Today's Christmas Album: "Christmas Cocktails"


From the opening, bonkers, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo" to Julie London's sultry "I Want You for Christmas" and Ray Anthony's surprisingly girl group groovy "Christmas Kisses," this is a fun and eclectic Santa bag of goodness.

Many of the tunes are obscure, such as Les Brown and His Band of Renown's very nice, extended "Nutcracker Suite," but it also includes the original version of Nat King Cole's all-time holiday classic, "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)."

The original "Toys for Tots" PSAs from Cole, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson are a cool addition.



Comic art: Jack Kirby's Toys for Tots poster art