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Holidayland EP


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Restless Records
  • ASIN: B00005QXD4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Santa Claus
2. Santa's Beard
3. Feast Of Lights
4. Careless Santa
5. O Tannenbaum

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nathan M DeHoff on April 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This Christmas EP is an appealing package, with cute cover art and a good title. The main problem is that the CD itself contains only five songs, all of which had been released before. Granted, some of them were slightly difficult to come by (most of them were on eMusic's TMBG Unlimited service, but I don't know how many people actually signed up for that), so most people will probably be getting something new, but when two of the tracks are readily available on studio albums, it seems like TMBG could have given us a little more. It's not like they exhausted their supply of holiday songs; there's always "Christmas Cards," as well as "We Just Go Nuts At Christmastime" (never officially released at all) and "Olive The Other Reindeer" (although there might have been copyright restrictions forbidding them from using that last one). This is something that a TMBG fan will probably want to listen to during the holidays, but it isn't an essential release by the band.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Bates on November 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Holidayland is a compilation of five songs recorded at different times- 1. a cover, Santa Claus; 2.Santa's Beard, from the album "Lincoln"; 3.Feast of Lights, a bittersweet Hannukah tune; 4.Careless Santa, from Mono Puff's first album and 5. O Tannenbaum, sung in German.
All are done in TMBG's signature style, and have happy sing-along goodness for all your festive occasions.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Logan Albright on February 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Before you buy this you should realize what your getting for your [money]. Five songs, most of which aren't very good, and one of which (Santa's Beard) you almost certainly already own. All this amounts to just over 10 minutes of music. I'm as much of a TMBG fan as the next guy, but this simply isn't worth more than a buck or two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PK Levine on September 12, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
Okay, so you've got a five-song EP here. As of this writing, there's no discount for buying the album as opposed to buying the MP3s individually, so you're better off picking and choosing. This advice assumes that you're already a big fan of TMBG and have most of their stuff, as well as some side projects like Mono Puff. If that doesn't describe you . . . well, honestly, you're better off starting with almost ANYTHING ELSE that TMBG has released. If you own all of TMBG's stuff, go buy some Mono Puff. Seriously. Don't start here.

1. Santa Claus = Worth Buying. It's a totally new song (well, it's a cover from several decades ago, but you know what I mean). It's not one of their most exciting ones, and it's a LITTLE bit repetitive at times, but it's worth a buck.

2. Santa's Beard = Don't Buy. You already own this song. If you don't, then go buy Lincoln. Seriously. Buy it NOW. Freakin' great album.

3. Feast of Lights = Worth Buying. This is the best new song on this EP. Of course, if you own Festival of Light 2, you have this already -- but if you don't, I'd recommend just buying this MP3. In my opinion, it's not worth picking up Festival of Light 2 as a whole album if you're really just a TMBG fan. If you only have one dollar to spend, spend it here.

4. Careless Santa = Don't Buy. You probably already own this song, and if you don't, you should just grab Mono Puff's debut album Unsupervised and then you WILL own it. Seriously, if you're a TMBG fan who hasn't picked up any Mono Puff, you're really missing out.

5. O Tannenbaum = Don't Buy. Okay, yes, this is a new song. But it's also just "O Tannenbaum," which you probably know better as "Oh Christmas Tree." Yeah, that song.
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It's one thing for a CD like this to be short--obviously one look at the tracklist and you know that you're buying a special edition CD that won't have a full-length album on it. But the fact is, the quality of these tracks is just not up to the TMBG standard, which makes it an even harder pill to swallow that many of their great holiday songs don't make the disc.
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