Christmas Party With Eddie G. (1996) Christmas Party With Eddie G. is a compilation that celebrates the tacky underside of the holiday. These oldies from the late '50s and early '60s… Various Artists Holiday Pop
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Christmas Party With Eddie G. (1996)

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Details Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genres: Holiday, Pop

Christmas Party With Eddie G. is a compilation that celebrates the tacky underside of the holiday. These oldies from the late '50s and early '60s rejoice in the offbeat and ludicrous without coming within a 30-foot spruce of the religious nature of Christmas. Rufus Thomas does a suggestive soul strut on ''I'll Be Your Santa Baby.'' George Jones and Tammy Wynette summon up twangy domesticity with ''Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.'' And a little kid named Augie Rios bounces through ''Donde Esta Santa Claus,'' in which two of Santa's reindeer are named Pancho and Pedro. Connecting all of these ear-popping novelties are comedy bits and old radio jingles. Christmas Party is a down-and-dirty yuletide blast from the past, but it isn't trapped there. It's that rarest of Christmas albums — one you can enjoy all year long, year after year. A

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints