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 […]