Legacy RecordingsSeparate holiday compilations featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and tunes by various 1980s stars will be released on October 2 as part of Legacy Recordings’ The Classic Christmas Album series.

Earth, Wind & Fire’s The Classic Christmas Album installment features 18 tracks, including 13 tunes that appeared on the acclaimed funk/soul group’s 2014 yuletide collection, Holiday. Among the songs from Holiday are renditions of classics such as “Joy to the World,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “The First Noël,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” and two originals based on well-known tunes by the band — “Happy Seasons” and “December,” which are reworked versions of “Happy Feelin'” and “December,” respectively.

Earth, Wind & Fire’s The Classic Christmas Album comp also includes four other holiday songs from earlier in the group’s career, as well as “I Asked for a Miracle (God Gave Me You),” which lead singer Philip Bailey recorded with the band Full Force back in 1991.

As for the other aforementioned compilation, The Classic Christmas ’80s Album contains 15 seasonal songs from some of that decade’s biggest pop, rock, soul and rap stars. The anthology includes Daryl Hall & John Oates‘ version of “Jingle Bell Rock,” The Pointer Sisters‘ rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Whitney Houston‘s take on “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” Dave Edmunds’ version of Chuck Berry‘s “Run Rudolph Run” and The Bangles‘ cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “Hazy Shade of Winter.” It also features such original holiday tunes as The Waitresses‘ “Christmas Wrapping,” Wham!‘s “Last Christmas,” Run-D.M.C.‘s “Christmas in Hollis,” Billy Squier‘s “Christmas Is the Time to Say ‘I Love You'” and Ray Parker Jr.‘s “Christmas Time Is Here.”

In addition, The Classic Christmas Album compilations featuring the music of Sarah McLachlan and Celtic Thunder will be released on October 2.

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