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Music: Studio 1 Christmas

If you’re looking to put an island twist on this year’s holiday soundtrack, check out Christmas Greetings from Studio 1.  Jingle Bells has never sounded so good!

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Christmas is just a few days away and that means it’s time to break out your collection of holiday records and CDs.  If you’ve been following Rum Connection for very long, you know that we have a low tolerance for bad music.  Unfortunately, most Christmas music seems to fall into that category.  

Sorry, Britney Spears singing White Christmas doesn’t cut it for us, Deck the Halls by Kenny Rogers is just about as bad and Amy Grant singing Silent Night is just pathetic.  Seriously, just because it’s Christmas music doesn’t mean that it has to be lame, right?

For the last few years we’ve been on a mission to find a handful of decent Christmas soundtracks to play at Rum Connection headquarters during our frequent eggnog sipping sessions.  This year we dug up a real holiday gem.  Once again, we’ve discovered that much of the worthwhile Christmas music on the market comes directly from Jamaica.  This year’s find is called Christmas Greetings from Studio One and it’s the perfect combination of yuletide cheer and sunny island vibes.

If you’re not familiar with Studio One, here’s the scoop.  Of all the successful reggae record labels from the ’60s an ’70s, they had some of the best talent .  They’re often referred to as the Motown of Jamaica and put out hit after hit for more than a decade.  Studio One recorded and published some of the best works by Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown, Toots & the Maytals and countless others.  When we heard that they resurrected and republished some super-groovy Christmas songs by a variety of these artists we had to investigate.

Christmas Greetings from Studio One contains 12 tracks of roots reggae with a festive twist.  With selections by Horace Andy, Toots & the Maytals and ska legends, The Silvertones, you know it’s going to be good.  But the highlight of the whole record goes to Alton Ellis doing an original song called Praise Jah it’s Christmas.  This is Christmas music to drink rum to, folks.  Enjoy and have a great holiday.  Cheers!

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Download a copy of Christmas Greetings from Studio One at Amazon.com.