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Out Of The Vault – Holiday # 3, December 21, 2013

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Peter Frampton – OH HOLY NIGHT (THEME) - "O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808–1877). Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity's redemption.  Unreleased.

Nick Lowe – CHRISTMAS AT THE AIRPORT – (Lowe) - Taken from “Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family”, 2013.

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks – UNDER THE MISTLETOE – (Hicks) - Taken from their “Crazy for Christmas” CD, 2013


Warren Zevon – THE CHRISTMAS SONG - "The Christmas Song" (commonly subtitled "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or, as it was originally subtitled, "Merry Christmas to You") was written in 1944 by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to "stay cool by thinking cool", the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.  The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. Cole again recorded the song in 1953, using the same arrangement with a full orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, and once more in 1961, in a stereophonic version with orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael. Unreleased.

Vinnie Vescio – SANTA’S AT THE MALL – (Vescio) – From a demo circa 2000.  Unreleased.  Vinne currelty performs with The Ellmore James band in Philadelphia.

Greg Lake – I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS - "I Believe In Father Christmas" is a song by Greg Lake (most famously a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer), with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Although it is often categorized as a Christmas song this was not Lake's intention. Lake claims to have written the song in protest at the commercialization of Christmas. Sinfield however, claims that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief. The song was recorded by Lake in 1974 and released separately from ELP in 1975, becoming the number two in the UK charts.

Mojo Nixon – CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS – (Berry/Nixon).  A holiday re-write of "Louie, Louie", it first appeared on Rhino's "Punk Rock Christmas" (1995), then as a single in 2001. It is most likely an outtake from Mojo's 1992 Christmas album "Horny Holidays."


Diana Krall – CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE - "Christmas Time Is Here" is a popular Christmas song written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Taken from her album Christmas Songs, 2005, and performed with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Sarah McLachlan - HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS – (Martin/Blane).  "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original. Taken from “Wintersong”, an album of Christmas songs by McLachlan, released in October 2006

Rachael Yamagata – JESUS WAS A CROSSMAKER – Written by Judee Sill, an American singer and songwriter, who was the first artist signed to David Geffen's Asylum label.  She released two albums, then worked briefly as a cartoonist before dying of drug abuse in 1979.  From the soundtrack to the film Elizabethtown, 2004.


Melissa Etheridge - BLUE CHRISTMAS - "Blue Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. Its tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.  Taken from the CD "A New Thought for Christmas", 2008.

The Bottle Rockets – BRAND NEW YEAR (1989 CHICKEN TRUCK VERSION) (Taylor/Henneman) – Taken from “The Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side Reissues), 2013.  First appeared on “Hickory Holidays”, 1989.