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Sufjan Stevens

Songs For Christmas (2015)

Asthmatic Kitty Records

5cd boxset

Released: 6th Nov 2015


A few years back, as a holiday tradition, Sufjan embarked on an extraordinary experiment to record an annual Christmas EP.

It started in 2001, the year of ‘Epiphanies’ & continued onward (skipping only 2004), culminating into an odd & idiosyncratic catalogue of music that originally only existed in the Asthmatic Kitty archives. Armed with a Reader’s Digest Christmas Songbook (and a mug of hot cider) Sufjan & friends concocted a musical fruit cake year after year, implementing every musical instrument they could find lying around the house: banjo, oboe, Casiotone, wood flute, a buzzy guitar, hand claps, sleigh bells, Hammond organ & some tree tinsel. one day, some of these songs showed up online. People started asking questions. ‘Songs For Christmas’ compiles the first five of these Christmas EPs into one lovely box set, now reissued here for our festive pleasure.

Songs For Christmas (2015)


Disc 1
1.     Silent Night            
2.     O Come O Come Emmanuel           
3.     We're Goin' to the Country!            
4.     Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming            
5.     It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!            
6.     Holy Holy, Etc            
7.     Amazing Grace            
Disc 2
1.     Angels We Have Heard on High            
2.     Put the Lights on the Tree            
3.     Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing            
4.     I Saw Three Ships            
5.     Only at Christmas Time            
6.     Once in Royal David's City            
7.     Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!            
8.     What Child Is This Anyway?            
9.     Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella            
Disc 3
1.     O Come O Come Emmanuel            
2.     Come on! Lets Boogey to the Elf Dance!            
3.     We Three Kings            
4.     O Holy Night            
5.     That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!            
6.     Ding! Dong!            
7.     All the Kings Horns            
8.     The Friendly Beasts            
Disc 4
1.     The Little Drummer Boy            
2.     Away in a Manger            
3.     Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!            
4.     The First Noel            
5.     Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well You Deserved It!)            
6.     The Incarnation            
7.     Joy to the World            
Disc 5
1.     Once in Royal David's City            
2.     Get Behind Me, Santa!            
3.     Jingle Bells            
4.     Christmas in July            
5.     Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming            
6.     Jupiter Winter            
7.     Sister Winter            
8.     O Come O Come Emmanuel            
9.     Star of Wonder            
10.     Holy, Holy, Holy            
11.     The Winter Solstice