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The Ramsey Lewis Trio – Sound of Christmas

How do you actually create something that sounds like Christmas music? It’s probably a question that has vexed all those Christmas record hopefuls that have tried to create b

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Julie Andrews – The Secret of Christmas

The concept of the “overproduced” record is an interesting one.

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The Kingston Trio – Last Month of the Year

The Kingston Trio is, quite straightforwardly, the most important band in the history of music that people don’t normally know about.

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A Music Box Christmas: Enchanting 19th-Century Music Boxes from the Collection of Rita Ford

The fantastic thing about recording technology is that it allows us to travel in time.

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Louvin Brothers – Christmas With The Louvin Brothers

The album Christmas With The Louvin Brothers surely must have sounded incredibly old-fashioned in 1961.

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Strictly Parang: The Best of Trinidad Parang

The history of recorded Christmas music is full of disparate traditions.

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The Carpenters – Christmas Portrait

Richard Carpenter and Karen Carpenter of the Carpenters were born in 1946 and 1950 respectively. In the mid-fifties they were no more than 10 and 6 years old.

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Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas

Frank Sinatra, infamously, once asked composer Hugh Martin to “jolly up” the lyrics to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.

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Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

Nat King Cole, perhaps the greatest popular music voice of the 20th century, was a heavy smoker.

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Burl Ives – Christmas Day In The Morning
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Burl Ives – Christmas Day In The Morning

Say the name Burl Ives and mention Christmas and the association will often run to a jolly old man persona, singing “Holly Jolly Christmas” slathered in lavish orchestr

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