There have been so many albums that look to make a spin on Christmas classics that it becomes hard to find a release that does anything new in the slightest. However, Winter Dance Partyâ€™s â€œHoliday Greetings To Youâ€ is a release that does just that, and shows listeners that storied songs such as â€œFrosty The Snowmanâ€, â€œSanta Claus is Coming To Townâ€, and â€œTwelve Days of Christmasâ€ can be jazzed (in this case, rocked) up and made into something fun. The Winter Dance Party is a supergroup of sorts, consisting of The Big Bopperâ€™s son (Jay Richardson), John Mueller (Buddy Holly, in the touring version of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and Ray Anthony (whom listeners may remember from the Imperial Palace presentation of â€œLegends of Rock and Rollâ€).
â€œLet It Snowâ€ adds equal amounts rock and brass to the oft-repeated song, turning a Christmas jingle into a surf/rock hybrid that will please fans of Dick Dale and The Stray Cats. â€œLittle Drummer Boyâ€ keeps with the overall sound put forth by tracks like the aforementioned â€œLet It Snowâ€, while sowing the seeds of psychedelic rock into the bandâ€™s repertoire. While some of the tracks on â€œHoliday Greetings To Youâ€ are fairly straightforward covers of the originals, Winter Dance Party goes out on a limb during tracks like â€œThe Christmas Songâ€, to great effect.
The laid-back style of the Winter Dance Partyâ€™s version seems to hint at blues influences working just underneath the surface of the track, something that I feel shows enormous attention to detail. Where a number of acts fail to keep themselves circumscribed by the rules of their concept, the Winter Dance Party takes that extra step and makes â€œHoliday Greetings To Youâ€ into both an accurate and amazing disc. While the tracks on â€œHoliday Greetings To Youâ€ keep to a pretty specific sub-set of rock, subsequent releases by the Winter Dance Party should look into the covering of other Christmas standards in both the style crafted during â€œHoliday Greetings To Youâ€ and in those musical styles influenced by that style. â€œHoliday Greetings To Youâ€ will be the first Christmas album Iâ€™ve ever bought for my friends and family, and if anyone wants to inject a little bit of â€œcoolâ€ into the holiday season, a buy is strongly recommended.
Top Tracks: Run Rudolph Run, Sleigh Ride
Winter Dance Party â€“ Holiday Greetings To You / 2008 Self / 14 Tracks / http://www.winterdanceparty.com /