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A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector

Various Artists

1963

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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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the cheeriest album ever made by a convicted murderer

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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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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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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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Phil Spector sucks, but this slaps

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

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

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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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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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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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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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It’s a Christmas album

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Perfect

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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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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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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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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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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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aye fuckin magic, phil spector gotta be my favourite murderer

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Very good for making your christmas

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Spector is a dickhead

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

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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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Sparkly Christmas Murderer Cheese

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

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

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fuck off, just no

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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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actually just fuck off

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I cannot handle this

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fuck phil spector

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

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Somehow I actually have this one on vinyl.

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About as good as Christmas albums get 9/10

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A wonderful Christmas surprise.

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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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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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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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the greatest

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5

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

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Best Christmas album on EARTH !!

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Fun Christmas album with all the classics.

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Rating: 10/10

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Nice

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

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

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

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Killer production 👍🏾

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

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Top 5 Christmas Album

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

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

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10/10 Christmas

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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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Chock full of holiday hits you hear on the radio

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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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christmas... meh

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

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Christmad classic. Fuck Phil Spector though.

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

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

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

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Loved it. Classic Christmas songs.

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classic

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Excellent

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

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

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Christmas.

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Excellent, best christmas album ever

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I love this Christmas album!

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

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Frábær plata. Enough said.

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THE Christmas album!

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Yes!

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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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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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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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Regrettably very good

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Good classic Christmas songs

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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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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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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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Another Christmas spent in SHACK'S bedroom ruined.

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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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It's a Christmas album. Enjoyable for Christmas.

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All the classics!

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

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Unos villancicos típicos bien cantados.

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Quintessential Christmas Album

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Classic songs

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Merry Christmas!

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A great album for Christmas Day!

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

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Unos villancicos típicos bien cantados.

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4.0 + My go-to Christmas album!

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

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Peak Christmas music I think.

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

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Platan er mjög fín. Pródjúserinn er ógeð.

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

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This should probably get a lot more play at Christmas

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Perfect timing. But fuck Phil Spector

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Glorious, bar the last, terrifying track :-)

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Good Christmas album

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A Christmas classic. Skip the last song.

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

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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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Great fun

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4 stars since it’s Christmas

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

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High quality Christmas music

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Brilliant christmas classics !

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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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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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Merry Christmas. God Bless us Everyone.

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

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A Christmas delight

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

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all you need all under one roof!

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

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One of very few listenable Christmas albums. Perfect gift!

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Album: 5/5 Spector: 1/5

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Sick of hearing these songs but it is a classic

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

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Solid album. Very enjoyable

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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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Heel gezellig kerstalbum dat vooral sterker wordt naar het einde toe

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Not bad for a Christmas album

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

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Beautiful Christmas cheer. Good will upon one and all.

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

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

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

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Great collection of Christmas classics!

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Fun classics. The best era of Christmas music

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only good album they've given us so far

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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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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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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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A lovely Xmas present.

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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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Christmassy!

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Merry Christmas! Will listen again in a year!

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

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I have listened to this many times - I love it

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Delightful

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Like many people, I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas music and how you can't escape it in the holiday season. With that said, this album was a pleasant surprise. I feel like I must have heard most of these versions in supermarkets or retailers, but it all sounded like brand new versions of songs I was familiar with and they were all produced very well. The amount of character and the "wall of sound" style really lends well here. Darlene Love in particular was a standout, she killed it on each of her tracks. Would definitely make this my definitive Christmas album.

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classic even if over-familiarity may make the songs seem cheesy

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Pretty good stuff. For some reason this reminded me of the soundtracks from all the mob movies by Martin Scorsese.

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It's easy to be cynical about Christmas music. Some music fans, with a wave of the hand, may claim it is pumped down our ears every year by retailers to sell products, or mined by the film and TV industry as a lazy shortcut to elicit emotion. It's also a well-known truth that Michael Buble is leading a fascist regime to placate the masses and brainwash us all with his colourless, dishwater festivities. But this album? For me, it's THE essential Christmas record, the one I'll happily make a tradition out of every December. All the vocalists here are at their peak and deliver exceptional renditions, but Darlene Love is the star at the top of the tree. Hearing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" in its home setting, a lone original in a sea of reworked standards, is electrifying: E even amongst some of the most famous pre-1960 Christmas standards of all time, it still shines as a powerhouse number. Bob B Soxx and the Blue Jeans have perhaps the least to offer of all the artists featured, but the production and festivities help to tie it all together and the roster of artists participating keep it fresh. Spector's wall-of-sound arrangements are undeniably world-class. Every detail is immaculately constructed and presented. Some highlights: the Ronettes doing a "Be My Baby" on "Frosty the Snowman"; the irresistible backing vocals in "Sleigh Ride; chimes and bells EVERYWHERE; the glockenspiel in "Marshmallow World"... so much more besides. We're left with an album that, in little over half an hour, seems to perfectly capture the spirit and excitement of Christmas- even the clear commercial and corporate appeal shouldn't sully the huge talent on show. As delightfully jolly as it all is, I'm going to round down from a 4.5 to a 4. Why? Because it's not appropriate for at least 50 weeks of the year and it's also the brainchild of a murdering maniac. But damn... arrangements from a killer's head never sounded so... Christmassy.

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Merry Christmas!

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Murder connection aside, this is a good collection

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As great as a Christmas album can get. There are so many classics here that I had no idea came from the same album/producer. While Phil Spector is definitely not someone to idolize (that's an understatement), it is hard to deny the impact he had on music production which is just as evident here as it is anywhere else. The joy, warmth, and fun of Christmas is felt throughout this entire record, and many of these songs are THE definitive versions of these holiday classics. There is also an original song (Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)) that has gone on to become a staple in itself and is the strongest song on the whole album IMO. I am thankful that they assigned this one to me during the holiday season, but I think I would have enjoyed this at any point in the year. This is a difficult one to rank due to it being a compilation of artists and specific to a certain season, but I would definitely throw this one again next Christmas. 4/5.

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Amazing X-mas songs!

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Merry Christmas!!

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Un classico di Natale. Molto belle tutte le varie interpretazioni e 'Sleigh Ride' (che credo sia originale). Un 3 generale, ma un 4 per Natale.

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Fine julesanger, men liker Frank Sinatra og Michael Bublé bedre

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Stabiles Weihnachtsalbum

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10/13=77%

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Great festive album with all the favourites

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An energetic and playful contrast to the prim and tidy arrangements of the 50s and before. Nearly 60 years on, this album is packed with back-to-back holiday standards.

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Very glad I got this over Christmas, otherwise may not have been in the mood

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The best Christmas album ever? Great Mo-town versions of Christmas standards. I can see myself putting this on again next Christmas, but certainly not until then.

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Great Christmas album. I wish it had popped up on the list a couple weeks ago (before Christmas).

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Creo que ubicaba todas las canciones pero no sabía que las había producido y juntado Phil Spector en un sólo disco. Es un poco de trampa que toque justo para Noche Buena pero se lo vamos a permitir porque la época lo demanda. 3.5 que sube a 4 porque seguro se volverá parte del repertorio de la fecha y porque creo que me enamoré de la voz de Darlene Love. Songs: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

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December 25th. A Christmas album. Standout Tracks: The Bells of St. Mary, A Marshmallow World, Winter Wonderland, Here Comes Santa Claus, Silent Night

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Dude, I'm not about to listen to a Christmas album in almost February. I'm sure it's good. The artists are legendary. So I'll give it a 6.5

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Classic Christmas album according to my pops

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Not sure why this is here it’s a run of the mill Christmas album. Also getting it on Christmas makes the random aspect sus, unless it’s just holidays?

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So. Much. Woodblock. Pretty good for a Christmas album, if a bit uneven. Almost dropped it to a 2 because of the final track. Best track: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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Julealbum, mange klassikere

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Heel magnifiek voor Kerst eigenlijk, maar vervelend op andere momenten van het jaar. Zeker als het januari is en je echt geen nood hebt aan extra kerstliederen.

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for the music alone im happy christmas is only 2 days a year. but its not that annoying

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Great and fun collection.

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Haha! Middle of the road for a Christmas album. 2.5/5.

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как можно рождественские альбомы оценивать выше тройки? к чему здесь этот сборник вообще? говоря кратко, больше вопросов чем ответов. песни, безусловно, хороши, исполнение так же на высоте (особенно The Ronettes), но если альбом не послушать, в жизни ничего не изменится.

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Прикольный новогодний альбом, но в нём нет ничего интересного

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Decent.

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good christmas album

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Nostalgic. Unfortunately I can't listen to it for more than 10 minutes before I want to throw it in the fireplace.

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Un álbum para escuchar en navidad, si eres de los que les gustan las festividades.

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Not sure I quite get why this is on the list. Influential I suppose. It's good... it's a Christmas album.

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Didn't look at this until boxing day so not in a great place to give it my full attention. Also Phil Spector was an absolute nut case

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Very good christmas album. Darlene Love had probably the best tracks on it but it was good overall.

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See also : the Motown Christmas album

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There's no way this was a coincidence right

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I’ll separate the music producer genius from the piece of shit here. There are only two Christmas albums that I can stand listening to, this one and Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas. I must say the Wall of Sound here is amazing. Reading Wiki its also incredible how many other artists that he influenced. I love Veronica Bennett’s (the Ronnettes) voice. This is a classic Christmas record for a reason, but I did get creeped out when we got a personal message from Spector at the end of the record though.

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Man bekommt vielstimmig, was man einstimmig erwartet. Einstimmig fantastische Songs sind Young mit „Helpless“, Opener „Carry on“ und Titelsong „Deja Vu“. Zeitlos 3.4

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6/10. Good Christmas music, but not a stand-out in my mind in any way.

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Leuk!

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Gezellig!🎅

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Heel erg cliché kerstmuziek! Toeval dat dit op Kerst in de lijst verschijnt of niet? Wie zal het zeggen

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In a vaccuum this is a 4 star album; it has solid performances and a fun sound that holds up and doesn't overstay its welcome. However, two major things hold it back: Firstly, it is a Christmas album. I won't get any joy busting this bad boy out in February. Secondly, I don't want any Christmas gifts from such a raging, irredeemable asshole as Phil Spector.

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Il faut savoir avant de lire ce review que je deteste les chansons de Noël, que je trouve extrêmement déprimantes. Tomber sur cet album ne me ravit donc evidemment pas. Mais la où cela devient vraiment difficilement supportable, c'est que je me retrouve à écouter cet album le 27 décembre, la faute à un leger retard, une fois les festivités bien retombées. Une difficile experience, j'espere qu'aucun autre album de Noël n'a été glissé par Robert dans la liste.

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J'ai toujours été très fan de Various artists et suis allé les voir en concert à chaque fois qu'ils sont passés dans ma région.

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Mislim nije moj đir, al ovdje su apsolutno svi božićni klasici, pa tako je sigurno i najutjecajniji božićni album ikada. Danas paše skoro svaka i jako se nadam da je došlo slučajno, a ne presetano hahhahahahah (presetano je, mi sa uključenim vikend albumima smo dobili danas, ostali plebovi jučer. Naravno oni koji koriste više od godinu dana su imali prošle, pa su danas dobili random album, tako ćemo mi nagodinu 🤘🏻)

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ne znam kako sada biti objektivan, svaka im čast na ovom jer nekako sumnjam da je slučajno ovaj album, takve tematike na današnji dan. ukoliko nije? onda je to ono perfekt tajming brate woop woop. kad već moram nešt prisrat, bilo bi mi naaajbolje da mi je bio moj A Charlie Brown Christmas iz 65', ali moram si malo horizonte otvoriti! i naravno - da je babi......

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Who knew all these canonical versions came from a single compilation?

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Some nice versions of pop Christmas classics all with that distinctive Phil Specttor touch. Your Christmas celebration will be richer if this album is added to your holiday playlist

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Christmas as we know it. Classy arrangements, bright harmonies, but is not my favorite music. (funny side note today is the 25.12.2021) (5/10) FT: White Christmas

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Lite utmattande men daskare

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Christmas songs with Phil Spector’s production. A very pleasant christmas gift

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Julsång moment

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100% christmas

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Merry xmas

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If it were still Christmas, i would give it three stars

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Am 5.1. ist es zu spät für Weihnachtsmukke xD

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Cute! A classic Christmas album.

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it is a christmas album

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Good Christmas soundtrack but nothing special about it.

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Pretty good Christmas album, lots of the classic hits you'd want to hear around Christmas. Not that remarkable for a standalone album

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Christmas songs

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Un dels grans clàssics nadalencs. Algunes de les girl bands més conegudes del moment recreant clàssics del Nadal amb la producció d'Spector. Ha quedat ja molt superat, però no deixa de ser un dels discos a escoltar quan es vol recuperar l'esperit d'aquesta època de l'any afegint-li un toc retro

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had my fill of xmas music for a bit

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Normal Christmas stuff

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Haha got this dec 25th! This most be planned by the creator, nice. Or else it's a crazy coincidence. No matter what I'm not about to give a five to a mediocre christmas compilation produced by a convicted murderer. But a 4 will do. Eh a 3

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It was nice. But generic Christmas music, nothing really stood out.

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Was it deliberately seeded that this would be generated on Christmas Eve? Anyway. These are some of the best renditions of these classic Christmas songs ever recorded... but they're still just Christmas songs. Hard album to rank.

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Some nice versions of pop Christmas classics all with that distinctive Phil Specttor touch. Your Christmas celebration will be richer if this album is added to your holiday playlist

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Un clásico

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Definitely my favourite xmas album produced by a convicted murderer.

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wow. much christmas very christmas

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98. Phil Spector ***** up Christmas - Various Artists 13 tracks. When Phil came up with this idea, he should have immediately shelved it once it became known that he couldn't get Bing Crosby to sing White Christmas. It should be illegal for anyone other than him to sing it. He didn't even try to snooze us into thinking that Bing was on there and we had just missed it. He actually got someone else to sing it. (I feel sorry for poor Darlene Love). Phil is going straight to hell for that one. Picture it now. Christmas morning around an open fire. Kids are excitedly laughing and opening their present, Gran is telling everyone that it's never too early for a drink and the next thing you know someone other than Bing Crosby, (forgive me Father because Phil Sector did the sinning rather than me), is signing White Christmas. Now the kids are crying, Gran says she had more fun last Christmas when Grandad died of Covid on his own because that cunt Boris Johnson made us all isolate while he threw parties in Downing Street and the Mrs is giving me daggers and telling me should have left me long ago. Thanks Phil. Happy Fucking Christmas! 3/5

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My years in retail mostly beat any affection for Christmas music out of me. But as these albums go, this is one of the best.

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Whimsy fun.

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Don't let Phil ruin Christmas for you, skip the last track. Lovely collection of songs, fantastic vocals and an amazing array of talent on display. It will be nice to get this on vinyl to play next Christmas. To its negative it is just a Christmas album so the appeal is limited. Spector has pulled out the stops with his wall of sound. In places it takes the songs to an amazing level, in others it sounds like a flat mess with the sounds cancelling each other out

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6/10

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Classics performed well, I tolerate Christmas music, but I hated listening to album of them one after the other

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A great selection of festive themed music, a little bit cheesy. Ideal for background music not something I would choose otherwise.

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Thanks Santa

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Fine Christmas music compilation

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Nice one

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Its an Xmas album.

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Well - it was painful but this IS the definitely Christmas album in my book. and the wall of sounds cuts through and it does have some personality - so while did not wholly enjoy it due to my disdain for Christmas songs - it does have substance in its own way

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A Christmas album on Christmas. Some solid standards here, in spite of whose name in on it.

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I reallt don't like christmas music, but that doesn't make it a bad album.

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Good for christmas

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Really not into Christmas music, but in general this was OK because of the motown vibe and talent behind the music.

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Perfectly pleasant, but, well, Christmas music. The talking part by Phil Spector 1) surprised me that he sounds like such a dweeb and 2) is painfully awkward.

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Gute Soul-Weihnachstplatte.

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Proper classic Christmas tunes. Brought us back from not feeling very Christmassy!

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The production is innovative and influential. It is not really a Christmas album but more of a 60's pop album. The famous wall of sound sounds today a bit too monochromatic .

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Good albums with great songs. Poor timing, though.

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It's a fun Christmas album, but still a Christmas album. I'm not someone who listens to certain music in certain seasons, other than at Christmas of course. I knew the majority these songs, and they are Christmas classics. A really good Christmas album is still just a Christmas album. I would never have much use for it outside of the season. Due to this I can't really rate it highly, even though it does what it should really well.

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"A Christmas Gift For You" presented to you by a convicted murderer! Also, I find the lack of "Mele Kalikimaka" disturbing...

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Classic Christmas!

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Love Christmas music

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It's Christmas innit. Not even the best Christmas songs

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Christmas init

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Bit too American and secular for my Christmas tastes and all these songs have been overused in films. But it's good

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Didn't sound any different from the 'standard' Christmas stuff.

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Seasonal entertainment.

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Phil Crowe’s Christmas staple. Played to death

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i mean it’s a christmas album so how good can it be…? but it was fun and good to listen to and not snooze worthy.

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This is a really good Christmas album. There are fresh takes on some classics. But I really don’t want a Christmas gift from Phil Spector. Even before the murder of Lana Clarkson, he was a POS according to his ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, and children. Forgetting Phil Spector the person, I would not listen to this 11 months out of the year because, well, we need a break from Christmas. I’m happy to listen again in 11 months if somebody digs this up.

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I came to the 1001 Generator on this Christmas Eve seeking an escape from Christmas music. And what do I find? Christmas music!? This is not a randomly generated album! Sure, there are some classics here. And sure, there is the undoubtedly influential “Wall of Sound,” though I couldn’t tell you what it actually sounds like. But the spirit of the random generator has been violated! Bah humbug!

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twee dagen te laat!

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Classic

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Bit annoyed that I was trying to escape Christmas music and this came up but hey ho, would've been weird to get it in July I suppose. Almost offensively sweet and twee but pretty on trend.

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Nice compilation, mostly enjoyable christmas music.

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My overall reaction is that I'm not sure I needed to hear this before I die, but it's a good album. I decided to dig deeper and learn more about Phil Spector, both his career and his personal life. Here's yet another example where we have to ask the question, can you separate the art from the artist? The guy was a complete piece of shit and died in jail, convicted of killing a woman the same night he met her (he claimed it was an accident, but he had a history of brandishing guns at people). Does that change the music? The production quality and the innovative "Wall of Sound"? No, but it gives you pause. One other note - Clever move by the site organizer to make sure everyone gets this pick on Christmas. Send the guy some beer money for the holidays.

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I was surprised a Christmas album was on here (though not surprised at the timing of its appearance). I guess it's got good energy, vocals, and musical arrangements. I've just never been much for Christmas music, even if tis the season. Bah humbug.

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I'm starting to have doubts that the generator is as random as it says it is... I ain't gonna be no Scrooge McDuck about this album, it's good old-fashioned festive fun for all the family. A few of these recordings still seem to be the definitive versions that get played nowadays.

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I wonder if there will be more Christmas albums on Christmas day in the next few years, and I wonder what they would be. Pretty innovative, even though Phil Spector is terrible.

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Good but too familiar

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It's OK - an interesting artefact

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Classic Phil Spector sound. Certainly iconic, but I have a hard time separating the music from the man. In general I am not much of a pop christmas music fan. 3/5.

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Good rambunctious xmas music. Shame about Phil.

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Do I punish this album because of the serial abuser and murderer PS??? It’s a fine Christmas album full of fun boppy old time classics, and each of these artists deserve air time. I’ll be blocking Silent Night from any future plays.

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Decent Christmas songs. Good mixing. Too bad he murdered someone.

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3.2 - it’s a Christmas album, a genre I’m not too big on. But it’s a solid one that I’ll be returning to on a likely annual basis.

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Alltså det är ju julmusik men det var rätt kul?

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Unoriginal

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This is a classic and has a lot of sentimental value for me and my family. A good listen every year at the holidays

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Nothing says Merry Christmas like an album from a convicted murderer! Well, he was good at what he did! It's a great sounding album.

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It's like a "best of" for all those 60's girl groups. The "Wall of Sound" over production got to be a little annoying by the end.

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A very pleasant Christmas gift. A lot of the classics. Still a convicted murderer.

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Pretty decent Christmas album. But wouldn't kill for it.

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Holds a lot of classic Christmas tunes. Good vibes for the holiday season

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A classic Christmas album. Not bad for this old grouch.

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A nice little christmas album. I enjoyed most of the songs here with only a few of them being duds. I could see myself listening to this more often next holiday season, because I enjoyed these covers more than the versions of these songs I normally hear.

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christmas music sucks but this was actually pretty enjoyable.

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Ja gut, Phil Spector eben. Nie ganz schlecht.

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Better than what we listened during Xmas dinner

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I'm sure it's classic but I can't listen to Christmas music on January 4th. I'll come back to this next year XD

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Probably the best sounding and arranged version of all of these songs. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers is a weak song in general, even with the Phil Spector treatment. During the holiday season this is a 5, post holidays its a 3

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24th December 2021 Listened in the morning while chilling in bed at Guy's! It's a classic Christmas album.

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To all a good night....

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merry chrysler

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some great singers and well produced songs, but phil spector

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Don't really know how to score this album. It was pretty good for a Christmas album, but I don't particularly like Christmas music. The last track with Phil Spector was creepy.

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Merry Christmas. It's a fine idea listening to these songs. Thank you.

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Nice

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I'm not usually a fan of Christmas records, though the Ventures and Los Straitjackets do a smash-up job with their instro-versions. That being said, I was skeptical and though some of the songs are a little too sappy for my taste, there are some great songs on here. A bonus star for the spoken-work message to end the record from producer/convicted murderer, Phil "the kill" Spector. Boy, have times changed!

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Good for christmas time.

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Well, it's Christmas music. So I feel like you either like it or not. But the wall of sound does lend itself well to this genre. Love Darlene loves Christmas, but otherwise I'm not a huge fan of Xmas music so I probably won't listen to this album for another year. Also mixed feelings about how terrible of a person Phil spector was, so I guess there's that.

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It’s a fine Christmas album, but only a few tracks are the “definitive” versions that I would include on a playlist

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Enjoy

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Got this on Dec 24th. Perfect timing! Enjoyable album - nothing special about it, but sets the Xmas mood

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A classic Christmas album, Phil Spector is unfortunate though…

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Nunca pensé que me podría gustar un disco navideño.

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received this on boxing day so the mood has passed a bit but good Christmas music, might come back to next year

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No ei ihan eka valinta jos musiikkia alkaisin kuunnella, mutta meni reissussa autossa. Useampi tuttu sovitus ja reipas meininki.

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I understand the importance of Christmas music in our culture... but I am not seeing what really stands out about this Christmas album specifically. This sounds nice but I wouldn't seek it out to listen to it. Favorites: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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sentimental nostalgia xmas tunes produced by a convicted murderer. pretty nice, but I was checking my watch by the latter half of this album.

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Great holiday album. I feel like i've heard all these song before just from watching Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

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Nice sound even if christmas music is not my favorite. very influential sound indeed

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I don't have anything bad or good to say about this album. It's Christmassy songs. That's all there is to it, at least for me.

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Meh, quizá si lo hubiera oído el día que tocaba me hubiera caído mejor, o si no tuviera asociado el nombe de Phil Spector. A decir verdad, son las versiones de estas canciones navideñas que están ya guardadas en el inconsciente colectivo gracias a las películas y de hecho me sorprendió que vengan todas ellas en el mismo disco y de la misma producción. Por otro lado, no soy fan the la Wall of Sound y aquí es obvio que era parte del punto.

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1963. Key Songs: Frosty the Snowman

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So its thing is that it kinda sounds like Pet Sounds but without any edge at all? Add to that that I'm already ambivalent on Christmas music and am listening to this in February. Pretty neat that it's had such an impact on how pop Christmas tunes are arranged. And it does sound nice.

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Not the best versions of these Christmas songs.

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Parempiakin versioita löytyy

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Not my style.

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Oh well, timing is all.

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I hate Christmas songs.

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I really really really dislike Christmas music, but a lot of classics here and I know it's not bad, but it's a 2 from me dawg.

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forcing me to listen to christmas music on christmas. good selection but i’m not a fan

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This opened the floodgates for so much Christmas music by popular musicians, which isn't a good thing. Annoying to listen to as an album, even on Christmas. 4/10

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Zat al aan de kerstmaaltijd, maar klinkt achteraf best gezellig

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Ah božićne pjesme. Najbolje mi je što silent night nije silent night već taj lik zahvaljuje svima koji su radili na albumu. To je revolucionarno i zato dvojka

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Yep, Christmas music. 5/10

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Coñazo navideño

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Swiateczny prezent od pana listowego na 25 grudnia, wiec swiateczne granie w stylu lat 60, bo krazek z 63, nawet dzieli date wydania z asasynacja JFK, nie sa to koledy, a raczej mikstejp kawalkow okoloswiatecznych, ktore mozna uslyszec w hamerykanskich radiach w tym okresie, wiec typowy pop z mocnymi influencjami r&b, jest czarno, zarowno na chorkach jak i na glownych wokalach, o instrumentalach nie wspominam, bo tutaj jest juz troche bardziej bialy personel, ogromna banda muzykow brala udzial w nagraniach, bo plyta featuruje ponad dwadziescia nazwisk, wiec feeling big bandu na niektorych kawalkach jest obecny, 34 minuty i 13 kawalkow, dobrze ze pan od listy ustawil akurat na swieta taki album, bo w mniej swiatecznym dniu chyba bym nie wytrzymal takiej dawki swiatecznej milosci, na plejke nic nie wrzucam, bo zbyt specyficzne kawalki, ale dobrze wiedziec o istnieniu takiej plyty z swiatecznymi szlagierami w jezyku angielskim

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2/5 nothing much

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As the world’s most famous celebrant of Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us, I’d like to say I’ve been tired of Christmas songs forcibly drilled into my head long before the cheap trick of being pushed on with this album on Christmas Day.

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Remember that 1960’s Christmas song? You know the one? It’s on this album.

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It’s a Christmas album. It’s enjoyable and some of the songs are better renditions than other peoples. 5.0/10

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Points go the Ronettes and Darlene's "Baby Please Come Home." The Bob B Soxx tracks are noisy and busy, my least favorite. Darlene is ok, she has a great voice and I like her style shifts within the tracks. Her songs are the most original, and "Baby Please Come Home" is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Her other songs get a little cheesy here and there. The Crystals are decent; I love them most for their "Then He Kissed Me" hit. They're clear and harmonious, with a great jazz solo, incorporating the Christmas sound well into R&B, but otherwise the most forgettable. I don't think any of the tracks are remarkably special, although it's great for upbeat Christmas celebration, cheery and pure. The Ronettes are by far my favorite. I love Veronica's voice and the harmonious back vocals. I can tell who Winehouse's #1 inspiration was. I thought "Frosty the Snowman" was perfect, "Sleigh Ride" has a bit of an annoying side but very traditional pop-like, and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" had the most attractive vocals. My only complaint is that I don't find the instrumentals to be very interesting, kinda generic.

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I'm sick of this shit being played everywhere for the whole fucking December. And "White Christmas" sung by a woman? The craziest thing in the whole history of music.

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How very festive.

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I mean… for Christmas music, you could do worse.

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Got this on Boxing Day, so the theme fit. Other than that, why is this on the list?

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There are two types of people - those that love Christmas music, and those who loathe to hear it. I fall into the latter camp. Love the holidays, hate the music. No thanks.

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Spector was a madman. I don't much like his 'wall of sound' and the music is all pure pop - fine for supermarkets and children, but gives the serious listener nothing worth keeping - except the occasional earworm. I've got Frostie the Snowman stuck in my head which is very annoying..

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I'm skipping this because I'm a week behind, it's now January 3rd, and I can't take anymore Christmas music. Still - I can honestly say that I heard every song on this album at least once over Christmas break. I listened to them individually and mostly on purpose. They are Christmas classics, one and all. White Christmas by Irving Berlin and Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love are my favorite on the list. Blue Christmas by Elvis, Please Come Home for Christmas by the Eagles, This Christmas by Donny Hathaway, and Back Door Santa by Clarence Carter are the notable snubs (granted, these wouldn't fit the "classic" genre as well). But - as a "Top 1001" album? No. No compilations. I could make a compilation of the greatest songs ever - it would still have no place on this list.

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pretty good christmas album as far as they go, it's not Shatner Claus though

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Would be good to have on in the background of a holiday party with coworkers and acquaintances. Very cheery, but I like my Christmas music with a little more, how you say, soul.

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Bah humbug. Doesn't even have the best Xmas song, Santa Baby

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Not sure why I'm listening to Xmas music in the spring but I guess it doesn't matter. Nothing particularly new or exciting here but that's the point.

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fuck phil spector

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не ну всякая нг дичь от психа

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Christmas albums are usually par for the course barring some weird deviation from tradition. While not weird, the chaotic elements of drumming with heavy tambourines seem to make the album feel rushed, with each carol feeling laborious as a result. This compilation is par for the course. It is not special, and honestly it seems to be giving something it does not have, and that is heart, until we get to "Sleigh Ride" a near instant recognizability given how ubiquitous this version of the song has become in modern pop culture. Eventually, we reach the second most popular song on the album, another pop staple in "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)". Two out of thirteen songs on a compilation album should be an accomplishment, maybe? Either way, there is much to be thankful for in this album and being part of the Christmas rotation (if not just the two aforementioned songs) is encouraged.

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Would rather the originals.

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Very fitting for today (Christmas Eve), I guess it's done that way on purpose. These are all the classic songs we've heard many times before. I don't really care for most Christmas songs, but these are produced and performed really well.

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Seriously? Boh, non male, ma boh.

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standard geld jólaplata

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Best Song: Sleigh Ride. Feels like the distillation of a Christmas movie montage. Worst Song: Frosty the Snowman. I think I just find this song obnoxious, regardless of version. Overall: Well-produced Christmas music, but still just Christmas music.

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As interesting as it is to listen to an album by the acclaimed music producer Phil Spector, remembering half way though the album that he was a convicted murderer really put a damper on the Christmas spirit he is trying to convey here. Musically I though the sound was a bit to muddy for my taste although that might be due to streaming the album. Either way I will not be playing this to get me in the mood for Christmas next year.

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Awfull

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My timing may have been off since this queued up for me weeks after Christmas Day, so I was not in a festive frame of mind. But trying this out off-season I get it there's the corny Christmas songs, Phil Spector style, and a record that might be a big hit at a party next December.

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I know this album will mean a lot to some people, but when someone is a serial abuser who should have been stopped long before he ended up committing murder, I think we should write them out of musical history. There are plenty of other Christmas albums to listen to instead. Should not be on this list.

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Nope

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Stupid Christmas music.

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Oh for fuck's sake. I don't want to listen to this during Christmas time. Definitely miss me with this.

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Dit cadeautje heb ik niet uitgepakt

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Christmas music is the worst.

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The odds of getting this particular album on Xmas Day... Usually I don't mind a bit of Phil Spector, but this Santa Claus rubbish was just too cringeworthy.

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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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I am a scrooge, Xmas albums are not the one.

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Don't like Christmas music in December, I certainly don't like it in January

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i hate chism

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no

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Seriously? Did any of these artists even write these songs?? Probably the only album on this list I’m not finishing.

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I don’t particularly care for Christmas songs and these fell flat.

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The worst shit I ever saw

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Christmas and Phil Spector, an abysmal combination. The voices are beautiful but the music is blech.

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No

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Oh good grief no, I'd give this a zero but the thing won't let me.

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Well goddamn, it's a Christmas album for Christ's sake.

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I don't want this anyday

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Probably the most famous Christmas album but still a Christmas album...

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Not really in a christmas mode, couldnt get into it

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awful

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I hate Christmas music so much. No words can describe the hate I have for every single sound associated with Christmas - jingle bells, sleigh bells, glockenspiels, the choirs. I hate it all. Just like Phil Spector hates being a decent human being.

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I regret not giving this one a spin when it was actually Christmas. There's no way I'm sitting through a Christmas album in January. Also, Roni died recently and the Ronettes have been played on repeat on the radio as a result. Bit Ronette'd out tbh.

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gross

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Absolutely fucking brutal listening to this the week after Christmas

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Joululevy. Ei kai näitä kukaan oo hyviä tehny? Ihan ok tuotettu siis näitä klassikkobiisejä -- jos siis sattuis tykkää niistä.

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Teknisesti ihan jees, mut oli kyl välillä vähän pakkopullaa.

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Ehkä ei huonoin mahollinen joululevy mutta kyllä silti teki todella tiukkaa.

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Boring Christmas songs even if walled of sound

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Did not listen - dont like Phil spector & dont liek Xmas songs!!

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No. Just no. Sure, these are better-than-average Christmas songs, but they are still Christmas songs. Curated by a murderer. Just no.

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No thanks

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Not a fan of Christmas music and I would never pick any of these renditions if I was choosing to play Christmas songs. The Phil Spector “thank you” at the end is the worst producer tag of all time. Don’t see myself hitting “play” on this again

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Kill me. Why the hell is this album on the "1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die" list when everyone's already heard it piecemeal 1001 times in every damn movie, mall, and TV commercial known to man? Fuck you, whoever compiled this list.

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I hate Christmas music 1

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not listening

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Maybe for Christmas fans and fans of the sixties.

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