Friday, December 17, 2010

Top 5 cd compilations that capture my idea of a summer Kiwi Christmas

List by Tosca

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."
- Agnes M. Pahro

As a child I would watch American and UK Christmas movies/tv specials and envy their white Christmas. And then, last year, I spent a week in Memphis, Tennessee and saw snow for the very first time (in the middle of February, if you please). It fell on the guitar-shaped swimming pool of the hotel where I stayed opposite Graceland and looked extremely pretty. Deceptive! It was wet, slushy, dangerous (I almost fell over umpteen times) and, at something like -4 degrees, seriously cold. The romantic idea I'd had of white winters crashed and burned when matched with the reality. Suddenly, all of those baking hot sunny Christmas days spent in Petone at the beach seemed like paradise. I vowed never to take the sun for granted again. If you follow this blog regularly then you'd know how much I heart music, and all of the compilations below contain songs that I hear and immediately associate with my own Kiwi Christmas day activities both as a child and as an adult: sitting in the hot sun, lying on the beach, playing in the backyard, eating barbecue, wearing jandals, staying in togs for the whole day, supporting local swimming pools by stopping by, diving for seafood or gathering shellfish. Good days - roll on Christmas day!

No doubt you've got your own music compilations to kickstart your Christmas mood - what are they?

All time greatest summer anthems of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and the 00's / Various artists (CD)
Disc One: 1. Hey Ya! (Outkast) -- 2. Don't Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchestra) -- 3. Love Shack (The B-52's) -- 4. Take On Me (A-Ha) -- 5. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Eurythmics) -- 6. Rock The Casbah (The Clash) -- 7. My Sharona (The Knack) -- 8. Run To You (Bryan Adams) -- 9. Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) -- 10. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Daryl Hall and John Oates) -- 11. Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats) -- 12. Praise You (Fatboy Slim) -- 13. Africa (Toto) -- 14. California Dreamin' (The Mamas and The Papas) -- 15. Turn! Turn! Turn! (The Byrds) -- 16. Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly and The Family Stone) -- 17. Cosmic Girl (Jamiroquai) -- 18. Moving On Up (M People) -- Disc Two: 1. Sexyback (Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland) -- 2. That's The Way (I Like It) (KC And The Sunshine Band) -- 3. Orange Crush (R.E.M.) -- 4. I Want You To Want Me (Live) (Cheap Trick) -- 5. Fox On The Run (Sweet) -- 6. Counting The Beat (The Swingers) -- 7. Tears (The Crocodiles) -- 8. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (Sophie B Hawkins) -- 9. Language (Dave Dobbyn) -- 10. Sitting Inside My Head (Supergroove) -- 11. Things That Make You Go Hmmmm... (C+C Music Factory) -- 12. Waterfalls (TLC) -- 13. I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash) -- 14. 99 Red Balloons (Nena) -- 15. Get It On (Bang A Gong) (T. Rex) -- 16. Lido Shuffle (Boz Scaggs) -- 17. Build Me Up Buttercup (The Foundations) -- 18. American Pie (Don Mclean).

Ultimate weekend sessions - 32 summer grooves / Various artists (CD)
CD 1. Keep rising (House of Shem) -- Faded (Tiki Taane, feat. P Digsss) -- Love letter (Katchafire) -- Home (Cornerstone Roots) -- Roady (Fat Freddys Drop) -- The otherside (Breaks Co-op) -- Onward (Rhombus) -- Dust (Recloose, feat. Joe Dukie) -- Love me unique (Michael Franti & Spearhead) -- Crazy thinker (Tzu) -- The time is now (Moloko) -- When I return (Shapeshifter, feat. Ladi6) -- What if? (Sola Rosa, feat. Nathan Haines) -- Drifting (Salmonella Dub) -- Sunshine (Adi Dick) -- Home, land and sea (TrinityRoots). CD 2. Rhythm in my soul (Unity Pacific) -- It don't matter (Donavon Frankenreiter) -- Take your chances (Black Seeds) -- Beautiful haze (SJD) -- Let me count the ways (Paul McLaney) -- Where dirt and water collide (White Buffalo) -- Make you happy (Josh Pyke) -- Weekend lover man (Tahuna Breaks) -- Frank, do me good (Dubdoubt) -- Rivers of rhyme (Batucada Sound Machine) -- Hold tight (Che Fu) --Singing in my soul (Fly My Pretties) -- Lying in the sand (Hello Sailor) -- Beautiful day (Voom) -- Rose pickles (Custom Kings) -- Forever young (Youth Group)

The best bbq album ever - 36 sizzling hits / Various artists (CD)
Disc 1: Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls -- The Hollies - Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress -- KC & The Sunshine Band - Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty) -- The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love -- Status Quo - Roll Over Lay Down -- Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water -- Racey - Lay Your Love On Me -- Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock -- Dave Dundas - Jeans On -- Manfred Mann's Earthband - Blinded By The Light -- Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore -- Seals And Crofts - Summer Breeze -- Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently -- Helen Reddy - Free And Easy -- The Association - Windy -- The Pointer Sisters - Fire -- Dragon - Are You Old Enough? -- Little River Band - The Night Owls -- Disc 2: Roxette - The Look -- Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car -- Cheap Trick - Dream Police -- ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin' -- Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night -- Loverboy - Turn Me Loose -- Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love -- Pat Benatar - All Fired Up -- Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf -- David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes -- A-Ha - Take On Me -- Talking Heads - Burning Down The House -- George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Bad To The Bone -- Fairground Attraction - Perfect -- Men At Work - Down Under -- Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart -- Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On -- Atomic Kitten - Eternal Flame

Ten guitars 2 - 42 songs from heartland New Zealand / Various artists (CD)
Disc 1: Let Your Love Flow -- (Bellamy Brothers) -- Love Really Hurts -- (Without You Billy Ocean) -- 3. Rock The Boat -- (Hues Corporation) -- You To Me Are Everything -- (The Real Thing) -- Long Train Runnin' -- (The Doobie Brothers) -- Help Is On Its Way -- (Little River Band) -- Rock Me Gently -- (Andy Kim) -- I Wanna Kiss You All Over -- (Exile) -- Dreadlock Holiday -- (10cc) -- Long Ago -- (Herbs) -- Reggae Night -- (Jimmy Cliff) -- Dance The Night Away -- (The Mavericks) -- I Love A Rainy Night -- (Eddie Rabbitt) -- Rhinestone Cowboy -- (Glen Campbell) -- Elvira -- (The Oak Ridge Boys) -- Put Another Log On The Fire -- (Bill and Boyd) -- Coward Of The County -- (Kenny Rogers) -- It Doesn't Matter Anymore -- (Mark Williams) -- Teardrops -- (Womack & Womack) -- Heaven Must Be A Missing Angel -- (Tavares) -- Machine Gun -- (The Commodores) -- Disc 2: Parehaka -- (Tim Finn And Herbs) -- I Got You Babe -- (UB40) -- Gimme Hope Jo'anna -- (Eddy Grant) -- Sweat (A La La La La Long) -- (Inner Circle) -- Mysterious Girl -- (Peter Andre) -- Don't Turn Around -- (Aswad) -- Lean On Me -- (Club Nouveax) -- Melting Pot -- (When The Cats Away) -- Hands Up -- (Ottowan) -- Rock Your Baby -- (George McCrae) -- Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe -- (Barry White) -- Sexy Eyes -- (Dr. Hook) -- Let's Stay Together -- (Al Green) -- I Can See Clearly Now -- (Johnny Nash) -- Reunited -- (Peaches & Herb) -- To All The Girls I've Loved Before -- (Willie Nelson) -- Hush Not A Word To Mary -- (John Rowles) -- It's Only Make Believe -- (Conway Twitty) -- Green, Green Grass Of Home -- (Tom Jones) -- Release Me -- (Engelbert Humperdinck) -- Ain't No Sunshine -- (Bill Withers)

Ten guitars - 40 songs from heartland New Zealand / Various artists {CD}
CD1: Listen to the music (The Doobie Brothers) -- Islands in the stream (Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers) -- Beautiful woman (Toots & the Maytels) -- Ten guitars (Engelbert Humperdink) -- Beautiful Sunday (Daniel Boone) -- Mississippi (Pussycat) -- I don't wanna dance (Eddy Grant) -- For today (Netherworld Dancing Toys) -- Sweet inspiration (The Yandall Sisters) -- Stumblin' in (Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman) -- Sha-la-la-la-la (The Walkers) -- Say I love you (Renee Geyer) -- Watching you (Ardijah) -- Rivers of Babylon (Boney M) -- Sensitive to a smile (Herbs) -- I want to wake up with you (Boris Gardiner) -- Stand by me (Ben E. King) -- The green door (Jim Lowe) -- Before the next tear drop falls (Freddie Fender) -- Tequila sunrise (Annie Whittle) CD2: What's the time Mr Wolf (Southside of Bombay) -- Kiss and say goodbye (UB40) -- Pass the dutchie (Musical Youth) -- Amigo (Black Slate) -- Shining star (The Manhattans) -- When you're in love with a beautiful woman (Dr Hook) -- It started with a kiss (Hot Chocolate) -- Yesterday was just the beginning of my life (Mark Williams) -- Poi E (Patea Maori Club) -- It only happens when I look at you (Renee Geyer) -- Right next door (because of me) (The Robert Cray Band) -- Wasted days and wasted nights (Freddie Fender) -- Shame shame on me (Kenny Dale) -- Beautiful lady (Patsy Riggir) -- Queen of hearts (Juice Newton) -- Cheryl Moana Marie (John Rowles) -- Baby blue (George Baker Selection) -- E Ipo (Prince Tui Teka) -- The bridge (Dean Waretini) -- Rainy night in Georgia (Brook Benton).

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