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Holidays Rule [CD, Original recording]

Paul McCartney, Andrew Bird, The Shins, Fun, The Civil Wars, The Head and the HeartAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Original recording
  • Label: HEAR MUSIC
  • ASIN: B009A9EKGM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleigh Ride [fun.]
2. Wonderful Christmastime [The Shins]
3. Baby, It s Cold Outside [Rufus Wainwright featuring Sharon Van Etten]
4. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) [Paul McCartney]
5. (Everybodys Waitin For) The Man With The Bag [Black Prairie featuring Sallie Ford]
6. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day [The Civil Wars]
7. Green Grows The Holly [Calexico]
8. We Need A Little Christmas [AgesandAges]
9. Thats What I Want For Christmas [Holly Golightly]
10. May Every Day Be Christmas [Irma Thomas with Preservation Hall Jazz Band]
11. Blue Christmas [Heartless Bastards]
12. Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me) [Eleanor Friedberger]
13. Its Beginning To Look Like Christmas [Fruit Bats]
14. Señor Santa (Mister Santa) [Y La Bamba]
15. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [Punch Brothers]
16. What Are You Doing New Years Eve? [The Head and the Heart]
17. Auld Lang Syne [Andrew Bird]

Editorial Reviews

HOLIDAYS RULE, a deliciously diverse collection of seasonal music featuring an array of glittering contributions from across the musical spectrum, will be released by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on October 30th, 2012

The set boasts 17 all-new recordings, including pop phenoms fun., the legendary Paul McCartney, indie-pop luminaries The Shins, Americana favorites The Civil Wars, adored singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (with Sharon Van Etten), playful popsters Fruit Bats, bluegrass revisionists Punch Brothers, soul icon Irma Thomas (with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band), cinematic rockers Calexico, eclectic troubadour Andrew Bird, Latin neo-traditionalists Y La Bamba, Texas twang-rock troupe Heartless Bastards, alterna-folk standard-bearer Holly Golightly, roots quintet Black Prairie (featuring Sallie Ford), choral revival collective AgesAndAges, Fiery Furnaces alumna Eleanor Friedberger and Seattle Americana outfit The Head and the Heart.

Holidays Rule delves into an unusually rich assemblage of Americana, alt-pop, folk, electronica, country, American standards, singer-songwriter, New Orleans gospel, garage rock and more. Holidays Rule is the most exciting, and highly anticipated, all-new holiday album of the year!

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm finding myself in the Christmas spirit already due to a pair of albums just released. Katharine Jenkins just released a Christmas album that is lovely and traditional, with a big orchestra and an elegant feel. That album is a wonderful accompaniement to night time, but I'm gonna need something peppier to listen to as I decorate the tree with the kids, and Holidays Rule fits that bill perfectly. Starting off with a really fun (I know, I went there) rendition of Sleigh Ride by (you guessed it) Fun., the album is full of original and delightful versions of Christmas classics. McCartney's "The Christmas Song" is such a pleasure--his voice sounds 30 years younger. "Green Grows the Holly" is done by Calexico (one of my fave bands), and Holly Golightly reminds us again why she is so incredible with her perfect rendition of "That's What I Want for Christmas". If you want to enjoy Christmas tunes you know in some delightful arrangements (including the marvellous "Wonderful Christmastime" by the Shins), then pick this album up. Great fun, good spirit. Simply having a Wonderful Christmastime.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to this music!!! November 3, 2012
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The tunes are uplifting and not your usual Christmas music. Honestly, I am in my early 60's & am not familiar with all the performers but LOVE them all. "Santa Bring my baby back to me" by Eleanor Friedberger is my favorite. The Shins & Heartless Bastards also great groups. Buy this CD now. Your mood will brighten after listening to this conglomerate of new artists (& some not so new-Paul McCartney for one).
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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It's not even Thanksgiving and I'm already playing this "Holiday" CD a lot! That says something. Producers Sara Matarazzo and Chris Funk (love Chris' last name for a MUSIC producer!) have compiled 17 original performances from Rock, Pop, Singer-songwriter, folk and jazz artists in the wonderfully tuneful album. They are all standards but with new interpretations. What's great is that those coming for the exclusive Paul McCartney track ("The Christmas Song") will discover NOLa's legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band (50 years and still making great music!)WITH Irma Thomas! ("May Every Day Be Christmas Day") and The Heartless Bastards ("Blue Christmas"). The Fruit Bats, Y La Bamba and AgesandAges were new groups for me. Even the closer, "Auld Lang Syne", by pop violinist Andrew Bird, has a jazz swing feel (with a bit of bluegrass mixed in.)

Another review complained that the CD is called "Holidays Rule" in the US while the CD is called "Christmas Rules" in the UK. The former title makes more sense. After all "What are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and "Baby It's Cold Outside?" are NOT Christmas songs. The first is a secular holiday song and the latter is a Winter Song - never mentioning a holiday. And the aforementioned "Auld Lang Syne" track is for December 31st around the world.

This one is gonna be played a lot this year in my house!

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumps Freshness Into Holiday Favorites November 18, 2012
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"Holidays Rule" is a great collection with different artists pumping freshness into familiar holiday favorites. Fun's version of the Leroy Anderson classic "Sleigh Ride" sails on a great orchestral arrangement with a pumping beat. The Shins do a smashing job on Paul McCartney's now-classic "Wonderful Christmastime" with the vocals working well with the peppy beat that drives the track, "The party's on, the spirit's up; We're here tonight & that's enough!" Rufus Wainwright puts on his best croon with his and Sharon Van Etten's voices blending seductively over the piano arrangement on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." I'd read a critical review about Paul McCartney's recording of "The Christmas Song" as being too traditional and lacking energy. While it is a laid-back track, I find Paul's vocals warm and endearing. Irma Thomas totally riveted my attention when "May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas" came on during my first play of this set. Irma has such a lovely powerful voice that has just a tinge of wear that makes a line like "May every day be a happy day," sound like it's coming from one who has done a lot of living. Gorgeous! Chris Thiel who was a prominent part of Nickel Creek does a stunning version on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" with the bluegrass touches only adding to the elegance of the track and Chris' vocals embracing this lovely melody. Other tracks like the Civil Wars' contribution and that of AgesandAges are also great. This is an excellent holiday collection, well worth adding to your holiday mix! Merry Christmas! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New recordings for Christmas 2012 December 14, 2012
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All the tracks were recorded specifically for this album, though at least some of the songs and some of the artists will be familiar to you. I think all the songs are covers; certainly most are, but I'm not sure about a couple of them. As for the artists, there are several who I don't recognize.

The artists I recognize from my CD collection are Rufus Wainwright (although his only previous appearance in my CD collection is via his contribution to The McGarrigle Christmas hour; he is, of course, a son of one of the McGarrigle sisters), Paul McCartney (who wrote one song here but performs a different song). Chris Thile (here as a member of the Punch brothers; he is in my CD collection as a member of Nickel Creek) and Irma Thomas (who recorded some brilliant soul music in the sixties; good to see that she is still active and in fine form). I'm sure I've heard of Holly Golightly somewhere, but I'll confess to total ignorance about the rest. Still, the music is of a high quality as I expected they would be, based on Macca's participation.

Macca's voice sounds better than one might expect of a man his age on a fine rendition of The Christmas song. Meanwhile, the Shins contribute a decent version of Macca's Wonderful Christmastime, although I still prefer the original.

I don't remember previously hearing Green grows the holly, apparently written by King Henry VIII. Elsewhere, it has been claimed that he is the writer of Greensleeves and / or What child is this (neither of which are featured here) and that he wrote other songs, but this is the first of those other songs that I've come across.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of artists and music
We really enjoy this holiday CD. With a variety of artists and songs, it's a great mix of spirited music. Highly recommend for some variety of sounds during the holidays. Read more
Published 8 days ago by casocorcoran
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like the versions of these Christmas songs
I really like the versions of these Christmas songs. they are different yet still easy to sing a long to.
Published 12 days ago by A. Starkovich
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Surprise!
I purchased this for one specific song that I had not been able to get in any other collection. Much to my surprise the whole CD was great! Thank you!
Published 6 months ago by mbondsart
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was not happy with this selection. I was hoping for more but it is still part of my collection.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Prill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD for the holiday music collection
Love this CD. I received it as a gift last year, and bought it this year to give as gifts myself. Great cast of bands - some new to me - and all enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aimee L. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas is not just for Christmas
Both this and Christmas Rules are the same CD and this title makes more sense than the latter including songs never meant for Christmas. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday CD`
I love classic holiday songs, but I also love hearing a new spin on classic songs. Those along with some of the brand new songs I've never heard before make this a great addition... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dana Hoffmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection...
...of newer Christmas season songs to add to the old standards. Especially recommended for Christmas freaks (like me). 2 more words
Published 14 months ago by LJS
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for old people!
Call me a traditionalist but this is NOT Christmas music. Our kids seem to like it though. They heard it in the car on the 800 mile drive back home after Christmas.
Published 14 months ago by Dianne L. Morgado
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas music for hipsters.
Some great tracks and some god awful ones as well. Picked it up for some new blood in our Christmas music playlist. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rummie McLush
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