Psychotic murderer he may have been, but Phil Spector didn’t half make a cracking Christmas record.
1963’s A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records (later re-released as …from Phil Spector) is the perfect accompaniment to digging the tree out of the attic, draping tinsel over the telly, adhering little bits of sellotape to the edge of the coffee table in readiness for gift-wrapping, etc. So make yourself a hot toddy (preferably using Dalmore Trinitas), stick the album on and get hit by a Christmassy Wall of Sound. And if you don’t have the album, play these videos instead. I could have picked any tracks really but these’ll do.
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby please come home)
Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes
Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans – The Bells of St Mary’s
The Crystals – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town