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    Posted: December 04 2008 at 08:45
Well its that time of year again when you can't go anywhere without hearing christmas music. I was thinking about making a prog christmas album but so far have only stumbled upon some Tull, ELP, and Mike oldfield  Christmas songs. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 08:48
Trans-Siberian Orchestra get right into the Christmas theme.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 08:51
Jon Anderson's Three Ships. 
The December People (I believe that they include Steve Walsh from Kansas and John Berry of ELP-3 fame.
Chris Squire's Swiss Choir
The Moody Blues - December
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 08:53
Another thought: Ringo Starr's Pax Um Biscum (Peace Be With You) is a sitar-based song that would not go astray on a proggy Xmas compilation.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 08:53
The only suggestions I have are really on the fringes of prog, but still a good alternative to the standard fare:
Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong
Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack
Kitaro - Peace On Earth

and the not prog at all:
South Park - Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 08:54
I always listen to Mannheim Steamroller (mainly Fresh Aire series though) and the Jethro Tull Christmas Album when I want Christmas music.

Other than that, there are albums I hear more so in the winter, but not necessarily appropriate for Christmas (Tangerine Dream, etc.)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 08:56
Al DiMeola has a Christmas album. I'm not sure how Prog it is, but he did make Elegant Gypsy, so who knows?
If it's worth playing, it's worth playing loud!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 09:02
Blackmore's Night with Winter Carols is another album you can check out
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 09:08
It seems Jethro Tull already made the best possible Chrismas album. Wink


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 12:55
Jon Anderson - 3 Ships
Jethro Tull - Christmas Album
Rick Wakeman - Christmas Variations
Chris Squire - Swiss Choir
Annie Haslam - It Snows in Heaven Too
California Guitar Trio - A Christmas album
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 13:23
There's Greg Lake "hit" single of course... that usually gets a perenial dusting of snow.
And the album that gave birth to the TSO, Savatage's Dead Winter Dead is set on Christmas Eve...
 
...but speaking of the TSO, it's never too early to break out the Wizzards In Winter video... Big smile
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 13:35
 An air strike should be called in on that  location. I posted a similar video in my October Christmas thread which I think I`m going to revive.
                
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 13:50


I'd make something like

Larks' Tongues Pt. 1
Knife Edge
All Time, All Time (Keith Tippet)
Gog/Magog (In Bromine Chambers)

to ward off the depressing power of Christmas songs.






edited because quoted post removed.


Edited by Tony R - December 04 2008 at 17:35
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 14:37
This has that video beat:


It's to JETHRO TULL's Holly and the Ivy from the Christmas album!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 14:50
Scratch the bottom of a wizzard record,it sounds quite avant.The best i can say is Bing Crosby & David Bowie possibly prog related? lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 15:11
Originally posted by TealFoxes

Jesus Christ never existed. Any progger should have the "progressive" intelligence to realize that by now.
 
IMHO, this has no relationship whatsoever with being a progger.
 
Originally posted by John (1 John 4:2-3)

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 15:26
Originally posted by TealFoxes

Jesus Christ never existed. Any progger should have the "progressive" intelligence to realize that by now.
Go away. This is about Christmas music from progressive rock artists. You're not a very reverent and respectful chap, now are you?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 15:30
Which reminds me that Neal Morse has also released a fan club Christmas album.  I guess he has been writing 1 Christmas song per year for a number of years and he decided to release them all as an album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 15:32
There`s a rather obscure German acid band I wrote the bio for here on PA called Dies Irae who only released one album in 1971. If you go to their section and click on their official website ( which is really their myspace ) and you`ll find a sample of several of their tracks played live during a reunion in `95. You`ll hear the most tripped out  version of Silent Night Holy Night ever played. Go here. blow your Christmas mind. The only Christmas song with explosions and ant-aircraft fire. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2008 at 18:22
Sorry it's not a Christmas album...
 
A few weeks ago I got the Moon Safari's album Blomljud and enjoyed again and again.
Then my wife said, "Is it a Christmas song?"
Wooo...she felt the beautiful chorus like as Christmas songs, I guess.
 
I think certainly the brilliant songs will serve my family well on our Christmas. Heart
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