Yulesville features Brazil’s greatest band with their only Christmas carol

Image courtesy of 8tracks.com

Image courtesy of 8tracks.com

There is no Bing Crosby or Andy Williams, not even Mariah Carey or the Vince Guaraldi Trio in this action packed classic holiday compilation from Shout Factory (the familiar classic TV series DVD producers).

First released in 2003, this holiday track list features several neatly paced carols with Pearl Bailey’s lively 1959 version “Jingle Bells.”

Master roaster Dean Martin is featured with “Winter Wonderland” on Track 2, then comes a very slow 1957 ballad by Julie London called, “I’d Like You For Christmas.”

However, the real reason to pick up this CD is on Track 4, which was the only time Sergio Mendes, Lani Hall, and Karen Phillip ever did a Christmas carol.

Yes, you wouldn’t believe it took me over six months to land a CD where this song was featured. But I was so happy to see it arrive in my mailbox during the intense heat of summer and thought I would share it with you, my loyal blog followers and all of your friends and families.

IMHO, they would have been perfect doing some silly renditions of “Jingle Bells”, “Sleigh Ride”, or even “Winter Wonderland”.

But instead, they left us with this jolly gem.  Here they are during their last true peak era in 1968 with Nat King Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song”, aka “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”.  Notice how the pace picks up dramatically in their own unique style about 90 seconds into the carol:

The rest of the playlist even features Duke Ellington on Track 12 with the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and movie starlet Ann-Margret teaming up with jazzman extraordinaire Al Hirt on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

And the liner notes conclude with Tiny Tim and his soothing, cool version of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

Next week, we will keep the smooth sounds of holiday jazz flowing with a man who was the right choice to replace the late Vince Guaraldi doing the music of Peanuts, David Benoit.  See you then.

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