Jimmie's Top 100 Ambient Christmas tracks

This is the companion to "Jimmie's Top 500 Ambients". My intention is to provide names (and links) to unusual Christmas music - not the standard Christmas fare. A lot of this is from older albums, such as the gorgeous Narada and Windham Hill compilations.

I have used pretty much the same selection "guidelines" that I used in Jimmie's Top 500 Ambients:

Thus, this is music with "pathos", emotion, depth of feeling.

It might even engage the creative spirit. It'll put you in the Zone, Christmas-wise.

The selections almost all instrumental. Some are quiet, but others are lively.

"Happy", banal stuff is out. You won't find "Frosty the Snowman", "Jingle Bells", "Here comes Santa Claus", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the like here!

They won't "degenerate" into rock or "light" rock.

To listen to or purchase one of the MP3s, or perhaps the whole album, just click one of the grey individual track links or one of the red whole album links. The individual MP3s are usually $0.99 each. Whole albums range from $5.99 to $9.99. Buying from these links will help yours truly maintain The Wrackline Blog as an AD-FREE web site!

 (This is not quite finished yet. Among other things, I have not added the gorgeous "Winter Solstice" albums from the 80's.
 I promise to finish this page when I return from Thanksgiving celebrations with the kids!)

Grey box (in first column) indicates recently-added tracks

"You are the music while the music lasts" -- T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets



Individual MP3s



Album: "A Christmas Festival" by: Arthur Fieldler and the Boston Pops




Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops: "A Christmas Festival" on "A Christmas Festival"
This Album has benn around for a long time! (1987)

A Christmas Festival


A Christmas Festival

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops: "Fantasia on Greensleeves" on "A Christmas Festival"

Fantasia on Greensleeves



Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops: "Hansel and Gretel:Dream Pantomime" on "A Christmas Festival"

Hansel and Gretel



Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops: "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" on "A Christmas Festival"

Parade of the Wooden Soldiers



Album: "A Winter Celebration" by: (Compilation)




Fowler and Branks: "Good Tidings" on "A Winter Celebration"

Good Tidings


A Winter Celebration

Margot Krimmel: "Greensleeves" on "A Winter Celebration"




Flesh and Bone: "Longest Night" on "A Winter Celebration"

Longest Night



Peter Kater: "Peace" on "A Winter Celebration"




Chris White: Lay Down Your Burden" on "A Winter Celebration"

Lay Down Your Burden







Ec Bradley: "A Soalin' - Soulcaking" on "Notes to Bethlehem"

A Soalin' - Soulcaking



Peter, Paul, and Mary: "A Soalin'" on "A Holiday Celebration with the New York Choral Society"

A Soalin'



Schooner Fare: "A Soalin'/Esa Enai" on "Home For the Holidays"

A Soalin'/Esa Enai



The Lyttle Folk: "A Soalin'" on "Classroom Projects"

A Soalin'



Golden Bough: "A Soalin'" on "Celtic Christmas Songs"

A Soalin'



END of A Soalin' Variations




* * *      = "Better than average"
* * * * * = "Exceptional"




Angels of Venice: "Carol of the Bells" on "Sanctus"

Carol of the Bells



Arctic Express: "Carol of the Bells" on "Carol of the Bells: A Christmas Experience"

Carol of the Bells



Teja Bell: "Ukrainian Bell Carol" on "Cheery"
Tied with George Winston for best rendition of Carol of the Bells!

Ukrainian Bell Carol



Leonard Bernstein: "Carol of the Bells" on "The Joy of Christmas"

Carol of the Bells



Paul Cardall: "Carol of the Bells" on "Christmas Hymns"

Carol of the Bells



Christmas Music Experts: "Ukrainian Carol (Carol of the Bells)" on "40 Instrumental Christmas Classics"

Carol of the Bells



Dana Cunningham: "Carol of the Bells" on "Silent night"

Carol of the Bells



Russel Davis et al: "Carol of the Bells" on "The Complete Christmas Collection"

Carol of the Bells



First Baptist Bells: "Carol of the Bells" on "Carol of the Bells"

Carol of the Bells



David Foster: "Carol of the Bells" on "Gift Wrapped (Snowed In)"

Carol of the Bells



Doug Hammer: "Carol of the Bells" on "Noel"

Carol of the Bells



London Philharmonic: "Carol of the Bells" on "Home for the Holidays"

Carol of the Bells



Michael Jones: "Carol of the Bells" on "Solstice"

Carol of the Bells



Kostia: "Carol of the Bells" on "Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: More Hope For The Holidays"

Carol of the Bells



Manneheim Steamroller: "Carol of the Bells" on "A Fresh Aire Christmas"

Carol of the Bells



Bob Meuer: "Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian Reprise)" on "Cheery"

Carol of the Bells



Mormon Fishing Tackle Choir: "Carol of the Bells" on "Joy to the World"

Carol of the Bells



Morse and Barruecco: "Carol of the Bells" on "Windham Hill Holiday Guitar"

Carol of the Bells



USAF Concert Band: "Carol of the Bells" on "Make the Season Bright"

Carol of the Bells



Philip Wesley: "Carol of the Bells" on "Comfort and Joy"

Carol of the Bells



Westminster Concert Bell Choir: "Carol of the Bells" on "Christmas at Westminster"

Carol of the Bells



John Williams: "Carol of the Bells" on "Home Alone - 25th Anniversary"

Carol of the Bells



George Winston: "Carol of the Bells" on "December"
Tied with Teja Bell for best rendition of Carol of the Bells!

Carol of the Bells



Danny Wright: "Carol of the Bells" on "An Intimate Christmas"

Carol of the Bells



END of Carol of the Bells Variations




"Album: Carols of Christmas" by: (Compilation)




This Album is only available as CD. Two tracks stand out, but the rest might warrant purchacing the whole CD.
Standout Tracks:

David Darling: "O Holy Night"      This is dreamlike and gorgeous.

John Boswell: "The First Noel"     And so is this. (But see next line.)


CD Only

Carols of Christmas (CD)

John Boswell: "The First Noel" on "Festival of the Heart"
It happens that this selection is also on the MP3 album "Festival of the Heart"

The First Noel



"Album: Carols of Christmas II" by: (Compilation)




Leo Kottke: "Accordian Bells" on "Carols of Christmas II"

Accordian Bells



Willian Ackerman: "In This Still Forest" on "Carols of Christmas II"

In This Still Forest



W.G. "Snuffy" Walden: "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" on "Carols of Christmas II"

Oh Come All Ye Faithful



"Album: Christmas Hymns" by: Paul Cardall




Paul Cardall: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" on "Christmas Hymns"

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring


Christmas Hymns

Paul Cardall: "We Three Kings" on "Christmas Hymns"

We Three Kings



Paul Cardall: "Good King Wenceslas" on "Christmas Hymns"

Good King Wenceslas



Paul Cardall: "Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant" on "Christmas Hymns"

Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant



"Album: Christmas Magic: Solo Piano" by: Jennifer Haines




Jennifer Haines: "Noel Nouvelet Veni, Veni Emanuel" on "Christmas Magic: Solo Piano"

Noel Nouvelet Veni, Veni Emanuel

Piano solely


Jennifer Haines: "Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle" on "Christmas Magic: Solo Piano"

Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle



Jennifer Haines: "The Coventry Carol" on "Christmas Magic: Solo Piano"

The Coventry Carol



"Album: Christmas Prayers" by: John Serrie




John Serrie: "The First Noel" on "Christmas Prayers"

The First Noel


Christmas Prayers

John Serrie: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" on "Christmas Prayers"

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear



John Serrie: "Midnight Medley" on "Christmas Prayers"

Midnight Medley



John Serrie: "Pat-a-Pan" on "Upon a Midnight Clear"
This is lively and gorgeous. But it is only available on the original album, "Upon a Midnight Clear" (1997), available as a CD only. This album also includes the above three tracks.

Pat-a-Pan (CD)

CD only

Upon a Midnight Clear (CD)

"Album: Christmas symphony II" by: Mannaheim Steamroller




Mannaheim Steamroller: "Veni Veni" on "Christmas symphony II"
A beautiful selection

Veni Veni



Mannaheim Steamroller: "Do You Hear What I Hear" on "Christmas symphony II"

Do You Hear What I Hear



Mannaheim Steamroller: "Traditions of Christmas" on "Christmas symphony II"

Traditions of Christmas



Mannaheim Steamroller: "Pat a Pan Fum, Fum, Fum Medley" on "Christmas symphony II"

Pat a Pan Fum, Fum, Fum Medley



Album: "December" by: George Winston




George Winston: "Carol of the Bells" on "December"
Quite possibly the best "Carol of the Bells"!
Album first appeared in 1982

Carol of the Bells

Piano solely


George Winston: "Night Pt 1: Snow" on "December"

Night Pt 1: Snow



George Winston: "Night Pt 2: Midnight" on "December"

Night Pt 2: Midnight



George Winston: "Night Pt 3: Minstrels" on "December"
A gorgeous piece

Night Pt 3: Minstrels



Album: "Emmanuel" by:David Nevue




David Nevue: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" on "Emmanuel"

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel



David Nevue: "A Coventry Carol" on "Emmanuel"

A Coventry Carol



"Album: For Christmas" by: Peter Kater




Peter Kater: "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas" on "For Christmas"
One of the best "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas" versions
Also, this album came out the same year as "A Christmas Festival" - 1987!

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas

Piano solely

For Christmas

Peter Kater: "Do You Hear What I Hear" on "For Christmas"

Do You Hear What I Hear



Peter Kater: "What Child is This" on "For Christmas"

What Child is This



"Album: Joy! A Christmas Album" by: Kerri Sherwood




Kerri Sherwood: "Coventry Carol" on "Joy! A Christmas Album"

Coventry Carol

Piano solely

Joy! A Christmas Album

Kerri Sherwood: "Love Came Down at Christmas" on "Joy! A Christmas Album"

Love Came Down at Christmas



Kerri Sherwood: "Pat-a-Pan" on "Joy! A Christmas Album"




Album: "O Come Emmanuel and Other Classic
Christmas Favorites"
by: (compilation)




Christmas classics Collection: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Other Classic Christmas Favorites"

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel



"Album: Narada Christmas Collection" by: (Compilation)




John Doan: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on "Narada Christmas Collection"
Album is from 1988. You should just get the whole album!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Narada Christmas Collection

Eric Tingstad and nancy Rumbel: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" on "Narada Christmas Collection"

It Came Upon a Midnight



Nancy Rumbel: "Patapan/Noel Noubelet" on "Narada Christmas Collection"

Patapan/Noel Noubelet



Willian Ellwood: "Return of the Magi" on "Narada Christmas Collection"

Return of the Magi



Friedemann: "The Man from Ceasaria" on "Narada Christmas Collection"

The Man from Ceasaria



"Album: Narada Christmas Collection III" by: (Compilation)




Wayne Gratz: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" on "Narada Christmas Collection III"

It Came Upon a Midnight



Ralf Illenberger: "The First Noel" on "Narada Christmas Collection III"

The First Noel



David Arkenstone: "Silver Bells" on "Narada Christmas Collection III"

Silver Bells



"Album: The Season" by: Peter Kater




Peter Kater: "Arms Open Wide" on "The Season"

Arms Open Wide



Peter Kater: "Silent Night" on "The Season"

Silent Night



Album: "Silent Night" by: Dana Cunningham




Dana Cunningham: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" on "Silent Night"

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Piano solely


Dana Cunningham: "Once in Royal David's City" on "Silent Night"

Once in Royal David's City



Dana Cunningham: "In the Bleak Midwinter" on "Silent Night"

In the Bleak Midwinter



"Album: Songs of December" by: Eric Lautenbach




Eric Lautenbach: "Hailee's Moment" on "Songs of December"

Hailee's Moment



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