Classic Rock Christmas Albums: New and Classics

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In part one of our four-part 2017 holiday gift guide, we looked at the best of the boxed sets, reissues and historical collections aimed at classic rock fans. For the second part, we focused on newly recorded albums by classic rockers.

Many classic rock acts have released new (or reissued) Christmas albums this year. For part three, we’ve assembled some choice picks and added links below for a dozen older holiday favorites.

The releases are arranged alphabetically; no rankings here because they’re all worthy. All of these are available on CD, many also on LP and digitally.

Happy shopping!

Herb AlpertThe Christmas Wish (Herb Alpert Presents)
The musician’s first holiday album in almost 50 years features a 10-piece rhythm section and 45-piece orchestra on “Santa Baby” and “Merry Christmas, Darling.”

The BeatlesChristmas Records Box (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe)
A limited-edition collection of 7″ singles, pressed on colored vinyl, of the Fab Four’s annual holiday messages that were sent to their fan club members from 1963-1969.

Blackmore’s NightWinter Carols (Minstrel Hall Music)
A remastered 2-CD edition of Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night’s Christmas favorites includes three bonus tracks: “Deck the Halls,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “O Christmas Tree.”

Cheap TrickChristmas Christmas (Big Machine)
Includes three CT recordings plus classics from the Kinks (“Father Christmas”), Harry Nilsson (“Remember Christmas”) and Chuck Berry (“Run Rudolph Run”), and more.

Vince Guaraldi TrioA Charlie Brown Christmas (Craft)
Audiophile vinyl reissue of the holiday classic with tracks like the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” and yuletide favorite “Christmas Time Is Here.”

Elvis PresleyChristmas With Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RCA/Legacy Recordings)
This third recent collaboration includes such Presley holiday favorites as “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me).”

REO SpeedwagonNot So Silent Night (Rhino)
A remastered edition of the 2009 release (“Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World”) plus four bonus tracks (including “We Three Kings”).

Frank SinatraUltimate Christmas (Capitol)
20 classics (“White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”) from The Voice span 1954 to 1991, with arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa and Gordon Jenkins, among others.

Various ArtistsA Capitol Christmas Vol. 2 (Capitol)
The label continues its 75th anniversary celebration with 24 classics sung by Glen Campbell, the Beach Boys, Wayne Newton, Lena Horne and more.

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