As many of you know I'm a big fan of the LP cover, and the more tawdry, kitschy, and excessively garish the better. Here's a few of my favorite holiday album covers.
This next one was found at the glorious LP Cover Lover. I believe this is a Dutch album. So, I guess in Amsterdam shopping malls you get Santa flanked by two adults in black face.
It really bothered me that I couldn't figure out who these two mildly imposing creatures were, and why would Santa be associated with such a crew. Apparently they represent "Black Pete"; Moorish boys who were sentenced to death for a crime they did not commit, but were saved by the bishop Sinterklaas. For their gratitude, they help Santa deliver presents. Mystery solved.
This next one features the Christmas classics: "Light Up the Tree, Mr. President" and "The Prisoner of Christmas Island." Peter Pan Records were much cherished in my childhood, until I grew up and moved on to K-Tel.
The absolute best site hands down to enjoy some retro Christmas album covers (with audio) is A Christmas Yuleblog. This next album wins the prize for best Christmas album title. And yes, that's Luther Vandross on piano.
By 1980, disco was pretty much dead. Apparently the Mistletoe Disco Band didn't get the memo. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas Disco here.
This next one, a personal fave from Bizarre Records. The tracks include "The Kris Kringle Caper" and "The Elves Revolt".
More Christmas album posts sure to come.