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Leave it to Cyndi Lauper to record a Christmas album that’s upbeat without being sappy! Honestly, the stories that surround the making of this 1998 record are enough to put you in the Christmas spirit. Like the fact that she recorded it at her home while her infant son Declyn slept (he can be heard giggling and burbling on 'New Year’s Baby [First Lullaby]'). And that she taped her vocals inside her cedar closet because she liked the reverb sound. In short: no spoiled superstar or commercial cash-in here! Just a fresh, homespun take on a time-honoured tradition, brought to you by a performer whose work in music, theater, and advocacy continues to inspire. Cyndi brings her trademark sass to songs like 'Christmas Conga' and the bawdy 'Minnie and Santa' among the eight original tunes on the record. But the traditional tunes 'Three Ships' and 'Silent Night' radiate a reverent, gather-‘round-the-fireplace vibe that’ll warm the cockles of even the most hidebound holiday music devotee. This vinyl edition of Merry Christmas...Have a Nice Life is limited to just 500 copies pressed in snow white vinyl, housed inside a beautiful gatefold cover featuring lyrics. Merry Christmas indeed!!
Released: November 2020 Cat: 848064011293 Label: Real Gone Music
1. Home on Christmas Day (Rob Hyman, Cyndi Lauper, William Wittman) 2. Early Christmas Morning (Lauper, Jan Pulsford) (Previously released on Sisters of Avalon Japanese Edition, this version uses different backing vocals) 3. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Johnny Marks) 4. Christmas Conga (Lauper, Pulsford) 5. Minnie and Santa (Lauper, Pulsford) 6. Feels Like Christmas (Eric Bazilian, Hyman, Lauper) (Previously released on Hat Full of Stars) 7. Three Ships (Traditional) 8. New Year's Baby (First Lullaby) (Lauper) 9. December Child (Lauper, Pulsford) 10. In the Bleak Midwinter (Gustav Holst, Christina Rossetti 11. Silent Night (Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr)