Over the last few years, the double-CD various artists compilation has become a tradition in Britain, especially with Christmas albums. There have been many such compilations, often repeating the same songs. This is a good one, including plenty of classics but also a few less obvious selections.
Many classic UK hits are here (and one or two non-hits that should have been), including Merry Christmas everybody (Slade), Do they know its Christmas (Band aid), Fairytale of New York (Pogues and Kirsty MacColl), I believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake), 2000 miles (Pretenders), Driving home for Christmas (Chris Rea), Step into Christmas (Elton John), Merry Christmas everyone (Shaking Stevens), Stop the cavalry (Jona Lewie), The power of love (Frankie goes to Hollywood), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Mary's boy child (Boney M), When a child is born (Johnny Mathis), Millennium prayer (Cliff Richard), Last Christmas (Wham), A winter's tale (David Essex) and Santa baby (Eartha Kitt).
Many other pop and rock singers of the eighties and nineties are also represented. There are excellent original Christmas songs by Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and Gloria Estefan, while there are fine covers of classic songs by several others. There are also a few golden oldies such as Frank Sinatra and Doris Day.
If I have a criticism, it is that four songs appear twice - different versions of Last Christmas, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Blue Christmas and When a child is born appear on each CD. Given the wide choice of different songs available to the compilers, such duplication could easily have been avoided. Nevertheless, this is a very strong compilation.