The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
Here are my top 10: (in no particular order)
All 3 M*A*S*H Christmas episodes they made:
Death Takes a Holiday
The Bob Newhart Show:
His Busiest Time
I'm Dreaming of a...
Tips for Buying a Fresh Tree
I will do that fresh cut of the trunk.....that was my problem last Christmas.....the tree lost so many needles....even tho it was fresh....the problem was....since I didn´t cut the trunk....the tree...
Nice! I find thrift stores hit and miss when it comes to used music. Glad you scored at the local Goodwill!
Used Christmas music I added to my collection in February from trips to Nashville, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama:
Bobby Sherman – My Christmas Wish (please don’t laugh, it was too cheap to pass up!)
The Christmas Jug Band – Uncorked (believe it or not, I didn’t already have this one!)
The Campbell Brothers – Sacred Steel for the Holidays
Luther Barnes – Christmas With
Mississippi Mass Choir – We Have Seen His Star
Santa Claws & The Naughty But Nice Orchestra - …And Christmas For All, The Holiday Tribute to Metallica
Len Maxwell – A Merry Monster Christmas (still shrink-wrapped – 75 Cents)
Tom Mason - The Holiday Slide Show
Various Artists - The Rounder Christmas Album, Must Be Santa (Another one I can’t believe I didn’t already have.)
Various Artists - Country Christmas Vol 1 (Giant Records) – (still shrink-wrapped.)
Various Artists (Country) – No Wrapping Required, A Christmas Album
Various Artists – Ladies Sing Christmas Favorites
Various Artists (mostly orchestral) – 15 Christmas Classics, A Yuletide Concert
Various Artists – Spinning With the Elves (a very nice homemade Christmas comp!)
These ranged in price from 25 cents to $6.95. The highest priced one was the Christmas Jug Band because I knew it was good and didn’t already have it.
I also picked up Bob Hope’s “Hope For The Holidays” DVD for three bucks at the pawn shop.
Just by reading your post, I can feel the adrenaline rush that you must have felt when you found these.
I've been following through with my goal of finding and digitally transferring some classic Christmas vinyl without breaking the bank to do so.
I picked up a new turntable. This one has the ability to connect with a computer through a USB cord, but when I did my first transfer I wasn't happy with the quality. So, I upgraded the sound card in my computer (about 30 bucks at Walmart) and got some RCA cables to connect the turntable to the computer. I also obtained an awesome piece of software for doing vinyl transfers... Acoutica's 'Spin It Again'. So far I've done 3 vinyl transfers (getting my feet wet with some of my favorite semi-obscure rock albums from the 80s). Now, I'm no audiophile, but I am kinda picky with what I think sounds good or bad, and so far these transfers sound fantastic.
Concurrently, I've been gathering a nice collection of Christmas vinyl... records that have tracks that never made it onto the official CD releases, records that haven't made it to CD yet, or records that have been put on CD, but are out of print and if you wanted them would cost you a fortune. I've secured some of my favorites that I've found on sharity sites throughout the years. I've always wanted more than just mp3, so now I can transfer them in a full 24 bit/96kHz audio transfer that will be of higher rate than your standard CD's which are done at 16bit/44.1kHz. Overkill? Sure, it is... but I've always been one to turn the amp up to 11.
Maybe after the summer I'll look into a way to start my own 'sharity' resource so I can make these available to anyone who'd be interested.
Some of the albums I have on tap are...
Osmond Family Christmas - the 2 lp set with 20 tracks as opposed to the CD version that only has 12 tracks.
Johnny Mathis - Sounds of Christmas - The track 'Have Reindeer, Will Travel' never made it onto its CD counterpart 'Christmas With Johnny Mathis'.
Peter Wood Singers & Orchestra - Jolly Christmas Songs
Mike Sammes Singers - White Christmas
Living Voices - A Christmas Songbook & The Little Drummer Boy
__________________ There's a huge difference between believing in God and believeing God...
Yesterday, April 9, 2011, The Great Escape in Nashville, Tennessee held a sidewalk sale. Of the eighty-seven CDs purchased at twenty-five cents each for a total of $23.75, the following were Christmas.
Yule be busy spinning those tunes from now 'til Christmas (in July at least).
We don't have cool sales like that around here, but then again, we must have when a CD/DVD shop closed in the mall without me knowing about it. Doubt they had much of Christmas selection there this time of year though.