Redbeard Rocks Christmas! Playlist 1

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Collecting rare Christmas and holiday rock songs to share at this time of year has been a hobby of mine ever since discovering the unreleased Jethro Tull chestnut “A Christmas Song” on a bootleg in Autumn 1971. Up until then, most of us were subjected either to Elvis Presley crooning “Blue Christmas”, the Johnny Mathis Christmas Album, or possibly the Beatles fan club holiday greetings. But slowly, almost tenuously, through the 1970s a few clever  real rock bands recorded quick one-off seasonal songs that actually rocked.

 

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It was probably John Lennon, in one of his first post-Beatles efforts, with wife Yoko Ono who rebooted the concept of what a Christmas song could possibly be, with his 1971 single“Happy Xmas(War Is Over)”, sadly a wish rather than reality as the Viet Nam War escalated then. Two years later Elton John at the peak of his international success released “Step Into Christmas”.

 

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By the close of the Seventies when Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones recorded the single“Run Rudolph Run” which his hero Chuck Berry had recorded twenty years earlier, a handful of true timeless seasonal songs would appear: Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas”, The Kinks‘ terrific “Father Christmas”, and two more covers from Bruce Springsteen (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) and the Eagles (Charles Brown‘s “Please Come Home for Christmas“).

 

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Click the big green  player below to stream all of these non-stop for over an hour in a  playlist from Tom Petty, Billy Squier, Queen, The Pretenders, Dave Matthews Band, The Smithereens, George Thorogood, Foghat, and AC/DC ! – Redbeard

CHRISTMAS-ACDC-425920j_20.jpeg1) TOM PETTY – Redbeard Boogie Woogie Christmas (exclusive, never released)
2) ROMEOS- Jingle Bell Jam
3) SAVATAGE(Trans Siberian Orchestra)-Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24
4) GREG LAKE – I Believe in Father Christmas
5) JETHRO TULL-Christmas Song
6) EAGLES – Please Be Home for Christmas
7) BILLY SQUIER – Christmas is the Time to Say ‘I Love You’
8) BOB RIVERS – Walkin’ ‘Round in Women’s Underwear
9) QUEEN – Thank God It’s Christmas
10) ANGEL – Winter Song
11) TIMBUK 3- All I Want for Christmas is World Peace
12) TOM PETTY – Christmas All Over Again
13) DAMON JOHNSON – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
14) BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE ‘E’ ST BAND- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
15) PRETENDERS – 2000 Miles
16) KINKS – Father Christmas
17) DAVE MATTHEWS- Christmas Song
18) JETHRO TULL- Another Christmas Song
19) SMITHEREENS- Waking Up on Christmas Morning
20) GEORGE THOROGOOD – Rock’n’Roll Christmas
21) FOGHAT – All I Want for Christmas is You
22) KEITH RICHARDS – Run Rudolph Run
23) AC/DC – Mistress for Christmas