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Homeless for the Holidaze starts off the CD with a little bit of irony from the streets of Seattle, Washington fading into the soulful crooning of Pete Kirkland on the Christmas classic “Home for the Holidays.”

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The Stripper’s Holiday provides a burlesque mix of well known Christmas melodies draped over a rockin’ arrangement of The Stripper as composed by David Rose.

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“Mmmmmm, Santa…..   got anything left in that fat sack of yours for me?” 
This song is a searing, revamped holiday rendition of the James Brown/Nat Jones tune “Fat Bag.”

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Elfish Presley and his bands of elves camp it up with this medley of the Burl Ives classic Holly Jolly Christmas written by Johnny Marks for the Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer television show with a bit of Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms.  Innocence and wonder is what Christmas is all about!  Sung by Mike Dippery from The All American Playboys and backed up by Hans, Trish and Phil. 

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Based around the song Peace Pipe as recorded by The Shadows fronted by guitar legend Hank Marvin, pipa de la paz touches on the themes of peace and harmony in a beautiful paso doble style reminiscent of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.  The song features some amazing castanet work by local Seattle flamenco dancer Rubina Carmona.

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This country rocker of the Christmas classic Silver Bells was inspired by the Ventures recording of the tune which was written originally by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans for the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid in 1951.

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Prepare to get down and dirty with this very horny arrangement featuring Craig Flory on both baritone and alto saxophones plus a “Whoville” bridge that takes a detour to Mardis Gras.  The arrangement is intended in part as tributes to Dr. Suess and the late Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger, who was the original vocalist of the song originally appearing in the children’s Christmas television special.

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Fa La La is a reworked arrangement of the Riz Ortolani song originally entitled “Tiffany Sequence m. 22” for the 1967 Italian spy thriller called “Tiffany Memorandum.”  This recording features local Seattle blues star Randy Oxford on trombone.

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Santa Claus is Shufflin’ To Town is a rocked out blues shuffle arrangement of the Christmas classic “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie back in 1934.  Listen closely and you’ll hear the flugelhorn slipping in “Gloria” as a counterpoint to the lead sax melody.

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Creepy Santa’s coming to town and this time he’s taking everything he can find from under your tree in this medley of the surf hit “Out of Limits” and Gene Autry’s “Up on the Housetop” that we like to call “Out of Presents.”

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For chrissakes, it’s just a song about the birthday of baby Jesus in this gospel version of Rick James’ “Super Freak” featuring Hans, Trish and Phil on vocals.

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Carol of the Tubular Bells is a prog rock marriage made in heaven (or maybe somewhere down below) between Mike Oldfield’s opus from the movie The Exorcist and the well known Ukrainian folk song about Christmas time.  Vocals provided courtesy of Captain Smartypants of the Seattle Men’s Chorus.

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This holiday season, why not plan on spending an intimate evening with an Ensemble of Lonesome Fellas and their smoldering rendition of the Christmas Song featuring lush horn harmonies and a rousing solo by Ted Burik on acoustic bass.  This arrangement of The Christmas Song was inspired by The Ventures recording found on their Christmas Joy album.

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I was 8 years old towards the end of 1969 and all I wanted for Christmas that year was a Radio Shack clock radio with a sleep button.  “Albatross” and “Spirit in the Sky” were the first 2 songs to come across the air waves into my bedroom that holiday morning.

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Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto and gets a little bit funky in this one with a little bit of help from James Brown (channeled through Pete Kirkland), Elfish Presley and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

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Encore! Encore!  Once you’ve seen her act, you’ll keep coming back for more.

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The End (Time to Go Home) finishes things off with a happy ending from the streets of Seattle.