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Now That's What I Call Xmas! [2011] [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI TV
  • ASIN: B0046BQ0D0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (2003 Mix)
2. Do They Know It's Christmas?
3. Fairytale Of New York
4. I Believe In Father Christmas
5. Step Into Christmas
6. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. White Christmas
2. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4. Mistletoe And Wine
5. Mary's Boy Child
6. Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) (1960 Version)
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Power Of Love
2. 2000 Miles
3. Stay Another Day
4. Walking In The Air
5. A Spaceman Came Travelling
6. A Winter's Tale
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Product Description

With over 2.5 million sales to date, NOW That's What I Call Xmas is back for another smashing year!

Perfect for the family, or a brilliant gift, NOW Xmas is to continue it's annual success - and this time round, 5 new tracks have been added, with the classics Chris Rea, "Driving Home For Christmas", East 17, "Stay Another Day", Pretenders, "2000 Miles", The Darkness, "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)", The Wombats, "Is This Christmas?"

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a decent Christmas selection. 3 Dec 2010
By Glasgow Dreamer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This compilation comes out every year with just a couple of changes from previous releases, so if you bought it last year or the year before, it's probably not worth buying it again.

That said, this is a great Christmas compliation, sure to keep the party going, and at a decent price for a triple CD.

There are a few pleasant surprises included among the selection, such as Bert Jansch and Sinead O'Connor, but the usual suspects are there for the most part - John Lennon, Slade, Wizzard, etc.

I do have two slight gripes about the compilation though:

1. Many of the songs on here are not performed by the artists you would want to hear performing them. Nobody wants to here "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by anyone other than Mariah Carey, "Mary's Boy Child" by anyone other than Harry Belafonte or Boney M, or "Last Christmas" by anyone other than Wham! This problem is most apparent on the tracks which had originally featured on Phil Spector's classic Christmas album. Obviously there must have been licensing issues, because you would not choose any of the alternative versions provided here over Spector's masterpieces.

2. Too many of the songs are not actually Christmas songs. They may be very pleasant, and a bit wintry sounding, but among others, "Swinging on a Star" and "Winter Melody" are definitely NOT Christmas songs. ("Winter Melody" in particular is a deeply depressing song, and certainly has no place here - listen to the lyrics!)

To boil it down, this would have been better as a more focused double CD, but it should keep all but the most determined Grinches happy.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Mariah Carey? 3 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, I give this three stars as it's an above average Christmas album with a large selection of tracks, my only slight problem is while Amazon does list the tracks, it doesn't list the artists, so for example "All I Want For Christmas" is not the Mariah Carey version, it's a much less popular Samantha Mumba version, which isn't very good in my opinion, so basically just a quick warning to people, make sure you check exactly who's on the album if that matters to you, don't just assume it will be the most popular version of a song because it's on a "NOW" collection.

Anyway, all in all, still a good Christmasy album that should keep most people happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not worth such the harsh rating- Good buy 7 Dec 2009
Format:MP3 Download
So i decided to buy this album to get some good xmas tunes to get myself into the christmas mood and so that i will have something to listen to when xmas does come. After reading a few reviews and listening to a few tracks i decided to take the plunge and buy this album. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was since people had gave it such low reviews BUT I don't think that this album deserves 1 and 2 stars. Yes it is missing whamm's version of last christmas and does replace it with just the instrummental by the artist state of mind. One reviewer said that the album contained songs that were just instrummental but that is not true since the only instrummental is state of mind's version of last christmas. No other song is just music. Only that track is and yes it doesn't contain mariah's verison of all i want for christmas but I really don't notice the diffrence when i am listening to it. I mean lets focus on the postives here. The album contains all the classics by the original artists. I mean you just have to look at the track list to know that it contains a vast amount of christmas songs.
I am sure BMG probably couldn't get the permision to get whamm and let's face it you can just buy it. I don't think one song missing is worth marking it 1 star.

The reason i gave it 4 stars is because of the fact it didn't have whamm in it but I don't think you could get a better range of christmas songs all in one album so i say if you do buy one album let it be this one since the rest i've looked at are considebly not as good.

It's a good buy and I didn't regret it and i am scrooge when it comes to buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By krayg
Format:MP3 Download
Looked around for a Christmas compilation that had all the favourites. This was the closest one. Disappointed with the versions of "Last Christmas" and "All I want for Christmas is You", and there was no Shaky! Anyway, I downloaded the additional songs I wanted and, with tracks from this compilation album, created my own playlists and burnt my own discs - job done. The bonus Christmas Carols disc is a nice addition.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album.. but where's Wham? 9 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD because it had almost every Christmas song I wanted on it. The only disappointment is that Wham's Last Christmas isn't on it. There's only a cover of the song by State of the Heart on the 3rd CD. If the original version of Last Christmas had been on it, I'd have given it 5 stars.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation, despite obvious omissions 8 Sep 2009
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There have been a number of similarly-titled compilations through the years, both in Britain and America, all of them with very different track listings. So, in case there's any confusion, this review refers to the British triple CD originally released in 2006.

Many of these songs have appeared on previous compilations, not just in the Now series but in the Best Christmas in the world ever series and on other compilations. Nevertheless, as a package containing Christmas music from the fifties to the new millennium, this one is hard to beat. The obvious rival is another British compilation, Christmas Hits, which is now a 4-CD set including a CD of carols sung by choirs).

You'll find plenty of songs that have become familiar during the festive season in Britain as well as some less obvious selections. Some obvious classics are missing; you'll find most of them on Christmas hits, though I can`t help noticing that some classics (one example being Roy Orbison's Pretty paper) don`t appear on either, but they are not too difficult to find if you really want them. Comparison with Christmas Hits, shows some duplication of songs, but usually featuring different versions, so the original appears on one with the other featuring a cover.
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