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A Bowtie Christmas And More

by Johnny "Bowtie" Barstow

Bizarre and hilarious vocal interpretations of Christmas music and American popular song. Great for the entire family. Produced by Larry Goldings.
Genre: Easy Listening: American Popular Song
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy To The World
1:54 $0.99
2. Jingle Bells
2:02 $0.99
3. The First Noel
2:56 $0.99
4. Deck The Halls
0:52 $0.99
5. O Come All Ye Faithful
1:49 $0.99
6. Winter Wonderland
1:45 $0.99
7. Do You Hear What I Hear?
3:21 $0.99
8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
1:52 $0.99
9. Silent Night
2:35 $0.99
10. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
1:53 $0.99
11. Mack The Knife
3:09 $0.99
12. Blue Skies
2:12 $0.99
13. Thou Swell
2:25 $0.99
14. If I Only Had A Heart
3:16 $0.99
15. Fascinating Rhythm
2:04 $0.99
16. In The Mood
1:55 $0.99
17. Oh Danny Boy
2:32 $0.99
18. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
1:58 $0.99
19. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey
1:23 $0.99
20. The Girl From Ipanema
2:57 $0.99
21. Has Anybody Seen My Gal?
2:25 $0.99
22. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover
1:35 $0.99
23. As Time Goes By
2:46 $0.99
24. Blue Skies
3:14 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"...Keyboardist Larry Goldings, known for his work with John Scofield and Madeleine Peyroux, as well as his ongoing cooperative trio with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart, discovered Bowtie performing at New York's The Angry Squire's open mic night in the early 1990s. Immediately stricken by Bowtie's distinctive approach to the Great American Songbook, he made the decision that Bowtie, an artist sadly overlooked by a visionless music industry, demanded documentation. Over the course of two years, Goldings recorded Bowtie at his home studio, the result being "A Bowtie Christmas and More" - an album of holiday music and timeless standards thats sure to set the hairs on the neck of the most discerning listener at full attention....

...Bending pitch and time in ways rarely heard on record....
Unquestionably the most challenging Christmas album ever recorded, "A 'Bowtie' Christmas and More" raises the bar, forcing the serious listener to question every musical value he or she holds dear.......

....Every now and then an artist emerges whose vision is so unique that it creates an entirely new musical paradigm. Stretching the realm of technique by introducing harmonic or rhythmic contexts far removed from the norm, they’re often unappreciated in their time, but the passage of years can ultimately bring recognition for their genius. Ornette Coleman was one such artist. Now we have singer Johnny “Bowtie” Barstow....."

- John Kelman, allaboutjazz

Here's what fans are saying...

"In art, there are painters with a style so distinctive that one can merely take a look at the corner of the canvas & immediately identify the creator by the style of his brushstroke. Much is the same in music: one note of Miles Davis' muted trumpet and you know right away. Bowtie is such an artist, with a sound and style so distinctive; that phrasing, those notes-it can only be Bowtie".

- Will Lee (electric bassist, singer)

"When I hear Over The Rainbow, I think of Judy Garland. When I hear Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, I think of Marilyn Monroe. And in the future, when I hear The First Noel, I shall think of Bowtie. He has made it his own - and that goes for anything he sings."
- Richard Rodney Bennett (Composer, Performer)

"Accompanying John Barstow is a unique challenge and one that I welcome."
- Bill Stewart (Drummer, Composer)

"I recorded one session featuring Bowtie backed by The Larry Goldings Trio. All I can say is...this hep cat makes you think you're hearing your favorite old tune for the very first time...crazy, man, crazy."
- James Farber (Recording Engineer)



to write a review

Jeff Wahlen

Absolutely extraordinary! Indelibly unforgettable!
This compilation of holiday favorites, twisted with just the right humorous touch, is a must own for anyone's Christmas Music collection. I promise, you WILL laugh.


Odd, funny and entertaining
If you could combine Tom Waits, Charles Manson and a lounge singer, you would have Bowtie! Made me laugh and provided hours of "unfettered" entertainment over visiting my brother-in-law's family up in Seattle over Christmas, too. We were all singing along...


I'd give this CD eight or nine stars if I could!
So many choices which truly deserve mention on this CD!

In "A Bowtie Christmas", The First Noel, Do You Hear What I Hear and Santa Claus is Coming to Town are particularly fine; in "And More", Barstow's Blue Skies and The Girl From Ipanema are interpretations of sheer genius!

All in all: a magnificent compilation of pieces on this CD! Kudos and also to the accompanying musicians, especially Larry Goldings on keyboards. Goldings is an unusually sensitive accompanist whose ability to follow the soloist has no equal.

(I also sent this CD to my sister, who is a trained concert singer: she RAVED about the performances!)

George Naha

Timeless and more!
This truly is a timeless recording. It is also quite often tuneless! Johnny bravely leads the musicians through his personal musical minefield, and they make it through with almost all of their limbs intact. Wonderful! I understand that these tracks were recorded using 2 inch Kevlar tape, and I think it was a wise choice for capturing Bowtie's purity of essence.

John Jensen

A rare stylist....with potential...
It's rare to hear such a unique and original who doesn't allow his creative impulse to be stifled by the usual constraints of melody, rhythm and taste.
Bowtie should go's hoping he does!

Ron Mills Orchestra

A must-have for Christmas and crooner fans!
A stellar performance by the artiste and the rhythm section. All the tracks demonstrate a passion not often heard or seen in this business. As a full-time musician, I recognize the challenge and success of this project. My hat and bowtie are off to you!

Schilke B6

Not many people know the lyrics to "In The Mood"...and the one ones that do cannot pull them off the Johnny!!!
He's the best!!!!

Kirik Jenness

Not since I was in South Africa have I heard such raw feeling put forth through words set to music. I will definitely look into it. Tremendous!

The Mad Poet

No serious music collector can be without this CD.
This CD is one of the brightest stars in the outsider music constellation; it shines alongside such luminary classics as The Shaggs' "Philosphy of the World," Lucia Pamela's "Into Outer Space," T. Valentine's "Hello Lucille Are You A Lesbian," and of course the body of Daniel Johnston's work. No serious music collector can be without it.


Joyous, Joyous...
After too long a long wait, it is finally here!

Immerse yourself in this CD for almost Zen-like experience. I would have wished for a two CD set, not only for more music (of course!), but for the separation of Christmas and popular selections. And, if I had to quibble, I would say that Mr. Barstow pulls his punches a bit in "Danny Boy"; I would have liked to hear him reach for the stars. But, an amazing experience, and well deserving of five stars. Enjoy!
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