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Passable Festive Effort From Jive Bunny
on 3 December 2002
"The Ultimate Christmas Party" - Jive Bunny's fourth festive release - moves away from the typical Christmas album you're likely to see available at this time of year. Mixing classic (and traditional) seasonal tracks with crowd-pleasing party songs, this particular CD is well worth buying - especially if you're planning a Christmas party
It has to be said that this isn't really a **new** album. Those who have bought the previous three Jive Bunny Christmas albums will instantly recognise most of the mixes as you will have heard them before (clever editing by the Master Mixers can't hide that fact!). Yet, the introduction of non-festive tunes does breathe new life into this concept - and the results aren't bad at all (although it has to be said that some of the 'other' tracks used have a lot to be desired. "Summer Nights" followed by "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer".....and this is a Christmas album??!!) Notwithstanding the oddly placed songs, I found this CD quite enjoyable in the context of it being a 'low-priced party album'. Not the best Jive Bunny release by any means, but certainly not the worst.
Incidentally, avoid the **free** CD at all costs! This 20-minute or so medley also accompanies the 1999 Jive Bunny album: "The Biggest Party On The Planet" (as a freebie too, I may add) and just happens to be the *worst* Jive Bunny offering to date (and there's been many!). In parts, this CD isn't that bad (it features more or less the entire versions of Jive Bunny's chart successes), but the mixing qualities and poor sound-a-likes used to recreate (ahem!) party 'classics' leaves a lot to be desired. Then again, it is 'free'.