Verve Remixed Christmas - From the Verve Remix project (now with four volumes) comes classic Christmas tunes gleaned from the master studio tapes, and remixed by the leading DJ/producers of the day. Includes a toasty reggae-esque version of “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” as sung by Billie Holiday, remixed by Yesking; ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?’ performed by Louis Armstrong/remixed by The Heavy; and Fink’s uber-chill version of Nina Simone’s ‘Chilly Winds’. Classic Christmas tunes refreshed by the best in the biz! Great for the hipster in your Santa circle!
Ultra Lounge’s Christmas Cocktails (3 CD set) - Primo cocktail Christmas compilation for your holiday parties. All of the familiar yuletide songs performed by the likes of Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and many more. Who can pass up Sammy Davis Jr.’s sidesplitting version of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ with Carmen McCrae? Also available on three single discs. Swing into the holidays and New Year with this classy collection.
Harry Connick, Jr. ‘What A Night! A Christmas Album’ - For the ladies (and men) who adore the smooth & sultry voice of the Crescent City crooner, look no further. Mr. Connick gives a suave treatment to all of your holiday classics, from the old order (”O Come All Ye Faithful”) to more jovial jaunts (”Santarrific”). One of our most popular selections this year!
Andrea Bocelli ‘My Christmas’ - A wonderful Christmas debut by the preeminent Italian tenor, ‘My Christmas’ conveys the serenity and peacefulness of the holiday season, from a captivating version of ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ to ‘The Christmas Song’ (duet with Natalie Cole), to a fun-loving version of ‘Jingle Bells’ with the Muppets. Bocelli fans will love this treatment of old familiar Christmas carols and songs. Guests also include Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Bob Dylan ‘Christmas In the Heart’ - Folk rock legend Bob Dylan finally tackles Christmas tunes with his signature approach, applying his seasoned vocal style to well-selected Christmas cuts. From the lighthearted ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’, to the somber but rhythmic ‘Little Drummer Boy’, Dylan covers it all. If Dad can’t dig Harry Connick, he will find Dylan’s take on the holidays a perfect fit. Also available is a red vinyl 45 (free with purchase) that includes ‘Must Be Santa’ (from the album) and a kitschy version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ selected from his radio show broadcast in 2006. For the serious Dylan fan or quirky Christmas carol collector on your list, ‘Christmas In the Heart’ delivers holiday cheer and jeers alike!
So Come by Central Square for these and other holiday titles. Honorable mentions include Tony Bennett & the Count Basie Big Band ‘A Swingin’ Christmas’; Sugarland ‘Gold & Green’ for country fans, and yes, even Phil Spector’s ‘A Christmas Gift For You’ featuring the best of the girl groups (Ronettes, Crystals, to name a few) to add a little do-wop to your Christmas spirit!