12 Days Of xMas Music: Day 9

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Various – Lechmere Christmas

It amuses me to include this xMas curiosity. If you spent any time in New England in the latter half of the 20th century, you were probably aware of the Lechmere department stores. If you didn’t, well, probably not. They were a local chain of non-clothing department stores started in Massachusetts in 1913 and they shuttered their last stores in 1997. Two years prior, in 1995, they gave away a bunch of xMas CDs to customers.
The only thing that stands out about this collection is its obscurity. The 25-minute, 10 track compilation is comprised solely of standards done in a very reverent fashion – stuff your grandmother probably listened to each holiday season and stuff your grandkids will still be playing after you’ve gone.
Contributors include Glen Campbell (“O Holy Night”), Wayne Newton (“Silent Night, Holy Night”), Bing Crosby (“I Wish You A Merry Christmas”), and The Beach Boys doing a 78-second version of “Auld Lang Syne” to close out the set.
This is a totally mellow, one hundred percent mainstream, guaranteed-not-to-offend collection. I like bringing it up because of the novelty of it. The store may be gone, but xMas CDs last forever.
Thank you for reading!
Tune in for tomorrow for the next installment in the 12 Days Of xMas Music.

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Until next time, keep those discs spinning. Merry Christmas and all the rest…

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