Mixtape Monday: Christmas 1989

Last week, HERC revealed his first ever attempt at a Christmas mixtape and this week he's back with his second attempt.  Two years after Christmas 1987, came Christmas 1989:

Recorded on December 13th, 1989, HERC's second Christmas mix featured 29 songs this time around and many of them were dubbed from compact discs.  There were other changes from the first tape, as well.  HERC is fairly certain he was using a newer tape deck.  Even his beloved SA 90 blank cassettes had undergone a redesign, both the the tape themselves (1987 on right, below) as well as the j-card and packaging, moving from a green theme to a blue one.
Again, HERC did not make any additional copies of Christmas 1989 except one for MRS. HERC to enjoy in her car.  He did take the time to write down the song titles on the tape's j-card and recently spent part of a lovely Autumn afternoon verifying the artists that sang those songs.
The list of Christmas albums released in 1988 and 1989 is brief but HERC bought a few of them as his supportive wife and fellow Christmas music lover again budgeted $50 each year expressly for "Christmas music acquisition."  HERC scrimped and saved to buy the other ones throughout the year.  In 1988, Bob Rivers released his first Christmas comedy album, Twisted Christmas and HERC picked it up without hearing any songs first as none of the local stations were hip to his work yet.  (That would soon change.)  
Also in 1988, HERC received Jingle Bell Rock as part of his subscription to Time-Life's Rock N Roll Era series of CDs. (He also picked up a used copy of Dick Clark's Rock 'n Roll Christmas (double album) (1987), part of the same series, on vinyl at PDQ, wondering why it wasn't released on CD - which it finally was in 1997.)  Sometime before 1989, HERC picked up Rockin' Little Christmas and Leon Redbone's quirky little Christmas Island. Then in 1989, Rhino released Billboard's Greatest Christmas Hits 1955-Present.  HERC supplemented those with a few vinyl purchases such as Soul Christmas (1968), A Motown Christmas (1973) and Have A Merry Chess Christmas (1988).  HERC also dusted off that Time-Life Treasury Of Christmas double CD he had picked up in 1987 and included a few songs from it on Christmas 1989.

SIDE A43:56
1981Santa Claus Is Coming To TownBruce Springsteen04:28
1949Rudolph, The Red-Nosed ReindeerGene Autry02:50
1957Jingle Bell RockBobby Helms02:07
1965My Favorite ThingsSupremes02:48
1970Someday At ChristmasJackson 502:44
1958The Little Drummer BoyHarry Simeone Chorale03:01
1963Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)Darlene Love02:45
1954White ChristmasThe Drifters02:39
1963Little Saint NickBeach Boys02:01
1984Another Lonely ChristmasPrince04:54
1969Christmas Ain't ChristmasThe O'Jays02:16
1957Blue ChristmasElvis Presley02:09
1963There's Trouble BrewingJack Scott02:39
1984Last ChristmasWham!04:27
1963Silent NightPhil Spector02:08
SIDE B46:29
1968Merry Christmas BabyOtis Redding02:36
1967Jingle BellsBooker T and The MGs02:38
1964A Holly Jolly ChristmasBurl Ives02:08
1970Go Tell It On The MountainSmokey Robinson & the Miracles03:45
1942White ChristmasBing Crosby03:04
1968The Christmas SongKing Curtis03:10
1958Rockin' Around The Christmas TreeBrenda Lee02:05
1988Frosty The SnowmanLeon Redbone and Dr. John01:55
198112 Days Of ChristmasBob and Doug McKenzie04:45
1970Feliz NavidadJose Feliciano03:00
1970I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausJackson 503:01
1973Step Into ChristmasElton John04:32
1984*Do They Know It's Christmas? [remix]Band Aid06:16
1971Happy Xmas (War Is Over)John and Yoko03:34

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