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Christmas Time Again
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There a lot of modern rockers who consider this to be THE great Christmas album of the last 25 years or so, and if your taste runs to the Southern-based "jangle pop" practiced by such folks as Big Star, R.E.M. and the dB's, you're probably one of them. Originally released as a 7-song LP in 1986, and as a 17-song CD in 1993, this Chris Stamey-conceived holiday classic appears here on our Collectors' Choice Music label with six new tracks, including a song by Peter Holsapple, 'Home for the Holidays', performed by the dB's; 'Christmas Time Is Here'-Thad Cockrell & Roman Candle; 'Lonely Christmas'-Marshall Crenshaw; two tunes by R.E.M. producer Don Dixon, 'I Saw Three Ships' and' 'Christmas Is Saturday', and an unreleased track by Ryan Adams & Whiskeytown, 'Houses on the Hill'! And the album's older tracks are pretty darn cool, too!
This is the gift that keeps on giving--the Yuletide album that Chris Stamey and the dB's originally released as a vinyl EP in 1986, later expanded into a CD, and have now updated as a 21-cut extravaganza of holiday cheer (and occasionally bittersweet reflection). It's like a family album of a musical clan that keeps extending itself, now encompassing the likes of Marshall Crenshaw (with a soulful "Lonely Christmas"), Don Dixon (with two cuts including a live, finger-snapping "I Saw Three Ships"), and Whiskeytown (a previously unreleased Ryan Adams/Caitlin Cary collaboration, "Houses on the Hill"). Most of the material is original, covering a territory that extends from punk, new wave, and power pop through alt-country, though Peter Holsapple delivers a surprisingly straightforward "O Holy Night" and Alex Chilton does Mel Tormé proud with "The Christmas Song." --Don McLeese
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anyone's Christmas Mix tape. Their light jazz touch on "Silver Bells" makes for a great version too. The rest
of this sort of Alt Country Christmas is very good indeed. Highly recommended.