Wilde Winter Songbook

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Wilde Winter Songbook
Wintersongbook.jpg
Studio album by Kim Wilde
Released 11 November 2013
Genre Christmas
Length 39:01
Label Wildeflower Records,
Edel Music Germany
Producer Ricky Wilde
Kim Wilde chronology
Snapshots
(2011)
Wilde Winter Songbook
(2013)
Deluxe Edition
cover of the deluxe edition
(released Nov 6, 2015)

Wilde Winter Songbook is a 2013 Christmas album by British singer Kim Wilde. It is Wilde's 13th studio album, and her first Christmas album. The album consists of a mix of classic Christmas songs, covers of contemporary seasonal songs and original music.

Background[edit]

Wilde Winter Songbook consists of four Christmas classics, two covers of newer winter-related songs (both from 2008) 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]

Wilde intended to include the song "Deck The Halls (Angels Sing)" on the album as well, but did not want to have 13 tracks on a Christmas album. The song was eventually released on the deluxe edition of Wilde Winter Songbook in 2015. All of the additional bonus tracks for the deluxe edition were also made available via iTunes on a separate Deluxe EP.

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 the 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.

Before the end of December there was published a video for all 12 tracks on the album.

In December she gave interviews for BBC Breakfast, where she 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
Additional tracks on Wilde Winter Songbook Deluxe edition 2015
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Keeping The Dream Alive"   S. Zauner / A. Strobel / T Touchton / C. Briggs 4:15
14. "Isobel's Dream"   Kim Wilde / Ricky Wilde 4:11
15. "Deck The Halls (Angel's sing)"   Kim Wilde / Ricky Wilde 2:33
16. "Last Christmas (Acoustic)"   George Michael 3:59
17. "Hope (Electric Penguins Remix"   Kim Wilde / Ricky Wilde / Mark Cummings 4:39
18. "Burn Gold (Electric Penguins Remix"   Kim Wilde / Hal Fowler 5:04

Chart performance[edit]

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

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.