Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In, which features 11 brand-new recordings and five highly coveted and previously unavailable tracks, is available NOW as an iTunes LP (with loads of bonus content see below) here:
Here's what you need to know about Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In:
· BRAND NEW ORIGINAL SONGS : Devo's quirky and warming Merry Something To You, Cavo's stunning "Home For Christmas" (also with exclusive Song Mixer), Kara DioGuardi and Jason Reeves' original smash "New York in Wintertime, American Bang's heartfelt "Christmas Song, and Rachael Yamagata's melodic "Baby Come Find Me At Christmas, amongst others originals by The Goo Goo Dolls, who deliver a trembling acoustic version of Better Days, and Regina Spektor, who contributes a somber and eye-opening December.
· COVERS: The holiday cover songs run the gamut in ambition and diversity. Foxy Shazam take on the risqué and controversial "Heaven on Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar. The Ready Set bring a modern and anthemic sensibility to Paul McCartney's classic Wonderful Christmastime. Oasis cover their fellow U.K. rocker's Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody." The Dirt Drifters bring country to the U2 version smash "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Everest dusts off the Marvin Gaye deep-cut Christmas in the City. Stardeath and White Dwarfs shed a whole new light on Wham!'s Last Christmas, and Tegan and Sara master a lovingly harmonious version of The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late), which features their mom on guest vocals.
· STANDARDS: Warner Bros. Records is honored to include the late Ben Keith's Les Trois Cloches, featuring vocals by Neil Young and Pegi Young (Neil's only vocal holiday track), the Hitman David Foster also delivers a captivating arrangement of Carol of the Bells. The Spill Canvas bring a true-to-form rendition of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. WMG newcomers House of Heroes capture an incredible "O Come, O Come O Emmanuel," and The Flaming Lips contribute a live and crowd-involved version of Little Drummer Boy.
The very special Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In iTunes LP is a gift for people of all ages. It features:
-Cavo Song mixer: A cutting-edge and endlessly entertaining experience featuring Cavos Home For Christmas that allows the user to play or mute the vocals, drums, guitar, and bass tracks as desired.
-Games: A Memory game including 20 pairs of artist photos that must be matched to win, and a Spot the Difference game with two seemingly identical photos that have 13 differences to be found.
-Videos: Music video by Devo (with images by singer Mark Mothersbaugh), and exclusive Making Of videos by The Ready Set and Everest that both feature surprise footage not to be missed.
-Photos: Artist photos from today as well as exclusive Holiday pictures unearthed from the family photo albums of The Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Foxy Shazam, the WB staff, and more.
-Lyrics: Hand-written lyrics for select original songs.
-Bonus Tracks: Exclusive LP Holiday Music by The Red Elephant that plays upon launch of the LP, and a very metal Hanukkah, Oh Chanukkah by Franklin.
-Interactive visualizer: Features falling snowflakes and a summonable snowplow as the album plays.
Happy holidays everyone!
The track-listing for Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In is as follows:
Cavo Home For Christmas
Ben Keith (Feat Neil Young and Pegi Young): Les Trois Cloches
Oasis Merry Christmas Everybody
American Bang Christmas Song
Jason Reeves and Kara DioGuardi New York in Wintertime
Tegan and Sara The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Dont Be Late)
Regina Spektor December
Devo Merry Something To You
David Foster Carol of the Bells [Instrumental]
The Ready Set Wonderful Christmastime
Foxy Shazam Heaven On Their Minds
The Goo Goo Dolls Better Days [Acoustic Version]
Rachael Yamagata Baby Come Find Me At Christmas
Everest Christmas in the City
The Dirt Drifters Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
The Spill Canvas It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Stardeath and White Dwarfs Last Christmas
House of Heroes O Come, O Come Emmanuel
The Flaming Lips Little Drummer Boy (Live)
Franklin Hanukkah, Oh Channukah (Bonus track)
The Red Elephant Brooklyn Sleigh Ride (Bonus Track)
Also look out for exclusively sequenced Gift Wrapped CDs at Hot Topic (Gift Wrapped: Stocking Stuffer) and at independent music retailers (Gift Wrapped: A Change In Season) on November 22nd, 2010.