Friday, December 14, 2012

The Tolerable Christmas Playlist: A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector

Probably the only Christmas album you need. I've written before about how Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is one of, if not the only Christmas songs you could probably enjoy any time of the year. Producer/Murderous Psycho Phil Spector's approach to recording had a marriage made in heaven with Christmas music. His "wall of sound," laden with strings and backup vocalists and little twinkling glockenspiels are brimming with seasonal good cheer, and the performances he got out of his many performers always knew how to hit the right pitch of excitement, or sentiment, without ending up somehow overwrought or in any way bland. It's a fine line that few have walked successfully in the Christmases since... and those that have, often because they followed in his footsteps.

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