For Christmas Eve, I dive into the melodramatic and perverse world of Phil Spector, and his seminal Christmas pop record ‘A Christmas Gift For You’, with my friend and sometimes producer Jaime Lewis and a large batch of eggnog.
Why did the album bomb on first release? Which 60s pop legend considers it the greatest album of all time? How does Spector’s sincere love of syrupy Christmas music track with his reprehensible real life behaviour? How does the album mash up innovative contemporary production with traditional holiday standards? What’s the history of the album’s lasting classic track, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)? What’s the right amount of bourbon to put in eggnog? And isn’t Phil Spector Jewish anyway?
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My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.
Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.
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