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Any Major Christmas Pop Vol. 2

December 18th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Any Major Christmas Pop Vol. 2

I posted much of this mix six years ago, and several people have asked me to re-post the 2008 compilation. This isn’t the exact same mix, but what I hope is an improved version. Some tracks on the old mix have been used on others since, and a few songs included now are much better than those they replace.

The Beatles song comes from a 1968 recording for their fan club. It’s not quite in the class of, say, Strawberry Fields, but it is The Beatles, singing an original Christmas song most people have not heard.

Six years ago I suggested that Rosie Thomas’ Why Can’t It Be Christmas All Year, then newly released, should become a Christmas pop standard. That hasn’t happened, though it still should. In fact, she has released only one album since her lovely A Very Rosie Christmas, partly owing to illness. Spresad the word about the song; it really is great.

Neil Diamond’s Christmas song is a bit unusual: it riffs on titles from his songs, from Cherry Cherry to the wonderful Amazing Grace in 2005.

This is the 17th Christmas mix I’ve posted. Here are the previous 16 in one pic. Find them all HERE or look at the end of the post for the individual links.

Xmas gallery

As always, CD-R length, home-wrapped covers, PW the same as every time.

Here’s wishing you a merry Christmas; see you in the New Year. I will be out of here until January 8.

1. Twisted Sister – Deck The Halls (2006)
2. Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime (1997)
3. Manic Street Preachers – Last Christmas (live) (2003)
4. Rosie Thomas – Why Can’t It Be Christmas All Year? (2008)
5. The Temptations – This Christmas (1980)
6. The Jackson Five – Give Love On Christmas Day (1968)
7. Take 6 – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1999)
8. Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darling (1970)
9. She & Him – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (2011)
10. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas (2002)
11. The Weepies – All That I Want (2003)
12. Neil Diamond – Cherry Cherry Christmas (2009)
13. Chris Isaak – Christmas On TV (2004)
14. El Vez – Santa Claus Is Sometimes Brown (2000)
15. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1985)
16. Dana – It’s Gonna Be A Cold Christmas (1975)
17. B.B. Jeans & the Bobby Sox – Here Comes Santa Claus (1963)
18. Koko Taylor – Merry, Merry Christmas (1992)
19. Nicole Atkins – Blue Christmas (2008)
20. Chris Rea – I’m Driving Home (1985)
21. They Might Be Giants – Santa’s Beard (1988)
22. Weezer – Christmas Celebration (2000)
23. Sufjan Stevens – Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance! (2003)
24. The Beatles – Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1968)

GET IT!

 

CHRISTMAS MIXES WITH WORKING LINKS:
The Christmas Originals
Any Major Christmas Pop Vol. 1
Any Major Rhythm & Blues Christmas
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 1
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 2
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 3
Christmas In Black & White Vol. 1
Christmas In Black & White Vol. 2
Christmas In Black & White Vol. 3

Christmas Mix, Not For Mother
Any Major X-Mas Mix
Any Major Smooth Christmas Vol. 1
Any Major Smooth Christmas Vol. 2
Any Major Country Christmas Vol. 1
Any Major Country Christmas Vol. 2
Any Major Acoustic Christmas
Song Swarm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

 

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  1. GarthJeff
    December 18th, 2014 at 20:37 | #1

    Hi AMD, Just please let me say MANY THANKS for all your efforts on this fantastic site. As a music collector myself, I can see all the massive amount of EFFORT, LOVE and DEDICATION you spend in preparing and compiling each compilation, story and list for each week. Then each song and finding it’s own label tag, etc. On and on and….. Thank You!!! It’s Appreciated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbbnMXZLPHk

  2. ralphdibny
    December 19th, 2014 at 02:16 | #2

    THANK YOU! These are fantastic, and I look forward to enjoying for many Xmases Yet To Come.

  3. Matt
    December 19th, 2014 at 06:24 | #3

    It seems redundant to come here every week and thank you for your efforts, but just know that every week, I am grateful for your efforts. Especially your Christmas sets, which are always joys. Best of the holiday season to you and yours. Looking forward to having you back in 2015.

  4. halfhearteddude
    December 19th, 2014 at 10:02 | #4

    Matt, it really is not redundant. We bloggers live for comments.

    Thanks all for your lovely comments!

  5. lemonflag
    December 20th, 2014 at 04:35 | #5

    With all you do sometimes errors can creep in.
    Track 17 Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans.
    Thanks.

  6. December 20th, 2014 at 08:47 | #6

    Great compilation as ever. Enjoy your holiday Dude. I enjoy mine in Sri Lanka now.

  7. Bucho3000
    December 21st, 2014 at 21:29 | #7

    Love what you do! Thanks Again!!!

  8. Lulu
    December 26th, 2014 at 14:47 | #8

    Hello, could I please You for re-up of “Any Major Christmas Carols” PLEASE – this is from 11 december and link is not working :(

  9. Matt
    December 30th, 2014 at 02:36 | #9

    I’m realizing (listening to this album over and over) that the thing I enjoy most about your collections is that European pop influence that I’m just clueless about. So when you feature Dana, for example, I not only get a terrific Christmas song, but I learn for the first time about an artist with a massive body of work. So thanks again!

  10. dogbreath
    January 1st, 2015 at 23:36 | #10

    A very tasty Christmas concoction, for which many thanks. Looking forward to more musical morsels in 2015 – which reminds me: Happy New Year!

  11. halfhearteddude
    January 1st, 2015 at 23:45 | #11

    And happy new year to you too.

  12. October 21st, 2015 at 22:47 | #12

    In case anyone cares…I was listening to this today, and I noticed that Bruce’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is tagged as being the single version. It’s not; it’s from the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, on New Year’s Eve 1980. (The single version was also recorded on Long Island, but on December 12, 1975 at CW Post College.)

  13. halfhearteddude
    October 22nd, 2015 at 06:59 | #13

    Thanks for that info.

  14. October 23rd, 2015 at 22:06 | #14

    @halfhearteddude
    Also, the song listed as “Santa’s Beard” by TMBG is actually “When I Get Home For Christmas” by Snow Patrol.

    Really good mix. Of the stuff I didn’t know, my favorites were the Sufjan and the El Vez.

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