Various Artists - It's Not Like Christmas

It's Not Like Christmas

Various Artists

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Album 18 tracks £9.99
Download Album (mp3) 18 tracks £7.99
Download individual tracks   from £0.99

Description

Various Artists - It's Not Like Christmas

With Phil Spector somewhat pre-occupied, your friends at Izumi Records have only gone and updated the Christmas Album for the modern music lover. The idea was naturally hatched at a BBQ at the height of summer and a few short months later 'It's Not Like Christmas’ has arrived!

All the profits from album sales will go directly to support the work of the charity Shelter (www.shelter.org.uk) in preventing the damage that bad housing causes and trying to ensure that as many people as possible have suitable, decent and affordable homes.

Featuring exclusive tracks from 17 artists including Duke Special, Duels, David Ford, The Joseph & Mary Envelopes, El Perro Del Mar and Amusement Parks On Fire the album is a combination of original material and a few tasty re-workings of some Christmas classics.



For the cover lovers 747s skillfully negotiate the Elvis' ‘Blue Christmas,’ The Late Greats doff a silk lined hammer to Phil Spector’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ and Duels deploy the epic button and let loose storming ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’

Curled up in a cosy ball in front of the fire you can also find some a few sneaky collaborations with the princess of most things brilliant Emmy The Great sharing vocal duties on 'Christmas in Prison' with Dev Test Icicle and Duke Spirits' Leila Moss fairy crop dusting Amusement Parks On Fires' 'The Day It Snowed.'



Duke Special and David Ford got together and wrote the beautiful 'Of Whoredon & Falconry' especially for the project. A ballad for Christmas Eve sent across the Irish Sea from Lewes To Belfast.

Elsewhere The Futureheads, Field Music, The Golden Virgins and the always skill Kathryn Williams join forces to form The Joseph & Mary Chain who's version of 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' is the brandy butter on the pud.

Like any family Christmas 'It's Not Like Christmas' is an eclectic mix of drunken uncles and hyper kids. Most of all though it's a record that is full of surprises, heart and just the right sprinkling of fun.

Reviews

It's Not Like Christmas
Old chestnuts get roasted like never been before as Amazing Pilots wade into White Christmas. The gulping sound in the background must be Bing Crosby choking on his pipe. Matt Harding's Purple Snowflakes takes the edge off the cold snap, while David Ford's 'Have Yourself A Bittter Little Christmas' takes frank Sinatra at his own word. All proceeds go to Shelter
★★★★ (Four Stars)
Gavin Martin
Daily Mirror

It's Not Like Christmas
That rare thing, a great Christmas record, this album lets its contributors make merry with cover versions and original songs. The 12 Days of Christmas, performed by a supergroup including Kathryn Williams, Futureheads and Field Music, captures precisely why the project works. At once informed by a warm fidelity and a spirit of anarchy, the track hurtles thrillingly towards its denouement. Other highlights include Duels.. sinister reading of Do You Hear What I Hear? and El Perro del Mar's overwrought Oh! What a Christmas. Minuteman's cover of Wham!'s Last Christmas flirts with feyness before luring the song into a very dark place indeed. Best of all is Of Whoredom and Falconry, by Duke Special and David Ford, which sends a chill up the spine, as all great Christmas songs should. It..s available on iTunes from Wednesday and in stores on December 13; all royalties go to Shelter.

Four stars

The Sunday Times

El Perro Del Mar
“Oh! What a Christmas”


Back in my heavy Santa Claus phase, the yuletide carols blasting from my mom's Wagoneer wanted to be symphonies. Julie Andrews saw three ships, and her voice would ascend, angelic, from sprawling Hollywood-via-Lawrence-Welk fanfares. I love the idea that someday the songs my kids grow up hearing will opt for being Phil Spector teenage symphonies instead. Like Tralala's "Christmas Never Comes When You're Alone" last year, El Perro Del Mar's new spirit-brightener opens with the "Be My Baby" beat, then bursts into jingle bells and girl choirs. "Oh, how long it was/ Haven't had a kiss since Christmas," Swedish singer-songwriter Sarah Assbring sings, with her usual melancholy. A shit ton of choruses, a simple horn riff building to a ba-ba-ba coda, and there's not much else to it. "Oh! What a Christmas" certainly won't displace Dame Julie in my heart, but it brings some of the requisite warm fuzzies.

Pitchfork

Tracklisting

CD Album (IZCD001)
  1. Duels - Do You Hear What I Hear?
  2. Iain Archer - Little Drummer Boy
  3. David Ford - Have Yourself A Bitter Little Christmas
  4. The Late Greats - Sleigh Ride
  5. Ingo Star Cruiser ft. Gaby Fröden - Just Like Christmas
  6. Amusement Parks On Fire ft. Leila Moss - The Day It Snowed
  7. Duke Special and David Ford - Of Whoredom and Falconry
  8. Emmy The Great ft. Lightspeed Champion - Christmas In Prison
  9. 747s - Blue Christmas
  10. Amazing Pilots - White Christmas
  11. Swimming - In Dulci Jubilo
  12. The Joseph and Mary Chain - The Twelve Days Of Christmas
  13. Minuteman - Last Christmas
  14. Envelopes - Pink Christmas
  15. El Perro Del Mar - Oh! What A Christmas
  16. Electric Soft Parade - The Friday Before Christmas
  17. Matt Harding - Purple Snowflakes
  18. Sketches For Albinos - Let It Snow
Download Album (IZCD001)
  1. Duels - Do You Hear What I Hear?
  2. Iain Archer - Little Drummer Boy (Black Forest Version)
  3. David Ford - Have Yourself A Bitter Little Christmas
  4. The Late Greats - Sleigh Ride
  5. Ingo Star Cruiser ft. Gaby Fröden - Just Like Christmas
  6. Amusement Parks On Fire ft. Leila Moss - The Day It Snowed
  7. Duke Special and David Ford - Of Whoredom and Falconry
  8. Emmy The Great ft. Lightspeed Champion - Christmas In Prison
  9. 747s - Blue Christmas
  10. Amazing Pilots - White Christmas
  11. Swimming - In Dulci Jubilo
  12. The Joseph and Mary Chain - The Twelve Days Of Christmas
  13. Minuteman - Last Christmas
  14. Envelopes - Pink Christmas
  15. El Perro Del Mar - Oh! What A Christmas
  16. Electric Soft Parade - The Friday Before Christmas
  17. Matt Harding - Purple Snowflakes
  18. Sketches For Albinos - Let It Snow

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Do You Hear What I Hear? 4m 20s £0.99
2 Little Drummer Boy (Black Forest Version) 4m 2s £0.99
3 Have Yourself A Bitter Little Christmas 2m 34s £0.99
4 Sleigh Ride 2m 41s £0.99
5 Just Like Christmas 3m 56s £0.99
6 The Day It Snowed 4m 9s £0.99
7 Of Whoredom and Falconry 2m 19s N/A N/A
8 Christmas In Prison 3m 16s £0.99
9 Blue Christmas 2m 16s £0.99
10 White Christmas 3m 30s £0.99
11 In Dulci Jubilo 4m 5s £0.99
12 The Twelve Days Of Christmas 4m 11s N/A N/A
13 Last Christmas 5m 6s £0.99
14 Pink Christmas 4m 10s £0.99
15 Oh! What A Christmas 3m 7s £0.99
16 The Friday Before Christmas 3m 43s £0.99
17 Purple Snowflakes 4m 3s £0.99
18 Let It Snow 5m 27s £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (18 tracks) £7.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME using the '--preset extreme' VBR setting, providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.