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Ring Them Bells

by 4-4-2 Music

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    It had to happen eventually. The inanity of Mariah Carey and Wham! needed to be tackled. After a decade of fighting around the soundtrack of rubbish that Christmas music can throw up, Telafonica and Friends decided it was time to go head on. Straight at you, George and Extra Festive Mariah. And so, here it is. With some initial trepidation. But we pulled it off. Well, we reckon we did anyway - you might be a fan of the originals in which case you'll probably hate these. But, thankfully, there's lots of brilliant songwriters that have also done Christmas - Paul Kelly, Handel, Bob Dylan (well, maybe Dylan wasn't really thinking about Christmas when he wrote 'Ring Them Bells', but the overtones aren't too hard to notice). So there's plenty of other great songs on offer here as well.
    The usual grab bag of stuff is here - lo-fi jugband junk, electro-country, 3AM melancholy, folksy baroque, 60s garage trash, the whistling choir (with a guest appearance from a minor character from Barbara Robinson's 1971 book, 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' - track it down to get in on the joke). All up, another fine collection, even if we do say so ourselves.
    Oh, and don't forget to download the PDF cover, burn yourself a disc, and add it to your mum's Christmas CD collection.
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Telafonica and Friends present:

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You - The Vicars
Music & Lyrics by Mariah Carey - 1994

2. Here We Come A Wassailing - Blay
Traditional English Carol - 17th Century

3. How To Make Gravy - Anita Clare
Music & Lyrics by Paul Kelly - 1998

4. The Time Of Year Old Rose Leaves Home
(There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas) - Los Naranjitos
Music & Lyrics by Carl Sigman & Mickey J Addy - 1951

5. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Joshua Isaac
Music by Gloria Shane Baker; Lyrics by Noël Regney - 1962

6. Last Christmas - The ABC Jugband
Music & Lyrics by George Michael - 1984

7. For The Beauty Of The Earth - The Bells
Music by William Chatterton Dix - 1859; Lyrics by Folliott S Pierpoint - 1864

8. Unto Us A Child Is Born - the onestarband
Music & Lyrics by George Frideric Handel - 1741

9. The 5th Day Of Christmas - St Jambience
Music by Matthew Wakeling - 2014

10. Ring Them Bells - The Flying Go-Go Girls
Music by Bob Dylan - 1989

Stocking Fillers:

11. What Child Is This? - Giggleswick St. Saviour Olave VI's Royal
Latin School's Whistling Choir feat. Alberta Bottles
Music by William Chatterton Dix - 1865

12. The Christmas Story - as told by Imojjen Elmer 2004
Text by Rebecca Elmer - 2004

13. Lord, Keep Us Safe This Night - Dorothy Weaver
Lyrics by John Leland - 1792

Christmas 2018


released December 5, 2018


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4-4-2 Music Sydney, Australia

4-4-2 Music is a boutique (which means really small) label. It releases regular free mp3s on its netlabel arm as well as short run vinyl, CD and CD-R and releases for sale. It is not restricted by genre.


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