The New Adventures/You
Big Beat X’mas
King Records SKK-823 (Japan)
- Jingle Bells (02:50) – The New Adventures
- Santa Claus Is
Commin‘ to Town (02:32) – The New Adventures
- O Tannenbaum (02:33) – The New Adventures
- So Lovely Night (03:47) – The New Adventures
- Ave Maria (03:00) – The New Adventures
- White Christmas (03:35) – The New Adventures
- Silent Night (02:07) – The New Adventures
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (03:02) – You
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (02:37) – You
- No. 9 (from Beethoven Symphony No. 9) (02:35) – You
- Here Comes Santa Claus (02:54) – You
- Adam & Eve (02:26) – You
- Blue Christmas (03:31) – You
- Auld Lang Syne (02:52) – You
(I do not read or understand Japanese and so can provide no insight into what it says here. If you can translate this for me, please get in touch so I can share what it says.)
From the King
I’ve been collecting Christmas records for many years, and I have a certain fondness for music that would have played during my youth in the late 1960s/early 1970s. So we’re
One of the strategies I’ve come up with in recent years to hunt for undiscovered gems is to do searches in languages other than English. I’ve discovered some great stuff. This is one that came up in a search for Japanese Christmas albums. There was no information to be found but the cover obviously made me figure this had to be something wild. (The cover you see here on the blog has been altered by me to make it SFW. The original is full frontal.) I found a copy online and bought it without hearing a second of music. And you’ll be glad I did.
This is some funky, rock-soul from 1973 Japan. Each side is performed by a different band/artist. The New Adventures are all
On side two You (try Googling that band name…) get down for a bit more of a traditional rock feel. Rudolph and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa sound like fun rocking little numbers. Then, oh then, we hear the unmistakable opening guitar of The Stones’ Paint It Black which You mash into Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (hence the song title, No. 9). But then it gets even weirder, the chorus comes in–in Chipmunk voices! I slowed it down and couldn’t tell if it was the original German or Japanese (though I suspect the latter). The next tune also does a mashup, adding the riff from Cream’s classic Sunshine of Your Love to Here Comes Santa Claus. I don’t get the connection, but it’s fun.
This will be a fun album to toss on at your Christmas party to confuse and entertain your guests. I also suspect some of these songs to definitely show up on Christmas mix CDs in the coming years.
There are multiple scans of the cover, with and without the obi (the pink strip with the album info). Both downloads below include all the same files, but the SFW has the cover you see here embedded in the files. It’s not the way the obi actually fits on the cover, but I used it just to keep things clean for the blog. You can download either file and use whichever cover you want for your files.
Download album with SFW cover in the MP3 file tags.
Download the album with NSFW cover in the MP3 file tags.
UPDATE: If you downloaded these before Thursday, December 20, 2019, the stereo channels were reversed. These now link to the updated files with the correct stereo channels.