Douglas Leedy

Very Merry Electric Christmas to You

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If you can believe a reindeer's nose could glow like a light bulb, then who's to say the music of the holiday doesn't deserve a high-voltage jolt of its own? Recorded at the peak of the "Switched On"/Moog record craze, Douglas Leedy's A Very Merry Electric Christmas to You reinvents traditional Christmas carols for space-age bachelor pad listening, and if you've heard even one of these types of records, then you know exactly what to expect -- vintage synthesizer readings of the classics rendered with a minimum of organic influence for maximum future-shock effect. Of course, decades after the fact it all seems far more quaint and even primitive, its niche audience now consisting of collectors of the odd and obscure -- if your holiday party guest list consists mainly of fellow record geeks, it could well be the evening's piece de resistance. Highlights include "Joy to the World," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Deck the Halls," "In Dulci Jubilo," and "Good King Wenceslas."