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December 15, 2006



On a similar note, so to speak, I picked up three cd's lately from the library (hey, the price was right) which were all "Ella-inspired."

I can't remember her name, but I remember a long time ago there was a woman who did Ella really well. I wish I could remember her name... .


Where do I start?
With the glockenspiel and the viola, of course!
My problem with Pam's scenario is that if all these young singers are denied communication with their ancestral influences such as the Divine NKC, then will they not immediately descned into the abyss of artistic incoherency and start giving us Christmas albums based on the stylings of, say, Michael Bolton, Babyface or Ricky Martin?
There are worse things than endless channeling of the Cole-Muse. A "Christmas With Usher" CD is likely many of them all at once.
And as much as I venerate the Ancestral Ella muse, do let us remember that Carmem McRae, Betty Carter and Shirley Horne also walked this earth and gave unto us great singing. Not to mention Peggy Lee (a very good, underrated singer) Julie London, June Christie and other chanteuses now lost to us!


I don't get it.


I have a similar Christmas carol mini-rant up on my blog. My main complaint with the NKC knock-offs has been and always will be Natalie Cole singing "duets" with her father, including The Christmas Song. Grrrr.


As an antidote to all that, please allow me (and please don't beat me up) to suggest "Soul Christmas." The original one, with Otis Redding singing "Merry Christmas Baby," King Curtis playing "The Christmas Song," Booker T. & the MGs dong "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," etc. The original one, not the later version with the other (pretty nice, but not original) stuff thrown in and some of the good cuts lost. This is the original one:


Thanks for your attention to this matter.


There are THREE, count' em 3, killer versions of "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town." Killer Version (KV) #1 is the all-time glory of the Crystals in 1963 on the "A Phil Spector Christmas Album," KV#2 is Booker T from 1965 and KV#3 is Bruce Springsteen in the 70s and 80s, when he frequently played the song as part of his concert sets. They all rock like God's own annointed reindeer.
Then there's "The Night Santa Went Crazy" by Weird Al which is at least morbidly funny and worth one or two listens.

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