When I first discovered this album, I wasn't sure what to make of it, based on the track listing. Among tracks that I mostly hadn't heard by the specific artists, I noticed my all-time favorite Christmas rock song - Roy Wood and Wizzard's I wish it could be Christmas everyday. It certainly sits well among the other tracks here, but then I checked and confirmed that this is an American compilation. For whatever reason, this track was not an American hit, so the song is a rarity there. Actually, it seems that Roy Wood and Wizzard didn't have any American hits, but that's fair enough. Any American who visits Britain in December will find this song in regular rotation and therefore difficult to avoid hearing.
While I didn't need that track, its presence here offered me some reassurance that the compiler (who happens to be Steve Van Zandt) has good taste in rock music. While I might quibble slightly about the selections in one or two cases, I am quite impressed by what's here. I didn't know that the Kinks or Keith Richards had recorded any Christmas songs. while there are some artists who I'd never heard of who also sound impressive.
This is a very different compilation from most Christmas compilations, and is certainly one that I can recommend to a lot of people, including some who don't necessarily share my taste in rock music. Fantastic.
1. Run Rudolph Run - Keith Richards
2 Sock It To Me Santa - Bob Seger and The Last Heard
3 Merry Christmas - The Ramones
4 All Alone On Christmas - Darlene Love and The E Street Band
5 Back Door Santa - Clarence Carter
6 It's Christmas Time Ebenezer - Len Price 3
7 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Roy Wood and Wizzard
8 Silent Night - Fab Four
9 White Christmas - Tina Sugandh
10 Come All Ye Faithful Surfer Girls - Chevelles
11 Santa Drives A Hot Rod - Brian Setzer Orchestra
12 Santa Claus Is Surfin' To Town - Soupy Sales
13 Santa's Coming Home - Cocktail Slippers
14 If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas - Joe Pesci
15 3 Ghosts - Boss Martians
16 I'll Be Your Santa, Baby - Rufus Thomas
17 Hey, Santa Claus - The Chesterfield Kings
18 Jingle Bells - Electric Prunes
19 Father Christmas - The Kinks
20 Merry Christmas - Jean Beauvoir