My Holiday Tradition Lives On

It’s that time again. Time once more for the annual personal tradition — and, by extension, the tradition of Prometheus Unleashed — the Rather Eclectic Christmas CD mix. I proudly announce... this year’s holiday music compilation, A Rather Eclectic Christmas 4. By now, I suppose this is fairly routine, so I’ll avoid going into much explanation this year, and get right to the track listing!

A Rather Eclectic Christmas 4
A Rather Eclectic Christmas 4
A Rather Eclectic Christmas 4
  1. Deck the Stills, by Barenaked Ladies
  2. Christmas in Hollis, by Run-DMC (another Die Hard addition — “Man, this is Christmas music!” — I can’t believe I waited this long to include it)
  3. Grown-Up Christmas List, by Michael Bublé
  4. Last Christmas, by Wham!
  5. Jingle Bells, by Frank Sinatra (there are a couple of renditions by Sinatra; this is my favorite)
  6. Christmas Island, by Jimmy Buffett (of all the people to cover this song, I think Buffett’s singularly appropriate)
  7. Happy Holiday (Single), by Bing Crosby
  8. The Happy Elf, by Harry Connick, Jr.
  9. Jolly Old St. Nicholas, by The Brothers Figaro Orchestra (hadn’t heard this one until this year, but the style — not to mention the “23 Skidoo” reference — just grabbed me)
  10. Up On The House Top, by the Jackson 5
  11. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Eliane Elias (picked this up from a Starbucks compilation disc, but haven’t found it elsewhere)
  12. ’Zat You, Santa Claus? by Louis Armstrong and the Commanders
  13. The Little Drummer Boy by The Harry Simeone Chorale
  14. Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney by Lisa Nicole Carson
  15. It’s Christmas Time (Part I) by James Brown (from the same Starbucks disc)
  16. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, by Sixpence None the Richer
  17. My Favorite Things, by Tony Bennett
  18. Silver And Gold, by Burl Ives (wouldn’t be a Rather Eclectic Christmas album without something from the Rankin/Bass oeuvre)
  19. Nuttin’ For Christmas by Barry Gordon
  20. Thank God It’s Christmas by Queen
  21. Someday At Christmas by Stevie Wonder
  22. Away in a Manger by Mannheim Steamroller
  23. O Tannenbaum by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
  24. Christmas Is All Around, by Billy Mack (a.k.a. Bill Nighy)
  25. Auld Lang Syne, by Barenaked Ladies (a deviation from my usual tradition of ending with a “gag” song, but this was just too effective a closer to pass up)
So there it is — better late than never!

(I will add one reminder — the disc and cover art are designed at 150 pixels per inch, but because the JPEG format doesn't support anything but 72 ppi, the image sizes will look all funky. Just remember to take the images into your graphic program of choice and set the image resolution to 150 ppi without resampling the image, and they’ll print just right. Of course, it might also be worth mentioning that there are no “bleeds” on the cover art — so if you need them, you’ll have to add them yourself, perhaps by repeating the edge pixels à la iTunes. Any questions? Feel free to ask, and I’ll be happy to help out.)


At 6:59 AM, Anonymous said...

Might I suggest adding "Dead, Dead, Dead" from "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics"?

It really warms the cockles.

- Talbott

At 7:41 AM, Bill Coughlan said...

While "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" finds itself in frequent rotation on my personal playlist, alas, the wife's reaction -- in particular, to "Dead, Dead, Dead" -- was less than stellar.

Though it's our dirty little secret that we actually learned the dreidel song thanks to that album. Don't tell Pam's aunt...

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous said...



At 7:11 PM, Mr. Hanky Luvr said...

U know I came here for a friggin picture of Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo. I'm leaving highly dissatisfied and very much pissed off.


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