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The Classic Christmas 80's Album

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10/2/2015

Review

This Yuletide set from Sony/Legacy delivers 15 holiday cuts from the original neon decade. The selection features a mix of '80s star power and second-tier acts with artists like Whitney Houston ("Do You Hear What I Hear?") and Wham! ("Last Christmas") representing the former and the Waitresses ("Christmas Wrapping") and Fishbone ("Slick Nick, You Devil You") the latter. Three decades on, tracks like New Kids on the Block's schlocky "This One's for the Children" are best left on the shelf and the Bangles' cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter," while nicely done, isn't really a Christmas song. Overall, though, songs like Bob & Doug McKenzie's goofy "Twelve Days of Christmas" and Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis" are still entertaining enough to repackage for another generation. ~ Timothy Monger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 2 Last Christmas [Single Version] Wham! 4:23
  3. 3 Hazy Shade of Winter Bangles 2:43
  4. 4 Christmas in Hollis Run DMC 2:56
  5. 5 Jingle Bell Rock Hall & Oates 2:2
  6. 6 Do You Hear What I Hear? Whitney Houston 3:30
  7. 7 Christmas Is the Time to Say "I Love You" [Single Version] Billy Squier 2:49
  8. 8 Run Rudolph Run Dave Edmunds 3:45
  9. 9 Zat You Santa Claus Buster Poindexter & His Banshees of Blue 2:46
  10. 10 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town The Pointer Sisters 3:19
  11. 11 Christmas Time Is Here Ray Parker, Jr. 2:58
  12. 12 Twelve Days of Christmas [Single Version] Bob & Doug McKenzie 3:6
  13. 13 This One's for the Children New Kids on the Block 3:54
  14. 14 Slick Nick, You Devil You [Previously Unreleased Demo Recordings] Fishbone 4:40
  15. 15 Silent Night The Hooters 3:8

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