Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Dec 20th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
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Ray Charles and Betty Carter “Baby, It's Cold Outside”
from The Spirit of Christmas (Rhino 1997) —OK, I know I play this every year but I will continue playing it every year. There are many wonderful versions of this Frank Loesser standard but this is the definitive one, I think. Recorded in 1962 for ABC-Paramount.
Ella Fitzgerald “Good Morning Blues”
from Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve 2002) —If you don't own "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas," stop whatever you're doing and go buy this, immediately. This Count Basie song was recorded in 1960. Her voice was a perfect instrument.
Big John Greer “We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo”
from Hipster's Holiday (Rhino 1989) —For my money, this is one of the three or four best Christmas music compilations ever made. 1954 song written by Horace Webb.
Jimmy Charles “Christmasville USA” (Maple Tone 2007) —One of the greatest Christmas songs of all time. Originally released as a 1960 single for the Promo label. Featuring the great backing vocals of the Revellettes - friends of his sister.
Johnny Lee “Santa's Ride”
from Phroomf / Santa's Ride 45 single (Diva) —Androgynous lead vocal, the b-side to a single that has an ode to an elf called "Phroomf" on the a-side, penned by the immortal Frank Frank Serritella and featuring Mike Simpson & His Orchestra -- if only all Christmas songs could be like this.
Lisa Mychols “Lost Winter's Dream” (Rev-Ola 1991) —2002 hard-to-find pop gem written by Steve Kobashigawa (of the Wondermints). The Wondermints are also the backing band on this release. Highly recommended.
Grace Basement “A Kiss for All the World”
from KDHXmas Vol. 2 (KDHX 2012) N L —New Christmas song recorded live at KDHX. You can stream & download most of these 17 tracks from local artists at http://kdhx.org/about/news/ring-the-bells-and-bang-the-drums-kdhxmas-2012-is-here
Tracey Thorn “Joy”
from Tinsel and Lights (Merge 2012) N —Written by Tracey Thorn and found on my favorite Christmas music release of 2012. "You loved it as a kid/But now you need it more than you ever did."
Spectator “O Holy Night”
from KDHXmas Vol. 2 (KDHX 2012) N L —Beautiful vocal by Megan Rooney. You can stream & download most of these 17 tracks from local artists at http://kdhx.org/about/news/ring-the-bells-and-bang-the-drums-kdhxmas-2012-is-here
Sam Phillips “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
from Cold Dark Night (self Self 2009) —Gorgeous vocals and arrangements on this six-song EP. I can't recommend this one highly enough.
Hello Saferide “iPod X-Mas (radio edit)”
from Oh No...It's Christmas (Razzia 2006) —A perennial M2M Christmas favorite written by Annika Norlin. I doubt I'll ever have a chance to see this Swedish band live.
Anne McCue “They Say It's Christmas Day” Single (self Self) —Written by the singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia
Roy Smeck “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Bear Family 2004) —1954 instrumental culled from this compilation made up of thirty (!) different versions of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.
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