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The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks—The Best of Collection (Surf Dog)

On Christmas Rocks Setzer and band collect 20 of the most enjoyable tracks from their past holiday releases. If you don’t already own this stuff, it’s loads of fun, and brilliantly played. Included are the orchestra’s energized version of “The Nutcracker Suite,” as well as “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride,” etc., plus originals like Setzer’s rocking “Santa Drives a Hotrod.” If you enjoy big horns, big guitars, big drums and a big dose of humor with your Christmas, the BSO’s best-of collection is well worth a listen. Now I’m just sending this idea out into the universe: A Stray Cats Christmas album would be really awesome, too.

Must Play: “Nutcracker Suite

Producers: Dave Darling and Brian Setzer. Recording engineers: John Holbrook, Jeff Peters. Mixing engineers: Holbrook, Christ Lord-alge. Mastering: Adam Ayan/Gateway (Portland, ME).

—Barbara Schultz