Fish: Snow We first discovered this CD when we were given tickets to a Go Fish
show as a Christmas gift a few years ago. We liked it so much we quickly
bought it, and added a couple of the songs into our display the next year.
This one's a winner, I'd call it a must-have for your collection!
Grant: Christmas Album
and Home for Christmas
Two very good Christmas CD's. The Praise the King/Emmanuel/O Little Town medley
is my favorite from the first CD, and Breath
of Heaven on the second CD is just magical.
Guraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas
What could be more Christmas than Charlie Brown? If you've read about our Linus
display, you know we're big fans of both Peanuts and especially the Christmas
special. You'll be instantly transported back to your childhood with this
Originally released in 1984, this CD has become something of a classic.
The 80's-esque Deck the Halls will have your toes tapping, while the
excellent, reflective rendition of Silent Night, which closes the CD,
will leave your breathless.
Steamroller: Fresh Aire Christmas
The 1988 follow-up to Christmas, and perhaps my favorite of the the four listed here. Hark the Herald Trumpets/Hark the Herald Angels Sing
recalls Deck the Halls from the original CD, while Still, Still, Still
and Traditions of Christmas could put me in the Christmas mood anytime of
Steamroller: Christmas in the Aire If you like the other 2 Mannheim Christmas CD's, you'll probably like this
one. However, after listening to all three in a row, one starts to notice
that this one lacks in creativity what the others had. It's not a bad CD,
just not as groundbreaking as the others. Still-- a worthy addition to
Steamroller: Christmas Extraordinare
This CD just came out for 2001, and I like it. I still like the first two
the best, but this one's definitely better than #3 in my opinion.
Highlights for me are Hallelujah (the opening track) and Faeries (from
"The Nutcracker"). There's a few "filler tracks"
here but not as many as Christmas in the Aire. I recommend it.
Westwind Ensemble: Christmas Tribute to Mannheim Steamroller Although not by Mannheim Steamroller, this CD is clearly aimed at their
fans, so I listed it with their own material. This CD has some fun
arrangements in the style of Steamroller. I picked it up in the bargain
bin, and Amazon has it for under $5, so it's a cheap addition to your
Scheetz: Christmas... At Last Tired of the same old, sappy, down-tempo Christmas music? Then this CD
is a must-have! Jeff does Christmas with screamin' guitars, high-energy
arrangements, and lots of spunk! This CD contains some great arranging and
awesome playing. We liked it so well, we used it for 2 of the 7 songs
making up our 2003 light show!
Simon Night-Simon Sings His
If you collect Christmas novelty music, this one's a must-have. This isn't
your average "Barking Dog's Jingle Bells"; rather Simon lends real
interpretation and inspiration to the music. My favorite: the
"live" cut Santa Claus is Coming to Town. At $9, the
price is right, too.
6: He Is Christmas Primarily an Acapella CD, and some excellent, upbeat versions of both new
and original carols. The title track, Amen, and others will have
you tapping your feet, while Sweet Little Jesus Boy and O Come All Ye
Faithful are slower and more reflective.
Orchestra: Christmas Eve & Other Stories I bought this CD after hearing Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/12 on the
radio, and finally discovering who the group was. Most of the rest of the
album is considerably more mellow than the rocking radio-release track, but it's
an interesting CD.
A Very Special
Christmas (Vol 1), Vol. 2
, and Vol
These 3 CD's (released and sold individually), contain an extremely eclectic mix
of old and new carols from artists popular at the time the CD's were releases
(1989, 1992, and 1997, respectively). There's simply too much to list
here, click the links for the full lineup. The addition of these CD's will
add instant variety and a unique touch to your collection.
Hill Artists: Winter's Solstice, Vol. 4
There's at least six CD's in this series, I happen to have volume four (picked
it up in a bargain bin after Christmas once). It consists mainly of
classic carols done Windham-style (melodious and new-agey). This is nice
reading, "music by the fire", or background music for holiday parties.
.We'd also like to hear about some of your
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