Monday, December 1, 2014
A Partridge Family In A Pear Tree
It's December and that means it's time for the annual Christmas celebration here at Tulgey Wood. This year I hope to focus at least a little on that seasonal staple, the Christmas LP album. To start things spinning here's what a lot of folks might consider an unlikely inclusion. Believe it or not, A Partridge Family Christmas Card is one of my favorite Christmas albums. This album was originally issued in 1971 in conjunction with the TV series, which ran on ABC from to 1970-1974. Perhaps even more surprisingly i never even heard this album until a few years ago. I am not a fan of the series so I felt no desire to listen to it—but I accidentally stumbled across it on the internet and decided why not? I'm so glad I did because there are some terrific covers of classic Yuletide tunes here. To take one example I have never cared for the song "Blue Christmas"—that's right, not even Elvis Presley's famous recording of that seasonal standard. But now that I have heard this album, I'm a fan of the song, or at least David Cassidy's version. Some of David Cassidy's (or should I say Keith Partridge?) other songs are just as fun and intriguing. For example, his rendition of frosty the Snowman is so underplayed it's over the top. As you can see from the images below, the album featured an actual photo card from the fictional fam. The fact that the card is often missing from the album makes this a highly sought collectable's item. Reportedly, this was the top-selling Christmas album of 1971.