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Just In Time For Christmas

Various Artists Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008E9R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Songs Include : 1. Squeeze - Christmas Day 3:55 / 2. Rebel Pebbles - Cool Yule 3:15 / 3. Klark Kent - Yo Ho Ho 3:30 / 4. Torch Song - Hark 2:25 / 5. Reckless Sleepers - Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday 3:46 / 6. Steve Hunter - We Three Kings 2:31 / 7. The dB's- Home For The Holidays 2:50 / 8. Molly Johnson And Norman Orenstein - Silent Night 2:53 / 9. Deborah Holland - It Only Comes Once A Year 3:21 / 10. Timbuk 3 - All I Want For Christmas / 11. Kennedy Rose - More Than One Night A Year 4:06 / 12. Dread Zeppelin - All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth 2:57 / 13. Wall Of Voodoo - Shouldn't Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas 5:05

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some essential tracks, and then some filler... January 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This seems to be out of print now, but is worth picking up if you can find a good price on a used one. Several of the songs by the more well-known artists are available on other compilations. (The songs by Squeeze, Timbuk 3, and Wall of Voodoo can all be found on "Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Christmas".) The dB's "Home For the Holidays" is hard to find anywhere else.

For the record, I get a kick out of Dread Zeppelin's Elvis-meets-reggae-meets-Zeppelin-meets-Spike-Jones-with-a-touch-of-Zappa "...My Two Front Teeth", but most people I've played it for find it annoying.

Also for the record, Klark Kent is actually Stewart Copeland of the Police.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have an alternative Christmas November 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you like any of the bands on this album, it is worth picking up. It has many unique, original Christmas songs as well as a few classics. Plus, the bands with whom I'm familiar stay very close to their styles here. Squeeze provides a very Squeeze-like "Christmas Day" while "Cool Yule" is a cute, quirky tune by Rebel Pebbles. "Hark" is a very unique take on "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" while Steve Hunter's "We Three Kings" is a very traditional, instrumental version of the classic. "Silent Night" is given a lot of soul by Molly Johnson & Norman Orenstein. "Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday" by Reckless Sleepers is a 1950s style song. The worst track by far is "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth." It is a very silly song by Dread Zeppelin where the singer tries to be funny by imitating Elvis and shifting the song into a rendition of "Viva Las Vegas." It does not work.

Here are my favorites on this album: "Home for the Holidays" is a very catchy number by the dB's. In fact, I find myself humming it around the holidays (and even at other times of the year). "It only Comes Once a Year" by Deborah Holland is also very pleasant and catchy and "More Than One Night a Year" by Kennedy Rose has a dark beauty to it. It is my favorite track on this album. Timbuk 3's "All I Want for Christmas" (not the "two front teeth" song but an original song about world peace) is also excellent with beautiful acoustic guitar. It is very Timbuk 3, so fans of the band will no doubt like it. Not a favorite track of mine, but Klark Kent's style sounds so much like Stan Ridgway on "Yo ho ho" that I've scoured the album cover several times looking for Ridgway's name (not to be found). Speaking of Ridgway, his old band's offering of "Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas" is a riot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In 1990, IRS Records released this CD, featuring Christmas songs performed by artists who recorded for their label. Songs are mostly originals, along with a few covers of older Christmas songs. All of the songs are at least decent, with nothing being bad. The original songs by Squeeze and the dB's are both great. As for the covers, Reckless Sleepers do a terrific version of "Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday" and Dread Zeppelin contribute a fun, irreverent version of "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth". This CD is hard to find now, but it's worth looking for if you're tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, unique, always spirit-lifting! December 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I started getting interested in more diverse Christmas music at a good time. This CD was released, I grabbed it and haven't seen it around much since. A few of the tracks have made their way into other compilations like Rhino's Just Can't Get Enough - New Wave Xmas.

Squeeze starts off with Christmas Day - a modernized account of Jesus' birth. Clever, catchy, and a nice toe tapper. Cool Yule is next by Rebel Pebbles. Very girlish and fun, envision Cyndi Lauper going Christmas shopping with the Go-Gos.

Yo Ho Ho by Klark Kent (Stewart Copeland) - a well-put together tune. Copeland plays all his instruments on his solo KK album, I don't know if that's the case here. This one took a while to grow on me but it's a nice heartfelt ditty about being with family on Christmas.

Hark by Torch Song - a very upbeat techno version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Mostly just a drumbeat and a few cut-up phrases from the carol, but this deserves mainstream airplay IMO. Followed by Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday by Reckless Sleepers. It has a beat and a vocalist reminiscent of Squeeze, a more easy listening tune. A traditional rendition of We Three Kings is next by Steve Hunter. An experienced guitarist who was worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and Mitch Ryder, Steve does a great standard guitar instrumental here.

The pace steps up a bit on Home for the Holidays by The dB's. It's a bit country, a bit corny, but it's okay. Silent Night by Molly Johnson and Norman Orenstein is next. Nothing fancy. Molly has a clean, pure voice and the guitar is an edgy, slightly fuzzed backdrop, it works. This was re-released on a 2005 CD called Plugged In For The Holidays, one I may have to pick up...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! December 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
A great alternative to the muzak of Manheim Steamroller and et al...
I just wish that would have it in stock!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic January 16, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Yeah this baby is out of print, but I've owned it since 1990. It's gotta be one of the top alternative Christmas CDs out there...Full disclosure; I'm a mad collector of alternative Christmas tracks, forget my overall collection, so I'd like to believe I know a little something about Christmas music...I dedicate an iPod like device to the top 1200 Christmas songs and roll it out every year and give copies away as gifts...You can't beat it...I have most of the rare and tough to find Christmas CDs and this one is very good if you can find it...The Squeeze Christmas Day track is great...Klark Kent's Yo Ho Ho is brilliant as far as I'm concerned...The Reckless Sleepers' Everday is probably the best version out there...Steve Hunter's We Three Kings kicks butt, one of my all time favorite versions...the dB's Home For The Holidays is great...Deborah Holland's It Only Comes Once a Year is a sleeper...And I'm probably the biggest Timbuk 3 fan I know...I bought all their records and went to see them...This is a nice Christmas Track...Torch Song and Kennedy Rose do a very good job as well...Dread Zeppelin is an acquired taste for sure, but when you have 1200 tracks to sift through you might hear it every three years...I can live with that...This CD and Lump of Coal on Funzalo Records are the CDs that got me started on making sure I never had to hear Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (sorry Smithereens) or Jingle Bells ever again!...Buy with confidence...You heard it here...
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