On Mon, 23 Dec 2019 18:20:00 +0000, Sid Nuncius
Post by Sid Nuncius
Post by Chris J Dixon
Gareth visited Kate Rusby at home (a family I have known for over
I love Kate Rusby's work. And although Christmas albums are almost
invariably dreadful, her Christmas/winter albums are uniformly
excellent (including the recent Holly Head). She is, in short, brilliant.
I know of only a very few other exceptions to this rule: A Christmas
Gift For You From Phil Spector and Strange Communion by Thea Gilmore,
and I quite like Maddy Prior's collections of carols in smallish doses.
I'd be interested to know whether umrats think any other Christmas
albums are genuinely good.
I don't think I actually own a Christmas Album - although one of my
Kate Rusby albums has little lights on the cover (Nick's Chrismas
Quiz: guess which one?) it's not a Christmas Album per se and I do n't
own any of her Christmas ones. I think there are enough really good
Christmas and Christmas-themed songs to put together a cracking
double-album compilation but I don't think that's what you meant.
I've told umra before that my special Christmas album is Neil Young's
Silver and Gold and that's purely for sentimental reasons. A Christmas
gift, I unwrapped it and played it in the early hours of that
Christmas morning while I was preparing the food for later. Neil Young
brought his acoustic guitar into the kitchen and sat down and strummed
a few chords while I covered my arms and everything else in flour and
butter and a little later Emmylou Harris slipped in through the back
door and joined in. Absolutely magical.