Thursday, December 4, 2014

2008, We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year CD

"Santa Claws Is Coming To Town" by Alice Cooper, John 5,
Billy Sheehan, Vinny Appice

Looking for that special stocking stuffer for someone.

All Star metal guest produced by Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen. 
Bob Kulick who put out many of the tribute CDs.
I’m not much into Holiday soundtracks by rock artists.
Did you ever listen to Billy Idol’s Christmas album? Man! That’s one brutal collection of 
holiday music gone bad. But this Metal Xmas is just amazing.

In the intro of 
"Santa Claws Is Coming To Town"Alice pretends to be a kid writing 
a letter to Santa Claus as he starts to spell out loud

S-a-n-t-a -C-l-a-w-s, Santa Claws...

The music sounds like a chase scene in a Halloween movie.
As Alice sings

“...he knows where you live,
he knows that your window is open,
he knows what’s under your bed…”

while John 5 plays a sinister guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Vinny Appice on drums.

The rest of the CD is just as good.

Opening CD starts w/ a typical a wholesome Lawrence Welk choir singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas" that gradually switches to “We wish you a Metal Christmas” sung by Jeff Scott Soto.
Run Rudolph Run” sounds like Chuck Berry is backing Lemmy on guitar. Matter of fact it’s ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons on guitar and Foo Fighters David Grohl on drums.
Dio sings “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” that sounds like it came from the “Holy Diver” album.
I also love Ripper Owens’ “Santa Claus Is Back In Town".
Testament’s Chuck Billy singing “Silent Night” is hardcore metal with just amazing guitar works by Anthrax Ian Scott and Shadow Falls Jon Donais.
Deep Purple/ Rainbow Joe Lynn Turner rocks out w/ “Rockin Around The Xmas Tree
The only weak track is Styx, Tommy Shaw on “Happy Xmas (war is over)”.
This is one xmas CD I’ll be playin’ every season.

Not sure if they still do it but this CD came with a cardboard cover
that slide over the jewel case.

Cover of CD Booklet
this appeared on the front cover of the cardboard covering

Pg 1 - 2

Pg 3 - 4

Pg 5 - 6

Pg 7 - 8

Back Cover of CD Booklet


Back of CD Jewel Case
this appeared on the back of the cardboard cover

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