A Facebook friend posts that she’s angry and upset, some punk-ass little kid has killed the magic of Christmas for her child. Told him, presumably, that Santa is not real. Another day and another Facebook friend is boasting of their child’s pragmatism: “How does Santa deliver presents to every child in the world?” the kid […]
Eric Clapton Happy Xmas Bushbranch/Surfdog Never has the divide between how the generations treat their heroes been as obvious as the fact that Eric Clapton, in 2018, gets to release a Christmas Album with, wait for it, a “techno” version of Jingle Bells.
Ray Conniff, Here We Come A-Caroling (1966) Every year I buy a new (old) Christmas album. It’s something that’s happened the last few years now – something a bit kitschy or whatever to spin on the turntable. I look for things by artists I actually like: Willie Nelson, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett…they’re all in there…this […]
Thanks all for reading, 2013 was the first full year for Off The Tracks, we launched this site in November of 2012, a reboot of the original Vinyl Countdown blog with added content. It’s swiftly turned into my spot for reviewing, leaving the Stuff blog – Blog On The Tracks – for discussion posts, rants, […]
Harry Belafonte, To Wish You A Merry Christmas (1958) It was probably last year more than this year that I really developed a mini-obsession with Harry Belafonte, I had always listened to him – but only ever just a bit. Last year I got hooked, big time. That wonderful voice, so many great rhythms too […]
Every year I get asked about Christmas songs. So this year I asked the Blog On The Tracks Facebook followers and friends to contribute their favourites – we start then with Fairytale Of New York (of course). I added in plenty of my favourites (Phil Spector’s Christmas album) and quite a few songs I can’t […]
She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas (2011) I liked the first She & Him album; it sounded sweet. It was unnecessary almost but nice enough and the covers were cool. The second album – I could take or leave, more likely leave. But I did buy the Christmas album – on vinyl […]