Friday, December 01, 2006

Sweeping The Nation Covermount 3: A Very Sweeping Christmas

Again, thanks to everyone who downloaded and enjoyed the first two covermounts. For everyone who missed it the properly ace Be My Babies (featuring another Christmas song, lest we overlook) is being reuploaded today for one last retro wallow opportunity while the no lesser Reasons To Be Cheerful should be active for a couple more weeks. Oh, and don't forget Songs To Learn And Sing is fully downloadable for at least a week yet.

To festive business, and yes, of course it's a compilation of Christmas songs. What did you expect? You'll notice there's so many, 43 making the final cut, that we've had to extend it to a double even after we came up with a rule - nothing is allowed on these compilations that is on either of the three CD versions of the major annually repackaged collections, Christmas Hits and Now That's What I Call Xmas. It does mean we've lost Stop The Cavalry, Little Saint Nick and 2000 Miles, but as with everything else on those you'll overhear them over the course of the next 24 days anyway. No, we're going towards the less traditional, from odd one-offs to songs that don't actually have that much to do with Christmas. So, two ZIP files the contents of which will fit snugly onto a proper CDR, download by clicking on 'Free' at the bottom of the first screen and then waiting for the download ticket. And happy holidays!

A Very Sweeping Christmas 1
A Very Sweeping Christmas 2


Arcade Fire And Friends - Jinglebell Rock (from an initially privately circulated 2002 EP. Don't expect later levels of greatness)
Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland (from XFM's currently out of print It's A Cool Cool Christmas)
Low - Just Like Christmas (Christmas)
Joy Zipper - Christmas Song (American Whip
Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad (Feliz Navidad
Bright Eyes - God Red Ye Merry Gentlemen (A Christmas Album, not available in the UK)
Beck - Little Drum Machine Boy (Just Say Noel)
Big Star - Jesus Christ (Third/Sister Lovers)
Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again (not currently available as far as we know)
Belle & Sebastian - O Come, All Ye Faithful (Peel session)
Rufus Wainwright - Spotlight On Christmas (Maybe This Christmas Too)
Randy Newman - Christmas In Cape Town (Trouble In Paradise)
The Three Wise Men (XTC) - Thanks For Christmas (Rag & Bone Buffet: Rarities & Out-Takes)
The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song (The OC Mix Vol. 3 - Have A Very Merry Chrismukkah)
Snow Patrol - When I Get Home for Christmas (It's A Cool Cool Christmas)
Fountains of Wayne - I Want An Alien For Christmas (1997 single)
The White Stripes - Candy Cane Children (2002 7" single)
The Wedding Present - Step Into Christmas (Hit Parade Vol. 2)
Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas (It's A Cool Cool Christmas)
The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) (Hey Ho Let's Go: Ramones Anthology
No Doubt - Oi To The World (A Very Special Christmas Vol. 3)
The Fall - No Xmas For John Quays (Live At The Witch Trials)
The Long Blondes - Christmas Is Cancelled (2003 single)


Joseph Spence - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Must Be Santa) (Joseph Spence was a Bahamian blues guitarist cited as an influence by Ry Cooder and John Renbourn. Little of this is evident here.)
Ronettes - Sleigh Ride (A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector)
Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! (Songs For Christmas)
Cocteau Twins - Frosty The Snowman (Lullabies To Violaine Vol. 2)
Saint Etienne - I Was Born On Christmas Day (Too Young to Die: the Singles Collection 1991-1995)
Pet Shop Boys - It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas (Elton John's Christmas Party)
James Brown - Go Power At Christmas Time (Funky Christmas)
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Christmas Everyday (A Christmas Present From Tamla Motown Vol. 1)
Peter Broggs - Twelve Days Of Christmas (Trojan Christmas Box Set)
Lauren Laverne - In the Bleak Midwinter (It's A Cool Cool Christmas)
Darlene Love - Winter Wonderland (A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector)
Ben Folds - Bizarre Christmas Incident (Maybe This Christmas)
De La Soul - Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa (De La Soul Is Dead)
The Walkmen - Christmas Party (2004 single)
Rilo Kiley - Xmas Cake (Maybe This Christmas Too)
Okkervil River - Listening To Otis Redding At Home During Christmas (Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See)
Mew - She Came Home For Christmas (Frengers)
Half Man Half Biscuit - It's Clichéd To Be Cynical At Christmas (Trouble Over Bridgwater)
The Flaming Lips - White Christmas (Demo For Tom Waits) (It's A Cool Cool Christmas)
Coldplay - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (for a 2002 KROQ LA compilation)


Anonymous said...

Very good chaps, very good indeed in fact

Matt said...
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Matt said...

Sorry, I've got the download ticket to work now. Not the download itself, but it's late and so a small victory will suffice for now.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for these!

Chris Brown said...

That Kate Bush track is on her box set This Woman's Work. Which costs £80, but you never know. And the Fountains of Wayne track is on their B-sides compilation.

There used to be a double CD of the Wedding Present's Hit Parade but it looks like it's deleted now. Shame.

Mr Rossy said...

Wow, this xmas list looks bloody brilliant, good work !!
Glad to have stumbled across your wonderful site, have put a link on my blog for you !!


Anonymous said...

you just made my christmas party. thanks!!!

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