A Christmas Kind of Town [10 Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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: 634457210424
  • Catalog Number: 2104

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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