[ Frenzy / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 9 November 2012
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Sixty years of Kiwi Christmas songs from the 1940s through to 2012. 33 tracks that best represent each decade - an essential Kiwiana time capsule!
1. Pixie Williams - Best Wishes (1949)
Pixie's follow up to Blue Smoke.
2. Aileen Keyes - It's A Marshmellow World (1951)
Western swing treatment.
3. Pat McMinn - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (1954)
Pat also recorded Opo the Crazy Dolphin.
4. Daphne Walker & Bill Woolfgramm - New Zealand's Christmas Tree (1956)
Daphne is best known for her song Haere Mai.
5. The Howard Morrison Quartet - Christmas (1960)
Howard doing his best Elvis impersonation.
6. The Q-Tees - Silent Night (1961)
In doo wop style.
7. Julie Nelson - Sticky Beak the Kiwi (1962)
One of the biggest local hits of 1962.
8. Paul Walden - A Penny Christmas Card (1965)
A perennial favourite from 1965.
9. John Hore & Paul Walden - Gonna Ring Santa In the Morning (1966)
A plea from a young boy to Santa who-has given his dad his new train set and now dad won't give it back..
10. Larrys Rebels - Deck the Halls (1967)
New Zealand's top group of 1967.
11. The Fourmyula - Mummy Told Me (1968)
A track from their second album.
12. The Avengers - Fan Club Xmas (1968)
A bit of fun from one of New Zealand's top groups at the time.
13. Dallas Four - White Christmas (1969)
An up-tempo Frankie Valli-styled arrangement.
14. The Neketini Brass - Jingle Bells (1969)
Our very own Tijiuana Brass styled band.
15. The Footsteps - Christmas Time (1973)
A big hit in Christchurch.
16. Dalvanius &The Fascinations - Christmas Tears (1973)
A powerful performance from one of our best.
17. Fred Dagg - Star of Wonder
Say no more!
18. Split Enz - Fan Club Record (1982)
Christmas fun and mayhem.
19. Roslynn Mahe - Telephone Mr Santa Claus (1983)
Roslynn recorded this at 9 years old - a Michael Jackson sound-a-like.
20. Pacific Highway.Summer Christmas (1985)
Timeless kiwi reggae track that conjures up imagery of lazy summers on the beach.
21. Missy Teka - Haere Mai Koutou (All Come All Ye Faithful) (1985)
A stunning up tempo version in te reo.
22. Billy T James - When A Child Is Born (1985)
Another perennial kiwi favourite.
23. Ricky May - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1986)
Our very own Mr Cool.
24. John Rowles - Chistmas Around the World (1989)
John travels the world - In song.
25. Tom Sharplin & Shane - Rock 'n' Roll Christmas
Tom & Shane doing what they do best - Rock 'n' Rolling.
26. Stars of C'mon 1968 (Suzanne, Larry Morris, Shane & Ray Columbus) - I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus (1992)
A poigant version with Suzanne on lead vocal.
27. Howard Morrison - Jingle Bell Rock
An up-tempo version from Sir Howard.
28. Billy T James - A Maori Christmas
For the first time on CD, written by Phil Gifford and Kim Adamson.
29. Chris Jones - A New Zealand Xmas (1998)
A modern kiwi classic.
30. Denis Marsh - A New Zealand Christmas (2001)
Another modern kiwi classic.
31. Justin Brown's Myth - Silent Night (sheep version) (2010)
Bah bah ba baah.
32. Deane Waretini - Merry Christmas (2011)
A big ballad from Deane.
33. Buzzy Bee & Friends - A Buzzy Bee Christmas (2012)
A brand new track from a kiwi icon.