While VVer #2 attempted to tackle a pile turning out to be all Christmas, classical, and country (separate categories here, but let's take a minute to imagine a merged classical country Christmas album section... YIKES!
Walter Carlos Sonic Seasons
VVer #2 made VVer #1 buy this because it was on the Moog synthesizer and it has a beautiful woodblock-esque print for the cover.
Mistake? Ummmm. Well ... we now know that you can make seagull, wave, wind, and thunderstorm noises on the Moog. This is not really what we expected here. This does not sound like any Moog we are used to. Maybe if we owned a spa and wanted to play really shitty music to faux-relax people we would pop this on. Sheer curiosity leads us later on into a Wiki-hole. The trouble is figuring out why the search for info on this album pulls up versions by Wendy Carlos, not Walter. Apparently a sex-change explains that. Upon further investigation, turns out he (pre-transition) is responsible for Switched-On Bach, the famous album introducing the world to the Moog synthesizer, as well as the soundtrack for A Clockwork Orange. Props. Alas, this ambient-sounds record doesn't make the cut to stay in the collection. We're actually upset we wasted the record cleaner to play this one.
So all in all, not so much treasure had, but an experience nonetheless.