First. You know 'em, you love 'em, you don't wanna do Christmas without 'em. Pentatonix revealed Thursday that there will be a new Christmas album from the group later this year. This is getting to be a habit for the a cappella group, winners of the third season of NBC's The Sing Off. In 2012, they released the EP "PTXmas". The Deluxe Edition followed in 2013 with a couple of additional tracks. 2014 saw the release of the holiday full-length "That's Christmas To Me". And, last year, a Deluxe Edition of that one. No details yet, but its coming.
By my count, Pentatonix still has a ways to go to catch up to Elizabeth Chan who announced Monday that her fifth annual Christmas set will be titled "Five Gold Rings" and will be released September 30. Liz also announced she has a single in the offing--her first (and quite possibly her last) non-Christmas song. A native New Yorker, she was approached to write a song to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. The song is called "Concrete Tears" and you can find a brief sample on her website.
I haven't gotten around to correcting it yet, but our listing for Tom Caufield's "I Heard It Was Christmas Day" shows a November release date and I'm not sure just yet if the date was changed or it's just me being old and confused, but the digital edition of that album will go live on Amazon on September 6. It's one you should really check out. So far, I've only heard the 30 second samples, but I'm sold. I'm really excited to hear this one all the way through. Tom's music could be called a lot of things--New Age, Ambient, Alt Folk... But my guess is most people are just going to call it perfect. Neat story goes along with it, but we'll save that for the review. I do expect there will be CDs of this one.
"Tis The Seasons" (yeah, I know The Hit Men already played that word game) arrives October 21. Most of the tunes are standards of the season, but "Merry Christmas, Girl" looks like something new. Frankie will also be playing some Broadway dates later this year. Hmm. You think maybe the success of "The Jersey Boys" got Frankie thinking? I mean, why have people portraying Valli when the original item is still available? Just sayin'. Anyway, here's the track list for "Tis The Seasons".
1. Joy to the World/Do You Hear What I Hear (medley)
2. The Christmas Song
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Merry Christmas, Girl
5. Frosty the Snowman
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
7. Toyland (Medley)
8. Jingle Bell Rock
9. Blue Christmas
10. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
11. Let It Snow
12. White Christmas
13. O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels We Have Heard on High (medley)
Sara McLachlan says she'll have a new Christmas album coming out this fall. Hard to believe "Wintersong" is a decade old already.
I keep skipping this one because some part of me just can't believe it. And I've been reading these interviews pretty much since last December. Tony Hadley, the former lead singer of Spandau Ballet, says he's got a new Christmas album coming out this year. Yes, another one. Not a misprint. Not an old interview piece that I mistook for a new one (though, yeah, I've done that before). ?????................ Yeah, I know. I mean, damn, dude, you've released solo albums at a rate of one every ten years and then you release new Christmas albums two years in a row? Gotta say, I kind of liked last year's "The Christmas Album". So I guess I'm willing to lend an ear.