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5 Chinese Brothers - A Window Shopper's Christmas (1997)

27-06-2014, 09:55
Folk | Country | Rock | Alternative | FLAC / APE | XMAS & Holiday

5 Chinese Brothers - A Window Shopper's Christmas (1997)

Artist: 5 Chinese Brothers
Title Of Album: A Window Shopper's Christmas
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Fifty Fifty Music
Genre: Contemporary Folk, Alt-Country, Americana
Total Time: 40:21 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 101 mb / 280 mb

This is not your typical Christmas album. 5 Chinese Brothers adopt a variety of generic folk, country, and rock & roll song styles and then write new, gently comic, Christmas-themed lyrics over them. For example, "Dept. Store Santa Claus Strike" borrows the talking-blues folk song structure most familiar from Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd" for a tale of Santa's management-labor dispute, while "The Fruitcake Song" borrows the shave-and-a-haircut rhythm of "Bo Diddley" to discuss the persistence of that most inedible of Christmas foods, and "Missing Miss December" is a rock & roll tune about a centerfold. The result is a likable collection that will serve as a change of pace from those Bing Crosby and Mannheim Steamroller records during the holiday season.

A quirky collection of Christmas songs by the roots band 5 Chinese Brothers, whose previous collection of works have been featured on VH1 and NPR.

Five Chinese Brothers have some major-league fans. That\'s why their first album, Singer Songwriter Beggarman Thief, received glowing reviews in CMJ, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Stereo Review, CD Review, and Esquire. That\'s why their second album, Stone Soup, rode the Gavin Americana chart for more than three months, spending six weeks in the top ten. And that\'s why they were invited to appear on VH-1\'s Country Countdown with Travis Tritt and NPR\'s World Cafe.

Five Chinese Brothers incorporate the best of all types of roots music. That\'s why they are welcome at rock clubs, listening rooms, coffee houses, and outdoor festivals. That\'s why such diverse publications as Dirty Linen(folk), New Country(country), and Option(alternative) have recommended them. That\'s why critics have recognized in their music the influences of Gram Parsons, John Prine, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams Sr., the Band, Woody Guthrie, and Tom Petty.

During the past several years, Five Chinese Brothers have toured extensively, visiting Europe and the West Coast and playing frequently in the Northeast and South. They have appeared at the Midtown Music Festival (Atlanta). Summer Lights (Nashville), the Riverbend Festival (Chattanooga), City Stages (Birmingham), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, among others.

After recording two singles on Brooklyn\'s Diesel Only label and several tracks for Fast Folk Music Magazine, Five Chinese Brothers released Singer Songwriter Beggarman Thief on the PRIME CD label in January of 1994. In July of 1995, they followed it with Stone Soup. The band takes it\'s name from a children\'s book. Five Chinese Brothers are: Stephen B. Antonakos, lead guitar; Paul Foglino, bass; Tom Meltzer, guitar and lead vocals; and Neil Thomas, accordian and keyboards.


01] Make the Rafters Ring
02] Rockin' in the Manger
03] And to All a Good Night
04] Making Angels in the Sand
05] Honky Tonk Christmas
06] Missing Miss December
07] Dear Santa
08] Age-Old Story
09] Christmas on Interstate 80
10] The Fruitcake Song
11] O Little Town of Bethlehem
12] Dept. Store Santa Claus Strike
13] Christmas in Manhattan

Paul Foglino - bass, vocals
Steve Antonakos - guitar, vocals
Tom Meltzer - vocals, guitar
Neil Thomas - keyboards, vocals
Pete DeMeo - drums, vocals
Y'all - vocals



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