It's a Cool Cool Christmas

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It's a Cool, Cool Christmas
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Compilation album by Various Artists
Released November 21, 2000
Genre Alternative rock, Christmas music
Length 72:11
Label Jeepster Records
Producer Various

It's a Cool, Cool Christmas is a Christmas charity compilation album released in 2000 by Xfm on Jeepster Records in aid of The Big Issue.[1] The album includes a mixture of traditional Christmas songs and original songs with a Christmas theme.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC (favorable)[1]
RTÉ 3/5 stars[3]

Allmusic writer Tim DiGravina described the album as "inspired good fun", calling it "without a doubt, one of the better alternative, holiday collections."[2]

According to DiGravina, Grandaddy's "Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland," with its lyric about building a snowman and pretending that it is Alan Parsons, "might be the funniest song from 2000".[2] The BBC's Richard Banks called "Alan Parsons" "a stroke of comedy genius".[1] Scott Miller, in his book Music: What Happened?, suggested that Grandaddy "probably deserve immortality" just for this song.[4] Ireland's public broadcasting network, RTÉ, called the Grandaddy song "downright silly",[3] while Exclaim! called it "one of our favourite indie rock Christmas tunes ever".[5]

Six By Seven's "I Believe in Father Christmas" was described by DiGravina as "some sort of post-modern classic".[2]

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel", contributed by Belle and Sebastian, was described by RTÉ as a "beautiful ethereal version".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland" Dick Smith, Felix Bernard Grandaddy 2:59
2. "Little Drummer Boy" Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati, Katherine Davis The Dandy Warhols 3:12
3. "Every Day is Christmas" Kevin Junior The Webb Brothers 2:55
4. "Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas" E Eels 2:48
5. "Feliz Navi-nada" Jim Walker, John Lydon, John Wardle, Jose Feliciano, Keith Levine El Vez 2:32
6. "Christmas In Waikiki" Morgan Nicholls Morgan 4:41
7. "Maybe At Christmas Time" Isabel Monteiro Drugstore 3:14
8. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" Traditional (Arranged By Belle and Sebastian) Belle and Sebastian 3:27
9. "Thank You Dreaded Black Ice, Thank You" Howe Gelb Giant Sand 3:30
10. "White Christmas" Irving Berlin The Flaming Lips 3:43
11. "My Christmas Prayer" Billy Fury Saint Etienne 3:25
12. "Christmas Downer" Anderson, Kyle, Jamieson, Keegan Departure Lounge 3:14
13. "I Believe In Father Christmas" Serge Prokofiev, Greg Lake, Peter Sinfield Six By Seven 4:35
14. "When I Get Home For Christmas" Snow Patrol Snow Patrol 4:17
15. "Spiritual Guidance" DJ Akira Honda, Emilio Acevedo, Jay De La Cueva, Julian Lede Titán 3:56
16. "Christmas Boogaloo" Nasser Bouzida Big Boss Man 4:20
17. "Christmas Eve" Euros Childs Teenage Fanclub 2:01
18. "Gift X-change" Joey Burns Calexico 3:08
19. "Hwiangerdd Mair" Haydn Morris, Nantlais Williams Gorky's Zygotic Mynci 3:06
20. "Just Like Christmas" Sparhawk, Parker, Sally Low 3:06
21. "In The Bleak Midwinter" Christina Rossetti, Gustav Holst Lauren Laverne 4:02
Notes
  • Track 2 previously released in the US on the compilation It's Finally Christmas
  • Track 4 appears as a B side on the single "Cancer for the Cure"
  • Track 5 from the album NoELVEZsi
  • Track 6 "Christmas in Hawaii" from the album Tino's Breaks Volume 3 - Christmas.
  • Track 11 appears as a B side on the single "I Was Born on Christmas Day"
  • Track 19 appears as a B side on the single "Let's Get Together (In Our Minds)"
  • Track 20 previously released on the EP Christmas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Banks, Richard (2009) "Christmas Records, Day 23: It's a Cool, Cool Christmas", BBC, 23 December 2009, retrieved 2011-07-10
  2. ^ a b c d DiGravina, Tim "It's a Cool Cool Christmas Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-07-10
  3. ^ a b c "Cool Cool Christmas", RTÉ, December 21, 2000, retrieved 2011-07-10
  4. ^ Miller, Scott (2010). Music: What Happened?. 125 Records. p. 201. ISBN 9780615381961. 
  5. ^ Thiessen, Brock (2009) "Jason Lytle Releases Free Christmas Album Online, Gets Working on Second Solo Record", Exclaim!, December 9, 2009, retrieved 2011-07-10

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