Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Dave Koz - December Makes Me Feel This Way (1997)

A better-than-average Christmas album. With the exception of the occasional keyboard, this is an all-acoustic affair which sounds like Dave just invited some friends over to play some Christmas tunes - no pressure, lots of fun.  There are some great non-traditional arrangements here. Koz later released Christmas CDs in 2001 & 2007 and a compilation of the three Christmas CDs in 2011.  I've got no excuse for avoiding them like I have.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: Sleighride gets us off to a happy start, but the first 8 tracks are all fantastic - don't skip any of them.  While Koz's saxophone takes the lead, the songs aren't all in a smooth jazz vein; the honky-tonk arrangement of Winter Wonderland is probably my favorite cover of that song.  Things go downhill fast with two original tunes, the French-flavored Eight Candles and the title track (which includes vocals by Koz) - not bad tunes per se, just out of place here.

Warning: after a minute of silence, the last track contains a dreaded "hidden track."  Here, the hidden track is comic Phil Hartman reciting a tongue-in-cheek rendition of The Night Before Christmas in a coffeehouse beatnik style.  It's funny, I don't know why it was hidden.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  No specific memory, but these songs get a lot of playing time each year around the holidaze.

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