In our house, the holiday season officially begins with the playing of these absolutely classic versions of a couple of carols sung by the incomparably soulful Lou Rawls.
First, we have that funky little drummer boy–be sure to listen on good speakers or with headphones, so you can hear the bass man kickin’ it.
Second, we’ve got a smokin’ big band version of “Have Yourself…” I just can’t get over how relaxed and natural Lou sounds…there’s just no other voice like his. Check out the part around 1:50 when they bring it down and the vibes come in…goes down like some fine cognac under the mistletoe.
I’ll be very surprised if this doesn’t banish all thoughts of fiscal hijinks and other such silliness from your mind.