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Various Artists \ Ghosts of Christmas Past (Remake) [TWI 158 CD]

An expanded double disc edition of the celebrated Christmas album from Les Disques du Crépuscule, first issued in December 1981 as TWI 058.

"Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection" (Pindar)

Sometimes witty, sometimes melancholic, Ghosts of Christmas Past features exclusive festive tracks by Crépuscule and Factory luminaries such as Tuxedomoon, Durutti Column, Paul Haig, Antena, Mikado, Thick Pigeon, Pale Fountains and The Names, along with special guests including Michael Nyman, Aztec Camera, Deux Filles, Virna Lindt and New Order (as B Music).

For the 2015 double CD edition these vintage classic are joined by newer tracks from Section 25, Marsheaux, Blaine L. Reininger, The Wake, Miranda Dali and Ultramarine.

Cover art by Jean-François Octave. Remastered 2xCD set in six panel digipack.

2xCD tracklist:

Disc 1:

1. Section 25 Jesus Sweetly Sleeps
2. Miranda Dali Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
3. The Wake Jesus From the Block
4. Marsheaux We Met Bernard Sumner at a Christmas Party
5. Ultramarine Winter Circle
6. Isolation Ward Lamina Christus
7. Thick Pigeon Jingle Bell Rock
8. Aztec Camera Hot Club of Christ
9. Paul Haig Scottish Christmas
10. B Music Rocking Carol
11. Tuxedomoon Weinachtrap
12. Virna Lindt Festivo
13. Blaine L. Reininger Jingle Hell
14. Blaine L. Reininger Silent Blight
15. Blaine L. Reininger Xmas Blooz
16. The Durutti Column Snowflakes
17. Monks in the Snow A Theme for This Special Evening

Disc 2:

1. Hillcrest Club Breakfast at Christmas
2. Paul Haig Christiana
3. The Names Tokyo Twilight
4. The Durutti Column One Christmas for Your Thoughts
5. White Birds Possessed by the Stars
6. The Swinging Buildings Praying for a Cheaper Christmas
7. B Music Ode to Joy
8. Antena Noelle à Hawai
9. The Pale Fountains Benoît's Christmas
10. The French Impressionists Santa Baby
11. Simon Topping Peep Show International
12. Thick Pigeon Silhouettes
13. Deux Filles The Snow Falls and the Village Is...
14. Mikado Message de Noel
15. Winston Tong The Twelve Days of Christmas
16. The Arcadians Write Your Letter
17. Michael Nyman Cream Or Christians
18. Magazzini Criminali Honolulu 25 Dicembre 1990

Available on double CD only. To order please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button below cover image, or else contact LDDC by email.

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"Aztec Camera's Hot Club of Christ is a busy, Django-esque run through a few well-known Christmas ditties, while Michael Nyman's Cream or Christians is a silly but loveable fragmented organ collage in a typical English eccentric tradition. Elsewhere, A Certain Ratio's Simon Topping contributes a beaty, bongo-brassy little thing, which would have sounded a lot less formal had the likes of Rip Rig been let loose on it, Tuxedomoon are in playful Residential mood, while The Durutti Column's One Christmas For Your Thoughts is exactly what you'd expect, an exquisite, gentle instrumental operating on a level where factors of 'interest' and 'boredom' don't figure" (NME, 12/1981)

"Crépuscule's Christmas cracker is here to rescue the festive season from the fogies and bores" (Melody Maker, 12/1981)

"Awesome. An ideal stocking filler for your favourite followers of early 80s avant-garde and new wave" (Boomkat, 12/2007)

"Ghosts Of Christmas Past is without doubt the only Christmas LP you can play with a clear conscience (and without the danger that someone declares you insane) in summertime. Recommended - and more than that!" (Peek A Boo, 12/2015)

"Opportune idée de cadeau de... Noel s'il en est (RifRaf Musiczine, 12/2015)

Ghosts of Christmas Past [TWI 158 CD]