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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: #409,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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This EP came out in '01 (apparently) and features five songs recorded at different times. Four of the songs had previously been available on other releases, but only one of them had been on an album by TMBG. I think this EP is pretty cool, but I wouldn't say it's a must-have, even for fans. Here are the songs, and some details about them:

1. Santa Claus -- This track was recorded specifically for the EP. It's a cover of a '60s song by The Sonics (whose version I've never heard). A good, simple rocker that asks that all-important question, "What are you going to bring me, Santa?" (In this case, it seems that the answer is "Nothing.")
2. Santa's Beard -- The earliest track on the EP, this appeared on TMBG's "Lincoln" album. It's the only song here to have actually been released on a TMBG album. Another rocking track involving Santa Claus, this time it seems that the jolly old fellow has a little something going on with the singer's wife, much to the singer's dismay.
3. Feast Of Lights -- This song had appeared on a compilation of Hanukkah songs (not all by TMBG), and is one of the only two songs here that are sung by Mr. Linnell. I think this is the most touching song on the EP. About a guy who only gets together with whomever he's singing to on the last day of Hanukkah, and who is imploring her(?) to behave her(?)self and not fight with him this time. This song actually kind of tugs at the old heartstrings. The lovely, simple instrumentation suits the song perfectly.
4. Careless Santa -- Yet another "Santa" song, this one appeared on the first album by Mr. Flansburgh's side project, Mono Puff. Once again, the guy in red is causing problems for the singer. (It seems that Santa gives Flans no end of trouble!
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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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