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The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2014

Jim and Greg welcome back their favorite bearer of holiday music cheer, collector Andy Cirzan, to share his latest compilation of eclectic and eccentric seasonal tunes. This year, it's a "Holiday Pop Parade."

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Holiday Spectacular

Snow is falling here in Chicago and that means it's time for our favorite holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan to join us for our annual Holiday Spectacular. Andy scours record stores, dustbins and basements to find the best and most unique tunes for the season. And each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music and a free mix to download. This year is Holiday Pop — 1960s and 1970s era pop music set to the theme of Christmas. Look forward to songs from Claudine Longet, The Free Design and Joanie Sommers.

*As a special bonus, listeners are invited to download Andy Cirzan's accompanying holiday compilation for FREE at christmas.soundopinions.org. The mix will only be up until the end of 2014, so get it while the yule log is hot! And happy holidays from Sound Opinions!

Featured Songs

  1. The Hollyridge Strings, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag (Single), Capitol, 1965
  2. Fubar the Clown, "Santa's Favorite Clown…", Santa's Favorite Clown (Single), Marbone, 1968
  3. Joanie Sommers, Peppermint Choo Choo, The Peppermint Choo Choo (Single), ABC, 1977
  4. The Hep Stars, Christmas on My Mind, Christmas On My Mind (Single), Olga, 1967
  5. Valerie Masters, Christmas Calling, Christmas Calling (Single), Columbia UK, 1964
  6. Juliette, That Holiday Feeling, Juliette's Christmas World, Camden, 1968
  7. Magnus T. Cook, Snow Bunny, Snow Bunny (Single), Right Road, 1972
  8. Lenny Dee, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Happy Holi-Dee, Decca, 1961
  9. Herman Apple, Promenade en traîneau, Stereo Percussion de Noël, Trans-Canada, 1964
  10. Fubar the Clown, Fubar Strikes Up the Band, Fubar Strikes Up the Band (Single), Marbone, 1968
  11. Jan Bradley, Christmas Time, Christmas Time (Single), Hootenanny, 1962
  12. Dick Boyle, Winter in the West, Winter in the West, Kimberly Clark Promo, 1968
  13. Chipper, Groovy Christmas, Groovy Christmas (Single), Malaco, 1967
  14. Cristy Lane, A Little Bit Colder, A Little Bit Colder (Single), Extremely Brave, 1971
  15. Peppermint Kandy Kids, Santa's Magical Bag, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Peter Pan, 1972
  16. Lenny Dee, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Happy Holi-Dee, Decca, 1961
  17. The Three Suns, Winter Wonderland, The Sound of Christmas, Camden, 1961
  18. The Free Design, Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas), Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas) (single), Project 3 Total Sound, 1968
  19. Claudine Longet, I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You, I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You (Single), A&M Records, 1968
  20. Cupid, Christmas Time (Is Here), Christmas Time (Is Here) (Single), Globe International, 1971
  21. Found Free, Christmas is Jesus, Christmas is Jesus (Single), Sparkal Records, 1. Pebbles & Bam-Bam,“Snow Flake,”Pebbles & Bam-Bam Singing Songs of Christmas, Hanna-Barbera, 1965
  22. Fubar the Clown, Fubar says ‘Merry Christmas’, Fubar Says“Merry Christmas”(Single), Marbone, 1968
  23. Esquivel, Adios Amigos, 1. The Pretenders,“The Phone Call,”Pretenders, Sire, 1980
  24. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Where No Eagles Fly, Tyranny, Cult, 2014
  25. Tweedy, Low Key, Sukirae, dBpm Records, 2014
  26. Swans, A Little God in My Hands, To Be Kind, Mute, 2014

Footnotes

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