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VA - Christmas Hits: 50 Festive Favourites (2003)

VA - Christmas Hits: 50 Festive Favourites (2003)
2CDs | Genre: Pop | Release: 2003 | MP3 320 kbps | 361 MB
The first disc of Christmas Hits is dominated by songs from the 70s and early 80s--the golden era of the mobile DJ and Christmas number ones, when people sang about "Father Christmas" or "snow" and couples tenderly proclaimed their love by calling each other "scumbag" or "maggot". And there are plenty of pop songs here that although not ostensibly about Christmas, are certainly in the spirit of things. Just listen to "The Power of Love" (Frankie Goes To Hollywood's poignant last single) or E17's "Stay Another Day" and try not to weep openly through Robson & Gerome's "I Believe", no really, try.
Disc two is more laid back, with classics from Bing Crosby, Elvis and Tony Bennett mingled with some soulful covers of traditional songs like "Silent Night" and modern classics such as "Last Christmas" and "Walking in the Air". Unfortunately, both of the latter are tortured by Human Nature and Declan Galbraith respectively, and its here that the compilation starts to fall apart. Some of the covers are interesting, but often they highlight just how much better the originals were. There have been plenty of great versions of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", not to mention the original so why do we get Michael Bolton? The inclusion of Eva Cassidy's "Over the Rainbow" is also a little confusing. It's poignant sure, but since when has it been associated with Christmas? Still, there's plenty here to keep you amused until its time to put the baubles and tinsel back in the loft.


Cd 1
01. Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (Original Version)
02. Wham! - Last Christmas
03. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
04. The Pogues Feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York
05. The Pretenders - 2000 Miles
06. Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
07. Elton John - Step Into Christmas
08. Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
09. Boney M - Mary's Boy Child
10. Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born (Album Version)
11. Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
12. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love
13. Gloria Estefan - Christmas Through Your Eyes (Album Version)
14. Shakin' Stevens - Blue Christmas
15. Robson & Jerome - I Believe
16. Michael Bolton - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
17. Luther Vandross - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
18. SWV - This Christmas
19. East 17 - Stay Another Day
20. Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
21. 3T - Endless Christmas
22. Cyndi Lauper - Early Christmas Morning (Album Version)
23. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Merry Christmas Baby
24. Westlife - I Have A Dream (Remix)
25. Cliff Richard - The Millennium Prayer

Cd 2
01. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
02. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
03. Frank Sinatra with the B Swanson Quartet - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
04. Eva Cassidy - Over The Rainbow
05. David Essex - A Winter's Tale
06. Doris Day - I'll Be Home For Christmas
07. The Pretenders - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
08. Gladys Knight - Do You Hear What I Hear
09. Atlantic Starr - Silver Bells
10. Lutricia McNeal - When A Child Is Born
11. Natalie Cole - The Christmas Song
12. Neil Diamond - You Make It Feel Like Christmas
13. Tony Bennett - Winter Wonderland
14. The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas
15. Darlene Love - All Alone On Christmas
16. Jewel - Silent Night (LP Version)
17. Human Nature -Last Christmas
18. Linda Ronstadt - When You Wish Upon A Star (LP Version)
19. Mariah Carey - O Holy Night
20. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
21. Declan Galbraith - Walking In The Air
22. Judy Collins - Amazing Grace (LP Version)
23. St Paul's Cathedral Choir - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
24. Barbra Streisand - The Lord's Prayer
25. Michael Ball - Happy New Year

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