Christmastime at RCU (Xmas Mix ’18)

In my continuing effort to dig up the most unique and listenable Christmas songs by artists that you’d expect to find across the RCU blog and social media accounts, I present the following mix….Expect obscure funk/soul artists like Binky Griptight and Milly & Silly alongside people like Jerry Garcia and Sean Smith in full folk roots-mode, while jazz giants like Pharaoh Sanders and John Coltrane rub shoulders with classic rockers like T. Rex and Canned Heat, and many others. Hopefully this’ll help you and yours get into a festive mood.

  1. Milly & Silly – Getting Down for Christmas
  2. T. Rex – Christmas Bop
  3. Khruangbin – Christmas Time is Here
  4. Charles Bradley – Every Day Is Christmas When I’m Lovin You
  5. The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band – Christmas Time’s a-Comin’
  6. Binky Griptite – Stone Soul Christmas
  7. Captain Beefheart – There Ain’t No Santa Claus On The Evenin Stage
  8. John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy – Greensleeves
  9. Canned Heat – Christmas Blues
  10. Nina Simone – Children Go Where I Send You
  11. Symondsbury Mummers – Entrance of Father Christmas 
  12. Donovan – On Christmas Day
  13. Grateful Dead – Run Run Rudolph (12/7/71)
  14. Charles Brown, Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis – Merry Christmas Baby
  15. Sean Smith – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  16. The Black on White Affair – Auld Lang Syne 
  17. T. Rex. – Xmas Jingle
  18. Shirley Collins & Davy Graham – The Cherry Tree Carol
  19. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  20. Pharaoh Sanders – The Christmas Song
  21. Kenny Burrell – Silent Night
  22. Symondsbury Mummers – Conclusion of Symondsbury Mummer’s Play



Happy holidays, from all of us here at Record Crates United.


Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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