Christmas album of the day: "A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas" by the Three Suns

I first heard this one several years back as an online "sharity" needle drop and it's been in seasonal rotation ever since. Now that Real Gone Music (another plug. I swear, they don't even send me review copies) has reissued it in remastered form, it's even nicer to hear.

The album is goofy, instrumental fun. Arrangements of classic carols bounce alone to a tuba beat, suddenly veer into guitar jazz and tumble back into a nice section played on accordion. Also, lots and lots of bells. All the tunes are upbeat. There's not solemn "Silent Night" to be found. But for Christmas cocktails and trimming the tree, this one will put you in the spirit.