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Verve Remixed Christmas

(Verve; US: 23 Sep 2008; UK: Available as import)

It was only a matter of time before the prolific Verve Remixed series dipped into the Verve catalog and gave some holiday chestnuts the 21st century remix treatment. Producers Dahlia Ambach Caplin and Todd C. Roberts get it just about right on Verve Remixed Christmas. Whether you enjoy this serving of holiday cheer depends on how much you enjoy your Dinah Washington and Count Basie outfitted by Brazilian Girls and The Real Tuesday Weld. (The original versions are available on the companion disc, Verve Unmixed Christmas.) Some remixes are as chilly as a gust of wind from the North Pole and others leave you with that warm feeling after a couple servings of eggnog (the Heavy Remix of “‘‘Zat You, Santa Claus” by Louis Armstrong is particularly delightful). Verve Remixed Christmas adds a dash of soul, if not sophistication, to the ever-growing holiday music spread.

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Christian John Wikane is a NYC-based journalist and music essayist. He's a Contributing Editor for PopMatters, where he's interviewed artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Janelle Monae. For the past three years, he's penned liner notes for more than 100 CD re-issues by legends of R&B, rock, pop, dance, and jazz. Since 2008, he's produced and hosted Three of Hearts: A Benefit for The Family Center at Joe's Pub. He is the author of the five-part oral history Casablanca Records: Play It Again (PopMatters, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @CJWikaneNYC. 


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