Various - 101 Christmas Songs

"101 Christmas Songs" collects a variety of festive favourites over four CDs.

Disc 1 covers many of the obvious classics including John and Yoko's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)", Wizzard's "I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday" and Mud's "Lonely this Christmas". There are a few glaring omissions from the disc, including Slade, Band Aid and Wham, with Jamelia covering "Last Christmas" instead but there's still plenty of Christmas cheer on offer.

Disc 2 is the highlight of the quartet, delivering a variety of crooners and torch singers, including Nat King Cole, Julie London, Dean Martin and Andy Williams with his "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". Things also get a bit livelier with The Ventures twanging their way through "Frosty the Snowman" and Eddie Cochran wanting Elvis for Christmas!

Collecting 101 decent Christmas songs is a bit of a hard task and I must say quality control falls by the wayside by the time disc 3 come around as it's certainly an odd mixture of tracks! The CD starts off with yuletide offerings from the likes of The Spinners, Jethro Tull and Charles Brown then descends into Muppet mania with Miss Piggy, Kermit and Gonzo all adding to the seasonal mix!
I'm also left scratching my head as to why The Seekers appear with "Morningtown Ride" and numerous movie themes show up.

I must admit I haven't gone near disc 4 as every second track seems to performed by a choir, making it all a bit too "Songs of Praise" for me! I'm sure there's tracks there that would go down a storm on Christmas day mind you. I suppose that's the good thing about the collection as there's something for everyone! I'll certainly have disc 2 soundtracking part of my Christmas celebrations anyway.



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Last updated: 18/04/2018 21:27:04

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