Monday, November 08, 2010
'Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In' to feature tracks from Devo, Goo Goo Dolls, Oasis & many more for the holidays
COLLECTION FEATURES BRAND-NEW RECORDINGS, EXCLUSIVE TO GIFT-WRAPPED, FROM KARA DIOGUARDI AND JASON REEVES, CAVO, THE GOO GOO DOLLS, REGINA SPEKTOR, DEVO, RACHAEL YAMAGATA, OASIS, THE READY SET, TEGAN AND SARA, THE FLAMING LIPS, FOXY SHAZAM, PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE
NOVEMBER 8, 2010 — Burbank, CA — Warner Bros. Records’ 2009 digital holiday album Gift Wrapped: 20 Songs That Keep on Giving was such a smashing success that the label has created a new collection for this year’s holiday season. Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In, which features 11 brand-new recordings and five highly coveted and previously unavailable tracks, will be released digitally during Thanksgiving week. Extra-special bonus content will also be announced soon. Furthermore, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl pressing will be available as a gift only from surprise locations, and not available for sale.
Here’s what you need to know about the Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In:
· BRAND NEW ORIGINAL SONGS : Devo’s quirky and warming “Merry Something To You,” Cavo’s stunning "Home For Christmas" (also with exclusive Song Mixer), Kara DioGuardi and Jason Reeves’ original smash "New York in Wintertime,” American Bang’s heartfelt "Christmas Song,” and Rachael Yamagata’s melodic "Baby Come Find Me At Christmas,” amongst others originals by The Goo Goo Dolls who deliver a trembling acoustic version of “Better Days,” and Regina Spektor, who contributes a somber and eye-opening “December.”
· COVERS: The holiday cover songs run the gamut in ambition and diversity. Foxy Shazam take on the risqué and controversial "Heaven on Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar. The Ready Set bring a modern and anthemic sensibility to Paul McCartney's classic “Wonderful Christmastime,” Oasis cover their fellow U.K. rocker's Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody," The Dirt Drifters bring country to the U2 version smash "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Everest dusts off the Marvin Gaye deep-cut “Christmas in the City,” Stardeath and White Dwarfs shed a whole new light on Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” and Tegan and Sara master a lovingly harmonious version of The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), which features their mom on guest vocals.
· STANDARDS: Warner Bros. Records is honored to include the late Ben Keith’s “Les Trois Cloches,” featuring vocals by Neil Young and Pegi Young (Neil’s only vocal holiday track), the Hitman David Foster also delivers a captivating arrangement of “Carol of the Bells,” The Spill Canvas bring a true-to-form rendition of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” WMG newcomers House of Heroes capture an incredible "O Come, O Come O Emmanuel," and The Flaming Lips contribute a live and crowd-involved version of “Little Drummer Boy.”
Happy holidays everyone!
The track-listing for Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In is as follows:
Cavo “Home For Christmas”
Ben Keith (Feat Neil Young and Pegi Young): “Les Trois Cloches”
Oasis “Merry Christmas Everybody”
American Bang “Christmas Song”
Jason Reeves and Kara DioGuardi “New York in Wintertime”
Tegan and Sara “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
Regina Spektor “December”
Devo “Merry Something To You”
David Foster “Carol of the Bells” [Instrumental]
The Ready Set “Wonderful Christmastime”
Foxy Shazam “Heaven On Their Minds”
The Goo Goo Dolls “Better Days” [Acoustic Version]
Rachael Yamagata “Baby Come Find Me At Christmas”
Everest “Christmas in the City”
The Dirt Drifters “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
The Spill Canvas “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
Stardeath and White Dwarfs “Last Christmas”
House of Heroes “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
The Flaming Lips “Little Drummer Boy” (Live)
Franklin “Hanukkah, Oh Channukah” (Bonus track)
The Red Elephant “Brooklyn Sleigh Ride (Bonus Track)
Also look out for exclusively sequenced Gift Wrapped CDs at Hot Topic (Gift Wrapped: Stocking Stuffer) and at independent music retailers (Gift Wrapped: A Change In Season) on November 22nd, 2010.