BN.com Gift Guide

Holidays!

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The Nuevo-polka maestros in Brave Combo have never shied away from concept albums, and Holidays! is as audacious as they come. A chronological salute to celebrations throughout the year, the 19 tracks encompass days religious and civic, from Hanukkah to Mardi Gras to St. Patrick’s, Presidents’, and Groundhog Days. Of course, they deliver each song in a different style, from polka to New Orleans second line to some Tex-Mex for Cinco de Mayo. “April Fool” limns a loser’s way with the day, a laugh-an-hour saga of smuggling fake bombs through airports and panhandling, set to a rascally jump-jazz number. Half the fun is seeing where Brave Combo will go: The bouncy synth pop...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (1) from $4.00   
  • Used (1) from $4.00   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$4.00
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(305)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Like New
11/08/2005 CD Fine

Ships from: Omaha, NE

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The Nuevo-polka maestros in Brave Combo have never shied away from concept albums, and Holidays! is as audacious as they come. A chronological salute to celebrations throughout the year, the 19 tracks encompass days religious and civic, from Hanukkah to Mardi Gras to St. Patrick’s, Presidents’, and Groundhog Days. Of course, they deliver each song in a different style, from polka to New Orleans second line to some Tex-Mex for Cinco de Mayo. “April Fool” limns a loser’s way with the day, a laugh-an-hour saga of smuggling fake bombs through airports and panhandling, set to a rascally jump-jazz number. Half the fun is seeing where Brave Combo will go: The bouncy synth pop of “I’m Bunny Rabbit” forms the background for a paranoid rabbit’s musings about the surreality of Easter (“It’s a real weird job that makes no sense”), while “Mama Pushed Me Out” sets the amps to 11 for the most violent Mother’s Day song ever recorded. Not just for grown-ups, this hysterical catalog will be irresistible to kids, as well – Holidays! really is fun the whole year long.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661906921
  • Catalog Number: 9069

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brave Combo Primary Artist
Jeffrey Barnes Clarinet, Flute, Harmonica, Bass Clarinet, Fife, Glockenspiel, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Human Whistle, EWI, sleigh bells, Kaba Gaida, Group Member
Joe Cripps Percussion
Milo Deering Fiddle, Mandolin, Steel Guitar
Carl Finch Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Bubba Hernandez Acoustic Guitar, Tuba, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Alan Emert Drums, Group Member
Danny O'Brien Trumpet, Vocals, Washboard, Group Member
Danny Valdez Background Vocals
Rob Avsharian Drums
Larry King Background Vocals
Annagrey LaBasse Background Vocals
Mireya Mata Background Vocals
Stephanie Nadolny Background Vocals
Nina "Rita Rock" Peters Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Barry Young Engineer
Carl Finch Producer
Ed Johnson Engineer
David Giangiulio Engineer
Larry King Producer
Larry W. King Liner Notes
Tom Cusic Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A playful phantasm of foolish and often frenetic festivity

    Playing Time – 53:55 -- When Brave Combo first formed in 1979 in Denton, Texas, they were called a New Wave polka band. However, a quarter century later, they’ve proven they are much more. Your hear influences of country, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, surf, blues, Celtic, Tex-Mex, Latin, Klezmer, big band, and salsa in their music. And there’s a good measure of the novelty element too. So that explains Brave Combo’s moniker and cryptic genre, but it’s really not that baffling. Behind the scenes, I suspect that the band is very serious about their tunes. It shows in their arrangements and musicianship. For us, music is a rather personal thing, and we usually listen to it for enjoyment and stimulation. “Holidays!” succeeds because there’s something for everyone. Brave Combo’s prime directive is to "break down people's perceptions about what's cool to like in music…. to shake up people's ideas about what they label hip, or right or wrong." They also say that acceptance of polka and other dance rhythms can help bring about world peace. If people start dancing together, they’ll also learn to respect each other's cultures too. So put your inhibitions and restraints aside…Get up and cut a rug. “Holidays!” gives us a fun, chronological journey through our favorite days of the year. They begin with “Auld Lang Syne” and “New Year’s Polka,” then take us through 19 cuts to “Mambo in a Brand New Year.” But what happened to Martin Luther King Day in January? That’s one of my favorite winter days off from work. Hey guys, it’s not too late to pen a song called “MLK Porter,” a tribute to the homebrewed beer that was started in a friend’s garage that day. And where is the tribute to Veteran’s Day? How P.C. is it to jump right from Halloween (“Vampire Twist”) to “Thanksgiving Day.” While definitely eccentric, they have built a legion of fans who like the outlandish with a grooving, danceable beat. Dr. Demento would appreciate them too. The package includes Larry King’s liner notes about making the CD. As producer of the TM Comedy Central Network, he was on the lookout for good original songs that met their criteria for morning radio shows. Brave Combo is Jeffrey Barnes, Alan Emert, Carl Finch, Bubba Hernandez, and Danny O’Brien. Guests on Holidays! include Rob Avsharian, Joe Cripps, Milo Deering, and a whole host of background singers. With over a dozen albums out on the Rounder label, Holidays! is a playful phantasm of foolish and often frenetic festivity. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews