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Bob Dylan – Christmas In The Heart (2009): On Second Thought

Bob Dylan – Christmas In The Heart (2009): On Second Thought

We all have our Christmas morning traditions. One of mine, at least since 2009, is repeatedly playing Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas In The Heart.’

The Eagles fashioned a Christmas classic out of tough times: ‘This was not going to be a romp’

The Eagles fashioned a Christmas classic out of tough times: ‘This was not going to be a romp’

Though it’s become a treasured Yuletide standard, the Eagles’ take on “Please Come Home for Christmas” has a complicated back story.

Larry Carlton, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Larry Carlton, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Top guitar session player Larry Carlton covers “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” with heaping helpings of both skill and sentiment.

The Temptations – The Temptations Christmas Card (1970): On Second Thought

The Temptations – The Temptations Christmas Card (1970): On Second Thought

This album will always be defined by its lead-off moment, as the Temptations take a kid’s song and transform it into a funked-out Yuletide hoot.

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

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.

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.