‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah

  • ‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Beween Christmas and the Festival of Lights

    This TWO DISC set is the first-ever history of the duel role of Hanukkah and Christmas music in the 20th century. It’s a musical songbook highlighting both rare and iconic holiday music across both faiths. The 34-tracks feature songs written and performed by Woody Guthrie, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, Dinah Shore, The Klezmatics, Don McLean, Sammy Davis Jr., Mickey Katz, Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, and many more.

    The album features our usual extensive liner notes, plus essays from noted critic Greil Marcus and George Washington University historian Jenna Weissman Joselit.

    Read the liner notes here.

     

    Full track list: Disc 1 – Happy Hanukkah
    1. “Hanukah” (Gerald Marks), 2. “Hanukkah Dance” (Woody Guthrie), 3. “Yevonim” (Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt), 4. “Rock of Ages” (Cantor David Putterman, 5. “Klezzified” (Klezmer Conservatory Band), 6. “A Chanukah Quiz” (Gladys Gewirtz) 7. “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” (Ella Jenkins) 8. “Svivon Sov Sov Sov” (Temple B’Nai Abraham of Essex County Children’s Choir) 9. “‘Twas The Night Before Hanukkah” (Stanley Adams and Sid Wayne) 10. “Ocho Kandelikas” (Flory Jagoda) 11. “Grandma’s Dreidel” (Mickey Katz) 12. “The Latke Song” (Debbie Friedman) 13. “Hanukah Tree” (The Klezmatics) 14. “Maccabee March” (Shirley Cohen) 15. “Mo’Oz Tsur” (Sol Zim) 16. “Dreidel” (Don McLean) 17. “Dreidel” (Jeremiah Lockwood, Ethan Miller and Luther Dickinson)

    Disc 2 – Merry Christmas
    1. “Holiday I.D.” (Lou Reed) 2. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)” (The Ramones) 3. “The Christmas Song” (Mel Torme) 4. “Little Drummer Boy” (Bob Dylan) 5. “Sweetest Dreams Be Thine” (Theodore Bikel) 6. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Richard Tucker) 7. “The Problem” (Ray and Barry E. Blitzer 8. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (Dinah Shore) 9. “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” 10. “El Dia de la Navidad” (Larry Harlow) 11. “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Danny Kaye) 12. “The Only Thing I Want For Christmas” (Eddie Cantor) 13. “It’s Christmas All Over The World” (Sammy Davis Jr.) 14. I Got a Cold for Christmas (The Ames Brothers) 15. “Christmas Eve in My Hometown” (Eddie Fischer) 16. “Jingle Bells” (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass) 17. “White Christmas” (Mitch Miller)

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