Christmas Kind of Town [10 Tracks]

Christmas Kind of Town [10 Tracks]

by Marah
     
 

On the surface Marah might not seem the likeliest band to do a Christmas record. They seem so tough and hard-bitten most of the time. Then after some thought you realize that they have exactly the kind of heart of gold it takes to deliver a good holiday record. And indeed A Christmas Kind of Town is a wonderful holiday album. On it theSee more details below

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On the surface Marah might not seem the likeliest band to do a Christmas record. They seem so tough and hard-bitten most of the time. Then after some thought you realize that they have exactly the kind of heart of gold it takes to deliver a good holiday record. And indeed A Christmas Kind of Town is a wonderful holiday album. On it the band tackles Yuletide nuggets, throw in a few great originals, and tie it together with a bunch of cute and silly interludes. On the classic front, they turn in a suitably sweet "Christmas Time Is Here," give "Silver Bells" a heart-tugging doo wop treatment, romp through a loose "Holly Jolly Christmas" with suitably square backing vocals, wobble through a boozy "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with guest vocalist Christine Smith, careen wildly through "Auld Lange Syne" like a partly sober Pogues, and imbue "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with some late-night blues. Impressive stuff but the originals are even better. "New York Is a Christmas Kind of Town" is a laid-back tune with cute-as-pie lyrics and a melt-in-your-mouth delivery. You can close your eyes and almost hear somebody like Dean Martin belting it out on a holiday special. "Counting the Days ('Til Christmas)" is a bounding near-polka singalong with accordions, sleigh bells, and a lovely vocal bridge, and "Christmas with the Snow" is a light-as-fresh-snow rocker with female lead vocals by the Shalitas and the kind of melody that you want to give to everyone on your Xmas list. All three songs sound like they should be future Christmas classics for bands to cover in 20 years. Hopefully enough people will hear this utterly heartwarming and joyous album to make that a possibility

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457210424
catalogNumber:
2104

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Tracks

  1. Curtain Rises (Intro)  -  Marah
  2. Christmas Time Is Here  -  Marah
  3. New York Is a Christmas Kind of Town  -  Marah
  4. Baby It's Cold Outside  -  Marah
  5. Boozing It Up with Friends (Skit)  -  Marah
  6. Holly Jolly Christmas  -  Marah
  7. Here We Come a Wassailing (#1)  -  Marah
  8. Christmas Time's a Comin'  -  Marah
  9. Let It Snow  -  Marah
  10. Quithmith Pudding (Skit)  -  Marah
  11. Counting the Days ('Til Christmas)  -  Marah
  12. Here We Come a Wassailing (#2)  -  Marah
  13. Silver Bells  -  Marah
  14. Christmas with the Snow  -  Marah
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas  -  Marah
  16. Handsome Santa  -  Marah
  17. Auld Lang Syne  -  Marah
  18. Here We Come a Wassailing (#3)  -  Marah
  19. Curtain Call (Outro)  -  Marah
  20. Counting the Days, A Christmas Polka  -  Marah

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marah   Primary Artist
Gregory Wilson   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping,Group Member
Christine Smith   Piano,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
David Bielanko   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Horn,Vocals,Xylophone,Bells,Group Member
Adam Garbinski   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Serge Bielanko   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Bells,Group Member
Dave Petersen   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Greg Wilson   Background Vocals
Monica Bielanko   Vocals,Group Member
Ahneeta Shalita   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Kazual Shalita   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Lowlita Shalita   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Kirk Henderson   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Background Vocals,Xylophone,Bells,Mellotron,Music Box,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Larry Anderson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Red Simpson   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Dave A. Harris   Mastering
Ralph Blane   Composer
Paul Dickman   Management
Traditional   Composer
David Bielanko   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Serge Bielanko   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Andy Roony   Author
Melissa Ulto   Cover Photo
Peter Wark   Executive Producer
Kirk Henderson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer

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