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Holiday CDs with something extra

Holiday CDs with something extra -- See what we thought of ''Meowy Christmas,'' ''Christmas at Luke's House,'' and more

Holiday CDs with something extra

Duck! Here comes Meowy Christmas — holiday hits sung by actual cats! But then it’s those unexpected mutations that make Christmas music such fun, as in these offbeat offerings (in ascending order of interest):

Various Artists Christmas at Luke’s House (Luke)
A G-rated Luther Campbell, leader of the 2 Live Crew? If this holiday bust — with its bland R&B and the world’s dullest gospel choir — is any indication, he should stick to being naughty. C-

The Jingle Cats Meowy Christmas (Jingle Cats Music)
On this companion record to the barking dogs’ ”Jingle Bells,” nine felines yowl along to ”God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and 19 other holiday standards. Too silly to be ignored. B-

Various Artists Christmas Songs (Milestone)
Mostly fine and subtle jazz that occasionally blasts into orbit. But beware the occasional slip into sophisticated Muzak. B

Jimmy Sturr Band Polka Christmas With Jimmy Sturr (LaserLight/Delta)
Pure fun, and unexpectedly tender. But call the CD police — this disc by the world’s most popular polka band is only 25 minutes long! B

Various Artists The Ultimate R&B Christmas (The Right Stuff/Capitol)
Sly, joyful, even lewd-and, as on one subdued James Brown track, wistful enough to give you the holiday blues. A-

Chris Stamey and Friends Christmas Time (ESD) Rock & roll brat pack makes fun of Christmas? Not really. Singer Stamey joins his former band the dB’s and friends (including alternative guru Alex Chilton) to satirize greed — and to convey a true holiday reverence. A