Music Review: Putumayo’s Family Christmas

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A Family Christmas is the latest offering from Putumayo, the international children’s music folks. I pretty much love everything they dream up.

Family Christmas is a smorgasbord of English yuletide tunes performed by a range of top notch artists. No, you haven’t heard of them all; they’re not Top 40. They have actual talent.

All due props go to whomever hunted down the selections. Stick Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on any CD and you have my vote. I saw the band perform a Christmas revue a couple years ago, with their rendition of Zat You Santa Claus? knocking my socks off.

Ten of the 11 songs on the CD are classics; the one odd choice being Mele Kalikimaka, which is Hawaiian. Mele Kalikimaka is apparently the Hawaiian pronunciation for Merry Christmas, because the native language doesn’t contain every English phoneme (for example, there is no sound for “R” and “S”).

Hey, it wouldn’t be Putumayo if you didn’t learn something listening to the music. It’s actually a good song.

Here’s the track listing:

1. Johnny Bregar: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

2. Martin Sexton: Holly Jolly Christmas

3. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Is Zat You Santa Claus?

4. Leon Redbone: Let it Snow

5. Deana Carter: Winter Wonderland

6. Sam Bush:  Sleigh Ride

7. Kate Rusby: Here We Come A-Wassailing

8. Brave Combo: Jolly Old St. Nick

9. Debbie Davis & Matt Perrine: Mele Kalikimaka

10. The Christmas Jug Band: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus

11. Lars Edegran and his Santa Claus Revelers: Frosty the Snowman

You can grab a free copy of “Jolly Old St. Nick” by Brave Combo by clicking the “Download a free song from this CD” link found in the animated graphic above.

Don’t miss Putumayo’s other holiday titles:

  • Christmas around the World – Songs you’ll recognize by tune if not by lyrics. This is a fun one because kids who know their Christmas songs can immediately enjoy the same songs sung in different languages.
  • A Jazz and Blues Christmas – exactly what it sounds like, classic tunes in America’s homegrown musical genres.
  • New Orleans Christmas – Whooo, I love horns.

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2 Responses to “Music Review: Putumayo’s Family Christmas”

  1. RobMonroe says:

    Thanks for the review – I can’t enter the giveaway because I want the CD today so that I have it for our Thanksgiving with family!

    November 17th, 2009 at 6:22 am

  2. Elizabeth says:

    The Mele Kalikimaka song is familiar to me – some comedic Christmas movie – I can’t remember which – has the family playing it. I wish I could remember what movie that was now…

    November 22nd, 2009 at 11:27 am

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