Monday, November 26, 2018

William "Shatner Claus" Pays You A Visit, Along With New Christmas Albums From Mitch Ryder and Thor

This Christmas, we will receive a trio of new holiday-themed albums from none other than William Shatner, Mitch Ryder and even classic heavy metal artist, Thor. All three of these artists are getting into the holiday spirit, releasing their first ever Christmas albums, beginning with "Shatner Claus." 

This 14-song release from William Shatner features a load of special guests as Shatner talks his way through the holiday album. Right from the beginning, Shatner does his best to get you into the Christmas spirit with his recital of "Jingle Bells," with help from Henry Rollins. Shatner then describes what it would be like to be stranded with Brad Paisley during "Blue Christmas" and enjoys rocking out with Todd Rundgren and Artimus Pyle during "Frosty The Snowman." The mood gets serious during of the reading of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" as Rick Wakeman lays down the perfect piano backdrop to support William Shatner's iconic voice. One of the best songs on this new album features the collaboration of Shatner with guitarist/singer Billy Gibbons on the rockabilly swing of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer." The album finishes with a wonderful lounge/jazz version of "White Christmas," which finds Shatner teaming up with Judy Collins on this new holiday staple. To find out more about William Shatner's first holiday album, "Shatner Claus," please visit williamshatner.com.


Michigan native Mitch Ryder has been rocking the music scene for over four decades with his backing band, The Detroit Wheels, but this year features his first holiday album titled "Christmas (Take A Ride)." The new twelve track release kicks off with the soulful rock of "What Christmas Means To Me" and the up-tempo, swinging rhythm of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Mitch Ryder settles in perfectly to the R&B ballad "Someday At Christmas," while "Santa Claus" is a full-on rock assault that shows that Ryder can still rock with the best of them. He wraps up his first holiday-themed album with the fun, light-hearted groove of "Sleigh Ride" and a closing message of positiveness with "Put A Little Love In Your Heart." To find out more about Mitch Ryder and his new release "Christmas (Take A Ride)," please visit cleorecs.com.


Maybe one of the oddest Christmas albums to arrive this holiday season comes from classic heavy metal artist, Thor. The new release titled "Christmas In Valhalla" features nine original tracks that are geared toward metalheads and rockers looking to break away from traditional Christmas songs. The album kicks off with Thor's homage to "two of the fastest reindeer," with the high-powered energy jolt of "Donner And Blitzen." Thor keeps the holiday spirit alive with "Gonna Have A Rockin' Christmas," before getting a bit darker with the classic heavy metal appeal of "Slay Rider." He eases thing up with the power ballad "Our Last Christmas," then brings back the hard rock assault with the chugging rhythm of "Lend Me Your Ears." Thor wraps up his new Christmas album with the poetry reading of "Cold St. Nick" as ambient keyboard sounds swirl in the background. To find out more about Thor's first holiday-themed album "Christmas In Valhalla," please visit cleorecs.com.

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