Once upon a time artists would be pressured to put out a disc at Christmas to catch the Yuletide market - when parents, the elderly and those who were not the regular mass record buying public could be ensnared by novelties and cuteness. When indeed, the season could be harnessed in many ways - Santa Claus abducted by aliens, obnoxious children who didn't beleive in Santa ... old hits could be given a Christmas slant (check out "Christmas Dragnet" - right, Frank?) Novelties that appeal or appal include "Nuttin' for Christmas" - if you want the Stan Freberg here call for Dr Demento - but you'd be hard pressed to get these discs in the original vinyl and shellac these days which makes these CDs extremely valuable.
Country and western? check. Rock 'n' Roll? check. Cuteness? check. GO FOR IT.
Scrooges, begone, you've come to the wrong place. The subtitle and cover artwork do this fantastic compilation a slight disservice. You could easily mistake this album for some grumpy old alt rock compilation when it's actually two discs of mood enhancing seasonal wonders. Even the song that my title quote comes from, 'Ol Fatso', is a huge snowball of fun rather than a curmudgeonly old dirge of humbug. Elsewhere you've got 'Mamba Santa Mambo' and 'The Reindeer Boogie' to keep spirits the right side of merry.
It does fit its description inasmuch as you'll not hear these songs on your average mainstream 'Now That What I Call Christmas' compilation, save perhaps for Bobby Helms' Jinglebell Rock. For the most part, however, it's a totally refreshing break from the norm, good old rhythm & blues spanning the 30s to the 60s. It's the kind of thing you'd get (and did get) on a Christmas Edition of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour.
This double disc set is the best release of its type I've yet to come across in terms of both quality and quantity. I read a review elsewhere which condemned the release for having some 'scratchy' songs, or poor sound quality, scars of the ageing vinyl origins (as well as signs of the rarity of some of these selections). That just adds to the charm and magic for me. Whether it does for you, you decide. Either way, it's on a par with similar releases in this regard.
Beyond that, further words from me aren't needed when you can preview the 30-second clips on this very page and let the music sell itself.
Turned your ear to every Christmas song ? Here's a few more to add to the collection . Real out of the "Vaults " stuff . If your looking for something different in the way of Christmas songs this is it ! I just love it