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question Favourite Christmas songs
« Thread started on: Nov 30th, 2014, 1:27pm »

Whats your favourite Christmas tracks ? , two of my faves are
Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus is coming to town
Greg Lake I Believe in father Christmas

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« Reply #1 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 04:01am »

The Pogues & Kirsty- Fairytale of New York is the classic to me.
Smith & Burrows- When the Thames Froze
John Lennon- Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Glasvegas- When A Snowflake Fell (It Felt Like a Kiss)
Coldplay- Christmas Lights
Bing Crosby and David Bowie- Little Drummer Boy.
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 05:00am »

I love Robert Berry's, and most of Kansas, December People CD called Sounds Like Christmas where they play well known Christmas songs in the style of various prog bands like Genesis, Yes, Floyd, ELP, Crimson etc., etc. Very, very clever although I'm sure other people will hate it LoL grin
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 05:35am »

Hi there



Don't have a favourite Christmas song (bah! humbug!) but Prokoffiev's Troika from the Lieutenant Kije Suite always does it for me.



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question Re: Favourite Christmas songs
« Reply #4 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 05:57am »

Changes all the time but these sum up the ones I can enjoy.

The Pogues & Kirsty- Fairytale of New York
John Lennon- Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
The Pretenders - 2000 Miles
Jonah Lewis - Stop The Cavalry
(The original one only) Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came A Travelling
Steve Hackett - Narnia....What do you mean it's NOT a Christmas song...It is to me wink

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 06:33am »

on Dec 1st, 2014, 05:35am, alanh wrote:
Prokoffiev's Troika from the Lieutenant Kije Suite always does it for me.

Now that’s the reason Greg Lake’s “I believe in Father Christmas” is one of my Xmas favourites.
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 07:12am »

Shadow and John, which version of Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas do you prefer, Greg's single version with orchestra or ELP's version off Works Volume 2? I much prefer the ELP version off Works 2.
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 07:36am »

on Dec 1st, 2014, 07:12am, Dougal wrote:
Shadow and John, which version of Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas do you prefer, Greg's single version with orchestra or ELP's version off Works Volume 2? I much prefer the ELP version off Works 2.


Hi Dougal......

Showing my ignorance now but I didn't even know there were two version? Not the greatest ELP fan ever sadly. Love Karn Evil 9 though

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« Reply #8 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 07:50am »

Never been keen on pop Christmas stuff. I prefer traditional Christmas songs. (Guess you guys won't be familiar with German Christmas songs but 'Silent Night' might be well-known...)
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« Reply #9 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 08:06am »

on Dec 1st, 2014, 07:36am, John Wilkinson wrote:
Hi Dougal......

Showing my ignorance now but I didn't even know there were two version? Not the greatest ELP fan ever sadly. Love Karn Evil 9 though

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Hi John
I'm not surprised you didn't know about the ELP version as they only ever play Greg's version on the radio, especially if you're not that big a fan of ELP.
Love Karn Evil 9 too although I prefer Trilogy as an album to Karn Evil 9's Brain Salad Surgery.
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 08:09am »

on Dec 1st, 2014, 07:50am, Schrottrocker wrote:
Never been keen on pop Christmas stuff. I prefer traditional Christmas songs. (Guess you guys won't be familiar with German Christmas songs but 'Silent Night' might be well-known...)

Schrott, here's Silent Night in the style of Floyd, as per my previous post:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOMwxANznS0
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 11:16am »

on Dec 1st, 2014, 07:50am, Schrottrocker wrote:
Never been keen on pop Christmas stuff. I prefer traditional Christmas songs. (Guess you guys won't be familiar with German Christmas songs but 'Silent Night' might be well-known...)




Awful video though! grin
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 12:06pm »

Just an observation I've had after hearing some Christmas music on the radio...

A lot of what I hear consists of really old songs -- probably from somewhere between the 1940s and early 1960s -- sung by crooners with old-fashioned backing from orchestras and choirs. You know what I mean, right?

Anyway, I was thinking: When, besides at Christmas time, would you hear this kind of old music on radio stations? I wonder if the artists had any idea that their recordings of Christmas songs would end up being far more widely heard, for far longer, than any of their other work?

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« Reply #13 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 1:53pm »

I have a great Frank Sinatra Christmas cd which is now getting regular playing
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« Reply #14 on: Dec 1st, 2014, 3:33pm »

on Dec 1st, 2014, 08:09am, Dougal wrote:
Schrott, here's Silent Night in the style of Floyd, as per my previous post:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOMwxANznS0
Cheers


Really nice effort but I still prefer to keep traditional Christmas songs and pop music separated. Christmas songs, like any traditional songs, do imho just not mix with a rock performing them and/or a studio recording. These songs have to be sung live, in the family, on your own, in church... Nothing beats the family singing together on Christmas Eve with me on the piano (after my father tries to play the piano, messes everything up and finally leaves it to me to be the pianist, as every year). smiley

on Dec 1st, 2014, 11:16am, foxfeeder wrote:


Awful video though! grin


I just see a blank screen all over, is that the awful video you're referring to? wink Anyways, the name Peter Schilling let me expect worse than this but by any means this is complete crap. tongue Of course we can take it to the next level: this has to be the worst Christmas song in the history of mankind. Lucky those who don't understand the lyrics lipsrsealed

on Dec 1st, 2014, 12:06pm, onetwothree wrote:
Just an observation I've had after hearing some Christmas music on the radio...

A lot of what I hear consists of really old songs -- probably from somewhere between the 1940s and early 1960s -- sung by crooners with old-fashioned backing from orchestras and choirs. You know what I mean, right?

Anyway, I was thinking: When, besides at Christmas time, would you hear this kind of old music on radio stations? I wonder if the artists had any idea that their recordings of Christmas songs would end up being far more widely heard, for far longer, than any of their other work?



"Really old" laugh Traditional songs go back before the 20th century. Silent Night was composed by an organist in the 19th century, that man will never have dreamed of his little song becoming immortal wink
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