Various Artists

Classic Rock Christmas [Universal]

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This hunk of Yuletide rock from Universal Records offers a pair of real classics in the form of the Beach Boys' eternally joyful "Little Saint Nick" and John Lennon & Yoko Ono's heartfelt "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Tracks from Elton John, Leon Russell, and the Band also make for pleasant listening, but with all of classic rock's holiday-themed bounty to choose from, the two George Thorogood cuts (not to mention the contributions from Pat Benatar and Billy Squier) padding out its already slim 11-song playlist make Classic Rock Christmas feel a bit second-rate.

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