FaLaLaLaLa.com is a site dedicated to “Preserving Memories of Christmas Vinyl Past.” It’s a vintage holiday galore, with album art, music downloads, and lots of notes for albums like Christmas with the Big Ben Banjo Band and the Rock ‘n Rhodes Christmas by The Rhodes Kids. (Not ringing any bells, so to speak?)
Best, by far, is Switched On Santa by Sy Mann. (I seriously doubt Wendy Carlos signed off on this one.) It’s a lineup of Christmas tunes rendered on the Moog synth, and it’s even got legendary synth composer Jean Jacques Perrey on the cover wearing a Santa suit. From the liner notes:
In this album Sy takes the Moog Synthesizer and creates today’s
electronic Christmas tree out of this new musical wonder. The
Moog, a strange machine of lights, cords, inputs and outputs
enters the festive world of the merriest season of all. It’s a
wonderful gift for today’s caroleers. Sy Mann giftwraps all your
Christmas favorites in the most exciting musical sound, and puts
them under your glittering tree. Gift tagged to read “Merry
Christmas from The Moog!”
Mix yourself a Tequila-based Christmas cocktail, put on your red velvet smoking jacket, and have a listen to Tijuana Christmas. FaLaLaLaLa promises to post a special album download on Christmas Day for even more cheer.
All this too Christmas-y for you? Totally unrelated to any holiday (well, unless you want to make one up for the occasion): Jean Jacques Perrey’s typically zany Baroque Hoedown. [MP3 Link] Sound familiar? Yep, that’s the music from Disney’s Electric Light Parade.