Christmas by Bruce Cockburn

Christmas is the eighteenth full-length album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, released in  October 1993 by True North Records.  This fifteen track holiday album with is a mixture of folk and pop with all tracks arranged by Bruce Cockburn with great vocals on such tracks as O Little Town Of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Silent Night, Joy To The World, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear and so much more.  This album was well performed and recorded plus being a great album to add to your Christmas library.  You can pick up your copy of this great holiday album from Amazon, Discogs and many other music outlets on CD and digital download.

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ZuZu’s Petals: A Lunch At Allen’s Christmas by A Lunch At Allen’s

My next holiday album on my review list is ZuZu’s Petals: A Lunch At Allen’s Christmas, an October 17, 2012 album, by A Lunch At Allen’s on the Linus Entertainment Records label.  This group is a band consisting of four Canadian artists of folk, country, and popular music consisting of Cindy Church on guitar and vocals, Marc Jordan on guitar, piano and vocals, Murry McLauchlan on guitar, piano, harmonica and vocals and Ian Thomas on guitar, mandolin and vocals.  They are also joined by Al Cross on drums and Victor Bateman on bass.  This fourth studio release is a wonderfully mellow holiday album in which the majority of songs are originals written by the band members and if you are a Christmas movie buff, you will notice that the title comes from a scene in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life where George Bailey’s daughter Zuzu flower came apart and George put some of the petals in his pocket when he pretended to fix it.   This twelve track album features such songs as Zuzu’s Petals, Spending My Christmas With You, It’s Christmas, Sober Up For Christmas, Oh What A Christmas Eve and so much more.  I was quite impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed.  You can get your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes, and all other music outlets.

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Takin’ Care Of Christmas by Randy Bachman

Takin’ Care Of Christmas is the 2013 holiday album by Randy Bachman, the hard-rockin’ guitar hero behind the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.  This fifteen track album features two original tracks and thirteen covers or classic songs.  The new songs on this Christmas album are Takin’ Care of Christmas a re-write of his big hit Takin’ Care Of Business and Shop Till You Drop which is an ode to ticking off the names on your gift list.  I love what he has done to classic songs such as Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Blue Christmas, Merry Christmas Baby, Jingle Bell Rock and much more.  He also included on this album a John Lennon Christmas classic Happy Christmas (War Is Over).  This album was well performed and recorded plus being an album you will definitely want to add to your holiday library which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and other music outlets.

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Down Home Christmas by The Oak Ridge Boys

Grammy Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their Down Home Christmas album which was released on October 25, 2019, on the Lightning Rod/Thirty Tigers Records label.  This amazing quartet of Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban entertains us with such classics as Silent Night and Amazing Grace as well as new tracks Bring Daddy Home, the title track Down Home Christmas, Santa Claus’ Beard and much more.  I have always been a fan of their vocals and their amazing harmonies and was impressed with their performance and how this was recorded.  This is definitely an album you will want to add to your library this holiday season which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Cracker Barrel and many other outlets where music is sold.  To learn more about this album, this group, and their holiday tour, go to their official website https://www.oakridgeboys.com

A Santa That Plays Guitar by Joey Stuckey

A Santa That Plays Guitar is my sixth review for Joey Stuckey, an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer and sound engineer from Macon, Georgia and his first-holiday album for this amazing blues artist.  This seven-track album his continuous guitar greatness with one original song Santa That Plays Guitar (two versions, single and album), plus many classic holiday covers such as Let It Snow, Jingle Bells, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, O Holy Night and Go Tell It On The Mountain, all with his twist on these classics.  Joey is joined by Nestor Jaenz on keyboards, bass and drums, and Miguel Castro and Adam Wolfe on drums.  This holiday release was well performed and recorded and is available on CD and digital download from CD Baby, Amazon, and many other outlets.  You can learn more about this artist by going to his official website https://www.joeystuckey.com

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This Winter’s Child by Potter’s Daughter

Today is the day I start working on albums you will want to listen to this coming holiday season.  This Winter’s Child is the latest song from Art Rock/Prog Fusion band, Potter’s Daughter released November 1, 2019, on the Melodic Revolution Records label.  This single is a soft, wintry poem of sound with mostly acoustic instrumentation with Dyanne Potter Voegtlin on piano and vocals, Ian C. Voegtlin on bass and guitar and Amit Chatterjee on percussion.  This single returns to the acoustic and eclectic sound of their debut album, The Blind Side which great vocals and instrumentation.  This single was well written, recorded and performed and is a great song to add to your holiday music collection which can be purchased as a CD single and as a digital download from Amazon, CD Baby, and many other music outlets.

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Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album by William Shatner

Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album is a very special gift of the holidays – the first ever Christmas album from the godfather of dramatic musical interpretations and a legend of stage and screen, Mr. William Shatner released October 26, 2018 on the Cleopatra Records label and features an incredible cast of supporting players such as Henry Rollins, Billy Gibbons, Judy Collins, Brad Paisley, Rick Wakeman, Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Joe Louis Walker and many others.  This Christmas compilation features such tracks as Blue Christmas (with Brad Paisley), Winter Wonderland (with Todd Rundgren and Artimus Pyle, the former drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd)  O Come O Come Emanuel (with Rick Wakeman former keyboardist of Yes), Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer (with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top), White Christmas (with Judy Collins) and so much more.  This compilation is well arranged, recorded, performed and produced.  This will be an interesting addition to your Christmas music library.  It is available in Vinyl, CD and digital download format from Amazon, Target and many other outlets where music is sold.

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WANNA PARTY! 4 The Holidays! by Various Artists

WANNA PARTY! 4 the Holidays! is the ultimate Pop holiday album, being the fourth volume in the ever-growing popular WANNA PARTY! Pop compilation series.  This Volume is twentieth  of the hottest new Holiday classics dedicated to celebrating the special times in the year, including Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Anniversaries & any times were giving thanks, with family & friends and even hotter than the NOW series, as it gives true music lovers a chance to be a leader, & hear tomorrow’s stars & hits today, being on the cutting edge of breaking talent with such  pop, soul and country tracks as It’s Christmas by Black Canvas, Everybody’s Happy To Be Home by Grainne Ni Mhaille,  Kissing Christmas by NAKD, Without You (It’s Not Christmas by Nassim, Tangled In The Christmas Lights by Cody Joe Hodges and so much more.  I was impressed with how well this album was compiled, written, recorded, produced and performed.  This holiday compilation is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets in CD and digital downloads.

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Christmas (Take A Ride) by Mitch Ryder

Celebrate the holiday season with one of the most distinctive voices in rock history, the brilliant Mitch Ryder, who is the voice of Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels with such classics as Devil With A Blue Dress, Sock It to Me, Baby and Jenny Take A Ride! presents his Christmas Album Christmas (Take A Ride) in which he breathes new life into twelve holiday classics that was released October 26, 2018, on the Cleopatra Records label.  This album features such Christmas classics as Blue Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Let It Snow, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and much more.  This holiday release was well arranged, recorded and performed.  This is something new for you to enjoy this holiday season and is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Christmas in Valhalla by Thor

Christmas In Valhalla is the ultimate metalhead stocking stuffer.  This is the very first holiday album from legendary metal Viking Thor that is released October 26. 2018 from the Deadline Music Records label, a division of Cleopatra Records.  This album features nine original Christmas songs that are sure to become headbanging classics with such tracks as Slay Rider, Lend Me Your Ears, If Tomorrow Never Comes, Our Last Christmas (an awesome ballad) and so much more. This is my third review for this awesome band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that has been releasing albums and rocking concert halls since 1973.  They still have that driving sound and still impressed with their songwriting abilities as well as how well this album was recorded, produced, and performed.  If you are tired of hearing the same old thing every Christmas, then this is an album you will want to add to your library and purchase from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and all other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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