Christmas Wish [Deluxe Edition]

Christmas Wish [Deluxe Edition]



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In 1980, NRBQ entered the lucrative seasonal music market with the EP Christmas Wish, in which the ever-eccentric combo offered up eight holiday-themed tunes ranging from the respectful and charming (the lovely title tune, which appeared twice) to the wildly off-kilter ("Here Comes Santa Claus" played on a very curious sounding electronic keyboard, and a live recording of "Jingle Bells" as pulled from the "Magic Box" request basket at a 1980 live show). Since then, NRBQ have expanded Christmas Wish to a full LP, bulked out to 19 tracks and growing from less than 12 minutes to over 32. However, bigger isn't always better, and a lot of the material the Q have plucked from the vaults to fill this out isn't much to write home about. While the version of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" is that rare recording that won't make you think of A Charlie Brown Christmas, "Holiday" is a neat Yuletide original from Terry Adams, and Al Anderson's bah-humbug interpretation of "The Christmas Song" will amuse the less spirited, much of the rest of the disc comes from live recordings with NRBQ and the Whole Wheat Horns stumbling through songs of the season with a deliberate sloppiness that doesn't amuse much when removed from its original context, or from home recordings that sound decidedly unfinished. Fans of NRBQ have long known to expect something a little off the wall from these guys, and the expanded Christmas Wish sure fits that bill, but from one of America's most consistently creative bands this hodgepodge is something of a letdown. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Clang
UPC: 0614511752923
catalogNumber: 122
Rank: 84448

Album Credits

Performance Credits

NRBQ   Primary Artist
Anderson   Guitar,Glockenspiel
Steve Ferguson   Acoustic Guitar
Terry Adams   Trumpet,Drums,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vocals,DX-7,Soloist
Tom Ardolino   Drums,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Clavinet
Tyrone Hill   Trombone
Pat Patrick   Alto Saxophone
Joey Spampinato   Bass,Bass Guitar,Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone,Vocals
Johnny Spampinato   Guitar,Trombone,Vocals
Keith Spring   Tenor Saxophone,Bells
Tom Staley   Drums
Dave Gordon   Trumpet
Donn Adams   Trombone
David Gordon   Trumpet
Luke McName   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Terry Adams   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Andersen   Engineer
Klem Klimek   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Tom Mark   Engineer
Gene McFadden   Engineer
Yoshiro Nagato   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Joey Spampinato   Composer
Keith Spring   Arranger,Adaptation
Robert Wells   Composer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Norm DeMoura   Engineer
Benoit Burello   Composer
Mike Saporito   Cover Photo

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