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Somethilng old something new - excellent budget compilation,
This review is from: Pure... Christmas (Audio CD)
With 68 tracks, there is plenty of room for the familiar, the unfamiliar, the old and the relatively new. The first CD mostly contains familiar songs, sometimes by the original artists (e.g. Last Christmas - Wham) and sometimes via covers (e. g. Jingle bell rock - Daryl Hall and John Oates). Perhaps the least obvious song on this CD is Cool Yule (Bette Midler) but it's a good choice. I'm pleased to find it here. Also notworthy is Must be Santa (Bob Dylan). I've not heard the Mitch Miller original, but I have the covers recorded soon afterwards by Tommy Steele and Joan Regan, both excellent. I wasn't sure what to expect of Bob Dyan's recording, but it works well although it's not typical of his style.
The second CD is more adventurous in its track selection. It features World Christmas (R Kelly), which I don't remember hearing before, Christmas Day (Dido), Early Christmas morning (Cyndi Lauper). My only wish (Britney Spears) and Kissin' Christmas (Bobby Vinton). Best of all, it features Dana's UK top 5 hit from the seventies, It's gonna be a cold, cold Christmas, which is featured all too rarely on Christmas compilations. Another rarity here is Rockin' little Christmas (Shakin' Stevens), which is brilliant. Much as I like Merry Christmas everyone and his cover of Blue Christmas, it's nice to find one of his other Christmas tracks on a multi-artist compilations. I have his own Christmas album and it's well worth a listen.
The third CD contains the original sons Remember Christmas (Harry Nilsson) and Christmas for the free (Argent), neither of which I remember hearing before. Please come home for Christmas (Luther Vandross) is an original song, not a cover of the Charles Brown classic that has been covered by the Eagles and Jon Bon Jovi among others. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth (Spike Jones) is also an original, though it has never been difficult to find on Christmas albums. More interesting to me is Ding dong merrily on high (Roger Whittaker) because that carol doesn't come round all that often on the Christmas albums that I buy. The fourth CD contains more great music including Grown-up Christmas list (Monica), which I have heard before by other artists, but not very often.
This is a wonderful budget-priced collection that avoids a lot of the really obvious tracks, but it has plenty of great music and would make a great addition to a collection of Christmas music.