why do people buy strattera off the street THUMBUY.COM is pms valacyclovir used to treat canker sores usual dose of lopressor for mitral valve prolapse diflucan dosage for male yeast infection cozaar 25 mg metronidazole injection price in kerala drhildaong.com maxifort vs viagra chatcufete.com cabergoline dose at bwt of dog chatcufete.com online viagra from canada apparel-chic.com order mifeprex and misoprostol online micardis plus foglietto illustrativo sildenafil citrate 100 mg duration doxycycline in the us xenical per day en ecuador esta prohibido la venta del cytotec montelukast levocetirizine kid dosage name for generic anastrozole 1 definition augmentin retard 1000 mg 62 5mg en francais spacecityparent.com how many days take amoxicillin for boils proster 200 misoprostol chatcopii.com como saber se o cytotec e verdadeiro clomid 8 follicles nizoral shampoo expiration delite.cn dexcipro eyedrop chen-liu.com avodart 5 mg dog overdose baclofen 10mg ed meds no prescription with discover card buy doxycycline tablets malaria metronidazole 500 for dogs solumedrol iv oral thrush treatment diflucan buying viagra in the bahamas otc buy generic zyvox nexium 24 hours otc cost wikipedia baclofen lorazepam interaction with metronidazole fake azithromycin dzidzior.pl accommodationmadeasy.com avmdtogo.org egyptereizen.org fehmierduran.com quetiapine 60 mg ondansetron odt can you take it for upset stomanch how long for fluconazole to leave your system raloxifene 30 mg thuoc amitriptylinechlohydrate does viclofen effect escitalopram feifan8.net drugprevent.org.uk directmobility.co.uk clopidogrel camsylate cialis 5 mg daily side effects half life of half inderal lipitor 4 dollar copay participating pharmacies dinkim.com synthroid allergic patients alternative treatments cdfeorellana.com directmobility.co.uk akademia-active.pl quetiapine 5o mg wake up drowsiness metformin 750mg in drug test dapoxetine buy sg can i get olanzapine in the uae entech.com covenantofpoppies.com easyjet.net.pl can azithromycin be taken after aborting two years ago can bactrim cause long term health problems lasix medication class pdf ciprofloxacinoxr500 e o mesmo ciplofacino fr 500 list and prize of antibiotics in the phil. generic zyban australia lamisil ingrediant to treat ringworm long term daily safe dose of prednisone for dogs can diflucan be taken on a regular basis NEOHAIRINDO.COM nifedipine 20 mg and atenolol 12.5mg good combination propecia dosage daily why celexa causes diarrhea sinequan 10 indomethacin suppository cost how effective is lamisil pills cuento flagyl dairy breastfeeding and taking 5mg lexapro eastriverpartners.info nh coumadin level machine akademia-active.pl how does orlistat work in infertility difference between tamsulosin and finasteride tinea corporis nizoral review can topamax lyrica and depakote be taken together harga chloramphenicol tablet dickhopper.com medicamentos celebrex celecoxib 100 mg dutasteride 5 years fluconazole 150 uses zoloft taper off mail order and viagra olanzapine citalopram interaction buspar prices images of paroxetine boxes in indian market kegunaan piroxicam gel can u take to how much furosemide is safe heavyanalytics.com carlosfloresmusic.com alcohol consumption with terbinafine actavis cipro travelers diarrhea metoprolol 25 mg tab nizoral shampoo en colombia can you buy viagra in thailand us dollars which antidepressant is right for me anafranil 25 mg drake obat apa dosage to switch from cymbalta to zoloft apartamenty-kasztelanskie.pl dickhopper.com buy zyprexa paxil vs lexapro dog no appetite while taking metronidazole DORREAJATETXEA.COM how long do side effects last with propranolol 10mg gabapentin 300 mg and methamphetamine india herbalviagra brand stlsoccer.net is paracetamol compatible with mirtazapine allcoinreviews.org how much does prozac cost uk ciesielstwokukulak.com.pl online otc cytotec philippines nursing teaching on buspar generic valtrex cost marashthermal.com muallimkoyosgb.com how long does it take for clomid side effects to start propranolol tablets 80 mg cymbalta hypomania how does essential oils mix with drug finasteride panoramainternetu.pl amitriptyline 25 gm gogle mamfaat obat zithromax 500mg es08.com what is the target organ of thyroxine bbc bitesize cyproheptadine is steroid retail price for viagra chatcufete.com what have been the results of cialis taken daily fotografie-cursus.net buy feldene p gel viagra how to use the first time in urdu does 150 mcg of synthroid mess up periods sertraline lowest cost no insurance seroquel effectivenes on sperm ciesielstwokukulak.com.pl levitra online drugs how much does singulair cost without insurance cuanto cuesta la caja de cytotec en peru lipitor price comparison ireland onset pemberian amoxicillin sertraline hcl 59 mg possible side effects starting clomid mid cycle seroquel 400 mg price zofran for sale online africanamericanimages.us how.much is amoxicillin at walmart.without.insurance misoprostol 200 mcg what to expect when your expecting mengobati scabies dengan amoxilin 2exhibitions.com what is bactrim ds used for tengo un mes me puedo tomar cytotec sar of digoxin.pdf lbc4help.org progesterone prometrium generic cost DORREAJATETXEA.COM doxycycline pigeons uk liquid what is another name for acyclovir in nigeria fluoxetine after 3 weeks glimepiride 1 mg adalah can amoxicillin be taken with other anibiotics how to stop taking citalopram 10mg shapirogalvinlaw.com sekerpinarosgb.com ansbach-direkt.de mirtazapine remeron quato costa balitoursclub.com doxycycline 200 mg acne iphone-accessory.cn i am on coumadine can i take nyquil purchase viagra without prescription ciesielstwokukulak.com.pl nitric oxide viagra es08.com verapamil er 120 mg tablets dosage celibar.pl can u do botox on doxycycline monohydrate seroquel 907 what happens if you take nyquil and trazodone pret xenical 84 capsule does mirtazapine or quetiapine cause bloating buy accutane greece metoprolol succinate and atenolol equivalant dose ascbelfast.com goggle escitalopram lisinopril price walmart how much does generic viagra cost in canada misoprostol 100 mg uses cflailesi.org over the counter liquid albuterol does clomiphene increase risk of downs syndrome can ciprolex tz be used to cure all stds manfaat clomid 50 mg dan harganya atorvastatin side effects wine does lexapro make you crave carbohydrates azithromycin fever chills lisinopril 0.5 mg in india mirtazapine experience blackisbusiness.info metformin hcl rite med for pcos patient can misoprostol damage the pregnancy of 3 weeks levofloxacin and knee replacement bridgehousemedia.com medroxyprogesterone icd 9 code ene-mene-mini.pl misoprostol 72 hours seroquel mouth ulcers how long do they take to go away viagra tablet cz ativan percocet elavil yeast infection tongue after taking flagyl viagra casera 30 mg prednisone a day akademia-active.pl olanzapine 30 mg day when recommended viagra price in india online purchase panoramainternetu.pl premarin estrogenos conjugados o.3 mg gra propecia price comparison bactrim and birth control pills for acne buy valtrex overnight isotretinoin manufacturer coupon obat diovan does paroxetine reduction cause head tremour cytotec miscarriage side effects generic valtrex dog with pneumonia on flagyl danazol 100 mg 50 t bisenconsulting.com generic cialis 10 mg buy baclofen propranolol cost without insurance price of lipitor at walmart egyptereizen.org is niacin safe with lisinopril anafranil 75 prezzo proscar 30 dopasujbuty.pl can i take antibiotic 12 hours after i drank alcohol pazarlamacadisi.com clozapine 100 mg i have on paxil for 20 years and i successful with it bridgehousemedia.com is misoprostol safe while breastfeeding log p linezolid amoxicillin 500 mg for staph infection terbinafine philippines baclofen 20 mg para que es MASTERRAFTING.COM transdermal verapamil cost tamoxifen drug price in philippines what is shelf life of lipitor thyroxine elixir functions how to ween off prednisone 10mg earlier than 12 days zofran and benadryl stomach flu fehmierduran.com can i give my cat doxycycline 50 mg allcoinreviews.org buy levitra viagra online seadoo-maldives.com augmentin posologia adulti mercury drug ph nexium price dinkim.com paxil in combination with luvox how does oral diflucan work to clear up candida delite.cn clopidogrel order buy orlistat online no prescription in uk dzidzior.pl loosing weight on synthroid 75 drukarniaupi.pl interaccion de meloxicam y albuterol sulfate generic zovirax cream canada montelukast sodium generic brand montelukast 10 mg will it get you high hydrochlorothiazide and omega 3 which cause more weight gain prozac or abilify dickhopper.com fotografie-cursus.net how long do hot flashes last after stopping premarin buy zithromax pills seroquel and weight loss substitut naturel au clozapine 100 mg tablete montelukast dubai can you get high from lisinopril amlodipine 7.5 mg plendil 5 accutane uk nizoral shampoo hinta komposisi obat stromectol celibar.pl drugprevent.org.uk moduretic 25 mg and kidney stones calcium augmentin 1000 prnc.tv heavyanalytics.com is 20 mg of sildenafil equal to 100m can i take ciprotab 500mg when pregnant does taking cialis everyday wear off augmentin 1g dosage in dental harga misoprostol.cytotec.mifeprex fehmierduran.com allcoinreviews.org lifesaverpoolfencesofnevada.com avmdtogo.org face numbness with cipro effet secondaire de cytotec spacecityparent.com low free thyroxine index and thyroxine levels robertjszmidt.pl erythromycin 2 gel price hsv rash not responding to acyclovir wellbutrin body odor in nipples what does 20 mgs of furosemide tablets. cost name cheap viagra text take clomid timing and twins kegunaan clomiphene citrate hydroxyzine hcl online does propecia work at 55 years of age mobic 15 mg side effects 3 discount generic viagra can you buy bactrim over the counter ciprofloxacin azithromycin drug interactions cowinbuy.com how should i get pregnant after 5 tablets of clomid etinililestradiol para parar la menstruacion can norvasc cause pvcs cipro 400 mg flk levofloxacin for laryngitis DORREAJATETXEA.COM cattlespring.org chloramphenicol 28 days cheap tadalafil 20mg metronidazole vaginal gel usp adiconsult.pl can you use erythromycin tablets for eye stye thuoc amoxicillin 500 mg buy nexium china 555fs.com can buspar and alcohol make you crazy maxalt 2 days contraindication of malarone and glucophage xr africanamericanimages.us prnc.tv agrirobo.pl why does prednisone cause inappropriate hap 40 mg provera side effect for the skin mutien.be what is side effect of indomethacin avmdtogo.org augmentin 1 gram dr reddy amoxicillin cost lipitor 300mg can zithromax cure bacterial meningitus dickhopper.com kamagra uk next day delivery ondansetron can you get high celebrex commercial location river orlistat cost can your period be light after clomid augmentin bid 1000 mg dosage can i import thyroxine tablets into australia amoxicillin buy online cyprus can atorvastatin teva cause hearing loss aneyron.com escobar comprar misoprostol upperbe.it maanfaa amoxilin ascbelfast.com metronidazole same for dogs and humans isotretinoin 10 mg day baclofen trade names australia half life of metoprolol 50mg sr 20 mg prednisonetapering off schedule escitalopram cheer up can i buy clomid online what is the price of ciprofloxacin 500mg in nigeria does ciprofloxacin 500mg cure esophagitis ciesielstwokukulak.com.pl upperbe.it india manufacturing tamsulosin ocas college will sr prescribe viagra to 28 year old apparel-chic.com stlsoccer.net cheap price for metronidazole gel usp 0.75 is 200 mg cialis safe shapirogalvinlaw.com quetiapine fumarate 25 mg get you high 2exhibitions.com lime treatment for dogs dosage amount doxycycline septra dose for cats premarin cream side effects pills chen-liu.com neurontin dose for pain management metoprolol succinate 12.5 mg dose ivermectin for humans buy uk chemist warehouse stores sydney cost viagra ondansetron 4 mg for adults exoticguys.com stlsoccer.net how long does it take prednisone to work in dogs donde puedo encontrar cytotec en camden new jersey does meth interact with zestril 20 mg dexamethasone 4mg tablet jittery side effects ciprofloxacin 500mg can paxil 60 mg cause psychosis xn--b1afpdqbb8d.xn--p1ai rwmeierlaw.com cialis daily cost walmart clomid mercury drug ansbach-direkt.de can baby take zantac abd antibiotics can phenergan tab be sold over the counter topiramate taste augmentin 625 price in india acne capsule name tetracycline adalat for dystolic bp natural alternative to tamsulosin thyroxine sodium side effect on dry and ichy throat es08.com can i take metformin 4 times a day bt.sklep.pl doxycycline 75 mg generic terbinfine lamisil price in pune india viagra ups delivery seroquel quetiapine 1200 mg 1000 mg 800 mg 1600 mg do albuterol pills work side effect of clopidogrel 75 mg dosis buspirone how many mg do you give an 18 lb dog of levothyroxine side effects clopidogrel rashes lanoxin dose peadiatric aha levaquin and crohns fotografie-cursus.net metronidazole for pregnant women buy brand name topamax online can u takevcialis problems with blood thinners cialis before and after nizoral shampoo hong kong 4kom.it generic avodart side effects how much viagra is safe purchase inderal aquatic azithromycin for people pazarlamacadisi.com eastriverpartners.info buy finasteride online no prescription lanoxin 0.25 mg para que sirve generic vibramycin doxycycline dosage for sinus infection avmdtogo.org cytotec for sale 3mos antibiotic para sa dog bite balitoursclub.com misoprostol medicamentos mercadolibre batterymedix.com 2exhibitions.com how to drink amoxil 1000mg DORREAJATETXEA.COM 1000 mg metformin enough pcos low estrogen and zoloft ondansetron 1st trimester cowinbuy.com michelamarchiotto.com antibiotics in kuwait generic name for phenergan dm ywdtx.com how long before thyroxine takes effect in dogs buy plavix cheap dose of ciprofl fehmierduran.com fehmierduran.com how much wellbutrin sr get you high 555fs.com azithromycin 1g and uses clomid 6 months only


A Christmas Gift To You, Phil Spector (Philles)

The absolute and utter ground zero of all rock 'n roll Christmas records. People my age tend to know this instinctively, but younger folks may need some convincing. The overall sound is of late 50s to early 60s R&B, and today's youth tends to believe that sound is cornball. But the Spector wall of sound is one of the most important antecedents of modern rock and pop music, and when it comes to Christmas, a little cornball goes a long way. Phil really threw himself into this one, adding various holiday-oriented jingles and chimes to his patented sound, and turning loose some great re-thinks of evergreen Christmas songs, along with the perfect original "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." There are few rock or pop acts whose arrangement of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" isn't a straight rip of Phil's, whether Bruce Springsteen or the Pointer Sisters. Originally released in 1963 -- the same month as the Kennedy assassination -- and re-released on a number of different labels since, and still a mandatory part of any rockin' Christmas. Update: Though most folks refer to this as a Phil Spector album because of his dictatorial control of the content, it's technically a "various artists" album featuring Philles Records acts The Crystals, the Ronettes, Darlene Love, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans. The first reissue came about 1972 on Apple Records through Phil's involvement with the Beatles, then later on Pavilion and Abkco, and in 1987 Chrysalis released "The Phil Spector Christmas Mix," which segued four songs together without breaks in the dance music style of the time; think "Stars on 45." Update: Accused in the 2003 shooting of starlet Patricia Clarkson at his home, Spector remains free following a mistrial.


Merry Christmas, The Sonics, the Wailers and The Galaxies (Etiquette)

Thirty years before Nirvana and the other Seattle groups of the past decade, there was a thriving Northwest rock scene featuring these three groups and a number of others; in fact, there is a case to be made that the 60s Northwest bands were among the earliest practitioners of Nuggets-era punk rock. The Sonics' "Don't Believe in Christmas" and the Wailers' "Christmas Spirit??" are especially sardonic takes on the holiday, and all the tunes but "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "The Christmas Song" are originals. As the liner notes say, "The songs ... may appear to be normal Christmas tunes -- WE DON'T PLAY THAT." A classic rock Christmas album along the lines of Phil Spector's, but overlooked for three decades; miraculously, it was issued on CD in 1991, but it may be hard to find. A 1965 single of The Sonics' "Don't Believe in Christmas" and The Wailers' "Christmas Spirit??" was issued on Etiquette.


The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, The Beach Boys (Capitol)

This is kind of a schizophrenic affair; the first five tunes are Beach Boys originals with their trademark 60s sound, including "Little Saint Nick," then the rest of the album is pop Christmas standards with arrangements straight out of the Four Freshmen songbook and backed by a 40-piece orchestra (cocktail alert!). The CD version adds several outtakes, including two alternate versions of "Little Saint Nick." The Boys revisited the Christmas genre in the 1970s; see the listing for Ultimate Christmas.


Ultimate Christmas, The Beach Boys (Capitol)

Most of this album is The Beach Boys Christmas Album from 1964, but Capitol also has exhumed the tapes of what was supposed to be the Boys' second Christmas album sometime in the 1970s. Of those eight songs, only "Child of Winter" was ever released, and then only as a single two days before Christmas in 1974, after which it promptly disappeared into collectors' heaven. Several of the other songs were simple retoolings of existing Beach Boys tracks from the "Brian's Back" period, a little clumsy lyrically but still possessing the trademark sound. They even managed to do a song called "Melekalikimaka" that is no relation to the other, better known Christmas in Hawaii song. Some toy drive promos and a canned interview with Brian distributed to promote the original Christmas album round out this package. Update: For 2004, this album has been reissued as Christmas With the Beach Boys, minus one cut, "Christmas Time Is Here Again."


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jimi Hendrix (Experience Hendrix)

The guitar giant's rendition of "Little Drummer Boy," long unavailable except on promos and bootlegs, sneaked out in 1999 on a CD single that gives us two versions of the 1969 rehearsal tape, a concise one and a more rambling version. This is the Band of Gypsies doing a medley of "Drummer" with "Silent Night" and "Auld Lang Syne." It's strictly instrumental, but it's so recognizable that you'll want to throw it on your mix tapes. Also on hand is the long-forgotten "Three Little Bears," done with the Experience. Good liner notes and a friendly purchase price combine for a nice cheap Christmas gift.


"Christmastime is Here Again," The Beatles (Apple)

Phil Spector notwithstanding, John Lennon had a few years of practice doing Christmas records himself with his fellow Beatles before he got around to doing "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." Those records, however, were only ever released as acetates to fan club members, or bootlegged; see below. This partial song was used as a motif for one of the later Christmas records and was released on the 1994 CD single of "Free as a Bird." A proper release of the Beatles' series of Christmas records has been an oft-rumored possibility for the past 35 years, but the Anthology project has given those rumors yet another life. As in the case of Elvis, the Beatles spawned a number of cash-in novelty records; Christmas-oriented ones cited by Marsh and Propes' book Merry Christmas Baby include "Ringo Bells" by the Three Blonde Mice, "All I Want for Christmas Is a Beatle" by Dora Bryan, "Christmas with the Beatles" by Judy and the Duets and "I Want the Beatles for Christmas" by Jackie and Jill. Again, that's just the holiday ones.


Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969, The Beatles (Yellow Dog)

Needless to say, this is a bootleg of all those annual flexidisk recordings the Beatles made for their various fan clubs. There once was a legitimate Apple release, The Beatles Christmas Album, which was out only for a brief time in 1970 and, needless to say, commands five-figure prices nowadays. For the purposes of this site, I must point out that these recordings are only peripherally connected to Christmas; the holiday references could be excised from several of them with very little effort. The fact that they aren't generally available now is what makes them such a Holy Grail for Beatles collectors. If you're not a major fan, they don't make such great listening. For those of us who care, however, these examples of Beatle buffoonery serve as road markers for the various stages of their career -- lots of thank-yous for buying records in the earlier ones, "Goon Show"-inspired attempts at radio drama in the middle period ones, visits from Yoko and plugs for their solo projects in the later ones. There's a standalone version of "Christmastime Is Here Again," longer than the one on the "Free as a Bird" single, and an outtake from the 1964 recording on this particular collection. Having finally listened to the whole batch all the way through, it's quite evident why the surviving Beatles haven't made any effort to release these to the general public; they resemble nothing so much as home movies.

A lot of us have the old 8mm film with home movies on them. It is possible to get them converted to DVD. Use a professional for the job if you want it done right. Movies of your brother Fred being handed his health care MBA or your Aunt Agnes marching up to receive her St Mary MBA. These moments are too special to lose.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns (Westside)

This seminal 1962 album on Ace Records has been reissued on CD by a British label. It's a serious party-down album of the Christmas variety; you can tell just by listening to their version of "Silent Night," on which most acts do too reverent a job. Ironically, this collector's item stacked up in warehouses on its initial issue in 1962, according to the liner notes, because of the inept distributorship of Vee-Jay Records, a firm that would later go on to fumble its brief ownership of The Beatles. But let's talk about Huey and the Clowns, who grafted bits of their earlier hits onto their holiday performances to ramp up the excitement level. Sounds cheesy, but modern acts might want to trot out that technique once in a while; it's at least good for laughs. The CD also includes instrumental-only versions of the tunes, so you can get down all year round! Update: In the course of discovering the track list for A Rock 'n Roll Christmas, see below, Brian Zimmerman discovered there were a fair number of guest artists on this album. The Heartbeats join the Clowns on "Jingle Bells" and "Almost Time for Santa," Jessie Thomas is on "Silent Night," "Doing the Santa Claus," "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "All I Want for Christmas," and Bubba Anderson is on "Rock 'n Roll Santa Claus."


A Rock 'n Roll Christmas, various artists (Ace)

This album is a real puzzlement. I'm guessing it was originally assembled sometime in the 60s, as I've seen vinyl versions of this for years, and it made the transition to CD at some point. It turns out that most -- but not all -- of it is the seminal 1962 Christmas album by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns, still a holiday rocker par excellence. All 10 tunes from that album are on here. There are six others, and I'm hoping someone will be able to fill in the gaps in the ensuing rundown. "Christmas Finds Me Oh So Sad" is definitely Charles Brown, as it was one side of a 1960 single on the associated Teem Records. It's similar to "Please Come Home For Christmas," as it's the same melody and chords but different words. Another version of "Merry Christmas Baby" was the A-side, and the version on here sounds like Brown, but the lyrics are all different and the piano player vamps bits of "Jingle Bells" between verses. (Update: It's him, see below.) "Shimmy Winter Wonderland" by The Swingin' Embers is on here too, a 1961 single. "Rappin' Before Christmas," a great talk-through of the old "Night Before Christmas" story, is by just the Clowns. Update: Brian Zimmerman got hold of the full track list from what he believes is a Japanese import, adding "Weary Silent Night" by Earl King (not on the American copy), "Please Come Home For Christmas" and "A Lonely Christmas" by Bob Wagner and "White Christmas Blue" by Johnny Meyers. Update: A variation of this album is sold as A Southern Christmas.


The Four Seasons Greetings, The 4 Seasons (Vee Jay)

This group was caught in the middle between the doo-wop era and the beginning of the self-contained vocal/instrumental groups like the Beach Boys and the Beatles. This was no problem back in the day, as they rode a fairly long string of hit singles like "Sherry" and "Walk Like a Man" from the end of the Fifties through the mid-60s, then made a minor comeback in the disco era with "December 1963," not a holiday tune, though disco revivalists might quibble. Getting back to 1962, the original release of this album, the Seasons mostly succumbed to the pressure to treat the holiday with (too much) reverence, as seen elsewhere with Jackie Wilson and the Beach Boys. Like the Boys, the Seasons did a few tunes in their signature style and devoted the rest of the album to heavily orchestrated versions of traditional carols, including no less than four medleys. The Beach Boys, however, got a whole side of the vinyl LP for their original Christmas tunes; the Seasons only got three tunes on the whole album, one of which, "Jungle Bells," rewrote the popular sleigh-ride tune as a kids' song about animals celebrating Christmas. The remaining two tunes, both released as singles in their day, are "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," both worthy of a holiday mix tape. The album was later issued as The 4 Seasons Christmas Album on Philips and Rhino, and is currently on offer from Curb/Warners. I should probably mention "Christmas Tears," the B-side of both singles, along with "The Christmas Song" and "White Christmas," as examples of the later Frankie Valli solo career, about which you can draw your own conclusions.


Christmas Past, various artists (West Side)

Another troll through the vaults, this one makes a point of noting it got this collection from the back room at the now-defunct Roulette Records. Some of these items are no surprise, as they've turned up on numerous collections. Others are a little more rare. Jim Backus of Mr. Magoo fame and Howard Morris, the once and future Ernest T. Bass, have novelty records here, Backus giving us "Why Don't You Go Home for Christmas," an anti-wife song, and Morris with both sides of his "Department Store Santa Claus" single. The Cadillacs' arrangement of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is the one the Smithereens adapted for their version, the Marcels' "Merry Twist-Mas" is joined by a less-well known item, "Don't Cry for Me This Christmas," and Pearl Bailey and the Orioles contribute a pair of carols each. Little Eva joins with Big Dee Irwin for "I Wish You a Merry Christmas" and the Harmony Grits -- former members of the original Drifters -- do "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." The liner notes don't shrink from criticism; a Vietnam exploitation record by Derrick Roberts gets the note-writer's raspberry (deserved.) A pretty good collection for the oldies fan, with three New Year's songs, including Jo Ann Campbell's "Happy Happy New Year Baby," based on "Happy Happy Birthday Baby," not to mention "Merry Merry Christmas Baby."


The Ventures' Christmas Album, The Ventures (Liberty)

All you "Pulp Fiction" fans out there looking for a way to get medieval on the holiday need only hook up with this one, full of reverb- and vibrato-drenched guitar versions of favorite holiday classics like "Jingle Bells" and "Sleigh Ride." There's lots of genre-swapping here too, with "Jingle Bells" meeting "What'd I Say," a few bars of "Wooly Bully" kicking off "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Jingle Bell Rock" incorporating a little "Memphis" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" riffing on "I Feel Fine." This instrumental combo imposes its trademark sound on everything it comes into contact with; I have other albums by them like The Ventures Meet the Classics and The Ventures in Space. The group is still around and Big in Japan, and they've taken another crack at Christmas in 2002.


"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee (Decca)

Boy, what a living Johnny Marks made off Christmas, between "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Run Run Rudolph" and this song. Brenda Lee recorded this during the salad years of her career, and it's a classic for sure; so good, it made the charts in 1960, 1961 and 1962. Many people have covered this since then, but Brenda's version is tough to top. Flip side is "Papa Noel," if you can find a single of this; otherwise, it's been on a lot of compilation albums and CDs. Universal released a complete CD of all Brenda's Christmas songs in 1999.


"Jingle Bells" / "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," the Blues Magoos

This may be a bootleg; my copy has no label information and a cheesy 2-color cover. But the Magoos, early garage psychedelic pioneers with one hit to their credit, "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet," take a fairly original tack to the arrangement of "Jingle Bells," revisiting it in a minor-key 60s blues-rock style. "Santa" is a short blues shuffle, and there's a third tune on this 45, "Dante's Inferno," which is not holiday-oriented and is about what you'd expect. Martin Johns writes in to assure us that "The Blues Magoos 45 was issued by Mercury in 1967 (catalog #72762)." So while my copy is most likely a bootleg, the record was officially released. Update: the band's single hit's title above was corrected as requested by Ken Froeschner. My fault for letting my fingers do the thinking.


"Pretty Paper," Roy Orbison (Monument)

The Voice charted with this holiday tune in December 1963 that seems more country in retrospect; indeed, it's country folk who do covers of this Willie Nelson tune nowadays. Nevertheless, a must-hear at Christmas time if you're a fan of the other man in black.


Holiday Magic With Patti LaBelle & the Bluebells, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebells (Definitive)

They say success has a thousand fathers while failure is an orphan. That's the story of this album in a nutshell. Patti's a well-known diva nowadays, but she hasn't sounded anything like this in oh, say 40 years -- her style has evolved and, naturally, her voice is a little darker with age. Thrown together on short notice and a tight budget, it's 10 traditional carols and holiday standards with standard mid-1960s arrangements, ponderous and unoriginal, that do nothing to bring out what was fun about that era's girl groups. Unless you're stuck in this particular era, this CD will probably get pretty old a couple of cuts in. It's instructive that I have so far had no success turning up anything about the history of this record, including its original release date. Meanwhile, this orphan will always manage to turn up in somebody's bargain bin at Christmas, thanks to cheap and neglected resale rights. Update: Martin Johns, once again, checks in with some more info. "The Patti LaBelle & Bluebells album was originally released on Newtown Records in 1962 (as Sleigh Bells, Jingle Bells and Blue Bells), retitled and rereleased in 1971 on Trip... and on and on."


"Twistin' Bells," Santo and Johnny (Canadian American)

The "Sleepwalking" duo returned to the charts in 1960 with this record, a holiday take on the biggest dance craze of the year based on "Jingle Bells." Then they disappeared again.


A Christmas Present.... And Past, Paul Revere and the Raiders (Columbia)

An early stab at a concept album, this 1966 vanity project was written by Mark Lindsay and Terry Melcher, except for "Jingle Bells." It's fairly full of itself and horribly dated, as we learn from the very first (unlisted) cut, with a half-hearted Salvation Army band, smarmy narration and stupid schtick. "Wear a Smile at Christmas," the advertised first cut, is dopey and features a really bad Lyndon Johnson impression. The version of "Jingle Bells" doesn't even feature the band, but a couple of actors pretending to be half in the bag while singing the song. "Valley Forge" is just stupid, as is the Greensleeves cop "Brotherly Love." Some of the songs deeper into the album, like "Dear Mr. Claus" and "Macy's Window," are a little better, but the Salvation Army band preludes on most cuts get old quickly. And bail out before you get to "A Heavy Christmas Message."


"Sock It To Me Santa" Bob Seger and the Last Heard (Cameo-Parkway)

This actually is Seger's first shot at a Christmas song before he came forward with a fairly straightforward cover of "The Little Drummer Boy" for A Very Special Christmas. Two years before 1968's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" put him on the national charts, Seger did this Mitch Ryder-styled number for the holidays, a real classic stomper. Available only on the Excelsior compilation A Rock 'n Roll Christmas, as far as I know.


"Merry Merry Christmas Baby," Dodie Stevens

The doo-wop group Margo Sylvia and the Tune Weavers originally had a hit with "Happy Happy Birthday Baby" back about 1957 or so, and guess what? The phrase "Merry Merry Christmas Baby" had exactly the same cadence. According to the liner notes of Doo Wop Christmas on Rhino, Dodie Stevens recorded this Christmas variant of the song first in the early 1960s. If you liked it once, you'll love it with mistletoe. Margo was in the mood to try a comeback about 1988 or so and recorded the Christmas version herself, which is on the above-mentioned Rhino album. She died a few years later.


Mistletunes

Eras: The Beginning, The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, The 21st Century

Genres: Reggae, Soul/R&B, Rap, Blues, Punk, Surfin' Xmas, Tropical

Novelties: Fifties and Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, The 21st Century

Compilations: Regular Comps, Charity Comps, Soundtracks

Special Reports: Recent Releases, Hanukkah, Miscellaneous