The Silver Bauble #6 - 18/11/18
My Desert Island Christmas Discs
by Nigel Morris

Now that the Christmas music TV and radio channels are on the air, it’s time to keep an eye out for those classics which means so much to us. Nigel Morris has told us his festive dozen.

1) Donny Hathaway - This Christmas: Great soulful song, its original and still sounds great! Seems to get forgotten about when people talk about Christmas songs which is a shame really.

2) Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song: The definitive classic christmas song that gets played loads during December and rightly so.

3) Wham - Last Christmas: It may be cheesy and full on 80's but it sounds good!

4) Boys II Men - Let It Snow: Great soulful christmas song and that doesn't get the credit it deserves.

5) Eagles - Please Come Home For Christmas: Much better than Bon Jovi's attempt in my opinion.

6) The O'Jays - I Can Hardly Wait For Christmas: From their 1991 Christmas album Home for Christmas - good song even better album, check it out!

7) Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas: Can't put my finger on why I like this song just do.

8) Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: Home Alone lead me to this song... enough said!

9) The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride: Reminds me of Christmas growing up thanks to Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift To You album

10) Dean Martin - Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!: Another Christmas classic that just so happens to be a crooner christmas classic!

11) Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas: Loved this song when growing up and the lyrics are very truthful: "till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn and I saw him through his disguise" - something all kids eventually find out...

12) Frankie Goes to Hollywood - The Power Of Love: I struggle to get my head around this being a Christmas song apart from the video but Christmas classic nonetheless.

Isn’t that a brilliant selection? How about you send in your favourites and your hidden classics? Send your dozen to linus@christmasuk.org and we’ll share them with the nation!

Album Review - Thys Yool - A Medieval Christmas by Martin Best Ensemble
by Colin McGregor

This the ultimate Christmas time capsule of festive music dating from between 1200 and 1582 brilliantly played on authentic instruments by this top-notch ensemble.

It feels like living history to hear music that was played more than 800 years ago, and you can imagine yourself wassailing with a cup of mulled cider or celebrating in one of the Royal Courts of England, France or Spain.

The hour-long CD is a four-part programme covering: Winter and Wassail, A Child is Born, Mary’s Son Goodwill on Earth and Rebirth.

There are detailed sleeve notes and translations if you want to studiously listen to the items, but the music also works as an unusual background (I’ve used it at business receptions to positive comments) and is a refreshing change from the muzak that often permeates our ears at this time of year.

If you are a fan of early music, you will love this CD if you’ve never listened to early music this is an excellent starting point.

Highly recommended.

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Label: Nimbus
ASIN: B0000037CJ

Until Next Time…

The UK is now in full-on festive mode as we approach December. Naturally we’ll be opening up the Christmas Jukebox Request Line as it was such a hit last year. Please send in your requests to linus@christmasuk.org and we’ll post them up! (If we can find them on YouTube…..) See you in Advent!

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