Tuesday, 13 December 2011

operation ho-ho-ho...

Tuesday 13th December. We’re now onto the home stretch for Christmas cheer and it’s nearly all over, making way for broken diets, January Sales and the usual bought of Seasonal Affective Disorder. New Years will obviously be the biggest let down as per usual and Christmas day loses a spark each year as you get older until I presume by the time my forties appear it will simply be another Sunday with Turkey.

The music industry tends to go to sleep at this time of the year, the execs and their cronies fly off to the ski slopes and winter havens to enjoy their yuletide break and won’t return until the last week of January ready to start business. The only releases now will be the XMAS compilations and 'Best Of' albums from artists who shamelessly whore their music out one last time to either meet contractual obligations or simply help top up their pension considering most haven’t had anything resembling a hit for many a merry year.

The only necessity music wise for wise men and women out there is the playing of the formidable Phil Spector Christmas Album ‘A Christmas Gift for You’, if you don’t own this record then I really don’t know that we can be friends any longer as you are given a million chances throughout the year to purchase it. Songs are slipped into movies, adverts, TV shows and even X-Factor to help start the consumer inside you reach for your hard earned cash and rush to the shop to grab a copy.

To show what a nice guy I am (or elitist control freak depending which sites you read) here are the tracks on the album. You can buy, steal, borrow or even Spotify.

A Christmas Gift For You (From Phil Spector)

01. White Christmas – Darlene Love
02. Frosty The Snowman – The Ronettes
03. The Bells of St.Mary – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
04. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The Crystals
05. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
06. Marshmallow World – Darlene Love
07. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes
08. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Crystals
09. Winter Wonderland – Darlene Love
10. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers – The Crystals
11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
12. Here Comes Santa Claus - Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
13. Silent Night – Phil Spector And Artists

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