At the end of the overview of 2016 Christmas singles, I wondered if more Christmas singles would appear to the sky. And I am happy to let you know, that indeed, there did! With this new singles, the number of Christmas (vinyl) singles that is released in 2016 is even higher than in 2015. And that while each year, less and less 7" singles are being released... unfortunately.
Laurice: Kingfisher Bluez Christmas Single 2016 (Kingfisher Bluez, Canada)
Kingfisher Bluez and Too Pure were sadly absent from this year's list of Christmas 7" vinyl. It turned out that I was too early with my conclusion, at least, as far as Kingfisher Bluez concerns. December 16, Tim released a new single in his series of Christmas singles, that, just like the previous five years, comes in a sleeve depicting a building in wintery surroundings. If you put all those sleeves together, you can built your own Christmas town! The single is one-sided, and features a song from Laurice's 2016 album 'Balladeer'. To be honest, I had never heard of Laurice, and I thought he was a newcomer to the music scene. How wrong I was! This guy, originally from Wales, was already working as a vocalist in the late 1960s and recorded the pre-punk underground hit 'When Christine Comes Around'/ 'I'm Gonna Smash Your Face' (how more punk can a song title get than that?) as Grudge. In the mid-1970s, he moved to the other side of the ocean, where he built a career as a singer of dance and smooth jazz songs. He even was Canada's number 1 dance vocalist for two years in a row! The song that made it to the Kingfisher Bluez 2016 Christmas single is 'Christmas Valentine' - so a Christmas song that will stay relevant for another 6 weeks after Christmas! Laurice sings how he found his Valentine at Christmas time, 'a few week short of Cupid's day', over some jazzy piano playing and a midtempo beat. The album that the song originally appeared on was not called 'Balladeer' for nothing, as the song indeed sounds like a ballad. Another nice addition to the Kingfisher Bluez Christmas club. All profits of the single benefit 1-800-SUICIDE and Crisis Centre BC, so that's another reason to go over to the Kingfisher Bluez Bandcamp site and order the single!
You can also listen to the song on Bandcamp.
Tan LeRacoon: Just Another Christmas Wish (Tan U Sound, Germany)
Bandcamp of Tan LeRacoon.
That's also where you can listen to all three songs.
Gotta Groove Xmas 7" 2016 (Gotta Groove, USA)
here. And thanks for the great blog Christmas-A-Go-Go for bringing this record to my attention!
K-Maxx: Christmas Ain't The Same (self-released, USA)
Unfortunately, the vinyl was only pressed in an edition of 2010 copies, that is already sold out.
Spirit Animal: Come To Christmas (Wind-Up, USA)
You can watch the video on Youtube.
And order the single through the webstore of the band.
Lovebomber II: Xmass Hospital (self-released, The Netherlands)
Bandcamp and order it by contacting them on their Facebook page.
Elvis Presley: The Signature Collection 10: Noël (VPI, France)
That's it for now. There are also some lathe cut Christmas 7"'s, but I have chosen to not include those, because, well, it's not vinyl, and also because there are only very few copies of these records (around 25) made.