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    Question Favorite CHRISTMAS CD's, other stuff on your Christmas list?

    Shamelessly borrowing from RBMB's excellent thread on your 3 favorite CD's ... Christmas is coming and we all have to write up our Christmas lists. So let's have at it...
    - what are your favorite 2-3 CD's of Christmas music- mando of course, but acoustic in general. Classical included.
    - what else is going on your Christmas list- books, etc

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    I can give ya 2:

    David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas
    Nashville Mandolin Ensemble Gifts

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    Oh man, so many....

    Well, here's a list of ones that I really like:
    Jacqueline Schwab, Down Came An Angel
    Bonnie Rideout, A Scottish Christmas
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Jingle All The Way
    Toronto Consort, The Little Barley-corne
    Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, Songs of Angels

    Not really mando in each of these (Jacqueline Schwab is purely piano--but Andy Statman is on the Flecktones album playing mando), but I tend to like these few a lot. I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that come to mind.
    "When I heard what Socrates had done on the lyre, I wished indeed even [I had done] that...but certainly I labored hard in letters!" - Cicero, "Cato the Elder on Old Age"
    Weber Gallatin Mahogany F
    19th Century Ferrari(?) Bowlback
    Early 20th Century British Mandoline-Banjo & Deering Goodtime Tenor
    1960s Harmony Baritone Ukelele
    The Magic Fluke Flea Soprano Ukelele (in 5ths!)
    1910 German Stradivarius 1717 copy, unknown maker
    1890(?) German Stradivarius 1725 copy, G.A. Pfreztschner, maker

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    Robin Bullock's "A Guitar for Christmas". It's my favorite Christmas cd, far and away.

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    I'm Xmas CD'd out, but the following are key music-related items on my wish list this year:
    Deja Vu 5 emando kit
    Tiny & Jethro Back to Back
    David Surrette's The Green Mandolin
    Comhaltas' Foinn Seisiún Book 1
    Rick Turner's "Build a Mandolin if 4 Days" class next door in Oakland
    Merle Haggard's A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World: Or, My Salute To Bob Wills
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    Rhonda Vincent's Christmas CD I'm hooked on right now, as well as the Christmas Grass volumes 1 & 2. That cures my bluegrass fix. Besides that, I've got a Bing Crosby CD I've always pulled out every year. His "White Christmas" is my all time favorite Christmas song.
    Always puts me in a peaceful Christmas mood.

    On my Christmas list this year is pretty much all mandolin requests - extra set of strings, DVDs and instructional books, money for a strap, and then odds and ends stuff not related to the mando.
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    I always look forward this thread each year. The folks here have turned me on to a bunch of great mando holiday recordings over the years. Here are a few that I highly recommend:

    The Mair-Davis Duo: "The Sounding Joy" (outstanding recording of lesser known Christmas carols by a great classical mandolinist and guitarist)

    Butch Baldassari: "Evergreen"

    David Grisman: "Acoustic Christmas" (one of my favorite recordings, holiday or not)

    John Doan: "Wrapped in White" (an interesting recording featuring harp guitar and a variety of early 20th century instruments including mando)

    Rounder's: "Oh Christmas Tree" compilation

    Mike, Penny and Peggy Seeger: "American Folks Songs for Christmas" (not really any mando but a very nice double disc of American Christmas songs, most of which are Appalachian and were unknown to me)

    That's more than three...but maybe it adds to your list.

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    The sound track to the Peanut's Christmas Special.

    Er... and two others.

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    The Vince Guaraldi Trio's fabulous Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.

    Ray Charles has a Christmas disc also, can't remember the title but the unexpected steel guitar intro on Little Drummer Boy absolutely kills.
    Clark Beavans

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    In addition to the good ones mentioned above:

    John Carlini's "A Christmas Gift" http://johncarlini.com/index2.htm
    Dan Crary Holiday Guitar

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    I don't need any CDs, but I would love it if santa would bring me a new/better mandolin. But, in lieu of that, I'd be happy with:

    1) new keyboard stand
    2) 12.5" tumbadora
    3) bari sax
    4) car
    5) new bass strings


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    How the heck could I forget Capitol Records' Christmas on the Range? I never did experience the 50s, but there's something about old honky-tonk/country on Christmas morning that makes the day more fun.
    "When I heard what Socrates had done on the lyre, I wished indeed even [I had done] that...but certainly I labored hard in letters!" - Cicero, "Cato the Elder on Old Age"
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    1910 German Stradivarius 1717 copy, unknown maker
    1890(?) German Stradivarius 1725 copy, G.A. Pfreztschner, maker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandoviol View Post
    How the heck could I forget Capitol Records' Christmas on the Range? I never did experience the 50s, but there's something about old honky-tonk/country on Christmas morning that makes the day more fun.
    Is that the one where santa's caught in mama's bed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmandu2 View Post
    Is that the one where santa's caught in mama's bed?
    No, thank God!
    "When I heard what Socrates had done on the lyre, I wished indeed even [I had done] that...but certainly I labored hard in letters!" - Cicero, "Cato the Elder on Old Age"
    Weber Gallatin Mahogany F
    19th Century Ferrari(?) Bowlback
    Early 20th Century British Mandoline-Banjo & Deering Goodtime Tenor
    1960s Harmony Baritone Ukelele
    The Magic Fluke Flea Soprano Ukelele (in 5ths!)
    1910 German Stradivarius 1717 copy, unknown maker
    1890(?) German Stradivarius 1725 copy, G.A. Pfreztschner, maker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandoviol View Post
    No, thank God!
    Hmm...must be the one where Rudolf is run over on the highway, then?

    Or, maybe I'm thinking of the song where all of that stuff happens...
    Last edited by catmandu2; Nov-09-2010 at 5:20pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmandu2 View Post
    Hmm...must be the one where Rudolf is run over on the highway, then?

    Or, maybe I'm thinking of the song where all of that stuff happens...
    I'm pretty sure that that song was written way past the time Tennessee Ernie Ford and Tex Ritter and co. were recording!
    "When I heard what Socrates had done on the lyre, I wished indeed even [I had done] that...but certainly I labored hard in letters!" - Cicero, "Cato the Elder on Old Age"
    Weber Gallatin Mahogany F
    19th Century Ferrari(?) Bowlback
    Early 20th Century British Mandoline-Banjo & Deering Goodtime Tenor
    1960s Harmony Baritone Ukelele
    The Magic Fluke Flea Soprano Ukelele (in 5ths!)
    1910 German Stradivarius 1717 copy, unknown maker
    1890(?) German Stradivarius 1725 copy, G.A. Pfreztschner, maker

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    Got any clips? Let's get into some holiday verve here!


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    Default Re: Favorite CHRISTMAS CD's, other stuff on your Christmas list?

    These are a few of my favorite Christmas CDs:

    "December" by George Winston

    "A Guitar for Christmas" by Liona Boyd

    "Christmas Wonderland" by Bert Kaempfert

    "Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky

    I lean toward the old stuff whcih my parents played like Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Bing, etc., but I like Mannheim Steamroller and I saw them live in Milwaukee a few years ago.
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    Came across this 4-CD box set: Various Artists - Midwinter: A Celebration of the Folk Music & Tradition of Christmas & the Turning of the Year. Has 156 page book too.


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    Here's another vote for NME - Gifts. My wife bought it for me a few years ago and i never get tired of it. i have a second CD called "Acoustic Christmas," it's put out by Regency and numbered V20023. No names i recognize from anywhere else but it's surprisingly good. My favorite cut is #7, Here We Come A-Caroling; it's got this great guitar riff intro that makes repeat appearances throughout the tune.

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