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I'll be honest: I've bitten off more than I can chew. In the last couple of years, I've reorganized my entire Christmas section, built a huge Artists & Albums index, expanded my Songs & Singles index, written a heap o' reviews, and built a Christmas Jukebox with over 300 songs. But, like the layers of an onion, I keep uncovering new, wacky yuletide treasures - records, CD's, whatever - I can't resist.

What's New?So, I have thousands of Christmas CD's cluttering up my office - far more, certainly, than the few hundred or so reviewed herein. They gather dust, waiting to be catalogued and reviewed in my usual obsessive-compulsive manner. Rather than throw this year's crop of holiday goodies atop that languishing pile, I'm giving you, faithful reader, a list the best and brightest rockin' Christmas CD's for 2007 (below).

This year's class is led by old school rockers like Davie Allan, Darlene Love, Canned Heat, and the Smithereens - even pretty boy Rick Springfield and 70's schlockmeisters Captain & Tennille. In this century, Double Crown Records unleashes another volume of surf-n-garage Seasonal Favorites. Perhaps the biggest news, though, is Maverick frontman Raul Malo's Marshmallow World - the first full-length seasonal effort from either Raul or the band.

A raft of reissues head down the pike - from artists as prominent as Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald and Hank Snow - but the most exciting one comes from Jamaica, where legendary producer Joe Gibbs' Reggae Christmas finally gets issued on CD.

New Singles. I've also discovered new tracks by former Stray Cat Brian Setzer ("Take A Break Guys"), pop punks Patent Pending ("She’s A Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas"), and British indie amalgam The Black Arts ("Christmas Number One") - all available through Amazon MP3 Downloads. (Last time I looked, the Brian Setzer was free!)

I also found The Killers' single, "Santa, Don't Shoot Me," Billy Bob Thornton's "My Dreams Of Christmas" (no, really), and a reissue of Keith Richards' "Run Rudolph Run". Meanwhile, garage specialist Norton Records has unleased another holiday 7-inch with The Black Lips' "Christmas In Baghdad," and the Tom Tom Club have finally released their 2002 Christmas recordings on CD (and 7-inch red vinyl!).

Needless to say, I found plenty to get excited about... So, what have I missed? Drop me a line...

Randy Anthony

Davie Allan Fuzz For The Holidays 2 2007 image buy  
Anderson, Jon Three Ships
- reissued in Europe with bonus tracks; originally sold through his website
1985 image buy  
Asleep At The Wheel Santa Loves To Boogie 2007 image buy  
The Automatics The Last Noel
- with Steve Jones (Sex Pistols)
2007 image buy  
Bennett, Tony Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
- reissue with new cover and DVD bonus tracks
1968 image buy review
The Brigadier Six Christmas Tales 2007 image buy  
Canned Heat Christmas Album
- new recordings plus remastered classics
2007 image buy  
Captain & Tennille Secret Of Christmas
- reissued on new label with redesigned cover
2006 image buy  
Childish, Billy Christmas 1979 2007 image buy  
Chipmunks Christmas With The Chipmunks
- 25 track from two Liberty albums plus Canned Heat version of Chipmunk Song; cover art restored to original 1962 edition
2007 image buy  
Crosby, Bing A Crosby Christmas
- songs from his classic radio broadcasts
2007 image buy review
Cross, Christopher A Christopher Cross Christmas
- download available through iTunes
2007 image buy  
Dan Band A Dan Band Christmas: Ho 2007 image buy  
Diamond Rio The Star Still Shines 2007 image buy  
Fitzgerald, Ella Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas
- reissued by Capitol yet again with 13 original LP tracks but all new cover art
1967 image buy  
Gaynor, Gloria Christmas Presents 2007 image buy  
Gibbs, Joe Reggae Christmas 1979 image buy  
Go Jimmy Go Holiday Hell Yeah! 2007 image buy  
Haggard, Merle Hag's Christmas 1973 image buy  
Herndon, Ty A Ty Herndon Christmas 2007 image buy  
Horne, Lena Merry From Lena
- reissued by DRG Records
1966 image buy  
Husky, Ferlin Christmas All Year Long
- first-ever digital reissue as MP3 download
1967 image buy  
Isley Brothers I'll Be Home For Christmas 2007 image buy  
Jars Of Clay Christmas Songs 2007 image buy  
Johnson, General
- and the Chairmen of the Board
Merry Christmas 2007 image buy  
Keith, Toby A Classic Christmas 2007 image buy  
LaBelle, Patti Miss Patti's Christmas 2007 image buy review
Lawrence, Tracy All I Want For Christmas
- initially sold exclusively at Wal-Mart
2007 image buy  
Little River Band We Call It Christmas
- originally marketed directly through the band's website
2007 image buy  
Lombardo, Guy Sing The Songs Of Christmas
- with the Royal Canadians
- reissued by DRG Records
1967 image buy  
Love, Darlene It's Christmas, Of Course 2007 image buy  
Maji Christmas Dreams
- featuring Joe Puerta of Ambrosia
2007 image buy  
Malo, Raul Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites
- Amazon edition has bonus track    
2007 image buy  
McBride, Martina White Christmas
- reissue with new cover, four extra tracks
1998 image buy  
Miller, Jacob Natty Christmas 1978 image buy  
New Pornographers The Spirit Of Giving (EP)
- iTunes exclusive
2007 image buy  
Newton, Juice The Gift of Christmas
- originally issued through CD Baby
2007 image buy  
Newton-John, Olivia Christmas Wish 2007 image buy  
1910 Fruitgum Co. Bubblegum Christmas 2007 image buy  
NRBQ Christmas Wish (Deluxe Edition)
- 19-track CD compilation 1969-1999
2007 image buy review
Osborne, Joan Christmas Means Love
- reissued on Time-Life with new cover
2005 image buy  
Relient K Let It Snow, Baby, Let It Reindeer
- seven new songs plus 'Deck The Halls, Bruise Your Hand' (2003)
2007 image buy  
Schumann, Walter Voices of Christmas 1955 image buy  
Secada, Jon A Christmas Fiesta 2007 image buy  
Setzer, Brian A Swingin' Christmas
- digital-only compilation of tracks from previous releases
2007 image buy  
Sinatra, Frank A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra
- 50th anniversary edition; similar cover art to 2005 edition plus bonus track
1957 image buy review
Sister Hazel Santa's Playlist 2007 image buy  
Smith, Mindy My Holiday 2007 image buy  
Smithereens Christmas With The Smithereens 2007 image buy  
Snow, Hank Snow On Christmas
- Bear Family compilation
2007 image buy  
Springfield, Rick Christmas With You 2007 image buy  
Staple Singers 25th Day Of December
- first formal CD reissue
1962 image buy  
Sweat, Keith Christmas Of Love 2007 image buy  
Swingle Singers Unwrapped 2007 image buy  
Tillis, Pam Just In Time for Christmas 2006 image buy  
Travis, Randy Songs Of The Season 2007 image buy  
Trio West Trio West Plays Holiday Songs 2007 image buy  
Warwick, Dionne My Favorite Time Of The Year
- reissued on Rhino with new cover
2004 image buy  
Wilson, Carnie Christmas With Carnie 2007 image buy  
Soundtrack Fred Claus
- mainly classic pop and rock holiday standards
2007 image buy  
various artists Alternative Rock Xmas
- Capitol catalog spanning 25 years; initially sold exclusively at Best Buy
2007 image buy  
  Christmas Grass Vol. 3
- featuring 3 Fox Drive and friends
2007 image buy  
  Christmas In Soulsville
- similar to Stax's It's Christmas Time Again (1982) plus bonus tracks; initially sold exclusively at Best Buy
2007 image buy  
  Christmas #1's
- mixed bag of genuine classics
2007 image buy  
  Classic Soft Rock Christmas
- holiday adjunct to Time-Life series
2007 image buy  
  Coolest Yule Ever...Yet
- solid lounge-leaning UK compilation
2007 image buy  
  Country Christmas
- run-of-the-mill catalog from Capitol
2007 image buy  
  Dark Side Of The Christmas Tree
- featuring several bands from Erik Lindgren's Arf Arf label
1990 image buy  
  Essential Jazz Christmas
- UK compilation from the Capitol/EMI vaults
2007 image buy  
  Ghosts Of Christmas Past
- 1988 alternative compilation reissued with extra tracks
2007 image buy  
  Hear Something Country Christmas 2007
- old and new tracks from BMG Music
2007 image buy  
  Holiday Tribute To AC/DC: Hell's Bells of Christmas 2007 image buy  
  Holiday Tribute To Green Day: Green Days of Christmas 2007 image buy  
  Holiday Tribute to Metallica: And Christmas for All!
- above three feature instrumentals by Santa Claws and the Naughty But Nice Orchestra; released by Christmas Rock Records
2007 image buy  
  Home For Christmas: Voices From The Heartland
- roots catalog from Rounder Records
2007 image buy  
  Malt Shop Memories
- holiday adjunct to Time-Life oldies series
2007 image buy  
  Mary Did You Know?: 17 Inspirational Christmas Songs From Today's Top Country Artists 2007 image buy  
  Merry X-mas Dammit from the Double Down Saloon
- famed Las Vegas dive bar compiles garage punk; originally sold through CDBaby
2007 image buy  
  Monster Ballads Xmas
- mullet-friendly metal from Razor & Tie
2007 image buy  
  Oh Santa! New & Used Holiday Classics from Yep! Roc Records
- leading roots rock label's first Christmas album
2007 image buy  
  Original Christmas Album
- UK EMI compilation subtitled '20 Party Christmas Crackers'
2007 image buy  
  A Santa Cause, Vols. 1-2
- punk rockers benefit Pediatric AIDS Foundation
2007 image buy  
  Seasonal Favorites, Vol. 2
cool surf 'n' garage rock from Double Crown Records
2007 image buy  
  Slow Jams For Christmas
- Capitol updates earlier rhythm & blues series
2007 image buy  
  20th Century Masters: Americana Christmas
- alternative country and roots rock
2007 image buy  
  20th Century Masters: Best of Christmas Jazz Vol. 1 2007 image buy  
  20th Century Masters: Best of Christmas Jazz Vol. 2
- above two consist of traditional jazz
2007 image buy  
  20th Century Masters: Best of Smooth Jazz Christmas Jazz
- modern jazz of dubious value
2007 image buy  
  Ultra-Lounge: Best of Christmas Cocktails
- highlights from acclaimed Capitol series
2007 image buy review
  A Very Standard Christmas
- from Indiana-based indie label Standard Recordings
2007 image buy  
  Xmas 3: The War on Christmas!
- companion to Kindercore's Christmas In Stereo (1996) and Kindercore Christmas Two (1999)
2007 image buy  

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