Monday, November 17, 2014

The Official "My Favorite Decade" Christmas Album

Released: 2014 (K-Ram)
Produced by: SRK Productions
Peak on the US Billboard 200: ?

Side One Side Two
Wonderful Christmastime
This Christmas
Xmas at K-Mart
She's Right On Time
Jingle Bell Rock
2000 Miles
Christmas Wrapping
Jingle Bell Hustle
Last Christmas
Please Come Home for Christmas
Merry Christmas Darling
Santa Claus and Popcorn
One Christmas Catalogue
Christmas Medley

I shot coffee out my nose when I heard a certain daytime talk show host had released a Xmas compilation titled "The Only Holiday Album You’ll Ever Need, Volume 1."  Knowing this particular host wasn't up to such a challenge, I took it as a call to arms to put together a definitive Christmas compilation.  I gave myself only two restrictions: 1) No Cyndi Lauper, and 2) keep the recordings between 1976-85.  According to Herc, our resident K-Tel expert, most K-Tel compilation albums had an average of 8 tracks per side, so I used that number on side one, but I had to make an adjustment for side two as the album closes with a disco medley that runs over 12 minutes.

Unfortunately, this definitive Christmas album is currently out of stock, so it's become a DIY joint.  Pull out your vinyl, grab a blank cassette and get to dubbin'!  Here's the pertinents:

  1. "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney, single release (1979)
  2. "This Christmas" by The Temptations, from their album Give Love at Christmas (1980)
  3. "Xmas at K-Mart" by Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band with The Rootettes, single release (1978)
  4. "She's Right On Time" by Billy Joel, from his album The Nylon Curtain (1982)
  5. "Jingle Bell Rock" by Hall & Oates, single release (1983)
  6. "2000 Miles" by The Pretenders, from their album Learning to Crawl (1984)
  7. "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses, from the compilation album A Christmas Record (1981)
  8. "Jingle Bell Hustle" by Wayne Newton, from his EP It Could Have Been Such A Wonderful Christmas (1979)

  1. "Last Christmas" by Wham, single release (1984)
  2. "Please Come Home for Christmas" by The Eagles, single release (1978)
  3. "Merry Christmas Darling" by Carpenters, from their album Christmas Portrait (1978)
  4. "Santa Claus and Popcorn" by Merle Haggard, from his album Goin' Home for Christmas (1982)
  5. "One Christmas Catalog" by Captain Sensible, single release (1984)
  6. "Christmas Medley" by The Salsoul Orchestra, from their album Christmas Jollies (1976)

You can bet you haven't heard the last of this album. A more complete breakdown to follow in the coming month.

BUT WAIT! Friend o'the blog (and our very first Twitter follower) Dirk Digglinator has used his considerable talents and vast library to bring you a streaming version of this hard-to-find classic Christmas compilation! Enjoy the mix and give ol' Dirk a follow because he's the mixer with the magic elixir.

1 comment :

  1. If that ain't the gift that keeps on givin', I don't know what is!! Makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside... Stand up and take a bow, Kid™!