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Aimee Mann puts on an annual Christmas Show tour -- a variety show in the spirit of Dean Martin or Donny and Marie. Check the Aimee Mann website for tour dates starting in Sept or Oct of each year. The shows sell out so be sure to act early.

 

 

 Aimee Mann
One More Drifter in the Snow

Review by LouV

 

At a concert in Princeton, New Jersey in June of 2005, Aimee Mann revealed to the audience that her manager said Starbucks would not sell her cds in their stores. They deemed her music "not suitable for the Starbucks listener". Then she said in deadpan delivery, "I AM the Starbucks listener! I'm the double soy decaf mocha latte!" 

The ironic thing is that Mann has appeared year after year on Starbucks' Christmas music cd's. Five times in all. So Starbucks does sell Aimee Mann music, just as long as it's one of their cds and not her's. 

In the winter of 2005, shortly after the comments above and just before Christmas, Aimee Mann's management team put together a Christmas EP, containing a number of her covers that had appeared on Starbucks compilations with the addition of "I Was Hoping I Could Clean Up for Christmas" from her Forgotten Arm cd (a song about someone cleaning up their drug habit for Christmas). 

Thus the prelude story to Aimee Mann's first full-length Christmas cd -- One More Drifter in the Snow, released in late October, 2006, featuring a whole new set of covers of traditional songs, a cover of "Christmastime" (written by her husband Michael Penn and Jon Brion) and one new song written by Mann, "Calling On Mary"

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The Review

It is a wonderful, artful album, with a fireside feel and an ode to Christmas albums of years past, by Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, and Eddy Arnold, augmented by a tasteful, modern sound (percussion, chimes, and Hawaiian guitar added on various songs; album produced by Paul Bryan), and Aimee Mann's pretty voice. This album has in fact vaulted to the top of my list of favorite Christmas albums. It does not crap on Christmas with a blaring, modern-rock, let's-modernize- Christmas sound, but rather brings you back to the Christmas feel of the forties, fifties, and sixties, and a celebration of the human spirit.

Broadway-Esque Mean Mr. Grinch

"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is already loved by everyone in the family; I've had numerous requests to play it over and over and over. It is Broadway-esque. Mann duets with Grant Lee Phillips (male voice of the year by Rolling Stone, 1995), who talks the lyrics as if he's telling a story. Mann chimes in with effortless lilting highs. It is the epitome of a great duet. My wife is in love with Grant Lee Phillips voice on that song. It's a great song for the little ones too, as our one-year-and-a-half-year-old son is transfixed to it, turning and heading for the computer with a curious smile as soon as it starts.

Horse Hoofs, Chimes, and Bells

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" has Christmas chimes and bells on it, which is a favorite touch of Paul Bryan. They add spice and make the song enchanting. 

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" has a background of what sounds like dorky, swaying horse hoofs clopping in the snow, which adds a perfect touch of humor to this 50's lounge-act rendition of the song. 

"Winter Wonderland" is another favorite; with the jazzy Hawaiian-guitar touch. More horse hoofs on this song as well. Makes you want to go out and play in the snow, even if it's the Fall and there's no snow out yet.

I could listen to this album all year. I played it all evening on Halloween. Heck I may even play it at the beach next summer.

Thanks to Aimee Mann and Paul Bryan and Grant Lee Phillips and Jay Bellerose and Patrick Warren and Duke Levine and Chris Bruce and team! 

Merry Christmas to you too!!

Aimee Mann Christmas Recap

1997 -- “Christmastime”, duet with Michael Penn (who wrote song) for “Hard Eight” (aka "Sydney" ) soundtrack.

2001 -- Starbuck's "Ornamental Holiday" contains Aimee Mann's cover of "The Christmas Song".

2004 -- Starbuck's "Sleigh Full of Songs" contains Aimee Mann's cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", which is song 5 out of 14 on this album, no longer available on the Starbucks site.

2005 -- Starbuck's 'Baby It's Cold Outside' contains Aimee Mann's cover of Joni Mitchell's "River". No longer available on Starbucks site, although they say it is their most popular holiday compilation ever.

2005 -- A Christmas EP -- "Aimee Mann Christmas", sold on iTunes.

2006 -- Starbuck's 'Santa Baby' contains Aimee Mann's cover of 'I'll Be Home for Christmas', which is song 11 out of 15

2007 -- Starbuck's 'Stockings by the Fire' contains Aimee Mann's cover of 'White Christmas', which is song 16, the last song

2006 -- "One More Drifter in the Snow" Christmas album is released. See review above.

2006 - 2008 and beyond -- annual Aimee Mann Christmas Variety show tour.

 

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Reviews of Other Albums You Might Enjoy:

Fucking Smilers, by Aimee Mann
RELEASED 2008

Forgotten Arm, by Aimee Mann

Handcuff King, by Paul Bryan
(Aimee Mann's producer and bass player)

Has Been, by William Shatner

I Am Sam Soundtrack

Sequoya's Sleep and Dream of Fire (Aimee Mann influence)