The 12 Discs of Christmas 2012 #8

There's Trouble Brewin'
by Jack Scott
(Groove Records 58-0027; 1963)

There's Trouble Brewin' by Canadian rockabilly legend Jack Scott isn't a terribly rare record, but it does get overlooked in the grand scheme of Christmas music, maybe because there's nothing seasonal about its title. But this lurid take on The Night Before Christmas is a bona fide rock 'n' roll Christmas classic nonetheless, and a fun effort from the guy who gave us What in the World's Come Over You and The Way I Walk, which was memorably covered by The Cramps.

If you hear a resemblance between this and Elvis Presley's Trouble (from both Kid Creole and the '68 Comeback Special), it's probably not a coincidence since RCA Records' A&R man Chet Atkins had a hand in producing There's Trouble Brewin' for its subsidiary label Groove Records. We present the song in a slower alternate version at the link above, and in the uptempo release version in the clip below. Enjoy!

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