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The Best Christmas Album In The World Ever
Member Name: crazyminx
The Best Christmas Album In The World Ever
Advantages: Some fab songs on CD1
Disadvantages: CD2 is weak
I am one of those people who loves Christmas so much that they are upset when it ends, and try to prolong it as far into Januray as possible. Hence my review for The Best Christmas Album in the World...Ever.
This CD, published in 1997, is one of the CDs that every family seems to have a copy of, and it contains the vast majority of the classic Christmas songs that everyone knows and loves. I am not going to go through them one by one as there are 44 songs over two discs, and we would be here til next Christmas, however I will note a few of my favourites and then provide a track list so that you can check your favourites are also on here!
CD 1 gets off to an excellent start with a succession of 4 massive Christmas hits that everyone knows and can sing along to. These are followed by the huge Band Aid hit and the slightly edgier Pogues classic. This is a really strong beginning to the CD and will get everyone in the Christmas mood. After this there are a few less well known songs, but towards the middle of the CD some of my favourites pop up, such as the funky Step into Christmas by Elton John, and the lovely Merry Christmas Everyone by Shaking Stevens. A couple of child-friendly hits follow by the Beach Boys and the Jackson 5, which any kids will enjoy. However after that, with the exception of the Waitresses' cool song Christmas Wrapping, the last few songs of the CD are a little drab and depressing, which is a shame.
The second CD also has a bit of a mundane beginning with some quieter and more chilled songs that the older generations will probably enjoy a lot more than the younger ones. Many of the songs on this CD are a lot slower and there are really only two or three songs here that I like to listen to, so this CD hardly ever gets played the whole way through.
For those of you who'd like to check the tracks, here they are:
1) John & Yoko - Happy Xmas (war is over)
2) Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
3) Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas every day
4) Slade - Merry Xmas everybody
5) Band aid - Do they know it's Christmas?
6) The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, A fairytale of New York
7) Greg Lake - I believe in Father Christmas
8) Pretenders - 2000 miles
9) Chris de Burgh - A spaceman came travelling
10) Frankie goes to Hollywood, - The power of love
11) Chris Rea - Driving home for Christmas
12) Elton John - Step into Christmas
13) Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas everyone
14) Gary Glitter - Another rock and roll Christmas
15) The Beach boys - Little Saint Nick
16) Jackson 5 - Santa Claus is coming to town
17) Mike Oldfield - In dulce jubilo
18) Jona Lewie - Stop the cavalry
19) The waitresses - Christmas wrapping
20) Jethro Tull - Ring out, solstice bells
21) Bring Crosby & David Bowie - Peace on earth - Little drummer boy
1) Bing Crosby - White Christmas
2) Nat 'King' Cole - The Christmas song
3) Dean Martin - Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
4) Harry Belafonte - Mary's boy child
5) Johnny Mathis - When a child is born
6) Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and wine
7) Aled Jones - Walking in the air
8) Robson & Jerome - I believe
9) Doris Day - Winter wonderland
10) Adam Faith - Lonely pup (in a Christmas shop)
11) Mel & Kim - Rockin' around the Christmas tree
12) State of the heart - Last Christmas
13) Andy Williams - Happy holiday
14) Eartha Kitt - Santa baby
15) Mud - Lonely this Christmas
16) Roy Orbison - Pretty paper
17) Jim Reeves - Silver bells
18) Perry Como - God rest ye merry gentlemen
19) The Weavers - We wish you a merry Christmas
20) The Spinners - The twelve days of Christmas
21) Steeleye Span - Gaudette
22) Bert Jansch - In the bleak midwinter
23) Mary Margaret O'Hara - What are you doing New Year's eve?
Obviously there are no songs on here from after 1997, but to be fair there haven't been many amazing Christmas songs in the last few years so that is not a big downside! I would recommend this CD set as the first CD is great for getting you in the festive mood, however approach the second CD with caution!
This CD no longer seems to be available to buy on Amazon, however I am sure that you could easily find it on Ebay, or even at a charity shop or car boot sale for a few pennies.
Summary: Gets you in the mood!