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Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

If Butcher Brown can make “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” so delectably fonky, they can groove up just about any old tune.

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Sometimes, you’ve simply got to talk back to the blues. That’s what happened to Jimmy Rushing, appearing here with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

Brian Setzer, an unjustly unheralded guitar player, has this knack for connecting with the redux zeitgeist.

The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight” (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight” (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s perhaps too ambitious “Christmas Must Be Tonight” never became the seasonal favorite it should have been.

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, it seems, can make anything listenable, even transcendent.

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

Michael McDonald can come off as a guilty pleasure, principally because his voice was so often caught in a web of too-slick production. Not here.

Greg Lake discusses his often-misunderstood Yuletide classic: ‘What Christmas really meant to me’

Greg Lake discusses his often-misunderstood Yuletide classic: ‘What Christmas really meant to me’

Even today, controversy surrounds Greg Lake’s message of anti-commercialism in ‘I Believe in Father Christmas,’ a No. 2 UK hit from 1975.

Joe Bonamassa, “Lonesome Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Joe Bonamassa, “Lonesome Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Tired of the same ol’ Christmas songs played the same way? Blues guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa’s got a Yuletide treat for you.

Deep Beatles: Beatles Christmas Records

Deep Beatles: Beatles Christmas Records

More than throwaway Yuletide keepsakes, the Beatles’ Christmas discs offer fans a peek into their rapid artistic and personal development.

Steely Dan, “Black Friday” (1975): Deep Cuts

Steely Dan, “Black Friday” (1975): Deep Cuts

Ready to stake your claim to one of this morning’s Black Friday deals? Turn up this classic mid-1970s Steely Dan rocker on the way.