There is a lot of information scattered around the internet regarding various Christmas disco recordings that have been around in one form or another since 1979. Appearing on budget labels on vinyl, CD, and more, people (including myself) have loved these recordings for the unique disco takes they offer on standard Christmas songs. The anonymity of the musicians involved in recording these songs makes finding information about the songs themselves and specific albums difficult. Here you will find a presumed history of these recordings, as well as lots of additional information about them, and various releases that they have appeared on throughout the years.
The information here is speculative but is probably as accurate as I will be able to report. According to jeffm12012's comment on A Christmas Yuleblog, they had "found some of the same tracks [from The Mistletoe Disco Band's More Christmas Disco] on a promotional LP titled Seasons Greetings from 3M". This record contains a few of these Christmas disco songs credited to Odyssey Productions with track times that closely match my digital copies of the same songs. Thanks to Ernie from the blog Ernie (Not Bert) generously sharing the contents of Seasons Greetings from 3M, I was able to find that the versions of "Jingle Bells" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" that are on this record are indeed these 1979 recordings. 3M, using the record to promote its Cantata Muzak-type service, would have credited the original group who created these recordings, Odyssey Productions, as opposed to one of the no-name groups on every consumer release of them, confirming the true origin of these songs.
There are presumably 21 total Christmas disco recordings in existence from Odyssey Productions. They are:
One other point to note is that there are seemingly two versions of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". The two CD releases of these songs that I own (see "Definitive CD releases" below) contain both versions, one on each CD. From my years of sourcing and listening to any copies of these songs that I could find, I have never found more than those 21 songs or any other alternate versions of any of the songs, making the track listing and information here presumably complete.
The following is a list of the major historical releases of these songs worldwide:
There are only three definitive CD releases of this material that you can buy that I am aware of. That could possibly be expanded to four, as two releases are presumed to be identical. They are:
Click here to listen to the complete 22 Christmas disco recordings online. If the video is deleted, I will delete this section of the webpage, and the video will not be reposted.
If you have other information that contradicts or expands what I've written here, or releases of these songs that I have not listed on this webpage, please let me know. My contact information is available on the homepage.
Page written on 9 September 2018 and last updated on 2 May 2019.