Monday, December 21, 2009

Kraftwerk - Die Mensch-Maschine / The Man-Machine (Remaster)

The Man-Machine is the seventh studio album by Kraftwerk, released in 1978. It was released in Germany as Die Mensch-Maschine. It features the song The Model which was a #1 single in the UK in 1982. It was the first album to see Karl Bartos co-credited with song-writing along with Hütter & Schneider. Emil Schult co-wrote the lyrics for The Model. The share includes both the remastered German release Die Mensch-Maschine and the remastered International release The Man-Machine.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Beach Boys - Christmas Album

Beach Boys' Christmas Album is the Christmas Album released in 1964. Containing five original songs and seven standards, the album proved to be a long-running success during subsequent Christmas seasons, initially reaching #6 in the US album chart in its year of release and eventually going gold. Christmas Day is noteworthy for being the first Beach Boys song to feature a lead vocal from Al Jardine.

This is the last Christmas album for this year, so we go back to our normal activities...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Johnny Cash - The Christmas Spirit

The Christmas Spirit is the Christmas album released in November 1963 by Jonny Cash. It contains four original songs written by Cash and eight tracks originally penned by other artists, including Blue Christmas, Silent Night and Little Drummer Boy.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Neil Diamond - The Christmas Album Vol. 2

Neil Diamond's first Christmas album was a million-seller, but even so, it seemed a little bit soon to be releasing another one only two years later in 1994. Not that it much matters which Christmas season you release a Christmas album in. Working again with producer Peter Asher, Diamond addressed 15 seasonal songs that hadn't made it onto the first album, sometimes coming up with unusual arrangements, such as a barbershop quartet version of a medley of Deck The Halls/We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a reggae version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer complete with exhortations to children everywhere. But, especially toward the end of the album, Diamond took a more traditional approach, singing some of the more religious Christmas songs with an orchestra and chorus.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Neil Diamond - The Christmas Album

Neil Diamond's The Christmas Album were released in 1992. He plays it relatively straight on Silent Night and The Christmas Song, but really lets loose on a version of White Christmas that recalls the doo-wop of his teen years in the 1950s. He even expands his palette to include a choir-accompanied take on John Lennon's classic Happy Christmas.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Johnny Cash - Country Christmas

Country Christmas is the Christmas album released by country singer Johnny Cash in 1991. It contains 13 Christmas classics.

Johnny Cash - Vocals, Guitar
June Carter - Vocals
Carter Family - Vocals
Jack Hale, Jr. & His Nashville All-Star Band - Vocals, Instruments

Friday, December 4, 2009

Beatles - The Ultimate Christmas Collection

The Beatles bootleg containing all the Beatles Christmas club singles released throughout their career. Maybe interesting for Beatles collectors.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Moody Blues - December

December is the Christmas album released by the Moody Blues in 2003. It is their first since The Magnificent Moodies to feature songs not written by members of the band. It is also the first to feature guest flautist Norda Mullen.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Brian Wilson - What I Really Want For Christmas

What I Really Want for Christmas is Brian Wilson's ninth official solo album and his first seasonal release. It was released by Arista in October 2005 and features many traditional Christmas songs, as well some of Wilson's originals, including remakes of the Beach Boys Little Saint Nick and The Man with All the Toys. As a bonus, Wilson elected to include a sampling of seasonal recordings initially available on his website a few years earlier.