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Amanda Shires

For Christmas [LP]

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On her first-ever holiday album For Christmas, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Amanda Shires invites the world into a fantastically warped wonderland of her own making. Though there’s flying reindeer and fallen tinsel and angels serenely plucking harps, Shires’s finespun storytelling sheds light on the kind of holiday experiences and emotions that often go ignored in Christmas songs: the family drama and forced cheer, burnt-out frustration and elaborate fantasies of escaping off to some far-away tropical island. Mostly made up of original material from the Texas-bred musician, the album unfolds in a selection of piano songs touched with the timeless charm of Brill Building pop—a lovely setting for the luminous vocal presence she’s brought to a series of acclaimed solo albums and to her role as a member of The Highwomen. Revealing an entirely new side of Shires’s idiosyncratic mind, the result belongs to that rare breed of holiday music that feels undeniably resonant at any season of the year.

The follow-up to 2018’s critically lauded To The Sunset, For Christmas marks the realization of a longtime dream for Shires. “I’ve always wanted to make a record that’s true to what Christmas is like for me, and all the mixed emotions that come with it,” she says. “There’s the happiness of being with family, and then the reality that getting a bunch of your family members in the same room is maybe never a great idea. I’m one of those hopeless-romantic types, so there’s the romance and beauty of Christmas but also the sadness, especially when not everybody you’re used to having around gets to be there anymore. There’s a lot of nostalgia in these songs, but there’s a lot of reality too.”

Produced by Lawrence Rothman and recorded live at Sound Emporium Studios in her homebase of Nashville, For Christmas finds Shires working with bassist Jimbo Hart (her bandmate in Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit), pianist Peter Levin (a jazz musician she met while touring with The Gregg Allman Band), guitarist Pat Buchanan (Dolly Parton, The Chicks), and drummer Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams). Over the course of four hot days in July, Shires and her collaborators laid down the album’s nine original songs and two covers (including Frank Loesser’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” and a darkly charged reimagining of “Silent Night”), infusing every track with the unbridled joy of the recording sessions. “We ate a ton of donuts and all wore Christmas hats, and the place was decked out in all these Christmas lights,” recalls Shires, who played fiddle and violin on For Christmas. “It’s hard to be in the studio sometimes, but everybody brought so much fun and humanity to the whole thing.”

Throughout For Christmas, Shires leads her audience on a whirlwind journey through the chaos of holidays, often spiking her nuanced reflection with a bit of goofball humor (“The pressure’s different when you’re writing Christmas songs as opposed to confessional songs or protest songs—there’s a chance to bring some comedy, and get more punny than normal,” she notes). Along the way, Shires presents such gems as “Blame It on the Mistletoe,” a tribute to the dizzying bliss of falling in love at holiday time (sample lyric: “I admit I was feeling a little ho-ho-hopeless/Thinking this crush was just one-sided”). One of several tracks featuring legendary gospel quartet The McCrary Sisters, the sublimely offbeat “Gone for Christmas” slinks along in a Grinch-inspired groove as Shires shares a litany of less-than-orthodox holiday wishes (“I want a date with Larry David/I want Costa Rica or the Caymans/And I want you gone for Christmas”). And on “Always Christmas Around Here,” For Christmas closes out with a riotously true-to-life portrait of the holiday’s aftermath (“A mess in the living room/There’s a wine all over the couch/My sisters aren’t speaking/Who’s crying now?”). “That song was my favorite to put together,” Shires points out. “John Prine had passed away not too long before, and he loved Christmas—he always had a Christmas tree up everywhere, even in the studio. I was thinking about all the problems that come with the holidays, and how difficult families can be, and I know I wrote a song he would say was pretty great.”

Elsewhere on For Christmas, Shires channels everything from lustful whimsy (“A Real Tree This Year”) to glorious catharsis (“Let’s Get Away”) to heavy-hearted longing (on the quietly devastating “Slow Falling Snow”). “What I wanted to do with this record was capture all of my feelings about Christmas, and I’ve still got more feelings to go—it’s so fun I might do it again,” says Shires. “I hope it helps people know that all the feelings are okay, that it’s all right to feel down on Christmas when there’s so much celebrating going on around you. And at the same time I just wanted to give everyone some Christmas songs they haven’t already heard 200,000 times before, and hopefully get them all to sing along.” 

Amanda Shires - For Christmas [LP]
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Norah Jones

I Dream Of Christmas [LP]

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Norah Jones has been a warm voice of comfort and reassurance for nearly 20 years since her cozy 2002 debut, Come Away With Me. Now, the 9x GRAMMY-winning artist has made her first holiday album with I Dream Of Christmas, a collection of timeless seasonal favorites (“White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Christmas Time Is Here”) and profound new originals that explore the complicated emotions of the past year and our hopes that this holiday season will be full of joy and togetherness.

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Coldplay

Christmas Lights [Limited Edition Blue 7in Vinyl]

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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Christmas Lights, the band's 2010 single is to be given a physical release for the very first time! A limited edition blue vinyl 7-inch  will be released worldwide

Coldplay - Christmas Lights [Limited Edition Blue 7in Vinyl]
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Old 97's

Love The Holidays [Red & Green Splatter LP]

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White vinyl with red and green splatter.  Includes digital download of entire album plus 4 bonus tracks - Angels We Have Heard on High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Up On The Housetop, and Blue Christmas.

The Old 97's are excited to announce the release of their first ever collection of original Christmas songs, Love The Holidays.  The album was produced, mixed & engineered by John Pedigo in the band's home state of Texas. The LP presents a sack full of rockin' new Yuletide favorites, as well as Old 97's take on holiday classics. Among its many highlights are the title track, co-written with Kevin Russell (The Gourds, Shinyribs), "Gotta Love Being A Kid (Merry Christmas)" and "Snow Angels," both co-written with acclaimed writer Ben Greenman, and the continuing saga of everyone's favorite reindeer, "Rudolph Is Blue," co-written by Old 97's and Dan Bern.

Old 97's - Love The Holidays [Red & Green Splatter LP]
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Rodney Crowell

Christmas Everywhere [Coal Colored LP]

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My childhood memories of Christmas aren't warm and fuzzy. The holidays were more of a nuisance for my parents than cause for celebration. This is not to say that on behalf of their only child they didn't give the season a halfhearted try. There were Christmases when I found under the tree an electric football set, a Daisy pump air-rifle and a basketball goal that never got nailed up. But, there were also mornings when apples, oranges, hickory nuts and a hammer signified that year's bounty. Which is to say that Christmas in our household was mostly a wait-and-see proposition. I was finally ready to record an album of original Christmas songs. With Dan Knobler producing and some very gifted musicians and vocalists lending their talents, the making of the album Christmas Everywhere ranks as some of the most enjoyable recording sessions I've ever experienced. The record was close to being finished when it occurred to me that to set the tone for the albums mostly irreverent subtext, I needed to compose a lyrical prelude. In honor of Clement Moore, who wrote the poem we all know as, 'The Night Before Christmas,' I came up with a short piece called 'Clement's Lament (We'll See You in The Mall)'. Tania Hancheroff and Kim Keyes stopped by the studio and performed the tune with Jordan Lehning's orchestral backing and the album was pronounced complete. Seasons Cheer, Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell - Christmas Everywhere [Coal Colored LP]
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JD McPherson

Socks [Opaque Green LP]

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JD McPherson presents A Christmas Album, SOCKS. Featuring 11 original tracks written by JD McPherson and his friends. SOCKS is an album of Holidays songs sure to be standards while you are decorating the tree. Come get warm by the fire with songs such as , "All The Gifts I Need" and "Every Single Christmas." Or, burn the cookies to "SOCKS" and "Ugly Christmas Sweater." There is something for everyone on this record to enjoy whether you are in the Christmas spirit or if you just wanna say, "Bah Humbug".

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The Mavericks

Hey! Merry Christmas! [LP]

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Genre-defying, Grammy Award-winning band The Mavericks have announced the November 2nd release of their first-ever holiday album, Hey! Merry Christmas!. Always a group to forge their own path, The Mavericks wrote eight original songs for Hey! Merry Christmas! featuring the group's distinctive blend of rockabilly Latino, folk, swing, blues, jazz, and more. The new songs inject a fresh style and sound into the holiday season while seamlessly fitting into any rotation of Christmas classics. The new collection includes The Mavericks' renditions of two yuletide favorites ''Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)'' and ''Happy Holiday''. Led by the incomparable vocals of Raul Malo, drummer Paul Deakin, guitarist Eddie Perez and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, The Mavericks will embark on their 30th Anniversary in 2019, but not before establishing some new holiday music traditions. From the rollicking opening tracks ''Christmas Time Is Coming 'Round'' and ''Santa Does'' to the gorgeous, jazzy ballad ''Christmas For Me Is You'' to the sultry blues of ''Santa Wants To Take You For A Ride'' The Mavericks help redefine what the sounds of Christmas can be.

The Mavericks - Hey! Merry Christmas! [LP]
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2018 Christmas album from indie pop singer features her take on heartwarming classics, introduces an original song and also includes duets with some famous friends.

Ingrid Michaelson - Ingrid Michaelson's Songs For The Season [LP]
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2018 holiday release from the acclaimed soul artist. A Legendary Christmas was executive-produced by Raphael Saadiq. The album features Esperanza Spalding and Stevie Wonder (playing harmonica on "What Christmas Means to Me"). Includes classic holiday songs like "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "Silver Bells" as well as new Christmas originals.
John Legend - A Legendary Christmas
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Growing up in my household in Southern California on the corner of Mt. Vernon & Fairway, Music was an integral part of life, But there was no other time of the year where music was more part of life than during the holidays. The grand piano, organ and harp in the living room provided the instrumental backing to all the vocals. The Holidays were a time of family get-togethers, gift giving , wonder feasts and most memorably, Christmas carols sung in harmony with one another. Songs Like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Little St. Nick” combined with songs that remind us of the Reason for the Season; celebrating an event that took place in the little town of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, the birth of Jesus, which for many became a birth of hope , peace, unity & love. As the words of “O Holy Night” say “His Law is love and His gospel is peace, “Jesus taught us to love one another. That message needs to be heard today more than ever before. So, as we celebrate and enjoy all the wonderful traditions of the holiday season, Lets hold in our hearts the Reason for the Season. Peace & Love Mike Love

Mike Love - Reason For The Season
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Pentatonix

Christmas Is Here!

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New holiday album from the Pentatonix

Pentatonix - Christmas Is Here!
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Jessie J

This Christmas Day

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Grammy-nominated vocalist Jessie J to release new holiday This Christmas Day via Lava Records / Republic Records on 10/26. The album will include her previously released holiday track “Man With The Bag” in addition to holiday classics “Let It Snow,” “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. The album features production by David Foster. Jessie J will embark on her first US headlining tour this October.

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James Newton Howard

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

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All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney's new holiday feature film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is directed by Lasse Hallström and based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and "The Nutcracker." In theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

James Newton Howard - The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
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This first solo Christmas album, MARSHMALLOW WORLD & OTHER HOLIDAY FAVORITES, features Raul's beautiful and unique interpretations of beloved holiday tunes, some traditional, some stylized, some with a hint of humor, and all very nostalgic and of course, wonderfully vocalized. It was recorded in the same manner that AFTER HOURS was, "Live" in the studio, with the musicians playing simultaneously, in order to achieve that rich musical sound of the '50s and '60s some of Raul's favorite eras.
Raul Malo - Marshmallow World and Other Holiday Favorites
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Hilliard Ensemble

Transeamus

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Having recorded more than 20 albums for ECM since the mid-'80s, The Hilliard Ensemble caps it's discography before retirement with a final release: TRANSEAMUS, a collection of polyphonic Carols and Motets - in two, three and four parts - from 15th-century England. The British vocal ensemble's very first recording included music from the court of Henry VIII, and TRANSEAMUS brings their odyssey through the ages full circle. The album includes many of the group's favorite pieces from this era, including previously unrecorded items from it's concert programs by the likes of John Plummer, Walter Lambe and William Cornysh. More of the album's works are by composers rendered anonymous by time, yet all of this music is rich with enduring personality.
Hilliard Ensemble - Transeamus
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Mountain Man

Slower Than Christmas

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From the widely successful hit show DUCK DYNASTY on A&E comes the reality show celebrity Mountain Man. This brand new hilarious comedy Christmas CD has all of the family friendly slow country comedy that Mountain Man is well known and loved for. This recording is a great combination of capturing at high quality the essence of country comedy from Mountain Man.
Mountain Man - Slower Than Christmas
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Erasure

Snow Globe

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Snow Globe is a combination of original Erasure songs and Christmas cover songs. Unlike the bells and whistles, glitter and tinsel sets that crowd the market come Christmas-time, Snow Globe is possessed of something more in the wistfully, strangely subdued celebratory mould of recent seasonal albums by Tracey Thorn and Kate Bush.
Erasure - Snow Globe
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When Nick Lowe was approached by his record label about making a Christmas album, his reaction wasn't exactly one of comfort and joy. And the joys of Christmas infuse the dozen songs on Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. The album features originals and covers of seldom heard seasonal songs plus a few you may be slightly familiar with. Anyone who likes their Christmas soundtracks with plenty of heart and humor, and a sprinkle of understated charm, will enjoy Quality Street for the newly minted classic that it is. You might say it's the kind of record that gives vulgar, tawdry commercialism a good name.
Nick Lowe - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For The Whole Family
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2013 holiday collection. This Icon edition of a Very Special Christmas features several of the most popular songs from previous Very Special Christmas collections, plus more from huge stars singing chart-topping holiday classics, including Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and Rod Stewart. Enjoy the music, and feel the spirit captured in a Very Special Christmas Icon.
Very Special Christmas - Icon
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Various Artists

Holidays Rule

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Holidays Rule delves into an unusually rich assemblage of Americana, alt-pop, folk, electronica, country, American standards, singer-songwriter, New Orleans gospel, garage rock and more. Holidays Rule is the most exciting, and highly anticipated, all-new holiday album of the year!
Various Artists - Holidays Rule
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Celebrate the joys of the holiday season with Celtic Woman and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by sharing a new tradition with your family and friends. As a companion to their highly-successful Home for Christmas album released Fall 2012, Celtic Woman are pleased to present a live concert experience on DVD and Blu-Ray Home For Christmas Live from Dublin.
Celtic Woman - Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas: Live From Dublin
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2013 holiday collection. Guitarist John Fahey's concept of Christmas music was a little different from the norm. The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album, the acoustic guitarist's visionary 1968 set, was a scintillating collection of solo steel-string adaptations of beloved traditional Yuletide melodies. It reportedly sold more than 100,000 copies on Fahey's own Takoma label, tabbing it as his best-selling album, and inspired several more memorable holiday sets from the guitarist, All four of those brilliant albums are generously represented on Fantasy's newly compiled Christmas Guitar Soli with John Fahey, a 14-song compilation of highlights from Fahey's Yuletide catalog. The collection provides a lovely soundtrack for the holiday season and boasts newly created cover art by Tom Weller, who designed the artwork for many of Fahey's original Takoma albums, that's done in the style of those classic sets.
John Fahey - Christmas Guitar Soli with John Fahey
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Ever since its debut in 1965, the Vince Guaraldi Trio s album A Charlie Brown Christmas has reigned as a Yuletide classic. The beloved Peanuts animated special from which it sprang was a sensation the first time it aired on CBS-TV, and so was its cool soundtrack by the veteran Bay Area pianist, which introduced countless children to the joys of jazz.
Vince Guaraldi - Charlie Brown Christmas [Snoopy Doghouse Edition]
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20th century masters presents the best of Motown Christmas, Vol. 2: The Christmas collection. Featured artists and songs include 'Jingle Bells' by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, 'What Christmas Means to Me' by Stevie Wonder, 'White Christmas' by the Supremes, 'The Christmas Song' by Four Tops and 'The Little Drummer Boy' by the Temptations. 2005.
Various Artists - Motown: Christmas Coll - 20th Century Masters 2
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A Very She & Him Christmas is a wonderful collection of holiday tunes from two of music's most impressive artists Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him).Inspired by seminal holiday albums by the likes of The Carpenters, Vince Guaraldi, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and more, She & Him have set out to create an intimate holiday recording of Christmas classics that helps bring new emotions out of old songs. A portion of all proceeds will support 826 National.
She & Him - A Very She and Him Christmas
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Songs from TSO's latest release, DREAMS OF FIREFLIES (ON a CHRISTMAS NIGHT).
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Dreams Of Fireflies [On A Christmas Night]
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Upon claiming attendance milestones on their OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR, one of the hottest groups across all genres, Lady Antebellum, brings you twelve traditional Christmas songs for the holiday season, On This Winter s Night. Stand out tracks include Have A Holly Jolly Christmas and Silent Night.
Lady A - On This Winter's Night
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Bob Dylan

Christmas in the Heart

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2009 holiday release, the first Christmas album from the legendaryFolk/Rock singer/songwriter. Christmas In The Heart is Dylan's 47th album and follows the worldwide success of his album Together Through Life. In a commitment to ending hunger, all of Bob Dylan's U.S. current and future royalties from sales of Christmas In The Heart will be donated in perpetuity to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to over 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year's holiday season. 15 tracks including 'Here Comes Santa Claus', 'Winter Wonderland', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' and many others.
Bob Dylan - Christmas in the Heart
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The Robertsons, Louisiana's bearded, camouflage-clad entrepreneurial family, not only run the multi-million dollar Duck Commander Sporting Empire but are also a talented musical family.
The Robertsons - Duck the Halls: A Robertsons Family Christmas
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Alvin & The Chipmunks

Chipmunks Christmas

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2012 holiday release from the lovable rodents. Chipmunks Christmas includes the perennial holiday hit, first released in 1958, the Chipmunk Song by Ross Bagdasarian Sr, as well as Here Comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman and other holiday favorites. The collection also features brand new art and two festive songs from Bagdasarian Productions which were not included on The Chipmunks timeless multi-Platinum-certified holiday album, Christmas with The Chipmunks: Here Comes Christmas and Ho Ho Ho by Janice Karman. Chipmunks Christmas continues Alvin and The Chipmunks long tradition of making spirits bright for the holidays.
Alvin & The Chipmunks - Chipmunks Christmas
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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

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Track listings include: "Jingle Bells," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," " Sleigh Ride," "Frosty the Snowman," "White Christmas."
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
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