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Holly Jolly X'masu

Jan 11, 2022

Welcome to episode 40 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I talk about the Shadracks’ 1970 album, “Merry X’mas With The Shadracks.” It’s a fun album full of Christmas standards by the Japanese Folk band.

Merry X'mas With The Shadracks - 1970

I’m sometimes surprised by the records I come across while searching for Japanese Christmas albums. One unexpected gem was an EP I stumbled across about a year ago called “Christmas on Campus.” It was listed as a folk album, but I couldn’t get much more from the description. When it finally arrived about a month later, I found it to be a delightful but all-too-brief four-song collection of Japanese Folk singers from 1969. That sent me on a quest to find more of the same.

I’d seen the cover for the Shadracks’ album on a few different sites, but had never given it much attention, so I was surprised to see it turn up in my first searches for Japanese Christmas Folk music. Naturally, when I went back to the shops that had it, those copies had sold. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for another copy to show up, and I was glad once I finally added it to my collection.

I hope the Shadracks have whetted your appetite for Japanese Christmas Folk. While I haven’t found too many full albums, I have found some great singles and stray tracks on other records. I’ll share some of those with you next time. It’s an interesting collection of songs from a diverse group of artists and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

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