Anyway, every year, the first official listings come later and later--usually Christian (and Mormon) and Classical Music first, with other genres being rolled out gradually after that.
So, not counting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir release, our first official notable Christmas listing on Amazon is from Bubblegum icon Tommy Roe. As a Bubblegum child who grew up on Roe, the Archies and Ohio Express, I can't help but be drawn in by the nostalgia factor. Roe's six song Christmas EP, "It's Now Christmas Day", bears an expected release date of September 1. It's currently only listed in digital form, so that's how we've shown it on "The List". Subject to change, of course.
The collection also includes "If I Could Spend Christmas With You", a song Tommy released as a holiday single in 2012, though it dates back to at least 1993 when it was included on the I-Spirit CD, "Rock & Roll Christmas" (currently, Essential Media holds the rights to that collection).
Of the 3 Christmas standards (from the :30 samples), I like the sound and arrangement on "White Christmas" the best. And the set closes with a reverent and beautiful"Son of God King of Kings", a song he released as a YouTube video this past December.
Roe did not include "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer", released in 2004 on the DMI CD "Rockin' Christmas Party, Vol. 1", nor his collaboration with Brian Hyland and Johnny Tillotson for the out-of-print "Rudolph: The Movie" soundtrack.
Now 73, Tommy Roe still sounds pretty darn good on most of these :30 samples--and particularly on that closing number (listen below). Fellow Bubblegum children will want to check out the "It's Now Christmas Day" EP in any case. Oldies, Pop, Country and Traditional fans should eat it up, as well. The rest of you may find it a refreshing pallet cleanser after listening to the latest Punk and Metal collections or whatever your genre of choice may be.