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.
Here it is, Steve & Eydie standing tall at Number One! Unexpected? Maybe. They would certainly be a dark horse on most people’s lists, but I’m not most people, and I’ve loved these guys since I was a little kid. Remember those old promo anthologies I was talking about at the bottom of this countdown? Steve and Eydie featured prominently in many of them, and those songs still resonate with me today. I had a hell of a time finding it, in fact–the “new price” for this on Amazon is $42.95, which is robbery. I bought mine for $24.95 from the artists’ web site and never looked back.
The title track is the first Christmas song I listen to each year, by tradition, because I’ve got that holiday feeling, of course. The snappy little pop jazz duet is the perfect starting gun for the season, the cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is easily as good as Dean Martin’s version, and “Hurry Home For Christmas” just dares you not to sing along–then sing again in the shower, on the stairs, in the car….
Some of the tracks have a big band sound more like the music of the 40’s, some of it like late 50’s Swing–it fits in with my favorite Christmas music milieu. With huge bonus points for “Sleigh Ride”–the merriest song of the season. I wish my friends and I had half as much fun as the whoopin’ and hollerin’ on that sleigh ride–and with those whoops and whipcracks at the end of the song, I turned to my wife yesterday morning and said “Is it just me, or does that sound like Steve’s giving Eydie a little spankin’?”
“I know!” She said. “I just thought the same thing!” We busted a gut. You should too.
|1. That Holiday Feeling|
|2. White Christmas|
|3. Winter Wonderland|
|4. The Christmas Song|
|5. Baby It’s Cold Outside|
|6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas|
|7. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town|
|8. Sleigh Ride|
|9. Let Me Be the First to Wish You Merry Christmas|
|10. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!|
|11. What Are You Doing New Years Eve|
|12. Hurry Home for Christmas|
|13. That Ol’ Christmas Spirit|
|14. Happy Holiday|
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