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Holly Jolly X'masu

Nov 1, 2022

Welcome to episode 63 of Holly Jolly X'masu! For Christmas Podcast Day, I’ve remastered one of my earliest episodes, where I discussed Jackey Yoshikawa’s 1966 album, “Christmas With Blue Comets.”

Christmas With Blue Comets - 1966

November 1st is Christmas Podcast Day. It kicks off the peak season for Christmas podcasters, and a lot of us try to do something special to mark the day. This year, I’m revisiting my fifth episode. I’ve added a new introduction, replaced the original music with the re-recorded songs at the correct speed, and replaced the intro and exit music with a few songs from Jackey’s 1967 EP, “Roseate Christmas.”

Christmas With Blue Comets - Lounge Cover

Listening to the original episode, I cringed a bit, but I also enjoyed hearing how much I’ve improved over the past two years. I’ve also gotten a lot better at editing so, even though this one was a chore, it wasn’t nearly as bad as if I’d re-edited it a couple years ago.

Jingle Bells EP

Since the original episode came out, I’ve added to my Jackey Yoshikawa collection as well. I managed to get the LP with the “lounge” cover, and the “Jingle Bells” EP, which contains four tracks from the album. There was a third variant of the LP, and a single with the same cover as the EP, but I haven’t bothered with those.

Roseate Christmas - 1967

I hope you’ve enjoyed this revamped look at Jackey Yoshikawa. I hope you’re also able to find the time to check out some of the other great Christmas podcasts out there. As I said, this is the start of the busiest time of the year for Christmas podcasters. I have a bunch of episodes lined up for the next two months. Tune in the rest of the month as I talk about artists who were “Big In Japan.” Then join me in December as I look at some really spectacular albums, including an unknown gem of a compilation.

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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