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Format: CD
Sku: 209027514
UPC: 602517819665
UPC 14: 00602517819665
Release Date: 9/23/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Good Morning Blues [The Real Tuesday Weld Clerkenwell Remix] - Count Basie ~ Various Artists
2. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? [The Heavy Remix] - Louis Armstrong ~ Various Artists
3. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? [Mangini vs. Pallin Remix] - Ella Fitzgerald ~ Various Artists
4. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm [Yesking Remix] - Billie Holiday ~ Various Artists
5. What A Wonderful World [The Orb Remix] - Louis Armstrong ~ Various Artists
6. Winter Wonderland [Christian Prommer Remix] - Shirley Horn ~ Various Artists
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [Oh No Remix] - Jimmy Smith ~ Various Artists
8. I Am Blessed [Wax Tailor Remix] - Nina Simone ~ Various Artists
9. Silent Night [Brazilian Girls Remix] - Dinah Washington ~ Various Artists
10. Christmas Song [Sonny J Remix], The - Mel Torm? ~ Various Artists
11. Chilly Winds Don't Blow [Fink Remix] - Nina Simone ~ Various Artists
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote What makes a classic Christmas song work is that, even as we change and the world changes, it stays the same, popping up each year during the holiday season steady and sure, providing a kind of thread to holidays past, an example of perceived nostalgia at its most powerful. Messing with that emotional nostalgia is a tricky thing, which is why this set of holiday classics remixed by various producers and DJs walks a thin line between delightful surprise and what-were-they-thinking disaster. When things work here, they work surprisingly well, bringing a fresh sonic perspective to songs that might seem immutable. Ella Fitzgerald's "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" becomes a joyous cacophony in its Mangini vs. Pallin mix, while a pair of Nina Simone gems, "I Am Blessed," remixed by Wax Tailor, and "Chilly Winds," remixed by Fink, collect a haunting atmospheric power in their new versions, although it is still Simone's singing that carries things. On the other hand, the Brazilian Girls remix of Dinah Washington's version of "Silent Night" fails to take into account the song itself, which is, after all, about a kind of joyous silence, and amped up like this, it just sounds wrong. Yesking's remix of Billie Holiday's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" suffers a similar fate. It's initially interesting to hear Holiday's voice set against a reggae rhythm, but by the end of the song, it's just plain odd and disorienting to hear her presented this way. Sometimes classics are classics because that's what they are. Changing them just weakens the foundation. Still, there are some fun mixes here, and if none of them are likely to replace their original versions (which are available in a separate Verve release, by the way, and it's interesting to compare the two discs), there is still plenty of joy and good cheer in most of them. ~ Steve Leggett

Producer: Todd C. Roberts; Dahlia Ambach Caplin

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/23/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B001184902
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517819665

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
(p.103)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]ome of the remixes work extremely well, especially Shirley Horn's 'Winter Wonderland.'"

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