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.
A lot of folks don’t know Joan Osbourne–she flirted with mainstream success a couple of decades ago with a couple of pretty great singles, Spider Web and One of Us from a really great album “Relish”…you might remember the latter: what is god was one of us/just a slob like one of us/just a stranger on the bus….
She didn’t disappear after that, but kept making a series of remarkable blues-soul-rock-whatever albums, touring, and making fans happy wherever she landed. Because she’s not well known, this record is a bit of hidden Christmas treasure–a nice mix of traditionals, interesting covers, and even a few originals. The attraction here is Osbourne’s voice–smoother than smooth, smokier than smokey, sexier than sexy. A great recording for staying inside on a cold winter night.
|1. Christmas Means Love|
|2. Santa Claus Baby|
|3. Away In a Manger|
|4. Christmas Must Be Tonight|
|5. Cherry Tree Carol|
|6. Christmas In New Orleans|
|7. Children Go Where I Send Thee|
|8. Angels We Have Heard On High|
|9. What Do Bad Girls Get?|
|10. Great Day In December|
|11. Silent Night|