Monday, April 21, 2008

Deep, Crisp and Even part three

17. Crash Vinyl-Snow Miser

This track comes from the compilation Electric Ornaments. Perhaps the only cover version of Snow Miser I have, but a pretty darn good one at that.

18. Morgan Fisher-O Come All Ye Faithful (Remix)

Yet another track from Claws, which I featured a track from in part one of this compilation.

19. Whirlees-The Grinch

This kind of goes along with Snow Miser, though this one has been covered a few more times. This version comes from the compilation, It's Finally Christmas!

20. Dean Plays Hardball-Little Retail Boy

Little Drummer Boy has always been a personal favorite of mine; it has seemed to be an oddity in of itself among other traditional Christmas songs. And there are plenty of cover versions to be found of this one, but I chose this one from the A Very Standard Christmas compilation because I liked the little twist Dean Plays Hardball puts on the song.

21. Prewar Yardsale-Marshmellow World

And, yes, the title is spelled that way on the CD back cover. This comes from the Get Thee Behind Me, Santa compilation put out by Puppy Dog Records from England in 2002. Marshmallow World (as we commonly know the song) has been covered several times, but the cover versions are often uninspired and not very impressive. I happened to think that this particular version was the best among those I have heard. While still a simple tune, not changing the original that dramatically, it's a nice version.

22. Shaft-Must Be Santa

This comes from a compilation I picked up from New Zealand, Christmas On the Rocks. It is a highly recommended compilation if you can find it. It features a TON of original tracks. In fact, this is one of the rare cover versions found on the disc. Awesome stuff.

23. Chillaz-Clint Frostwood

Is it kind of cheating to pick a song that is a cover version of TWO songs? This comes from the annual Kevin and Bean Christmas collections (Swallow My Eggnog for this track) and I have yet to find a version of Frosty the Snowman that is more satisfying than this.

24. The Ricketts-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Yet another track from my favorite compilation of late: Get Thee Behind Me, Santa

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