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Saint Etienne Presents Songs for a London Winter - Rare Festive Recordings From the 50s and 60s

Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs have ransacked their record collections, with a helping hand from DJ Martin Green, to give you the sound of Piccadilly in December - baubles, bangles, tinsel and whisky macs. This is a decidedly London selection - Joe Henderson's 'Sleighride' has the distinct feel of Hampstead Heath rather than Lapland. Homegrown rockers like Billy Fury and Adam Faith are found rubbing shoulders over a Christmas pint with John Barry and jazzers Kenny Baker and John Dankworth. Tricia Marks and Lyn Cornell provide festive glamour. Saint Etienne member and pop historian Bob Stanley writes the sleevenotes. This is a soundtrack for the Hamley's shop window and a proper 60s UK time capsule. All UK recordings. The latest in the hugely successful 'Saint Etienne Presents' series. Many tracks on CD for the first time. Not the same old Christmas songs!