Elton John's Christmas Party

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Elton John's Christmas Party
Compilation album (Christmas) by Various Artists
Released November 10, 2005
October 10, 2006 (re-release)
Genre Christmas
Length 75:12 (2005)
53:21 (2006)
Label Hear Music (2005)
Hip-O (2006)
Producer Elton John, Merck Mercuriadis, Marty Maidenberg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Elton John's Christmas Party is a Christmas-themed compilation album from British singer-songwriter Elton John.[2] It features his 1973 Christmas single, "Step into Christmas", and a new duet with Joss Stone, "Calling It Christmas". According to John's introduction in the liner notes, as opposed to doing an album of his versions of already famous songs, he chose to do a compilation with some of his favorite holiday songs by other artists.

Release and re-release[edit]

It was initially released exclusively to Hear Music outlets in Starbucks coffee shops on November 10, 2005; the sales campaign pledged to donate two dollars from every sale to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The following year, on October 10, 2006, the album was re-released to the general market; however, six songs were omitted from the new release.

The Pet Shop Boys song "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" was originally released in 1997 to members of their fan club, and was not available anywhere else prior to this release.

Original track listing[edit]

  1. "Step into Christmas" – Elton John
  2. "Feliz Navidad" – El Vez
  3. "Frosty the Snowman" – The Ronettes
  4. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" – Bruce Springsteen
  5. "The Man with All the Toys" – The Beach Boys
  6. "A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)" – The Flaming Lips
  7. "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" – Pet Shop Boys
  8. "Spotlight on Christmas" – Rufus Wainwright
  9. "Jingle Bell Rock" – The Ventures
  10. "Run Rudolph Run" – Chuck Berry
  11. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" – The Crystals
  12. "Playa's Ball" – OutKast
  13. "Merry Christmas Baby" – Otis Redding
  14. "Christmas Island" – Jimmy Buffett
  15. "St. Patrick's Day" – John Mayer
  16. "Please Come Home for Christmas" – Eagles
  17. "Christmas Must Be Tonight" – The Band
  18. "2000 Miles" – The Pretenders
  19. "December Will Be Magic Again" – Kate Bush
  20. "New Year's Day" – U2
  21. "Calling It Christmas" – Elton John and Joss Stone

2006 track listing[edit]

  1. "Step into Christmas" – Elton John
  2. "Feliz Navidad" – El Vez
  3. "The Man with All the Toys" – The Beach Boys
  4. "A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)" – The Flaming Lips
  5. "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" – Pet Shop Boys
  6. "Spotlight on Christmas" – Rufus Wainwright
  7. "Jingle Bell Rock" – The Ventures
  8. "Run Rudolph Run" – Chuck Berry
  9. "Merry Christmas Baby" – Otis Redding
  10. "Christmas Island" – Jimmy Buffett
  11. "Christmas Must Be Tonight" – The Band
  12. "2000 Miles" – The Pretenders
  13. "December Will Be Magic Again" – Kate Bush
  14. "New Year's Day" – U2
  15. "Calling It Christmas" – Elton John and Joss Stone

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