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Edge of Christmas

Various Artists Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oglio Records
  • ASIN: B000001J70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
2. Please Come Home For Christmas - Pat Benatar
3. 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
4. December Will Be Magic Again - Kate Bush
5. Peace On Earth/ Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie And Bing Crosby
6. Winter Wonderland - The Cocteau Twins
7. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Smithereens
8. Run Run Rudolph - Dave Edmunds
9. Christmas Is Coming - The Payolas
10. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues
11. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight) - The Ramones
12. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

Editorial Reviews

A middle-of-the-road rock and pop assortment, The Edge of Christmas repackages chestnuts such as Bing and Bowie crooning "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" and Dave Edmunds's version of Chuck Berry's classic "Run Run Rudolph." In between there are marginal readings of "Please Come Home for Christmas" from Pat Benatar, "Winter Wonderland" by the Cocteau Twins, and Queen's "Thank God It's Christmas." The real treasures are the Pretenders' "2,000 Miles," a wistful, tender lament about being away from loved ones during the holidays, and the Waitresses' zesty minor classic "Christmas Wrapping." The scruffiest gem is the Pogues' "Fairytale in New York," with animated vocals traded by Shane MacGowan and Irish folk-rocker Kirsty MacColl. Listening to it is like watching a vitriolic pageant with crooked bells on. --Martin Keller

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Christmas CD! November 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this album for the song "Christmas Wrapping", but once I heard the rest of the CD it stayed in the stereo all season. While most of the tracks are traditional, they are done with a twist. The Bowie/Bing song is masterfully done and The Pretenders "2000 Miles" is beautiful and somewhat sad. Although these songs are done by "alternative" artists, The Edge of Christmas isn't so alternative it will scare off mainstream family and friends. And while many of these songs can be found on various albums (as the reviewer below stated), why buy a lot when all you need is one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply My Favorite Christmas CD December 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like modern rock this is the only holiday CD you need. Contrary to 1st review, the Queen song opens the holiday season for us-a classic. More classics with Bowie/Crosby version of Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy. Fun tunes like Smithereens & Waitresses. I even like the Pretenders tune, despite not liking the group in general and Kate Bush song is very relaxing. Probably my favorite tune is surreal Cocteau Twins rendition of Winter Wonderland-mix that with some spiked egg nog and you'll be guaranteed a merry christmas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For a cooler Christmas. October 10, 2005
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is easily one of the better Christmas collections I've seen. Sure I'm a fan of most of the bands, but the songs are really good. Just look at the tracklist. It opens with three tracks from Queen, Pat Benetar, and a superb one from The Pretenders. Then, how cool is it to have Christmas songs from Kate Bush and The Cocteau Twins, not to mention the classic from Bing and Bowie. Also worth a mention are the tracks from The Smithereens, the infamous Ramones, and the must have "Christmas Wrapping" from The Waitresses. The rest is good as well. I also suggest "You Sleigh Me: Alternative Christmas Hits" and "A Very Special Christmas 3".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more stars! December 20, 2000
By mick
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely my all time favorite Christmas CD. As a servicemember, out of the last four Christmas seasons, I have been deployed overseas for four of them. This one CD has done more to keep my spirits up than anything else, while being away from my family. What I think I like best about this CD is it's unique and effective blend of songs and styles. There is something here to satisfy everyone's desires and moods during the holidays - classics, moving contemporaries, upbeat tracks, and even a couple of off-humor tunes to keep everyone from getting too choked up. For the one Christmas that I was with my family, my kids quickly grew to know and love each and every song. In fact, since this Christmas I am once more overseas, the number one request from my two kids this year was for this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WALLY GATOR APPROVED!!!!!! December 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I've been browsing the site here for countless hours (seven minutes) looking for the perfect Christmas album to put my stamp of approval on. I had many things to consider, first.. Has to have CHRISTMAS WRAPPING by THE WAITRESSES. This in my book is the most important Christmas song ever recorded, any christmas collection without this gem is flawed. Second, it has to have nothing to do with the NOW THATS WHAT I CALL MUSIC series, at first I was a little nervous because, the NOW series was the only place where I could find The Waitresses. I refuse to give that industry a dime of my hard earned money. And thirdly, well I figured I'd leave it up to the mix. I expected there to be some Bing Crosby you know. Some Sinatra. Oh well, none of that here.. and I looked at this and I thought to myself "this is pretty rockin'!" Yeah that's what I thought. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK is another biggy for me. It is truly a beautiful song, and I guarantee that you will agree. I love the accent on that girl who sings along with THE POGUES. Then you get THE RAMONES' MERRY CHRISTMAS-I DONT WANT TO FIGHT, I haven't heard it in years. THE SMITHEREENS come in and do a Rudolph. HEY! BING CROSBY is on here! all right, Grandma will be happy too! Not a bad traditional style LITTLE DRUMMER BOY even if it does have DAVID BOWIE on it. PAT BENATAR and THE PRETENDERS, I'm psyched.
I get to play Christmas music for the family AND keep my dignity. Yeah. I wish it had FATHER CHRISTMAS by THE KINKS but I ain't complaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Christmas CD December 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This has become my favorite Christmas album. Starting out with Queen's Thank God It's Christmas and ending up with Christmas Wrapping, this CD will fill your holiday music fix, especially to for those long weeks leading up to the holidays. Other favorites include 2000 Miles from The Pretenders and The Pogues Fairytale of New Your. Keep your Transiberian Orchestra CDs for the family gathering and use this on Christmas Morn as a way to wake up your kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a winner - trust me December 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
a good christmas cd to me has either 1) new songs with off-beat lyrics or 2) traditional songs updated, say, with a rock tempo. this cd delivers both. every cut has something going for it. the eerie first cut by 'queen,' which i had never heard before, had me hooked. the production quality of this album is superb. it will make good use of latest technology in speakers and headphones. you are gonna love this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good antidote for boring Christmas music January 8, 2003
By jebaer
Format:Audio CD
If I have to live in a world where John Tesh and Barbra Streisand have dueling Christmas CDs then this CD makes life bearable. Great songs, only one I grit my teeth through is Kate Bush (sorry, but I am the one person who didn't like her in the 80's and still don't, so there). My favorite is the Queen song and the Pogues are great too. How can you not like a song that starts off in the drunk tank on Christmas Eve?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Had the CD before. Spouse lost it. Great place to find it. Very happy with the artist selection. Merry Christmas.
Published 8 months ago by Wayne Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of my favorite Christmas CD's
I love this...had this a long time ago but mine managed to get destroyed . Was able to find this on amazon from a private seller who charged a fair price and shipped it to me... Read more
Published 9 months ago by svenlovesflo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Christmas Albums!
This CD came in the mail very quickly and it was in excellent condition even though it was used. It has "The Little Drummer Boy" featuring Bing Crosby and David Bowie- the most... Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Rachel C
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your Grandpa's Christmas CD
I got this CD around 2000. It's definitely geared towards younger people (under 40). Even though I'm now over 40, I still enjoy listening to this CD. Read more
Published on November 9, 2009 by Michael Ceciliani
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good modern Xmas CD
I'm always looking for modern/alternative holiday songs, and this CD contains a motherlode of great songs. Read more
Published on December 7, 2005 by C. T. Torner
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your "Yule-Sual" Christmas...
In terms of modern rock, this is the greatest Christmas cd ever recorded. While Queen's Thank God It's Christmas seems out of place here, every other song succeeds. Read more
Published on October 15, 2005 by Slasher04
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas CD Ever (Almost)
If you cut the horrid Queen track and replaced it with "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade and dropped in "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon, in place of the... Read more
Published on December 5, 2001 by BC2112
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