holidays, Christmas, Vocal Pop, Country Pop, R&B

Collectables presents 24 more of the greatest holiday hits of all time. All songs are the original hits by the original artists that made them great. Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bing Cosby, Brian Wilson, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, Gloria Estefan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Buster Poindexter, Englebert Humperdinck, Donny Osmond, John Denver, The Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight, Kenny Vance, Bobby Vinton and Aretha Franklin.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 6 (2001)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 6 (2001)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 6 (2001)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 467 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2524 | Time: 01:19:14
Holidays, Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, R&B

The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 6: WCBS FM 101.1 is another eclectic collection of pop holiday tunes from the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, including Wham!'s "Last Christmas," the Beach Boys' "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and Andy Williams' "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!." Aretha Franklin's "Winter Wonderland," America's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and Connie Francis' "White Christmas" are some of the other highlights from this scattered compilation, which somehow mixes different sounds and eras into a festive celebration.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 449 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2522 | Time: 01:19:08
Holidays, Pop, Rock, Vocal Pop, R&B

The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 5 collects more pop and rock holiday tunes, this time venturing further into the '70s and '80s with songs like Paul McCartney & Wings' "Wonderful Christmastime," Hall & Oates' "Jingle Bell Rock," and Barry Manilow's "It's Just Another New Year's Eve." The collection still features traditional pop chestnuts, including Dean Martin's "A Marshmallow World," Johnny Mathis' "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)," and Andy Williams' "Sleigh Ride," but this volume's overall feel is more contemporary than classic. Other highlights include Manhattan Transfer's "A Christmas Love Song," the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping," the Tokens' "Little Drummer Boy," and the Jackson 5's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." If The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 5 isn't necessarily the most coherent volume in the series, it's certainly one of the most interesting.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2517 | Time: 01:10:41
Holidays, Pop/Rock, R&B, Rock & Roll, Vocal Pop, Soul

Another installment in Collectables' The Ultimate Christmas Album series, volume four gathers a mix of well-known and offbeat holiday tunes, including Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," the Platters' "Winter Wonderland," and Perry Como's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Brook Benton's "You're All I Want for Christmas," Percy Faith's "Christmas Is," and Otis Redding's "Merry Christmas Baby" are some of the collection's soulful highlights, while Santo & Johnny's "Twistin' Bells" and Stan Freberg's "Christmas Dragnet" add some novelty to the festivities. Though it's a somewhat uneven collection, The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 4: WCBS 101.1 has enough interesting and classic moments to make it worthwhile for anyone looking to go beyond the season's basic music.

Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)

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Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)

Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Artwork included
Label: Wildflower/Cleopatra | # CLP 0924 | Time: 01:02:20
Holidays, Christmas, Pop/Rock, Folk

Building on her well-represented holiday catalog, Christmas with Judy Collins is essentially a reissue of the folk artist's 2000 release All on a Wintry Night, padded with two additional songs. All 14 tracks from Wintry Night are featured here in their original sequence with the addition of a new single, the western-tinged "Angels in the Snow" leading off the album, and a stirring, largely a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" closing it out. Fans of Collins' rich, warm voice will enjoy some of the more stripped-down arrangements, which feature her singing to a simple piano accompaniment on lesser-known carols like "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Cherry Tree Carol." On the other hand, the dated synthesizer sounds on tracks like "Come Rejoice" and "Good King Wenceslas" sound rather homogenous and the spoken intro over the faux-strings of "Away in a Manger" is far too heavy-handed to take seriously. Fortunately, the bulk of the album's 16 tracks favor the more minimalist arrangements keeping Collins' lovely voice at the forefront without much distraction.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 3 (1996)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 3 (1996)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 3 (1996)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 447 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans ~ 60 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2513 | Time: 01:17:23
Holidays, Vocal Pop, R&B, Pop/Rock, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Soul

Another installment in Collectables' The Ultimate Christmas Album series, volume 3 gathers a mix of well-known and offbeat holiday tunes, including Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song", The Singing Dogs' "Jingle Bells", The Supremes' "Twinkle Twinkle Little Me", The Ventures' "Sleigh Ride", Johnny Mathis' "Winter Wonderland", Perry Como's "Home For The Holidays", Burt Bacharach' "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle", Paul Anka's "It's Christmas Everywhere", Percy Faith's "We Need A Little Christmas", Andy Williams' "Happy Holidays", Ray Charles' "Christmas Time", Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby".

The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Christmas Rocks! The Best Of Collection (2008)

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Christmas Rocks! The Best Of Collection (2008)

The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Christmas Rocks! The Best Of Collection (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 495 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Holidays, Swing, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll | Label: Surfdog | # 2-512780 | 01:08:32

The Brian Setzer Orchestra has established a new standard by which holiday albums are judged. They struck a major chord with audiences everywhere and catapulted the super-charged 18 piece Big Band into a Christmas franchise via their annual sold out holiday tour. This magnificent collection is a combination of the very best tracks from their two holiday releases, paired with two previously unreleased tracks plus two seasonal selections from his 2007 materpiece Wolfgang's Big Night Out.

Placido Domingo - My Christmas (2015)

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Placido Domingo - My Christmas (2015)

Placido Domingo - My Christmas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb
Label: Sony Classical | # 88875117432 | Time: 00:46:37
Genre: Classical Crossover, Vocal Pop, Holidays

With "My Christmas", world-renowned opera star Plácido Domingo releases a personal Christmas album with songs dear to his heart to celebrate the warmth and magic of the season. The album will include a number of well-loved Christmas numbers, and will feature a host of top artists singing and playing with Domingo. Plácido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist. Recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, his appearances around the world with his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in the now legendary The Three Tenors concerts are one of the great musical success stories of the 1990s. As a singer, his repertoire encompasses more than 140 roles, both as tenor and baritone, with more than 3500 career performances and more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets and crossover discs. His work in the recording studio has earned him 12 Grammy Awards, including 3 Latin Grammy Awards.

Tommy Emmanuel - All I Want for Christmas (2011)

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Tommy Emmanuel - All I Want for Christmas (2011)

Tommy Emmanuel - All I Want for Christmas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb
Label: Favored Nations | # none | Covers included | Time: 00:37:26
Guitar Virtuoso, Holidays, Christmas, Country, Pop, Folk, Jazz, Instrumental

Released the year after he was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist for a second time by Guitar Player magazine, Australian virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel further establishes his esteemed reputation with this collection of festive covers, All I Want for Christmas.

Renee Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014)

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Renee Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014)

Renée Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb
Label: Decca | # B0021104-02 | Time: 00:56:18 | Scans included
Holidays, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover

American soprano Renee Fleming's first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City. From the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue to the red and green-lit spire of the Empire State Building, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of year is captured on Christmas in New York. Pop, Broadway and jazz greats Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Kelli O Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright join Renée as she lends her sublime voice to hits like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silver Bells" and other gems, including "Central Park Serenade" a brand new duet by songwriting legend Diane Warren. In total, Renee Fleming and her guests have won 16 Grammy awards across multiple categories.

John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together (1979) Reissue 1996

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John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together (1979) Reissue 1996

John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together (1979) Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 177 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 83 Mb | Scans included | 00:34:48
Holidays, Children's, Folk, Pop/Rock | Label: LaserLight Digital | # 12 761

The Muppets have sung with so many people over the years, from Elton John to Tony Bennett, yet it has always seemed like their performances with John Denver were somehow the perfect match. Christmas Together is a delightful–what else?–sing-along collection of Christmas favorites as performed by Denver and the Muppets ensemble. While the usual suspects have more than their say here–Kermit, Miss Piggy–the standout piece is "Twelve Days of Christmas." What could be better than a Muppet a day? Denver leads the critters through a tender "Silent Night," which comes couched in a medley that closes with a rousing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." "Deck the Halls" is equally raucous–about as raucous as Muppets can get. Listen for the subtle lyric adaptations and the witty exchanges between Denver and his minstrels. Definitely not just for kids.

Jimmy McGriff - Christmas With McGriff (1996) Recorded in 1963

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Jimmy McGriff - Christmas With McGriff (1996) Recorded in 1963

Jimmy McGriff - Christmas With McGriff (1996) Recorded in 1963
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 191 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans included
Holidays, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Hammond | Label: Collectables | # COL-5747 | 00:36:35

This funky little holiday gem from 1964 was originally released on Sue Records and was actually Jimmy McGriff's highest charting album, rising to number 15 on the pop charts that year. Naturally his gritty Hammond B-3 playing is front and center here, given wonderful support by drummer Jimmie Smith, guitarist Larry Frazier, and Rudolph Johnson on soprano and tenor saxophone. The whole affair is surprisingly energetic and spunky, and tracks like the hard-charging "Christmas With McGriff," the sleigh bell-embedded "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and the lively "Hip Santa" are all wonderful examples of upbeat soul jazz. Even the version of "Jingle Bells" that closes the set is funked up, riding a chugging rhythm and a bed of sleigh bells into the yuletide night. McGriff could have easily gone through the motions on this holiday session, and that he obviously didn't makes Christmas With Jimmy McGriff even more endearing.

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993)

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I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993)

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos (1993) Reissue 2005
Giuseppe Torelli - Antonio Vivaldi - Georg Friedrich Händel - Francesco Manfredini
Giuseppe Tartini - Pietro Antonio Locatelli - Arcangelo Corelli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Denon | # COCO-70776 | Time: 00:52:34

The Italian ensemble I Virtuosi di Roma's long tradition of performing classics of the Italian Baroque pioneered in many ways the contemporary revival of early music. When its founder, Renato Fazzano, passed away the group disbanded, but a regrouping of sorts took place in the early 80s with eight members of the original group. The new ensemble, which calls itself I Solisti Italiani, has continued the Fazzano legacy, emphasizing line and grace in presenting particularly the works of Vivaldi.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2512 | Time: 01:09:25
Holidays, R&B, Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul

Volume two of Collectables' Ultimate Christmas Album gathers more classic pop and rock holiday tunes, including the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Diana Ross & the Supremes' "White Christmas." Most of this volume's best-known tracks are by traditional pop crooners, such as Dean Martin's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Bing Crosby's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," and Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas." However, less-familiar tracks like the Echelons' "A Christmas Long Ago (Jingle Jingle)," Augie Rios' "Donde Esta Santa Claus," and Barry Gordon's "Nuttin' for Christmas" prevent the collection from being too predictable. It's not exactly a straightforward holiday-hits compilation, but The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 2 balances enough standards and obscure tunes to make it a unique collection.

Ray Conniff And The Singers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1962)

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Ray Conniff And The Singers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1962)

Ray Conniff And The Singers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1962)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 193 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 77 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Christmas | Label: Columbia | # CK 8692 | Time: 00:31:14

Between 1957 and 1968, Ray Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40. He started out at Columbia Records as their home arranger, backing artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, and Johnnie Ray, with his orchestra and was eventually offered the chance to do his own record. We Wish You a Merry Christmas is packed with traditional holiday tunes that Conniff and his (25) Singers wove into a series of medleys. This album has a retro studio sound, which, upon listening, may conjure up images of Lawrence Welk singers strolling the stage, dressed in matching holiday garb. Sometimes melodramatic ("Ring Christmas Bells"), other times, bright and exuberant ("Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!"), it's good, clean fun for the whole family and a solid addition to any Christmas catalog.