J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratio: Ich Will Nur Zu Ehren Leben [BVW 248: #41 Béla Fleck & the Flecktones & Fleck, Béla & The Flecktones
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As Germany Ends Draft, Fears Of A Labor Shortage
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In Polka Dots Pell Mell
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Sleigh Ride Los Straitjackets
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Winter Wonderland Barney Isaacs & George Kuo
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Ki Ho'alu Christmas: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
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There Is Only You Roy Rogers
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Los Straitjackets
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Kent Tritle: One Man, Three Messiahs
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Dance of the Latkes Queens [Based on "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"] Shirim Klezmer Orchestra
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Later Monday Jon Brion
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Auld Lang Syne Guy Lombardo
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Snowfall Tex Beneke & Glenn Miller Orchestra
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Baby, It's Cold Outside [*] Jimmy Smith
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