My Favorite Christmas Recordings #26 Rhino Presents Home For Christmas

Bitter, cynical, and borderline misanthropic for most of the year, I reform for the holiday season and from mid-November to the last minute of Epiphany I’m all about the season.  Readers of Old Road Apples will find themselves under a constant barrage of holiday fare this season–from themed essays to book reviews to a countdown of my very favorite Christmas recordings.  You’ll note I’m beginning this a little early–that’s to give you a fair shake at picking up the top of the list .

Rhino Presents Home For Christmas Various Artists

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I would have rated this higher, but I wanted to do a countdown and also wanted you to see them first–this we have 26 entries for the 25 days before Christmas.  Think of this as a bonus.

These were the first Christmas CDs I bought, after stubbornly clinging to a box of old, popping and hissing second-hand vinyl I’d collected over the years, and are the closest approximations to the old promotional albums, many of them sponsored by Firestone tires, that my mother had bought at grocery stores when she was a young wife and mother. If you’re over 40, you may recognize these–or if you’re younger,
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you may still listen to them when you’re over the river and through the woods at Grandma’s house.  For that matter, I have the whole setof the old Firestone albums, picked up for dimes and quarters at thrift stores.

The Rhino albums feature many of the old favorites, and represent the perfect building blocks for a Christmas record collection.  There are some glaring omissions–Barbra Streisand, The Ray Conniff Singers, and the entire Rat Pack, but it’s a great start.  You need to own this one. Don’t fool around, though–this is out of print, and at present unavailable for digital download, but every season a few used copies show up on and places like that, usually for a pittance. Jump on ’em. It never hurts to have backups.

Disc A

1. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
2. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
3. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
5. Carol of the Bells – Johnny Mathis
6. The Twelve Days of Christmas – Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians
7. Jingle Bells – Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters
8. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott
9. Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry
10. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
11. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Connie Francis
12. Joy to the World – John Fahey
13. Away in a Manger – Roger Whitaker
14. Oh Holy Night – The Orioles
15. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
16. Winter Wonderland – Johnny Mercer
17. Merry Christmas Baby – Charles Brown
18. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem – Paul Anka
19. We Wish You a Merry Christmas/Caroling Caroling – The Inner Voices
20. The Christmas Song – Mel Torme

Disc B
1. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
2. The Little Drummer Boy – The Harry Simeone Chorale
3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Vaughn Monroe
4. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
5. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd
6. Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy – Buck Owens and his Buckaroos
7. Ave Marie – Mario Lanza
8. This Time of Year – Brook Benton
9. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – The Jackson 5
10. All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones
11. Deck the Halls – Jackie Wilson
12. Silent Night – Mahalia Jackson
13. Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come – Jimmie Rodgers
14. Adeste Fideles – Bing Crosby
15. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
16. Go Tell It on the Mountain – Bobby Darin
17. Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte
18. It’s Christmas Once Again – Frankie Lymon
19. There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays – Perry Como
20. Auld Lang Syne – Guy Lombardo & his Royal Canadians


About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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