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Now, this REALLY is the best ever !
on 14 December 2009
For several years, I've been wanting to buy a Christmas album that contains ALL the very best pop Christmas songs ever made, most of them from the 70's and 80's. Year upon year I've searched Amazon's store of Christmas CDs in the hope that eventually an album would come out that does indeed contain the cream of the crop. This year, I've kind of given up... what's the point in every Christmas Day going by without the wife and I being able to play the likes of Wizzard, Chris Rea and The Pogues/Kirsty MacColl? So, I've completed an even more rigorous search and found what is the best Christmas album currently out there i.e. one we can happily make do with until the real deal actually gets released. The one I found is a double album called 'the best Christmas Album in the world...ever!' from the year 1996. In my view it's presently the best one because it collects together 21 tracks on to a single disc...and MOST importantly the following tracks...
John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas Everyday
Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
Band Aid - Do they know it's Christmas?
The Pogues feat. Kirsy MacColl - A Fairytale of New York
Greg Lake - I believe in Father Christmas
Pretenders - 2000 Miles
Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman came Travelling
Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas
Elton John - Step into Christmas
Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Jona Lewie - Stop the Cavalry
Jethro Tull - Ring out, Solstice Bells
Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Peace on Earth (Little Drummer Boy)
Plus it has 23 tracks including the following on Disc 2...
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Dean Martin - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
Johnny Mathis - When a Child is Born
Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine
Mud - Lonely this Christmas
Bert Jansch - In the Bleak Midwinter
To my mind, there are only four 'essential' Christmas songs missing from this collection...
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to Town (the album under review contains the less vibrant version by the Jackson 5)
Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is You (I bought her Christmas album to get this - the album is excellent)
Wham - Last Christmas (the album under review contains a second rate instrumental version by State of the Heart)
Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah (excellent Christmas track from 2009)
I would heartily recommend this Christmas album if your taste is anything like my own and though it is difficult to get hold of now, it IS worth purchasing at a slightly higher price from a market seller as I did. Merry Christmas!!