Here is a collection of orchestral tunes with a good sprinkling of Nutcracker to liven things up.
Christmas Cocktails is a wonderful trip to off the beaten path holiday tunes.
Bert who? Think of a German Mantovani or Hollyridge Strings. So much fun!
Tired of the traditional Christmas fare? Give this one a spin, it is guaranteed to please. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: It’s A Holiday Soul Party
From 1955, Jo Stafford’s “Happy Holiday”
Andre Kostelanetz’s ‘Christmas in Wonderland’ from 1963 is like Christmas Muzak on overdrive. Happy, corny and just fun, the music is as sweet as the album cover. Amazon: Wonderland of Christmas
We all know the songs from the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials. “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” contains all of the original songs from the special, plus instrumentals versions. “Rudolph, Frosty and Friends” has most of the RTRNR songs, plus tracks from “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Frosty the Snowman”. Either one will give you hours of Christmas fun the whole season! Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: http://amzn.to/1R2F44d Rudolph, Frosty and Friends: http://amzn.to/1R2FaJb
From 1959 comes Andre Kostelanetz’s first Christmas album. This is real orchestral Christmas music with chorus, featuring baritone Earl Wrightson, similar along the lines of Percy Faith. If you are more familiar with his later albums, Side 1 is a bit more serene, but a beautiful track nonetheless. This release is the source of most of the Kostelanetz tracks on the earlier Goodyear Great Songs of Christmas albums. Joy To The World (Amazon) – Note, the artwork is different for the CD…
During the 1960s and ’70s, the Goodyear and Firestone tire companies peddled annual Christmas albums in their stores, usually for a dollar each, to customers who waited to get their tires changed or wheels aligned.
There are updates to the first 3 Goodyear LPs, with new album scans and links to the music. Great Songs of Christmas Album One Great Songs of Christmas Album Two Great Songs of Christmas Album Three