Holiday Music Thread

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,908
    edited December 2008
    Yes I have one of their CDs, which I found at the dump but is actually quite entertaining :-)

    (Sounds of Marky scurrying to the living room to find it)

    The one I have is A Canadian Brass Christmas

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  • manmanmanman Posts: 256
    edited December 2008
    strider wrote: »
    A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Gauraldi Trio

    Available on SACD and 45 rpm vinyl for the true audiophile Christmas experience.

    Thanks for the link, "Christmas Time is Here" (both the instrumental and vocal) is my very favorite christmas song ever!

    I also like "Baby it's Cold Outside" by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan, and "Let it Snow" by Boyz II Men
  • ND13ND13 Posts: 7,648
    edited December 2008
    Sabbath , dudes!!!
    "SOME PEOPLE CALL ME MAURICE,
    CAUSE I SPEAK OF THE POMPITIOUS OF LOVE"
  • davidcitydavidcity Posts: 31
    edited December 2008
    Josh Groban Christmas is terrific...and was the no 1 seller last year.
  • jgido759jgido759 Posts: 578
    edited December 2008
    Current favorite this year:

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  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,618
    edited December 2011
    'Tis the season to resurrect the holiday music thread....

    Last year one of my favorite Christmas finds were: Berl Ives, "Holly Jolly Christmas" and Aimee Mann, "Another Drifter in the Snow". This year I went with Shack's advice and picked up The Carpenters, "Christmas Portrait".

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  • rromeo923rromeo923 Posts: 1,517
    edited December 2011
    http://top40.about.com/od/top10lists/tp/christmasalbums.htm

    I am a fan of #8 and #9 which I would have #1 and #2
    I got static in my head
    The reflected sound of everything
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,908
    edited December 2011
    skrol wrote: »
    'Tis the season to resurrect the holiday music thread....

    Last year one of my favorite Christmas finds were: Berl Ives, "Holly Jolly Christmas" and Aimee Mann, "Another Drifter in the Snow". This year I went with Shack's advice and picked up The Carpenters, "Christmas Portrait".

    Stan
    Aimee Mann has a "Christmas" album?!?
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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,208
    edited December 2011
    This is a tradition in our house. We have listened to this while putting the tree up for over 20 years.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,220
    edited December 2011
    Carpenters Christmas Portrait
    Kenny G Wishes
    Nat King Cole Christmas Song
    Bing Crosby White Christmas
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,702
    edited December 2011
    Michael Buble Christmas is where it's at for me this year...
  • Tour2maTour2ma Old School Posts: 10,176
    edited December 2011
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Nat King Cole (The) Christmas Song
    You betcha... There are multiple releases of this classic from 1960.

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    Also have a soft spot for this 1992 Telarc release, by none other than the co-writer of The Christmas Song...

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,908
    edited December 2011
    since I've been guilty of much thread pollution on this topic already... might as well pollute some more :-)

    The preferred mode of holiday reproduction at my house - decades' worth of solstice vinyl dubbed to VHS HiFi Audio tape!
    Actual, unretouched photo of a December dubbing session from a few years back. The side-load Zenith VCR was a Stereo Discounters' "HiFi show and sale" buy ca. 1986 - still going strong. This one was designed to be used for both audio and video recording (i.e., it has variable record level, peak hold display rec level meters, headphone monitor jack and output level... stuff like that). I've actually used it for live recording (with reel to reel in parallel for a "safety" copy) with good results.

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,220
    edited December 2011
    I used to do a lot of transfers to a Panasonic H-fi VHS in the mid/late 80's. Excellent sound, minimal background hiss. because of the head speed/high tape speed; freq response and S/N were very, very good. I also did party mixes via CD, and hi-fi VHS--it did a great job of giving the CD music a more analog sound.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,908
    edited December 2011
    90-plus dB dynamic range (even at "LP" speed - 6 hours of high-quality audio on a cheap T-120 tape!). No NR needed, as the audio is recorded as an FM signal (and the hiss and most other noise on the tape is AM). Beta HiFi (the originator) and VHS HiFi were the last great analog recording formats to be developed. :-)

    The only real drawback is the potential for occasional dropouts - esp. at low tape speeds. Using very high quality tape helps considerably. We have 20-plus year old tapes that still sound excellent.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Ern DogErn Dog Posts: 2,239
    edited December 2011
    If you are a Sarah McLachlan fan then you'll love this cd. It's called Wintersong and was released in 2006.

    Check it: http://www.amazon.com/Wintersong-Sarah-Mclachlan/dp/B000HBKCDC/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,908
    edited December 2011
    Ern Dog wrote: »
    If you are a Sarah McLachlan fan then you'll love this cd. It's called Wintersong and was released in 2006.

    Check it: http://www.amazon.com/Wintersong-Sarah-Mclachlan/dp/B000HBKCDC/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1

    Yeah it is pretty good - the medley The First Noel/Mary Had a Little Baby thereupon is stunning in all respects; a favorite latter-day holiday track.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Tbone289Tbone289 Posts: 659
    edited December 2011
    It's not all traditional tunes, but I really like The Jethro Tull Christmas Album and Jingle all the Way from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. If you want something harder, check out Gary Hoey's Christmas stuff (Ho Ho Hoey).
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  • jgido759jgido759 Posts: 578
    edited December 2011
    Current favorite...

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    Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support
    group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.
    -Drew Carey

    There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
    -Unknown

    My DVD Collection
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,618
    edited December 2011
    The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, now that is one I gotta hear. The lyrics are pretty interesting.

    The Carpenter's Christmas Portrait is truly worth having. It puts me in mind of a Christmas musical. "Little Alter Boy" touches my heart. Is/was there a high-res version of this album available?
    Stan
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  • Tbone289Tbone289 Posts: 659
    edited November 2012
    I'll revive this one and add Squirrel Nut Zippers - Christmas Caravan to my previously mentioned selections.
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  • Danny TseDanny Tse Posts: 5,200
    edited November 2012
    Holiday music on SACD....

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  • dkr919dkr919 Posts: 388
    edited November 2012
    The last chorus is stupendous.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,908
    edited December 2017
    OK -- I went diggin' around for a "holiday music" thread and found this one :)
    Untouched by human -- umm -- bytes since 2012.

    Why dare you disturb its slumber? I hear you ask.

    :)

    Back in September, Mrs. H & I attended an open house to visit the new studios of Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in Colchester, VT. One of the unexpected bonuses of that visit was a 'freebie' pile of CDs that their music library was getting rid of :)

    I picked up a few (imagine that?!) -- one of them was a "holiday" themed album called Enchanted Winter by one Jillian LaDage. As it happens, we have a proscription at our house against playing "holiday music" out of season. Well, the "holiday season" is here, and I am just now listening to this disc.

    It consists of Celtic-style takes on some well known (and unknown, at least to me) winter/Christmas music, and I'd opine (so far) that it's pretty darned good (if, of course, one likes that sort of thing). Think Loreena Mckennit, that sort of stuff. I don't know if any of y'all are fans of such, but it's a guilty pleasure for me, so I thought it worthy of mention.

    Found it on YT, too, if you'd care to give a listen :)



    Moody and atmospheric as all get out, it is. :)

    Happy Holidays, y'all!
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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,006
    can't believe this was not mentioned

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,908
    what year was it released? This really is an old thread! ;)
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,658
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Back in September, Mrs. H & I attended an open house to visit the new studios of Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in Colchester, VT.

    Eye is uhmembah dat! :p
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,658
    edited December 2017
    Here's a good one. :) "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,649
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,441
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    Caety's favorite Christmas album. I just happen to like near everything he puts out, so...
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