Extracts of Blagg's football blogs as he follows West Ham United and England through the usual series of near disasters.

Featuring links to the Annual Billy Blagg Advent Calendar of Christmas Songs.

Also featuring guest appearances by 'Captain Olympic'.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Day 7 - 'Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer' - The Crystals

I'm pretty chuffed that I'm five years into this nonsense and prior to today, I've only once dipped into Phil Spector's seminal 'A Christmas Gift for You' album and that was for Year One's inclusion of Darlene Love's essential 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)'.

But we must revisit it now - let's be honest any home without this album is all the poorer for it - and surely no song shows the utter genius of Spector's production than this; normally a trite children's song with no reedeming features (unless you are under 6) but in the hands of the Master, a sonic tour-de-force. Great vocals, driving beat and that wall of sound - Magical!

Merry Christmas Phil, wherever you are.....Eh? HE DID WHAT?....HE'S WHERE?...OMG!

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