Musical Interlude, Part 7

You know that part in a horror movie when the supposedly dead monster isn't dead at all? Welcome to part SEVEN of my increasingly longer investment in holiday tunes.

Album: Big Christmas Box
Artist: Various

I bought this collection containing 13 hours of classical Christmas music on Amazon for and because it was two bucks. It's a decent collection, all things considered, provided you're looking for background music that won't constantly repeat the same few tracks.

Album: Mistletoe & Wine
Artist: Mediaeval Baebes

Some friends recommended this one, so I listened to a track on Youtube, decided it was worth owning, and picked it up. The group performs medieval songs in sort of a modern/classical fusion. The album's quite good. While I have plenty of classical Christmas tracks, these are some of the best.

Album: Chanukah at Home
Artist: Dan Crow, Various

When we started this blog, we initially set out to focus as much as possible on Christmas, to the point that I specifically avoided Chanukah music. But this turned out to be impossible, as a number of holiday albums include Chanukah songs alongside Christmas ones. So, just as we've begun incorporating Chanukah specials and movies, I think it's time to remove the blockade. Because, in its own way, Chanukah is a part of Christmas.

You're welcome, three-thousand years of tradition: now you get to be a footnote to a holiday most people think has something to do with the birth of Christ.

Anyway, this album is a collection of children's music. It's not bad for what it is, but keep in mind that what it is involves kids singing on several tracks, so that's a low bar. Even so, I'd be lying if I said I didn't get nostalgic during a few songs.

Album: Great Voices of Christmas, Volume II
Artist: Various

This is essentially operatic interpretations of Christmas carols. I suppose it's fine, but I had a hard time stomaching the whole album.

Album: Christmas Pickins: A Banjo Christmas
Artist: The Clarke Family and Billy Oskay/The Smokey Mountain Band

Amazon was selling thirty bluegrass Christmas songs for $1.29 total, which works out to about four cents a song. I wouldn't be honoring Mainlining Christmas's mission statement if I ignored a deal like that.

There are two different bands represented here. I like the songs attributed to "The Clarke Family, Bill Oskay" more than the tracks from The Smokey Mountain Band, though both are decent.

Album: Phineas And Ferb Holiday Favorites
Artist: Various

This album includes the music from both Phineas and Ferb Christmas specials, along with a few other tracks. I picked it up on Amazon for five bucks, which is a decent price. The music is of course mixed: the first Christmas special had some of the show's weakest music overall, though there were a few standouts. Actually, there's a song in the episode by the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies that I hate in context but love on its own.

The second special was more consistent. The extra tracks sound like they might have been recorded for this special and got cut for time (just a guess, but it certainly seems possible). They're not all great, but most are at least fun.

If you're not a fan of the show, I can't imagine this album will mean much to you. But if you're not a fan of Phineas and Ferb, you should really go over to Netflix and get hooked.

Album: The Alligator Records Christmas Collection
Artist: Various

Five bucks for a Christmas blues album? Sold! These are great songs that are definitely different than the vast majority of what I own. There are maybe two or three songs out of fourteen I don't really like. The rest, I pretty much love.