Wilde Winter Songbook

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Wilde Winter Songbook
Studio album by Kim Wilde
Released 11 November 2013
Genre Christmas
Length 39:01
Label Wildeflower Records,
Edel Music Germany
Kim Wilde chronology
Snapshots
(2011)
Wilde Winter Songbook
(2013)

Wilde Winter Songbook is the 13th studio album and the first Christmas CD by British singer Kim Wilde.

Background[edit]

The album consists of four Christmas classics, two cover versions and six new compositions. The album features duets with Nik Kershaw, Rick Astley, her husband Hal Fowler and her father Marty Wilde.[1]

The four Christmas classics on this album are "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Let It Snow", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Winter Wonderland", whereas the cover versions are "Winter Song", originally by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson (2008) and "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes (2008).

Kim Wilde's daughter, Rose Fowler, sings backing vocals on the song Hope.[2]

Promotion[edit]

Two videos, of the songs White Winter Hymnal and New Life, were created and uploaded to YouTube, showing Wilde and her brother and musicians in a recording studio.[3] She also appeared on Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 on November 8, 2013, where she performed White Winter Hymnal among other songs.[4]

Two more videos, for the original composition Hope and Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree were released in the following weeks, the latter poking fun at her infamous drunken train ride home the year before. In December 2012 Wilde was videotaped with mobile phones singing her hits Kids In America and Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree on the tube carriage while wearing "reindeer antlers after leaving a boozy festive party".[5] The video went viral on YouTube receiving more than two million views.[6] The promotion video re-enacts this scene showing Wilde on a train singing exactly the same song.

In December she did interviews for BBC Breakfast, performed Let It Snow on This Morning and performed Winter Wonderland on German television together with Rick Astley.

Tour[edit]

Four concerts took place for the Kim Wilde's Christmas Party tour in December 2013, including Saasveld (Netherlands), Bristol (UK), Birmingham (UK) and London (UK).[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Winter Wonderland [a]"   Felix Bernard / Richard B. Smith 2:47
2. "Hope"   Kim Wilde / Ricky Wilde / Mark Cummins 3:56
3. "One"   Kim Wilde 3:30
4. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane 3:14
5. "Winter Song"   Sara Bareilles / Ingrid Michaelson 4:19
6. "New Life"   Kim Wilde / Ricky Wilde 3:47
7. "White Winter Hymnal [b]"   Robin Pecknold 2:26
8. "Burn Gold (Silent night) [c]"   Kim Wilde / Hal Fowler / Traditional 4:22
9. "Song For Beryl"   Kim Wilde / Ricky Wilde / Mark Cummins 3:15
10. "Let It Snow"   Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne 2:47
11. "Hey Mr Snowman"   Kim Wilde 2:12
12. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree [d]"   Johnny Marks 2:26
Notes

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
UK Indie Albums Chart[8] 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pre-order Wilde Winter Songbook". KimWilde.com. Retrieved 10 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ "Track By Track". KimWilde.com. Retrieved 17 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ "Another Exclusive Video". KimWilde.com. Retrieved 20 Nov 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kim Wilde on Chris Evans Breakfast Show". Wilde-Life.com. Retrieved 20 Nov 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rockin Around A Train Carriage! Kim Wilde repeats infamous drunken journey". TheSun.co.uk. Retrieved 27 Nov 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kim Wilde - Merry Christmas". YouTube.com. Retrieved 27 Nov 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tour Dates". KimWilde.com. Retrieved 20 Nov 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.