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Last Train to Christmas

Last Train to Christmas
Created by: derhay
Tracks: 25
Length: 01:19:56
Keywords 1. Mix Contest 18
2. Mix Contest 18
3. Mix Contest 18
Created on 12/21/07 11:25am
Level 5
Points 2016
Total visitors 43
Unique visitors 32
This mix was ranked #7 out of 7 entries for this contest
description:
I've compiled this for my wife's mother for the holidays. Christmas/Holiday music, most of the time it seems, is something you put up with like bad peanut brittle or over-watered hot chocolate. My goal is to make a good holiday mix that I don't mind hearing over and over, but mostly, this is a compilation that I hoped would please mom. She loves this time of year and loves music, which is a bonus.

Two years ago, I had made a 2-disc holiday set, with the first set being a general anyone-in-my-family-can-enjoy-it mix. Mom mentioned to me at Thanksgiving time that she enjoyed that mix, but had misplaced her copy. So, I'm making her an updated mix.

The second disc had gems from Run DMC, STP, The Waitresses and The Kinks "Father Christmas". This mix doesn't try and sneak any of that in for mom's mix, though it is tempting to add TV on the Radio covering TMBG's "Dead", which is brilliant and has sleigh bells.

My mother-in-law has yet to hear this mix, because she is out of town until this weekend, but it has been ready for her for several weeks. I'll let you know what her reaction is. P.S. This is not the cover I used. Happy Holidays.

tracklist

1 April March and Los Cincos : Last Train to Christmas (reprise)
Starts off with a beautiful instrumental. I thought this was the best intro song - not commercial and not reli [...]
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Track 8 from April March & Los Cincos
Length: 00:04:07
Year: 1998
Track Description:
Starts off with a beautiful instrumental. I thought this was the best intro song - not commercial and not religious. April sings some la la's at the end.
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2 Brenda Lee : Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
:)
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Track 0 from Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Length: 00:02:05
Year: 0000
Track Description:
:)
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3 Dean Martin : Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
:)
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Track 14 from Making Spirits Bright
Length: 00:01:58
Year: 0000
Track Description:
:)
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4 Vince Guaraldi Trio : Skating
Classic.
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Track 9 from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Length: 00:02:27
Year: 1965
Track Description:
Classic.
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5 Lily Frost : Skating on a River
Sweet, sweet song.
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Track 11 from Christmas Songs
Length: 00:02:35
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Sweet, sweet song.
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6 Dead Can Dance : Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book
Different, but very nice.
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Track 5 from Aion
Length: 00:06:03
Year: 1990
Track Description:
Different, but very nice.
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7 Frank Sinatra : Mistletoe and Holly
Frank!
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Track 12 from A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra
Length: 00:02:18
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Frank!
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8 Bing Crosby & David Bowie : Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy
I know mom doesn't get enough Bowie in her music diet.
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Track 0 from
Length: 00:04:23
Year:
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I know mom doesn't get enough Bowie in her music diet.
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9 Hem : Eveningland
Another beautiful instrumental.
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Track 10 from No Word From Tom
Length: 00:02:11
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Another beautiful instrumental.
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10 Danny Elfman : Ice Dance
Ditto track nine.
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Track 7 from Edward Scissorhands
Length: 00:01:41
Year: 1990
Track Description:
Ditto track nine.
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11 Libera : Be Still My Soul
Amazing boys choir version of my favorite hymn. Mom would have been fine with the Mo Tab copy I have, but thi [...]
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Track 12 from Free
Length: 00:03:59
Year: 2004
Track Description:
Amazing boys choir version of my favorite hymn. Mom would have been fine with the Mo Tab copy I have, but this one works very well here.
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12 Sarah McLachlan : I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Sarah, nuff said.
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Track 0 from Wintersong
Length: 00:03:40
Year: 2006
Track Description:
Sarah, nuff said.
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13 Cocteau Twins : Winter Wonderland
Sarah followed by Liz Fraser = bliss.
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Track 6 from The Edge of Christmas
Length: 00:02:50
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Sarah followed by Liz Fraser = bliss.
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14 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters : Here Comes Santa Claus
:)
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Track 0 from Christmas
Length: 00:03:03
Year: 0000
Track Description:
:)
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15 Low : Just Like Christmas
My favorite off of this album. Great imagery and feel.
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Track 1 from Christmas
Length: 00:03:08
Year: 1999
Track Description:
My favorite off of this album. Great imagery and feel.
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16 John Murphy : Taxi (Ave Maria)
28 Days Later is an unlikely source for two songs on this mix, but 16 and 19 are beautiful and my family has m [...]
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Track 7 from 28 Days Later
Length: 00:02:08
Year: 2002
Track Description:
28 Days Later is an unlikely source for two songs on this mix, but 16 and 19 are beautiful and my family has made several comments about how much they like these tracks.
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17 J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding : Give Me the Simple Life
Fun, upbeat instrumental from my favorite trombone players. Which leads well into...
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Track 2 from The Trombone Sound
Length: 00:03:51
Year: 0000
Track Description:
Fun, upbeat instrumental from my favorite trombone players. Which leads well into...
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18 Louis Prima : Pennies From Heaven
My wife and I love Elf and this is song always makes me happy.
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Track 1 from Elf
Length: 00:02:21
Year: 2003
Track Description:
My wife and I love Elf and this is song always makes me happy.
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19 John Murphy : Jim's Parents (Abide With Me)
See sixteen.
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Track 4 from 28 Days Later
Length: 00:02:29
Year: 2002
Track Description:
See sixteen.
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20 Vince Guaraldi Trio : Linus and Lucy
Another classic cut.
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Track 11 from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Length: 00:03:06
Year: 1965
Track Description:
Another classic cut.
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21 Sigur Rós : Von
Not 100% Christmas, but this evokes such a contemplative mood in me that I keep adding it to holiday mixes.
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Track 9 from Von
Length: 00:05:12
Year: 1997
Track Description:
Not 100% Christmas, but this evokes such a contemplative mood in me that I keep adding it to holiday mixes.
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22 Wendy & Lisa & Seal : The Closing of the Year (reprise)
Toys is a great film also. This is the reprise w/o Tori's "Happy Workers" at the end.
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Track 13 from Toys
Length: 00:04:08
Year: 1992
Track Description:
Toys is a great film also. This is the reprise w/o Tori's "Happy Workers" at the end.
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23 Matt Pond PA : Holiday Road
New classic. Mom will never see National Lampoon's Vacation, nor will she know this is a cover of Lindsey Buck [...]
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Track 6 from Winter Songs EP
Length: 00:03:38
Year: 2005
Track Description:
New classic. Mom will never see National Lampoon's Vacation, nor will she know this is a cover of Lindsey Buckingham's awesome song, but she should enjoy this excellent festified version. This and 25 are my favorite new finds for the mix.
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24 The Beatles : Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
This is from a 7" the band sent to fanclub members. Great sentiment and a bit cheeky, but a very fun track. "O [...]
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Track 4 from Free as a Bird
Length: 00:03:03
Year: 1995
Track Description:
This is from a 7" the band sent to fanclub members. Great sentiment and a bit cheeky, but a very fun track. "O u t spells 'out'". :)
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25 Reliant K : Boxing Day
Yay for Boxing Day.
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Track 15 from Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer
Length: 00:03:32
Year: 2007
Track Description:
Yay for Boxing Day.
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#8 is my all-time favorite christmas song :)
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Oh poop! I was working on the same kind of mix, in fact I have been for days, long before I knew what the contest theme was. As for you my friend, a veritable Christmas feast. Extra credit for mentioning my fave day of the year, Boxing Day!
12/21/07 04:14pm
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I like the feeling of the mix, thats christmas. Cheers. p.s. Sigur Rios, Cocteau twins = you are awesome.
12/21/07 03:57pm
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