Maybe This Christmas Tree

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Maybe This Christmas Tree -- the third installment in what's become an annual tradition of indie-pop holiday treats -- starts with a bang, as the two dozen or so members of the Polyphonic Spree give John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas War Is Over" all the anthemic power it deserves. The song is a joy, as is the rest of this pleasantly diverse collection of tunes, most of them previously unreleased. Although Denmark's Raveonettes and Belasana a side project of members of the Juliana Theory and Sense Field offer original Christmas songs, the focus this time is on covers and updates of traditional holiday carols. Death Cab for Cutie turn in a lovely rendition of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Maybe This Christmas Tree -- the third installment in what's become an annual tradition of indie-pop holiday treats -- starts with a bang, as the two dozen or so members of the Polyphonic Spree give John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas War Is Over" all the anthemic power it deserves. The song is a joy, as is the rest of this pleasantly diverse collection of tunes, most of them previously unreleased. Although Denmark's Raveonettes and Belasana a side project of members of the Juliana Theory and Sense Field offer original Christmas songs, the focus this time is on covers and updates of traditional holiday carols. Death Cab for Cutie turn in a lovely rendition of the Phil Spector classic "Christmas Baby Please Come Home," the song's bittersweet desperation suiting them well. Although Royal Crown Revue bounce through a lively, retro-swing version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" and Copeland spike "Do You Hear What I Hear?" with electronic beats, many of the highlights come in the quieter ballads: Pedro the Lion's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," Tom McRae's version of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," and Ivy's breathy cover of the "Peanuts" theme "Christmas Time Is Here." Maybe This Christmas Tree has nary a misstep: It's a perfect accompaniment for a late-evening eggnog, and as an added gift, part of the proceeds go to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Nettwerk's Maybe This Christmas albums are starting to become tradition, not to mention that they keep getting better and better. Maybe This Christmas Tree picks up where Maybe This Christmas, Too left off in 2003 and introduces a new cast of indie rock and pop
ock favorites for another enjoyable holiday listen. Artists such as Pedro the Lion and Lisa Loeb do their own renditions of traditional Christmas carols while English singer/songwriter Tom McRae, swing revivalists Royal Crown Revue, and Jars of Clay cover classics by other artists. Death Cab for Cutie's charming sweetness of the Phil Spector treasure "Christmas Baby Please Come Home" goes out to all the indie rock kids. It was previously unavailable and exclusively recorded for this collection just like "Christmas Time Was Here" by Ivy. The indie pop outfit honors the Vince Guaraldi standard while dressing it up just a bit with Dominique Durand's warm vocal delight and Andy Chase's lilting string arrangements. The neo-psychedelic pop commune, the Polyphonic Spree reveres the John Lennon holiday hit "Happy Xmas War Is Over" for a lovable holiday moment while the Raveonettes include their digital special, the velvety Spector-esque charm of "The Christmas Song." Fans young and old should enjoy Maybe This Christmas Tree. It's definitely Nettwerk's finest yuletide compilation yet. Like the music, the artwork done by Orange County native Shag goes retro, adding to the overall classy cool package. A portion of the proceeds made from Maybe This Christmas Tree once again goes to Toys for Tots, a charity supported by the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003038027
  • Catalog Number: 30380
  • Sales rank: 394,498

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Gray Accordion
Dominique Durand Vocals
Zé Luis Conductor
Mel Davis Violin
Sarah Kishivevsky Violin
Laura Usiskin Cello
Emily Yaffe Viola
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Steve Weisberg Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Yoko Ono Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Lisa Loeb Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Eric Drew Feldman Producer
Jem Finer Composer
Brian Friedman Engineer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Shane MacGowan Composer
Louie Teran Mastering
Jars of Clay Producer
Pedro the Lion Arranger, Producer
Adam Schlesinger Producer
Shag Graphic Design
Dave Bassett Producer, Engineer
Joao Carvalho Producer
Zé Luis Producer, String Arrangements
Noel Regney Composer
Andy Chase Producer
Chris Evenson Composer, Producer, Engineer
Vance Powell Engineer
Geoff Sanoff Engineer
Brett Detar Composer, Producer, Engineer
Chris Walla Producer, Engineer
Tom McRae Producer
Sune Rose Wagner Composer, Producer
Aaron Marsh Producer
Monica Seide Producer
Mitch Dane Engineer
Speekers Producer
David Lee Bassett Arranger
Bryan Laurenson Producer
Lindi Vocal Arrangements
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