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Holiday Releases 2023 (Updated)

Holiday Releases

This is what’s coming up in the weeks + months ahead:

Nov. 17

CHER
“Christmas” (Ruby Red Vinyl; her first Christmas album, a mixture of traditional carols and original songs; guests: Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Darlene Love, Michael Bublé, Tyga; new single: “DJ Play a Christmas Song”; Warner)  

CHLOE FLOWER
“Chloe Hearts Christmas” (new single: “Christmas Tree”; See here; Read here; Download out Nov. 1; Apple Music; Sony Masterworks) 

HAYDEN JOSEPH
“Mistletoe” (four-song EP; See here; Loud & Proud)  

ADAM SHULMAN
“We Wish You a Funky Christmas” (with Shulman on Rhodes, Wurlitzer, organ and synths, Jesse Levit on saxophone, Jason Muscat on bass and Jeff Marrs on drums; Cellar Live) 

MICHAEL W. SMITH
“Every Christmas” (six songs from his 2022 EP “Christmas At Home” with six new songs; producers: Smith, son Tyler Michael Smith; On Tour; Rocketown Records)  

THE TENORS
“Christmas with The Tenors” (guests: Ekaterina Shelehova, Natasha St-Pier; Download released on Sept. 29; Warner Music Canada) 

JACKIE WILSON
“Merry Christmas from Jackie Wilson [Vinyl]” (Transparent Green Vinyl; 1963 album; Org Music) 

Holiday Movie Classics

Nov. 24

BOP SHABBAT
“Bop Hanukkah” (Hear here; Bop Shabbat) 

ELIZA CARTHY & JON BODEN
“Glad Christmas Comes” (producer: Andy Bell; Hear here; Hudson Records) 

ARIANA GRINDR
“Queen of Christmas” (Irish drag queen’s debut seven-song EP; See here; THE NECK OF YOU Records) 

MY MORNING JACKET
“Happy Holiday!” (Download; five songs originally recorded in 2013, along with new tracks; guests: The Head and the Heart; new single: “Feelin Sorry”; See here; Apple Music; On Tour; ATO) 

HALLEY NEAL & SAM ROBBINS
“You & Me on Christmas Eve” (five original songs and 10 holiday covers; Halley Neal & Sam Robbins) 

CHRISTINA PERRI
“songs for christmas” (New Elektra) 

KENNY ROGERS
“The Gift [Vinyl]” (Amazon-Exclusive Vinyl; 1996 album; Curb) 

Dec. 1

FRED EAGLESMITH & TIF GINN
“A Christmas Card from Fred Eaglesmith & Tif Ginn” (Download; Idla)  

THE PHILLY SPECIALS
“A Philly Special Christmas Special” (charity album from Philadelphia Eagles players Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata; all profits donated to Philadelphia-area charities; producer: Charlie Hall; guests: Patti LaBelle, Amos Lee, Waxahatchee; Hear here; Deluxe Vinyl Edition; Vera Y Records / Avenue A Records) 

STRAIGHT NO CHASER
“Stocking Stuffer” (eight-song EP; On Tour; Arts Music) 

Dec. 8

THE BURRITO BROTHERS
“Christmas” (Download released on Oct. 13; Hear here; The Store for Music)  

PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT
“Under the Mistletoe” (five-song EP, featuring New Power Generation alum Saeeda Wright; See here; Portland Cello Project) 

SWEET MEGG
“Santa Baby” (See here; Vinyl; Download; Turtle Bay) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
“Doo Wop Christmas Party” (30 songs; Koko-Mojo) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
“Jangle Bells: A Rough Trade Shops Christmas Selection” (19 songs; Read here; Vinyl; Amazon UK; Rough Trade) 

VOCS8
“A Choral Christmas” (joined by VOCES8 Foundation Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Barnaby Smith; See here; Double Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download; Decca) 

Dec. 15

JIMMY BUFFETT
“Christmas Island [Vinyl]” (1996 album; first last release with MCA Records; UMe)  

Past Releases

Nov. 10

ANDREA BOCELLI, MATTEO BOCELLI & VIRGINIA BOCELLI
“A Family Christmas (Deluxe Edition)” (2022 album; with two bonus tracks, “Let It Snow” and “Silver Bells”; Double Vinyl; Download; Decca) 

BOSTON POPS / ARTHUR FIEDLER
“The Ultimate Pops Christmas Party!” (two-CD, 36-song set includes the 1959 album “Pops Christmas Party” and 1969’s “Christmastime in Carol and Song”; remastered; Real Gone Music) 

BRANDY
“Christmas with Brandy” (her first holiday album and her first LP with Motown; new single: “Christmas Party for Two”; Hear here; Red Vinyl out Dec. 1; Download; Brand Nu / Motown) 

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
“Perfect Holiday” (five-song EP; Elektra) 

THE GRIP WEEDS
“Under the Influence of Christmas” (Icy Blue Vinyl; 2011 album; remastered; Download; JEM) 

LISE DAVIDSEN
“Christmas from Norway” (with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Christian Eggen; Vinyl; Decca) 

AIMEE MANN
“One More Drifter in the Snow [Vinyl]” (2006 album; SuperEgo) 

BUCK OWENS AND HIS BUCKAROOS
“Christmas with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos [Vinyl] (Red Vinyl; 1965 album; Sundazed Music)  

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI
“Christmas with Pavarotti” (Blue Vinyl; 2016 compilation; Amazon UK; Decca) 

TABERNACLE CHOIR AT TEMPLE SQUARE
“Season of Light: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square” (Download; Intellectual Reserve) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
“Christmas Collected” (Transparent Green and Transparent Red Vinyl; 31 songs, featuring Brenda Lee, Elton Johm, Paul McCartney, The Ronettes, Slade, Burl Ives, Bobby Helms, et al; Music on Vinyl) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
“Dreamboats & Petticoats: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” (24 tracks on one CD, featuring Brenda Lee, Chuck Berry, Bing Crosby, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, et al; Amazon UK; Decca) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
“The Great Songs of Christmas: Masterworks Edition” (18 songs from the annual series of Christmas releases available exclusively at Goodyear stores between 1961 and 1970; remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision; Real Gone Music)

Nov. 3

MICHAEL BOLTON
“Christmas Time” (guests: Mickey Guyton, Lara Fabian; new single: “Christmas Isn’t Christmas”; Hear here; Download; Androver Music) 

BOOKER T & THE MG’S
“In the Christmas Spirit [Vinyl]” (Clear Vinyl; 1966 album; Rhino / Atlantic) 

CHICAGO
“Greatest Christmas Hits” (13-song collection; DownloadOn Tour; Rhino)  

BING CROSBY
“The Christmas Collection” (his classic “Merry Christmas” album, including “White Christmas” and “Silent Night,” with 14 bonus tracks, first time in stereo; Classics) 

BING CROSBY
“Bing At Christmas [Vinyl]” (Gold Speckle Vinyl; 2019 album, with the London Symphony Orchestra; Hear here; Decca) 

JORMA KAUKONEN
“Christmas” (1996 album; remastered; Fur Peace Ranch Records)  

KINGS RETURN
“We Four Kings” (Dallas-based, Grammy-nominated a cappella group’s first holiday album; new single: “What a Wonderful World”; See here; FourKings Music Group) 

GREGORY PORTER
“Christmas Wish” (with orchestral contributions recorded at Abbey Road Studios; producer: Troy Miller; guest: Samara Joy; new single: “Everything’s Not Lost”; Hear here; Amazon UK; Apple Music; On Tour; Blue Note) 

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
“Christmas Eve and Other Stories [Vinyl]” (Clear Vinyl; 1996 album; remastered; Rhino / Atlantic)  

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Oct. 27

DAVE BRUBECK
“A Dave Brubeck Christmas [Vinyl] (Double Vinyl; 1996 album; featuring lacquers cut at 45 RPM by Ryan Smith; Craft Recordings / Concord)  

JUDY COLLINS
“Christmas With Judy Collins (2013 album; Cleopatra)  

BING CROSBY
“Bing Crosby’s Christmas Gems” (14-song collection; Red Vinyl; Download; Primary Wave) 

ELEVATION WORSHIP
“Echo the Angels” (See here; On Tour; Provident) 

ELLA FITZGERALD
“Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas [Vinyl]” (Ruby Red Vinyl; 1960 album; Verve / UMe) 

HAUSER
“Christmas” (with a full orchestra and chorus; new single: “Amazing Grace”; See here; Download; Sony Masterworks) 

SAMARA JOY
“A Joyful Holiday” (six-song EP; producer: Matt Pierson; new single: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; See here; Apple Music; On Tour; Verve) 

MICHELLE MALONE AND THE HOT TODDIES
“Christmas with Michelle Malone and The Hot Toddies” (Hear here; Amazon UK; BFD) 

DON McLEAN
“Christmas Memories: Remixed and Remastered” (Vinyl; BFD) 

THE MIRACLES
“A Soulful Christmas” (15-song compilation; Vinyl; Goldenlane / Cleopatra) 

THE PLATTERS
“A Classic Christmas” (16-song compilation; Vinyl; Goldenlane / Cleopatra) 

LINDA RONSTADT
“A Merry Little Christmas” (2000 album; remastered; Vinyl; Iconic Artists Group) 

THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
“Christmas Jollies I & II: The Extra Jolly Edition” (Triple CD; 1976 and 1992 albums; Read here; The Second Disc / SoulMusic Records / Cherry Red) 

THE VANDALS
“25th Annual Christmas Formal” (Vinyl; KungFu Records / Cleopatra) 

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