Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Wonderland

I remember every album that I got for Christmas over the years. For Christmas 1987 I got A Very Special Christmas which was a charity album for Special Olympics. It featured some of the genuinely biggest music stars of that decade including Madonna, Whitney Houston, Sting, Bon Jovi, U2 and Bruce Springsteen. It was the first of a series of albums released in aid of Special Olympics. I never got any of the other albums in the series but I would imagine the first album has to be the best in terms of star quality. Several songs stood out on the first album and I''m going to post my favourites over the next three weeks. The first is Eurythmics and their faithful and atmospheric version of Winter Wonderland. I know lots of stars record Christmas albums but I wish those versions filled the charts in December instead of the same songs (Wizzard, John Lennon, Band Aid, Elton John) that we hear every Christmas on radios and shopping centres around the world.
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