(2014) Christmas In America

Various Artists

... read moreIt’s hard to stir much interest in new Christmas songs when the season builds its unique emotional energy on a remembrance of Christmases past, a kind of collective willful nostalgia where “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and their other classic kindred work just fine...

02:36′:01″ 52 Songs

1
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The Gift (Maria's Song)
4:54
2
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Santa Baby
3:33
3
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The Friendly Beasts (I Said..)
3:39
4
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Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental)
3:15
5
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Up On The Housetop
2:04
6
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I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
2:37
7
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Bluegrass Christmas
3:00
8
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One More Sleep (Until It's Christmas)
4:02
9
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Baby, It's Cold Outside
3:37
10
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Angels In The Snow
5:38
11
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New Baby For Christmas
1:50
12
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
4:16
13
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White Christmas
3:09
14
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Ole Tex Kringle
1:58
15
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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
3:07
16
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Po' Folks Christmas
3:14
17
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A Pocketful Of Mistletoe
1:52
18
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Christmas Dinner
2:52
19
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Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer
3:24
20
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Christmas Carols By The Old Corral
2:33
21
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I'll Be Walkin' The Floor This Christmas
2:23
22
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Holly Jolly Christmas
2:16
23
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Santa To The Moon
1:36
24
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Joy Bells
1:31
25
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The Christmas Boogie
2:14
26
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I Believe In Santa Claus
3:23
27
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Greensleeves
3:12
28
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Miss Hooligan's Christmas Cake
2:20
29
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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
2:34
30
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How Many Kings (All For Me, All For You)
4:23
31
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Christmas Time Is Here
2:12
32
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Here Comes Santa Claus
2:28
33
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Jingle Bells
2:53
34
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Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
3:26
35
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Last Christmas
3:27
36
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Jingle Bell Rock
2:11
37
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The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
4:10
38
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Nuttin' For Christmas
2:02
39
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White Christmas
2:34
40
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Amazing Grace
3:52
41
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One More Sleep Until It's Christmas (Instrumental Version)
4:02
42
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The Gift (Originally Performed By Garth Brooks) [Instrumental Version]
4:54
43
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The Friendly Beasts (Originally Performed By Garth Brooks) [Instrumental Version]
3:38
44
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Baby, It's Cold Outside (Instrumental Caroling Version)
3:36
45
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Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
3:33
46
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Little Footprints In The Snow
2:04
47
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Go Tell It On A Mountain
3:03
48
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The Winter Song
2:10
49
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Christmas In My Hometown
2:38
50
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Blue Christmas
2:29
51
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A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus
1:50
52
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
2:23
Released 27 October 2014, ℗ Silverphonic Records

Review

It’s hard to stir much interest in new Christmas songs when the season builds its unique emotional energy on a remembrance of Christmases past, a kind of collective willful nostalgia where “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and their other classic kindred work just fine, sometimes even magically so. It’s tough to break any new holiday tunes into such a milieu, and nothing on this nostalgic (albeit nostalgia in an entirely different direction -- the front cover states these are “new 60s style recordings”) set of somewhat generic pop-folkish holiday rock sides is likely to accomplish it. There are a couple of interesting moments, including Jay & the Americans’ almost catchy “Christmas in America,” the Rip Chords’ creaky (creaky because those days are long gone, gas prices and all) “Hot Rod Holiday,” and Pat Horgan (who compiled this collection along with Jon Stern) & Thunder Road’s faux Bruce Springsteen holiday epic “Christmas in the Bronx, 1965,” but most of what’s here just drifts right by in a mistletoe haze. It’s tough to compete with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” no matter what recording decade you emulate. ~ Steve Leggett