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Multiple Album Spotlight: A Familyre Christmas

[Update 2009-12-04: Both albums can currently be found at this link.]

I have a couple of nice compilation albums for you tonight in the form of the first two volumes of A Familyre Christmas from the Sounds Familyre label. The first volume was actually posted on their blog last year, but I didn't discover it until sometime after Christmas and was actually unable to download it. Thankfully, the entire album was reposted last week, and I'm happy to say that it was well worth the wait. A Familyre Christmas Vol. 1 contains a nice variety of both traditional and original Christmas songs. My favourite is Dan Zimmerman's take on "In the Bleak Midwinter", which has a wonderful Johnny Cash vibe to it. The Singing Mechanics contribute a very nice version of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming", a song which has become one of my favourites this year. A couple of other highlights are Lenny Smith's folky "For There is Born a Child" and Elin's sparse, beautiful, and multilingual version of "Oh Holy Night". All 13 songs can be streamed or downloaded from the widget on this page.

A Familyre Christmas Vol. 2 is in the process of being released, one track a day, every day until Christmas. There are currently 4 songs up, so go grab them if you haven't already done so and check back each day until Christmas for more. If this is anything like last year's release, the songs won't be up for very long after Christmas, so make sure to get the new songs as soon as you can. I have added a link to the RSS feed to this site's sidebar; it should appear near the top of the right sidebar, and it allows the MP3's to be downloaded directly (at least the last few).

I'll probably post a reminder about the remaining songs once they have all been released. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy what's already available. There's only a week left before Christmas, so I'm going to try my best to cram in as much great music as I can in that time. Happy listening!

http://www.soundsfamilyre.com/blog/2008/12/10/a-familyre-christmas-is-back/ (old link)
http://www.soundsfamilyre.com/blog/2008/12/15/a-familyre-christmas-vol-2/ (old link)

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