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Various Artists - Six Degrees Collection: Christmas Remixed-Holiday

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
10/21/2003
Artist
Various Artists
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Six Degrees
Duration
00:47:31

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There will probably not be a better new Christmas album this year than this one -- and there may not be a better one for many years. Just when you thought that nothing new or interesting could be done with the hoary old chestnuts that your parents played over and over on the hi-fi every Christmas season throughout your childhood, the ever-intrepid Six Degrees label has come up with this brilliant idea: take classic recordings of Christmas songs by Andy Williams, Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong and hand them over to a motley crew of DJs, turntablists, and producers with carte blanche to fold, spindle, and mutilate as they see fit. The result, as you might expect, is a complete blast. Highlights include Dan the Automator's wheels-of-steel deconstruction of Dean Martin's recording of "Jingle Bells," an acid jazz take on Kay Starr's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Stuhr, and Mocean Worker's lustrous, joyful setting of the Cathedral Brass' performance of "Joy to the World." That last track, in fact, is a perfect example of what makes this album more than just cute or funny: everyone involved treats the source material with respect and affection, making it both joyfully funky and funkily joyful. This is very highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

1) It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams (04:08)
2) Happy Holiday - Bing Crosby (03:17)
3) Jingle Bells - Dean Martin (02:47)
4) I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Kay Starr (03:22)
5) Joy to the World - Cathedral Brass and Choir (04:04)
6) Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mercer (03:42)
7) Merry Christmas, Baby - Charles Brown (04:57)
8) The Nutcracker Suite - Berlin Symphony Orchestra (04:16)
9) Baby, It's Cold Outside - Louis Armstrong / Velma Middleton / Louis Armstrong Symphony Orchestra (04:10)
10) Jingle Bells - Duke Ellington (03:50)
11) The First Noel - Bing Crosby (05:14)
12) The Christmas Song - Mel Tormé (03:44)

Album
Six Degrees Collection: Christmas Remixed-Holiday
Publisher
Fontana Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Six Degrees Collection: Christmas Remixed-Holiday | Various Artists