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The holiday adjunct of EMI's excellent "Legends
Of Rock 'n' Roll" series, Legends
Of Christmas Past (1992) is a stocking stuffed with goodies
for collectors - several of which are pretty damn rare.
Subtitled "A Rock 'n' R&B Holiday Collection,"
that describes it about as well I could - twenty tracks,
almost all of them arguably "essential," stretching
from 1949 (Amos Milburn's amiable "Let's Make Christmas
Merry Baby") to 1968 (an improbable collaboration
between Canned Heat and the Chipmunks).
Chipmunk Song (The Chipmunks, 1958)
The Chipmunk Song (Canned Heat & The Chipmunks,1968)
Christmas Blues (Canned Heat, 1968)
Frosty The Snowman (Jan & Dean, 1962)
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Manfred Mann, 1967)
I Want Elvis For Christmas (The Holly Twins with Eddie
It's Christmas (Marvin & Johnny, 1958)
It's Christmas Time (Five Keys, 1951)
Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby (Amos Milburn, 1949)
Little Saint Nick (Beach Boys, 1963)
Look Around You (It's Christmas Time) (Bobby Goldsboro,
Merry Christmas Baby (Charles Brown, 1956)
Not So Merry Christmas (Bobby Vee, 1962)
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Bill Haley & His
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (The Ventures, 1965)
Silent Night (Baby Washington, 1967)
White Christmas (The Statues, 1960)
Wintertime (The Belmonts, 1964)
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