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On 12/14/2020 at 8:28 PM, Allhallowsday said:



Nice LENNON songs.  YOKO = oh no.

I love Yoko singing  "Give Me Something" on this album. I particularly like the bird calls.

And "Yes, I'm Your Angel" is a particularly sweet number by Yoko.

Considering who she had to compete with on this album, I thought she did okay.


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Ronettes - Phil Spector's Christmas Album - Amazon.com Music

Phil Spector's Christmas Album Various Artists  Nov 1963

A great rockin' holiday album with the Spector Wall Of Sound. The first track is "White Christmas" sung by Darlene Love, it is interesting because it has some added lyrics in which the singer talks about being in LA among the orange and palm trees while longing for a snowy Yuletide up north. The Ronettes do a terrific "Frosty The Snowman" with Ronnie Spector's unique voice both girlish and powerful and she sings it in her thickest New Yawk accent. Another great track is the Crystals soaring version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town which has some powerhouse drumming. Many other artists have copied this version, which I think is the best one ever. I also love the Ronettes "Sleigh Ride" with great sax and sound effects. There is nice version of "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers" by the Crystals. The one original song on the album is "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home" and it's a  show stopper. Darlene Love's powerful vocals made this into an instant Christmas classic. One lesser known group Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans do a  fun "Here Comes Santa Claus, the backup singers are especially good. The strange final track is Phil Spector himself speaking over the traditional carol "Silent Night", he wishes us all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All the  artists sing just a snippet of "Silent Night" which ends the album.

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Stevie Wonder - Someday At Christmas (1978, Vinyl) | Discogs

Someday At Christmas -Stevie Wonder Nov 1967

A beautiful Christmas collection of mostly original songs and a few standards. The first track is the title song, with a message of hope for no more wars and peace on earth someday on Christmas. There are nice versions of "Silver Bells" and "The Little Drummer Boy". Wonder also sings a beautiful rendition of "Ave Maria" and plays part of it on the harmonica. My favorite song on the album is the original "One Little Christmas Tree", a tale of a little tree that never grew big and wants to light up a home. An angel brings him a star and he lights the world, if you never heard this song before, check it out, it will become a Yuletide classic for you. On the second side there is a touching song "Bedtime For Toys" about how children put their toys to bed. There is a sequence where Stevie says there are some kids who Santa doesn't get to visit for one of the more poignant moments on the record. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Me" is a cute song which is sung from the POV of the star on your tree. The album ends with rocking soul holiday song "What Christmas Means To Me".

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