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Christmas A Go-Go
Artist: Various
Label: Wicked Cool Records
Length: 20 Tracks/59.40 Minutes

Looking for the perfect rocking Christmas mix CD?  Christmas A Go-Go fills the bill nicely, and it just might be the perfect stocking stuffer.  Little Steven’s Wicked Cool Records label serves up a massive dose of Christmas cheer on the latest holiday-themed release _Christmas A Go-Go_.  First-rate rock ‘n’ roll Christmas CDs are tough to find, and fans of the genre will adore this scrumptious rock ‘n’ roll seasonal buffet.  Christmas A Go-Go is brimming with yuletide rock classics (check out Keith Richards on “Run Rudolph Run,” the Ramones punk rock anthem “Merry Christmas, I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight,” and the Kinks “Father Christmas”). Also included are rare Noel-themed chestnuts—including a scarce Bob Seger side “Sock It to Me Santa,” Darlene Love joined by the E Street Band for “All Alone on Christmas,” ELO co-founder Roy Wood’s Wizzard colossal wall-of-sound on “I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday” and Soupy Sales(!) “Santa Claus is Surfin’ to Town.”  You’ll want to grab your sweetheart and head for the mistletoe as you check out recent Christmas songs and covers by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Len Price 3, The Fab Four (on a Norwegian Wood-like “Silent Night”), Boss Martians, Joe Pesci(!), The Chevelles, and the Electric Prunes.  The album bounces playfully amid multiple genres: psychedelic, garage rock, power-pop, surf instrumentals, novelty (not too much!), and funky soul.  Rounding out the large helping of holiday cheer on Christmas A Go-Go is a new and nice hook-laden cut: “Merry Christmas (To All of the World)” by Jean Beauvoir.  All of this tasty Christmas wonderment clocks in at nearly an hour and is wrapped up in a retro-themed cartoon cover by Louis Arzonico inspired by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (of “Rat Fink” fame).  In a holiday season that finds some folks cutting back a bit, _Christmas A Go-Go_ could be the best Christmas deal you can find this year!

Barry Nothstine hosts Soul Frequency Radio (, a weekly freeform FM radio show showcasing progressive rock, instrumental rock, power-pop, psychedelic rock, rock classics, blues, and more—great rock for the ages! 

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