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A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector

Various Artists

1963

A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector

Album Summary

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Rating

3.27

Votes

5446

Genres

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

I'm hoping everyone is getting this for Christmas Day (it makes all the sense in the world if that's the case - I mean, how could anyone properly review this on say August 15th?). Just ignore the Phil Spector factor (although just because he became a convicted murderer doesn't make him less of a musical genius, although I'm still not sure what he was trying to do to the Beatles with "Let It Be"). Focus on all the joy and wonder that is the living national treasure known as one Darlene Love. One of the greatest things David Letterman did was to have Love sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on his late night show every Christmas for something like 26 consecutive years. It's reportedly the only Christmas song Dave likes, so he'd have Darlene come out and belt her classic holiday tune with Paul Schaefer and company every year. What a gift for Darlene Love. And what a gift she is to us. Just listen to her start this album off by making a Bing Crosby classic all her own. Love's version of "White Christmas" is the only one I want to hear. Besides this album, the only other holiday album I enjoy is the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. This album is a big reason damn near every artist at least tries to record a Christmas song at some point in their career. Hell, I might have even choked up a bit during Spector's spoken word message over "Silent Night". In 100 years, the world will have moved on from Mariah Carey's Christmas song, but people will still be listening to Spector's Wall Of Sound, and Darlene Love will wear the crown as the true Queen Of Christmas.

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Sat Dec 26 2020
3

the cheeriest album ever made by a convicted murderer

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

I unabashedly like Christmas music and always have. This is a bona fide classic in heavy rotation around the holidays in my house which is beloved by all ages. It's in my top 3 Christmas albums of all time, along with The Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Charlie Brown Christmas," and Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song." I love Phil Spector's big sound and densely layered arrangements. I do not love his personal message at the end of the album however, and I usually scramble to try to skip the track when I hear his creepy little voice come on. Hands down the best Christmas album ever produced by someone who would go on to become a convicted murderer.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! I didn’t expect this! Came into this a huge fan so really happy to have this join the 1001 list. This is THE classic Christmas album. Phil Spector at his wall of sound best and Darlene Love getting full credit as a single artist… really defined what modern Christmas music would sound like. Phil Spector talks of bringing “something new” to Christmas in his address at the end of the album. Must have been amazing to hear this when it first came out… I was under the impression that the 1001 Albums list didn’t include “Various Artists” so I wouldn’t have expected this but here it is. Love all the songs on this. Thanks for the Christmas present!

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Mon Dec 28 2020
4

Nothing to hate here. It's full of great reditions of classic songs. Hard to hate. Nothing truly outstanding but I wouldn't expect there to be from an album put together by Spector.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Phil Spector sucks, but this slaps

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Mon Dec 28 2020
5

one of, if not the best Christmas albums love it !

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Sat Dec 26 2020
5

A nice little compilation. Shame Phil Spector sullied his careers works by being a murderer. Musically 5/5. Morally 0/5.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

This is delightful! So many of these songs have become the standard arrangement of these Christmas classics. And there's no doubt that Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" would not exist without the influence of this collection. The stand-out track is the one original song, Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)". The whole album is full of joy and iconic performances from the pop queens of the 1960s.

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Sat Dec 26 2020
4

Absolute classics for Christmas Day, better than all the modern crap

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is with a wall of sound for all to hear. A collection of popular Christmas songs, all performed and recorded in a consistent fun, joyful, upbeat, style. A lot of these have become the go-to versions, and the one original composition on the album, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)) by Darlene Love, is an underrated Christmas classic. Thanks for generating this on Christmas Eve (surely not a coincidence at odds of approx. 1 in 260?). This will become essential Christmas listening and couldn't fail to put even the bah-humbuggiest of Scrooges in the festive mood. 4/5

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

Merry Christmas! It was a Christmas album with some good versions of some traditional songs. How fortunate to have the 1001 gods put it on our plates on Christmas Day. Even so, it was nice for a listen, but not anything overly exciting for me. I imagine that the “Phil Spector” label in the name of the album may be off-putting for some, as it was a bit for me…

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

A great collection of different takes on some holiday classics, I was able to tolerate listening to this one which speaks highly to its quality. An aside on Christmas music: When will someone create a new holiday staple? The current Christmas song canon has been unmodified since Mariah Carey cursed the world back in the early 2000s. Perhaps I'm just a 20-something cynic but I'm tired of hearing the exact same recording every single year.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
1

fuck phil spector

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Sat Dec 26 2020
5

It’s a bunch of classic christmas songs from bands that Phil Specter produced. Classic stuff, lots of songs that are still played every year

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

It’s a Christmas album

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Perfect

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

The best collection of Christmas songs of all time. Darlene Love steals the show though. Every year its the same fucking boring debate about what the greatest Christmas song ever is. At least 6 tracks on this album are streets ahead of anything shat out of Mariah Carey or even Wham.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

So many classics I have heard here and there over all the years, and I never knew they all came from this one album! Though it's not really a surprise, since they all share the same Wall of Sound production. This was a wonderful Christmas surprise.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Haha! Well I'll be listening to this later as I do every year! If you don't love these Christmas classics given the wall of sound treatment, you are a soulless mister and definitely on the naughty list! I realise the artists were horribly exploited, and that Phil Spector is an awful human being. But this album is a precious diamond regardless.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Oh, today is the day I learned the generator is not completely random! No way I get this album on December 25th just out of the blue. That said, I'm sad I only got to this at 10pm on Christmas, because I would have loved to listen to this album all day long or over the past week. It's a pretty perfect Christmas album, as good as it gets. This album is what all artists aspire to when they make a Christmas album, whether they know it or not. The rich, sonorous arrangements, the warm and engaging vocals, and infectious melodies you want to keep singing. This is it. I mean, what's not to love about Darlene Love, the Ronettes, the Crystals and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans? I've heard most of these songs individually over the years, but as a collection you appreciate them so much more. Phil Spector had an ear for what makes beautiful music, and an ability to find really talented artists to present his musical vision. First and foremost, these are great pop songs, that also happen to be great Christmas songs. That is what makes a Christmas song a classic that never grows old, it has to be an excellent pop song first, and Spector understood this better than anyone. These songs are beautifully made and so much fun to listen to. They are standards for the most part that many artists had performed before Spector got a hold of them (the exception being the brilliant Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” but these versions are the ones that really have endured over time. Thanks for the gift 1001 Albums Generator, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, White Christmas, The Bells of St. Mary, Frosty the Snowman, A Marshmallow World, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Here Comes Santa Claus, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Silent Night

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

It's Christmas. It's a Christmas album. It's one of the best Christmas albums. The wall of sound is in full effect here and it works so well. An excellent album and the perfect day for it. Almost like that was planned...

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

aye fuckin magic, phil spector gotta be my favourite murderer

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Mon Dec 28 2020
4

Very 60s-ish. A good thing to listen to on Christmas morning.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

I've had this on vinyl for decades and it gets brought up from the basement with the tree stand every year. The legendary Wall of Sound makes this head and shoulders above other Christmas albums from the era.  I unfortunately don't have the very rare and valuable original pressing and would take the money in a heartbeat if I did. It's unfortunate that Phil was such a whack job. He sure did make good music.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

This is the best example of Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound' production technique. Though it was incredibly influential, this technique can muddy the background quite a bit. Playing the studio like an instrument was new in the early sixties and would truly come to fruition in the hand of Brian Wilson and the Beatles several years later.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

I don’t know if there was programmatic collusion, but getting this album on Dec. 25th is a special treat. I enjoyed it a lot this morning while opening gifts. Very 60’s, a classic through and through. But only needed once a year.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

It is the sound of Christmas - sugary, of course, but rammed with sleighbells and tambourines and extra pianos and a second choir

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

This is actually very good music in terms of the melodies, the variety of instruments used, and the vocals. And the idea of having cheerful songs about Christmas and winter to play around the holidays is great. The problem is that there aren't that many popular Christmas songs, so existing ones end up being overplayed.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

I'm not a big xmas music guy, but this was really good. All of these songs are performed very well, especially the ones done by The Ronettes. It was nice to be able to include my family in this project for one day.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

What a lovely Christmas treat! I'm pretty sure the admin programmed this in to be the album people get on Christmas, but that doesn't make it less special to me. Really consistent sound, timeless and classic songs done in that very specific "wall of sound" that made Spector who he was. I love that style, and I think it works perfectly with yuletide tunes. The thank you message at the end was nice, even if it reminded me that he was (later) a murderer. Also he died this year, totally forgot about that. Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone! I hate to think what Phil would've done if he saw his mommy kissing Santa! Favorite tracks: Frosty the Snowman, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. Album art: It's a Christmas album, so not much creativity is necessary, but I like that all these great artists are packed in little presents. Phil really cares, doesn't he? Giving us this music? I hear he had a present for Lana Clarkson too. 4.5/5

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Well hell if I'm gonna be the Grinch who criticizes this album... Obviously I'm not wanting to hear these songs for maybe 49-50 weeks of the year but if we're gonna have Christmas songs this isn't a bad way to go at all. Short, not too filled with saccharine; so shed the cynicism and enjoy a half-hour of simple early 60s holiday pop rock. (Um...you can skip Killer Spector's silly thank you "song" at the end tho) 7/10 4 stars

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

I love this. Adding orchestra makes most music better, this is just super classy and happy. I got this album on Christmas Eve; did that happen to other people or is this a divine coincidence? Also, fuck anybody who says this album should be canceled because of phil spector. This album was the work of all these great singers and instrumentalists, not just mr. spector; their wonderful work shouldn't be thrown away for the sins of one guy.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

How awesome to get this album on Christmas, I can't imagine giving a different review in August, but you need a certain environment to listen to this album. A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector by Various Artists is on heavy rotation in my house during the holidays and it's easy to separate the genius from the malcontent. Spector was a handful always, but he nailed the recipe with the wall of sound and his eye for talent in Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector and the rest make everything he touched perfect. 4.5/5

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

We don't start Christmas in our house until at least 21st December. This is always the first Christmas music played.

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Mon Dec 28 2020
3

Very good for making your christmas

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Sat Dec 25 2021
3

Spector is a dickhead

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

Bad, bad Christmas nonce...but that's okay, because he shot a woman.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

The output of Phil Spector’s production feels like some kind of devilish stress test of the semi fictitious chimera of “Cancel Culture”. Sure, it’s branded with the name of a clearly terrible (and if you believe the reports of some of his family, genuinely evil) person. On the other hand do you punish the individual artists by tossing it all in history’s dustbin? Putting all that aside, none of this grabbed me that hard. I didn’t feel like Christmas classics were much improved by that famous Wall of Sound treatment.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

Sparkly Christmas Murderer Cheese

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

Bangers, fizzers and crackers throughout. Timely too! A great Christmas album.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

Living in the "eastern" half of the world, I received "A Christmas Gift for You" a day late. But I don't mind. After all, I live in a country where Christmas starts long before the winds get colder and ends several days after the New Year fireworks lighted up the sky. Also, I don't have time to listen to it on Christmas Day anyway. All I can say is, it's a decent gift that has everything one could expect from a set of Christmas songs. The notable things in this album is that it's so '60s. The sound of '60s pop songs rule this album. That, and Phil Spector's so-called "Wall of Sound" approach is well-compiled in this album. And perhaps that's the reason why this is included in the list. Overall, pretty good. Out of the four gifts, my favorite is Darlene Love and her powerful voice -- just look at her in the cover, at the top, waving her name like a banner. Not listening to it again next year though, nor blast it on speakers. I mean, Mariah Carey is overplayed as hell, but I liked the more recent versions of some classic Christmas tunes more than the outdated '60s pop version of them. Thinking about it, Christmas song is probably a great lens to look at the evolution of pop sounds throughout the years.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

Phil Spector being a terrible, awful, horrible person knocks the star off the Christmas tree for me, and the oversaturation of Christmas music takes another half. So this album getting 3 stars is impressive, because it's a very good album. Spector was a revolutionary producer and his wall of sound works immaculately on the record's best cuts. Darlene Love is the MVP, as her melancholy, soulful rendition of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) has become a staple and the other songs she worked on were great, especially Marshmallow Land. Everyone else does a great job throughout and the joy that Spector's production conveys creates a classic Christmas album from the Grinch of the record label. Also Brian Wilson worked on it and cited the record as an inspiration for Pet Sounds. It's a festive joy that was released on the same day JFK died, and its classics (Sleigh Ride, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), White Christmas, Marshmallow Land, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Bells of St. Mary) will entertain and live in the hearts of eager children for years to come.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
3

Phil was as mad as a box of frogs. But I am sure most people will agree he was a very talented producer.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Awesome holiday music🎄🎄🎁🎅🏼🧑🏼‍🎄👼🏻The Ronettes were my fav! Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night🥂On to the next album and New Year

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

What are the odds? (The website probably did this on purpose) Phil Spector, notable producer and murderer, had designed the "wall of sound", where Spector pushed the limitations of audio recording technology by having a large an ensemble as possible. This would result in a much fuller sound unique to the 50's and 60's. This "wall of sound" was subsequently used by Spector when he gathered a few artists on his label to do a selection of (mostly) secular Christmas songs. I do not like the wall of sound. I think it obscures the arrangement and is a poor use of dynamics. Which is a shame because I like some of the songs on where with their arrangement choices! If they were just a bit more stripped back and sonically legible, I could enjoy it more. Perhaps for the time, the wall of sound was even helpful, but here I find it more annoying than anything. Everything else about this is great though!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Spector really killed it with the production here (har har). I'm not really a Christmas music person but as far as that goes these are good renditions in my opinion.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

It's a Christmas Album. And it's good christmas music, and good example of Spector's production. But I can't give a huge rating to an album I'll only listen to once a year at best.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Phil Spector's album of Christmas songs may be the most famous Christmas album there is. In recent years around the holidays, this album always makes an appearance on the charts. And on lists of best Christmas albums, this album is always near the top. The songs "Marshmallow World," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," "Sleigh Ride," and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" are iconic from this album and have become tradition. Other songs like "Frosty the Snowman" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" are also almost as popular. Normally I don't go out of my way to listen to holiday music even at Christmas, but I do agree this might be the best album for this music.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Not a fan of Christmas music, but this wasn't bad at all. I liked White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) in particular. It does get boring as it goes on though. I was also happy Spector's Wall of Sound made these songs more lively and listenable as an album itself.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
2

A trifle, sure, but a tasy one. Maybe a little too much cream.

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Sat Dec 26 2020
1

fuck off, just no

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Sun Dec 26 2021
1

Good production can’t cover the fact that this is still a collection of fucking Christmas songs. Also, fuck Phil Spector.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
1

It's Christmas music. Literally not even on Christmas day do I WANT to hear Christmas music. It's not even *interesting* Christmas music. Just covers of the exact songs you hate hearing blaring over retail and fast food overhead speakers. I'd give this a 0 if I could. I'd give it a -30 of possible, and even that seems charitable. Call it the spirit of the holidays that even one song on this album got listened to.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
1

actually just fuck off

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Mon Dec 27 2021
1

I cannot handle this

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Baby Boomer Santa, thank you for everything in the world.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Somehow I actually have this one on vinyl.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

About as good as Christmas albums get 9/10

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

A wonderful Christmas surprise.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

I’m kind of a grinch but this music slaps I’m a sucker for this sorta old-school pop 9/10

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

I was so happy to get a holiday album today! That's what I was hoping for. This one made me really want to explore the artists on the album, particularly the Ronettes. That is the most iconic version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause." You can almost hear her wink. I was curious by the last track, with Phil Spector saying that he did something "different" with the songs, but didn't say what. Now I know what the "Wall of Sound" treatment is, thanks to this album!

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

this could possibly be the album ive heard the most times in my entire life and it will never get old (well except the phil spector speech at the end). darlene loves voice is so phenomenal i wish she was more well-known today. this is what christmas should sound like

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Xmas must Xmas 🎄

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

the greatest

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Classics. Awful man, great pop music. Original "Christmas" song is one of the next on the album.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Best Christmas album on EARTH !!

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Fun Christmas album with all the classics.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Rating: 10/10

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Nice

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Perfect Christmas album

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

A Christmas albums go, this is solid. Well worth the listen. Fun from start to finish. Added.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Classic Christmas Fare from the Spector Stable here and a classic all time for Christmas hits that have been re recorded since the sixties by numerous alumni! (My favourites Bruce and the E-Street bands "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and Dylans "Here Comes Santa Claus" but the Wall of Sound is a close second. Love this and it should be in anybody's vinyl collection imho.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

I mean... considering some of the, uh, "presents" Phil Spector gave to folks, I'm happy with this. Seriously though this is a great record, in heavy rotation in our house during the holidays.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

A Christmas album right on Christmas Day (missed it tho)! Would like this version of White Christmas if hadn't listened to Frank's/Bing's version. Neverless, no one can reject such an album of joy.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

The greatest albums require the least eulogising: Absolute pop masterpiece. Essential listening. Nuff said.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
5

Some classic Christmas songs! Love that time period of soul mixed with the holidays.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Killer production 👍🏾

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

While I'd prefer a gift NOT involving Spector, this is good.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Top 5 Christmas Album

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

En dan hebben we ineens een verzamelalbum? Een kerstalbum?! Overigens wel een van de betere verzamelaar met kerstliedes 🙂. *****

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

This is where being a week or so behind on this list really bites you in the ass. Because I don't really want to listen to Christmas music on January 6th. Though, it's a good way to boost the mood on a day when we get to remember the Capitol Insurrection. Fuck those MAGA assholes. I'm rating this record (which I've never heard) in comparison to other Christmas records. As a result, I'm giving it a 5 and I'm going to try remembering it exists for the next 50 weeks, so I can listen to it at an appropriate time of year. One more thing: Phil Spector is a creep and a murderer.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

This is s perennial favourite of mine, the Cd comes out every Christmas and gets played a good few times. I'm always disappointed when I hear Phil Spector speak on the Silent Night cos I know the album is almost over. Wish it had been a double album! There's no duffers on here, every song is a cracker (pun intended, sorry) that you will hear on the radio during the festive season.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

The definitive Christmas album for me. I don't even like Christmas music but if I was going to listen to one this would be it. Just a huge wall of sound throughout.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Iconic holiday classic. Even moreso realizing this is the original Christmas (baby please come home).

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

10/10 Christmas

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Well, clearly I made an error when I put this album off until after Christmas, since I sure as fuck don't want to listen to Christmas music in January. On the other hand, despite the fact that he is mentally unhinged murderer, Phil Spector could produce the hell out of an album. Even with slightly subpar recording quality, the strength of the music is undeniable. There's a reason why several songs off this album are among the most popular version 5/5

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Chock full of holiday hits you hear on the radio

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

This is one of the best albums that I've ever heard, despite the Christmas theme. Just about every song is recognizable and excellent. This has got to be the GOAT Christmas album. 10/10.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

christmas... meh

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Great musicians. Phil is a creep though, fuck that murder.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Christmad classic. Fuck Phil Spector though.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Ignoring the questionable personality of the man involved this is one of the greatest Chirstmas albums of all time.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

I wasn't expecting to like this but all of the songs were great

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Weirdly, it's been ages since I actually enjoyed a good Christmas album. Especially one I haven't heard before. Sure, some of the tracks are cheesy, but in an enjoyable way. I have to give this album props for hitting the nostalgia for me, which is a real accomplishment for an album I don't think I ever heard as a kid. Fave track: Silent night

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

So great! Really representative of the producer and the era and the sound.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Loved it. Classic Christmas songs.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

classic

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Excellent

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Im Doing my and justuic dor all reviewe here Ok it gioes: LANDMINE Phil Spector more like fill sphincter, he is a convicted murderer which gives this album some comdeic elemenst makjing it a 5 :)

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Nice XMas album, to add some variety to the classics.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

vocals, vocals, vocals. it's giving traditional christmas music. classics.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

Christmas.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Excellent, best christmas album ever

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

I love this Christmas album!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Beautiful. Love that it's not the same recordings we hear all the time

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Frábær plata. Enough said.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Nunca se me hubiera ocurrido que un álbum navideño estuviera en esta lista, pero este tiene mucho sentido. Creo que nunca había escuchado ninguna de estas canciones, pero tienen ese sonido particular (que identifico ahora que leí el artículo de Wikipedia) de Phil Spector. Me gustó mucho el twist que le dieron a estas canciones , una gran adición a la lista.

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Mon Dec 28 2020
4

THE Christmas album!

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Mon Dec 28 2020
4

Yes!

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Mon Dec 28 2020
4

The production is impeccable. Wish I knew about this before Christmas, definitely perfect for the holidays. Special shoutout to the Ronettes. Favorite track: "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", "Winter Wonderland"

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Tough to rate what is technically a sampler as a "normal" album but if looking at the songs individually you have good to great reinditions of classic Christmas songs which help making this album as good for Christmas listening as a Spotify playlist

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Great run time, the best that production could be from that time, the songs are classic and the groups are famous. I love how he maintains a uniform style of sound throughout regardless of who is performing the song.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Regrettably very good

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Good classic Christmas songs

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

This is easily the best Christmas album I've ever heard. Also the only one that I've listened to start to finish. The vocals have a lot of pop, especially Ronnie Spector. I'm a late convert to the Ronettes. And the production is very well suited to a Christmas Album.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

A Wall of Sound/Christmas combo, what's not to love? It beat listening to Mariah Carey wailing on about wanting me for Christmas while I ate my Christmas dinner. I'm married Mariah, leave it out will you. You bring this up every year, you're embarrassing yourself.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

So the ronettes and the crystals sing the tunes but for some reason Phil Spector claims it for himself. I'm going to rate this on the strength of the album and caveat that creepy, incesty, noncey killer Phil gets no praise for this. He didn't write the songs and he didn't sing them so he can fuck off.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Another Christmas spent in SHACK'S bedroom ruined.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

A punchy Christmas album with fantastic performances. I feel like that is kind of all I have to say about it.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

It's a Christmas album. Enjoyable for Christmas.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

All the classics!

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Obviously biased judging this on Christmas but I think most of these songs still hold up if I listened to them in March or august. Can’t beat the classics. Favs: sleigh ride, christmas

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Try to forget that Phil is involved and this is a real Christmas cracker.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Guay para navidades. Le daría un %. Pero .... Phil Spector ...

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Unos villancicos típicos bien cantados.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Quintessential Christmas Album

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Classic songs

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Merry Christmas!

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

A great album for Christmas Day!

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

I’m behind on my days so this didn’t hit me on the right day. But it’s so perfect of course for the time of year. Some of these aren’t my favorite versions, but it’s a great one. A lot of these I prefer male voices. Sleigh Ride, Marshmallow world,Winter Wonderland. Christmas are my favorites. Can’t do 5 because it doesn’t work in June.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Coincidentally I've been looking for some good Christmas music and struggling with it. Every Spotify playlist I find for rock n' roll Christmas or other types of more modern holiday music just results in crappy stuff. These are some great tunes. I could have lived without Phil Spector's creepy closing comments, but otherwise top notch. 4 stars.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Un addon?albuj de noel le jour de noel.jeme le garde pour lanne prochaine jai bien aime. 4.5

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Unos villancicos típicos bien cantados.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

4.0 + My go-to Christmas album!

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Wonderful! Oh, Darlene Love. What a treasure. PLEASE, people, please go watch the 2013 documentary '20 Feet From Stardom'.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Man a lot of classics on here. Merry Christmas music adventurers

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Peak Christmas music I think.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Great Christmas album, but that's all it is. No original songs or especially creative takes.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Platan er mjög fín. Pródjúserinn er ógeð.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Probably should have listened to this before Christmas! Good though, a nice change from the heavy rotation Christmas songs of the 70s/80s/90s.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Kinda sounds the same after a while, but does contain some classics!

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

This should probably get a lot more play at Christmas

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Perfect timing. But fuck Phil Spector

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Glorious, bar the last, terrifying track :-)

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Good Christmas album

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

A collection of great christmas hits.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

A Christmas classic. Skip the last song.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

I quite enjoyed it. The updated hd version was poor though.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Definitely above average Christmas tunes. I look the old school sound of the album which makes the holiday feel even nicer and cosier than usual. A nice listen for the holidays! 7/10

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Great fun

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

4 stars since it’s Christmas

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

4/5. Christmas jams, Spector was talented, but literally the worst

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

High quality Christmas music

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

Brilliant christmas classics !

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

This is a great Christmas Album; especially the tracks by Darlene Love are excellent. The others are nice as well, only the Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans ones are lacking a little bit, and I could have done without the final track with the Phil Spector speech. Still, well worth a listen. 4/5.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Classic Christmas. Better than some of the really lame xmas oldies songs, but not so stylized to be distracting, or bothersome to folks who like it tradition.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Merry Christmas. God Bless us Everyone.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Was this just a coincidence that we got this one around Christmas? You can't really say no to it, it's got all the big hitters, but I was a bit annoyed cause I was listening to it in January.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

An absolute Christmas classic. Loved it!! Every song. I think Phil S is a bit dodgy but the other acts weren't so nevermind. Great album

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

As a Christmas FIEND and someone who enjoys this era of music a lot, I really loved listening to this and I actually listened to it this week before it even came up on this list! However, I only ever listened to this in the capacity of a Christmas album and was unaware of the fact of Phil being a convicted murderer... Also it's not my top fave ever Christmas album (Ella and Louis Christmas) so 4 stars it is.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Is this list random? Honestly I hope it is because that makes this even better. Great Christmas album with some of those classic radio hits I added right to my Christmas playlist. Also loved his thank you at the end.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Makes you feel chipper, slots into the list well. Feels like the less-painful versions of many known songs.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

A Christmas delight

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Huh, this was the project's pick for Christmas Eve! Pure chance, or did the algorithm get fudged? Either way, I reckon the relevance of the date is worth an extra star from me. If I'd had to listen to this in July I can imagine it losing a star... Fave track - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by The Ronettes maybe, idk

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Te gek kerstalbum met sommige bekende nummers maar ook wat jazzy onbekende

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Its great. I've heard most of these individually and now this album will definitely be put in the Christmas rotation.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

all you need all under one roof!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Catchy old pop tunes with great production. What's not to like here?

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

One of very few listenable Christmas albums. Perfect gift!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Album: 5/5 Spector: 1/5

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Sick of hearing these songs but it is a classic

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Phil Spector is a monster, but this album is fantastic!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Solid album. Very enjoyable

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

I mean, it's essentially a compilation of Christmas classics. "White Christmas," "Frosty the Snowman," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Here Comes Santa Claus," and "Silent Night" are all legendary Christmas songs lol. Admittedly, some are not classics, like "A Marshmallow World," but it is a very solid set of the "classic" Christmas songs. -Only notable/unexpected item music-wise were the pretty sick drum fills on "The Bells of St. Mary"

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Heel gezellig kerstalbum dat vooral sterker wordt naar het einde toe

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Not bad for a Christmas album

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

A nice holiday surprise. Before, you know, he was in jail. The problem is, about half of the songs are difficult to tell who is singing. If you locked me in a room and played the Ronettes and then the Crystals, I would be hard-pressed to tell you who is who. The production doesn’t help, that wall of sound makes them sound identical. Of course, hearing Spector speak at the end is unintentionally creepy. It was a nice little album. Weird trivia: released on the day JFK was killed. I mean, it’s not like it was PLANNED. First printings are pretty rare, too. I like holiday music, but it always seems so… limited. There feels like there’s maybe about 100 songs, and they have to sound a specific way. So yeah, this was nice to hear, but I doubt I will come back to it.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

These are just classics. I had no idea this album existed, and I love Christmas songs. Next year, this will most definitely be in high rotation for the holiday season. I have heard many of these here and there, but what a collection! Phil Spector was a crazy dude, but his sound is unmistakable and iconic.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

This came up for Christmas Eve 2021, a random selection? Hmmm. 🤔 Merry Christmas! 🎅

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Beautiful Christmas cheer. Good will upon one and all.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Quality Christmas songs with that amazing wall of sound. Could be the best crimbo album

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

I mean you can't knock the Wall of Sound, but my reaction to a Christmas gift from Phil Spector is more "what's in the box?! WHAT'S IN THE BOX" than "ooh how lovely but I didn't get you anything"

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

A near perfect album with a creepy personal message from a murderer.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Iiiiiiiiit's Christmaaaaaaaaaas! Chapeau for the 24th December suggestion. Having had Heart Xmas pumped into my ears solidly by more festively minded members of my household for the psst month, I must say this was a nice collection - not as whiny or as showy as newer Christmas numbers and striking a nice balance between secular and religious references. Go on then, I'll admit it. 4 stars!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

I really liked this album and the timing was perfect. Great to hear these takes I had not heard before on the classics. Got me in the holiday mood when I needed it.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Of course, there's nothing more ridiculous than Phil Spector giving anyone a Christmas present as much fun as this one. However, this is a great example of the rock-and-roll Christmas sound that becomes buried in our holiday consciousness for the next 50 years.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Great Christmas album, nothing to dislike here except for Phil Specter himself

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Great collection of Christmas classics!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Fun classics. The best era of Christmas music

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

only good album they've given us so far

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Great and classic sound. Obviously only good for one month a year. If i was a teenager in the sixties id roll a joint on this album

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Petit Papa Noël, toi même tu sais ça fait plaisir d'distribuer des cadeauuuux.... Tranquillemeeeeent en bas des bloooooooocks!! Oh Bosetti!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

I was going to give this 5 stars for the serendipity of getting it on Christmas Eve, but when I saw my wife had the same album I had to rate it honestly. It’s got some classics on it and I will listen again, but not for a good 11 months, thanks.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

A lovely Xmas present.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

This was a very nice Christmas gift to listen to. Discover the life history of Phil Spector was a nice bonus (I never heard about him before), but the songs themselves were a great payoff. I hope to keep this project alive in my 2022 to-do list and these songs were a breath to get the greatest albums from the project and also to "enjoy" the worst ones which I'll never understand why they are here. Christmas songs always give me some type of hope and this album was a great piece of Christmas songs

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Christmassy!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Merry Christmas! Will listen again in a year!

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Excellent versions of these songs. Really liked this. Phil Spector is a dbag though.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

I have listened to this many times - I love it

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