One part of the slew comes from Sony's Legacy imprint. They call their line "The Classic Christmas Album". Lately, the Sony Legacy collections have been a bit more interesting than your average bear, for one reason or another. And they may merit greater publicity and consideration.
Gotta be honest, Celtic Thunder hasn't really resonated with me all that much. But the Celtic/Classical Crossover group has legions of fans and no doubt they'll want to hear all about "The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder". As Celtic Thunder has two Christmas full-lengths, you might expect the standard 2-album mix. But all I see in Legacy's promotional materials is the playlist for "Holiday Symphony". That might be because "Christmas" is being reissued this year, too. But I'm gonna wait and see how that one all shakes out in the end. At least this one has cover art.
There's one more "Classic Christmas Album" among Legacy's October 2 releases. "The Classic Christmas '80s Album" features your favorite holiday anthems from that decade, like "Christmas Wrapping" from the Waitresses and Billy Squier's "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You". Now, again, we obsessive Christmas music hunters aren't likely to find anything here we haven't heard before. But I like these little theme collections, and most of the decade's Christmas essentials are here--Wham and Run DMC, sure, but also Dave Edmunds, Buster Poindexter, Fishbone, and the brothers McKenzie--Bob and Doug--with their 80s classic "12 Days of Christmas" (the unofficial Canadian national anthem...well, to me at least). The Single Version, I feel compelled to mention--so not the full version. As yet, this one hasn't turned up in a retail listing, but we'll add these to the List and link it up when it does. Now, take off, eh?