Christmas

VA - An American Christmas Revels - Ribbon of Highway (Live) (2020) [Official Digital Download]

VA - An American Christmas Revels - Ribbon of Highway (Live) (2020) [Official Digital Download]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Front Cover + booklet | Time - 01:05:10 minutes | 720 MB
Folk | Label: Revels Records, Official Digital Download

Enjoy 30 selections of Appalachian, Shape-Note, Shaker, Gospel, bluegrass, and other traditional folk music from 1930's America, recorded LIVE at the 2019 Christmas Revels in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “2019’s Christmas Revels isn’t just set in the American heartland, it comes from the American heart.
The Living Voices - Sing Christmas Music + The Little Drummer Boy (1962+65/2016) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz]

Living Voices - Sing Christmas Music / The Little Drummer Boy (1962/1965//2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 32:17/28:44 minutes | 1,16/1,09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

RCA's wildly successful Living Stereo series spawned a number of ensembles with Living in their titles; the two that folks remember these days are The Living Strings and The Living Voices. Here's two holiday albums featured on this twofer that she released with The Living Voices remain treasured among Christmas music aficionados for their ornate orchestration, innovative arrangements, and, most of all, sweeping stereo sound. The first, 1962's "Sing Christmas Music", had actually come out on the Living Stereo imprint in 1959 as "Christmas Surprises" from The Ralph Hunter. The second album, 1965's "The Little Drummer Boy", featured the legendary Anita Kerr Singers and production by Anita Kerr herself.
The Miracles - Christmas With The Miracles (1963/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

The Miracles - Christmas With The Miracles (1963/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 23:27 minutes | 468 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Released for the 1963 Christmas season, this collection from the Miracles includes soulful interpretations of several traditional classics and a song written by Smokey Robinson, Christmas Everyday, one of the 20 best soul Christmas songs according to The Telegraph.
Johnny Mathis - Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis (1986) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Johnny Mathis - Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis (1986)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 33:43 minutes | 677 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Over the years Johnny Mathis has recorded a number of Christmas albums and this is a very good example the best of them. Recorded in Hollywood in 1986,a good 27 years after recording his first festive album in New York City with Percy Faith,this album does not contain any traditional Christmas carols but rather an excellent selection of modern pop oriented Christmas songs.This is a lovely album with an excellent choice of songs and the talents of such great arrangers as Henry Mancini,Jeremy Lubbock and Ray Ellis are used here to great effect. All the orchestrations are gorgeous and well balanced and the sound is wonderful.
Idina Menzel - Christmas Wishes (2014/2016) [Official Digital Download]

Idina Menzel - Christmas Wishes (2014/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 48:38 minutes | 623 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Holiday Wishes", also titled "Christmas Wishes", is a Christmas holiday album by American singer-songwriter and actress Idina Menzel. The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". It is Menzel's fourth studio album to date, as well as her first in six years, and features a duet with Michael Bublé.
Neil Diamond - The Christmas Album, Vol. II (1994/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Neil Diamond - The Christmas Album, Vol. II (1994/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 49:52 minutes | 2.21 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Neil came up with a stocking full of unique arrangements of holiday perennials for this 1994 album. See what he does with The Hallelujah Chorus; Sleigh Ride; Away in a Manger; Winter Wonderland; The First Noel; Joy to the World , and more!
Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album (1957/2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album (1957/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 30:41 minutes | 442 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

It may seem weird to call a seasonal album 'essential,' but along with Phil Spector's Christmas Gift for You, this is arguably the finest rock & roll Christmas album of all time. Recorded in 1957 at the height of his artistry when he truly could be called the King of Rock & Roll this album demonstrates Presley having a lot of vocal fun with a variety of styles, whether it's a carol ('Silent Night') or pop standard (Gene Autry's 'Here Comes Santa Claus'). He does one of the greatest versions of 'White Christmas' ever recorded, basically using the Drifters' version as a blueprint and then singing all the parts himself.
Neil Diamond - The Christmas Album (1992/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Neil Diamond - The Christmas Album (1992/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 45:38 minutes | 1,92 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

While Neil Diamond's The Christmas Album is designed almost exclusively for his adult contemporary constituency, the vocalist still manages to light up most of the obviousness of these standards with his trademark gritty soul and flair for inflection. Opening with the grandeur of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel/We Three Kings of Orient Are" and "Silent Night," the album is awash in rich reds and golds almost immediately. But Diamond has fun with "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," loosening up with a harmonica solo and a busy, up-tempo arrangement, and "Jingle Bell Rock" does just that with a 1950s doo wop vibe.
Nils Landgren - Christmas with My Friends VII (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Nils Landgren - Christmas with My Friends VII (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Front Cover & Digital Booklet | Time - 47:15 minutes | 866 MB
Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: ACT Music, Official Digital Download

Christmas 2020 will be unlike the Christmases of the past, because the Covid-19 crisis and social distancing have fundamentally changed the way we live. Maybe they will also make us yearn more for the true spirit and the joys of Christmas. As we reflect and contemplate on what is important to us, we know that we want to keep hold of our sense of friendship and community. We feel a strong imperative to reach out for whatever can bring joy to the world. And with that thought in mind, there can surely be very few people who can gift-wrap the Christmas season in music for us – and do so quite as naturally, effectively and magically – as Nils Landgren.
Elvis Presley - Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Elvis Presley - Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 36:06 minutes | 768 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra brings together Elvis Presley's best-loved yuletide performances from Elvis' Christmas Album (1957) and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971) re-imagined with sublime and exquisite new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.