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Great mix of old and new Christmas music
on 24 February 2005
If you've already got another Christmas compilation of this type, you may already have the tracks by Band Aid, Shaking Stevens, Greg Lake, Elton John, Cliff Richard, Jona Lewie and some others, but with sixty tracks here, there should still be plenty you haven't got. Indeed, several recordings are fairly recent (at the time this collection was released in 2004), by artists such as Dido (Christmas Day), Darkness (Christmas time) and Gary Jules (Mad world) so whatever Christmas music you already have, there will be something new for you here. Other notable inclusions are Bruce Springsteen (Santa Claus is coming to town), Neil Diamond (You make it feel like Christmas), Cyndi Lauper (Early Christmas morning), Pretenders (2000 miles) and Wham (Last Christmas), none of which appear on Christmas compilations as often as they deserve to.
The festive and religious aspects of Christmas are both well represented. Some of the tracks aren't strictly Christmas songs, but either they have a religious theme or they were big UK hits at Christmas time in their original year of release.
With three CD's of very diverse musical styles, everybody will find something to like (presumably most of it), something to hate (hopefully not much) and something that they wish had been included but isn't. Many of the obvious omissions can be found on other UK Christmas compilations such as Best Christmas in the world ever. If you only want to own one Christmas collection of this type, you would be wise to compare them all. If (like me), you like to own more than one, you'll get some duplication but you'll still find plenty of tracks here that aren't available on the other compilations.
I said that everybody will find something to hate - in my case, it's Wombling Merry Christmas, but it was a major UK hit when first released. As such, I suppose it was overdue for release on a Christmas compilation - but I still don't like it.
Whether this is your first Christmas album or you already have plenty of Christmas music, you should find plenty to enjoy here.