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 year’s one is by Ray Conniff. I genuinely, sincerely dig Ray Conniff’s music. It started off, perhaps, as some sort of ironic/guilty-pleasure find. But I like his choir antics. There’s something safe and warm and inviting and, yeah, hypnotic about the music he made. And that even extends out to Christmas music. Not my favourite kind of thing, no revered ‘genre’ or anything. But time and place. A new album once a year to play when putting up the tree and over some Xmas drinkies once or twice…well, why not…?
Sample Track: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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