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My Favorite Christmas Recordings # 20 Joan Osbourne : Christmas Means Love

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

By 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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