Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Friday 80s Flashback for December 16, 2022

[December] -- I wanted to continue this year's unofficial theme of albums that turned 40 in 2022. And I can! 

In 1982, pianist George Winston spent the fall recording his fourth solo piano album: December. Released at the end of 1982, December is a Christmas album as well as a tribute to the winter season. This mix of traditional carols, Pachelbel's Canon, and some original compositions became Winston's highest-selling album. AllMusic's William Ruhlmann refers to December as "the mother of all solo instrumental albums." 

This album usually serves as gentle background music, particularly at this time of year. But there is also much substance in these recorded arrangements; so, when you have some time, sit down and actively listen to each track. I think my favorite on this album is the concluding track, "Peace," but I also very much enjoy Winston's version of "Carol of the Bells." Let me know your fave!

The 20th anniversary edition has two extra tracks, but for this week, I went with an embedded YouTube playlist that has the same 12-track playlist as the original 1982 release. 


That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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