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Ah, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you know what that means? It's Christmas time, all the time! Gargantuan plastic snow-globes will start popping up on your neighbor's lawn, and the Beach Boy's Christmas album gets put back on the Ipod, because you never know when you'll be at a holiday party that needs Christmas music that's almost impossible to listen to.

Countless attempts have been made, some more successful than others, at making a 'cool' Christmas album. One that won't make your ears bleed candy-cane-red, but will make you think of reindeer paws on crest-fallen snow, sleigh rides, silver bells, and chap stick in your stocking (my family is very practical in their gift-giving.)

This Christmas, though, why not surprise eggnoggers with Christmas tunes that come from unexpected places? Every now and then, an artist buries a song within an otherwise secular album that just really nails it.   

A perfect example is Jeff Beck's virtuosic performance of Greensleeves, a concert favorite he threw into his 1968 solo debut, Truth.

[ mp3 ]: Jeff Beck - Greensleeves

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