Christmas album of the day: "Big City Christmas"

Issued last year by Bear Family, this is a compilation of seasonal tracks from the German reissue specialist's lineup of rock, rockabilly and pop releases.

The most familiar track, "Run, Rudolph, Run" by Chuck Berry, is featured in splendid sound, as are all the more obscure tunes, such as Johnny Preston's (I Want A) Rock And Roll Guitar," Sheb Wooley's "Santa Claus Meets The Purple People Eater" and a rare alternate version of Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" titled "This Year's Santa Baby."