Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Best, 2006 Style

Christmas isn't the only time of year I get into the Holiday spirit around here. Each July since 2006, I post a small clutch of tracks each day that seem to have a little bit of that Christmas magic in them, only none of them come from Christmas albums. I'm sure you've occasionally stumbled across one of these songs yourself. It's right in the middle of a regular album, a song that features sleigh bells or talks about snow falling down or Santa being there soon. I've always enjoyed these little surprises, and started collecting them years ago. Now, I actively seek them out and share them here. Some years, it adds up to a couple hundred songs! And when I get the chance, I wade through all of them and make a best-of collection, like the one you see above from the inaugural year, 2006. If all this sounds like the sort of thing you'd like to listen to, please be my guest and download the collection. Below is the track list, and each track links back to the day it was shared. There's lots more good music at those links, so if you're interested, and you have a fully paid RapidShare account, please have a look-see.

1. Clebanoff-Bobsled
2. Ted Heath/Edmundo Ros-Baby It's Cold Outside
3. Lionel Hampton-Gin For Christmas
4. Marty Gold-High On A Windy Hill
5. Eastman-Rochester Pops-Brazilian Sleigh Bells
6. Dinah Washington-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
7. Henry Mancini-Latin Snowfall
8. Yuji Takizawa & His Blue Bones Orchestra-White X-mas
9. Will Glahé-The Skater's Waltz
10. Esquivel-Sun Valley Ski Run
11. Billy Vaughn-The Chipmunk Song
12. Percy Faith-Little Bells And Big Bells (Glocke Und Glockchen)
13. Lawrence Welk-The Merry Christmas Polka
14. Jerry Murad's Electronic Harmonicats-March Of The Toys
15. Richard Hayman & His Harmonica Orchestra-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
16. Ian Fraser & His Orchestra-Sleigh Ride
17. Eddie Layton-Winter Wonderland
18. The Smothers Brothers-Swiss Christmas
19. David Rose-Christmas Tree
20. Eydie Gormé-Winter Night
21. Bernie Green With The Stereo Mad-Men-The Skater And His Dog
22. Enoch Light & The Brass Menagerie-My Favorite Things
23. The Four Freshmen-Santa Claus Is Flat Gonna Come To Town
24. David Carroll-The Ski Song (Slalom)
25. The Monterey Brass-We Need A Little Christmas
26. The Three Suns-Busy Holiday
27. Six Fat Dutchmen-Sleigh Bell
28. Billy May-Snowfall Cha-Cha
29. Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble-Holiday In A Hurry
30. Armengol-Ave Maria
31. The Crew-Cuts-Auld Lang Syne

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