Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Just in Time for Xmas
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Songs Include : 1. Squeeze - Christmas Day 3:55 / 2. Rebel Pebbles - Cool Yule 3:15 / 3. Klark Kent - Yo Ho Ho 3:30 / 4. Torch Song - Hark 2:25 / 5. Reckless Sleepers - Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday 3:46 / 6. Steve Hunt... more »
Songs Include : 1. Squeeze - Christmas Day 3:55 / 2. Rebel Pebbles - Cool Yule 3:15 / 3. Klark Kent - Yo Ho Ho 3:30 / 4. Torch Song - Hark 2:25 / 5. Reckless Sleepers - Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday 3:46 / 6. Steve Hunter - We Three Kings 2:31 / 7. The dB's- Home For The Holidays 2:50 / 8. Molly Johnson And Norman Orenstein - Silent Night 2:53 / 9. Deborah Holland - It Only Comes Once A Year 3:21 / 10. Timbuk 3 - All I Want For Christmas / 11. Kennedy Rose - More Than One Night A Year 4:06 / 12. Dread Zeppelin - All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth 2:57 / 13. Wall Of Voodoo - Shouldn't Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas 5:05
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Some essential tracks, and then some filler...
John Sloan | right there | 01/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This seems to be out of print now, but is worth picking up if you can find a good price on a used one. Several of the songs by the more well-known artists are available on other compilations. (The songs by Squeeze, Timbuk 3, and Wall of Voodoo can all be found on "Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Christmas".) The dB's "Home For the Holidays" is hard to find anywhere else.
For the record, I get a kick out of Dread Zeppelin's Elvis-meets-reggae-meets-Zeppelin-meets-Spike-Jones-with-a-touch-of-Zappa "...My Two Front Teeth", but most people I've played it for find it annoying.
Also for the record, Klark Kent is actually Stewart Copeland of the Police."
Have an alternative Christmas
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 11/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you like any of the bands on this album, it is worth picking up. It has many unique, original Christmas songs as well as a few classics. Plus, the bands with whom I'm familiar stay very close to their styles here. Squeeze provides a very Squeeze-like "Christmas Day" while "Cool Yule" is a cute, quirky tune by Rebel Pebbles. "Hark" is a very unique take on "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" while Steve Hunter's "We Three Kings" is a very traditional, instrumental version of the classic. "Silent Night" is given a lot of soul by Molly Johnson & Norman Orenstein. "Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday" by Reckless Sleepers is a 1950s style song. The worst track by far is "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth." It is a very silly song by Dread Zeppelin where the singer tries to be funny by imitating Elvis and shifting the song into a rendition of "Viva Las Vegas." It does not work.
Here are my favorites on this album: "Home for the Holidays" is a very catchy number by the dB's. In fact, I find myself humming it around the holidays (and even at other times of the year). "It only Comes Once a Year" by Deborah Holland is also very pleasant and catchy and "More Than One Night a Year" by Kennedy Rose has a dark beauty to it. It is my favorite track on this album. Timbuk 3's "All I Want for Christmas" (not the "two front teeth" song but an original song about world peace) is also excellent with beautiful acoustic guitar. It is very Timbuk 3, so fans of the band will no doubt like it. Not a favorite track of mine, but Klark Kent's style sounds so much like Stan Ridgway on "Yo ho ho" that I've scoured the album cover several times looking for Ridgway's name (not to be found). Speaking of Ridgway, his old band's offering of "Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas" is a riot. Fans of Andy Prieboy era Wall of Voodoo will love this track. It sounds like it could have fit very snugly on Seven Days in Sammystown. For an alternative Christmas, get Just in Time for Christmas."
S. Schubert | Gilbert, PA USA | 12/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A great alternative to the muzak of Manheim Steamroller and et al...I just wish that Amazon.com would have it in stock!"