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The Aqua Velvets - A Very Velvet Christmasdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis two song Christmas CD-R is not commercially available. Miles and Michael burned a few copies for friends from tracks cut back in 1997 for their A Silky Christmas cassette. Always great to return to these great recordings at the holidays.
Picks: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Oh Holy Night

Track by Track Review

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

The shimmer of vibrato sets the mood for this aqueous rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Retaining all the silky emotional content of the fifties hit versions, the Aqua Velvets replace the innocuous vocals with the pulsing shine of vibrato guitar. Velvety smooth.

Oh Holy Night dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Oh holy cow! This is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous, pristine, up tempo, emotional, and rhythmic. A truly fine performance, and a marvelous approach to classic holiday fair. Makes you drool. The closing chorus is amazingly haunting. The Aqua Velvets bring a rich sound to "O Holy Night" with Miles' vibrato lead guitar over a silky backtrack. Just a little moody, with a silky haunting ambiance and lush depth.