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12 Greatest Carols

by The Butties

Fab Holiday Classics. Your fave Christmas Carols arranged and recorded with a very gear Mersey beat style
Genre: Holiday: Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy to the World
2:47 $0.99
2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
1:52 $0.99
3. The First Noel
2:07 $0.99
4. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
2:31 $0.99
5. Bethlehem 1
2:24 $0.99
6. What Child Is This?
2:26 $0.99
7. Angels We Have Heard on High
3:19 $0.99
8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
1:00 $0.99
9. A Jolly Old St. Nicholas
4:02 $0.99
10. Coventry Carol
4:37 $0.99
11. Bethlehem 2
2:45 $0.99
12. Let It Snow
3:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
It began as a wintertime whim back in 2000: record 3 yuletide tunes, arrangements inspired by a fab 60's vibe. The Butties released the CD "3" the following year and things started to snowball. In 2005 production completed and the result is "12 Greatest Carols": a collection of (you guessed it) a dozen Christmas carols, including the Butties' version of "Joy to the World" heard on the movie soundtrack of "Christmas with the Kranks" and on the NBC sitcom "Scrubs."

But what's the deal with the name "Butties"?
In the UK, "Butty" is slang for a fairly unhealthy sandwich (popular with a certain Merseyside group) consisting of bread, butter and one other sweet or salty or starchy ingredient (bacon or jam or cheese or chips, etc). Besides this screamingly obvious reference, the word "Butties" happens to look pretty nice on a bass drum (the "B" and the second "T" are in just the right places).

The band started in 1983 as a casual side project for Paul, Sam, Mark and Robbo when they were students at Syracuse University. The group provided an effective excuse to avoid studying and still appear busy. A few years after leaving school and going their separate ways, the lads discovered plenty of pressing responsibilities in the real world, too; despite living in cities thousands of miles apart, they made arrangements to begin playing again. Nowadays the Butties manage to regroup at least a couple times a year, usually playing marathon shows that run from 4-6 hours.

Cheers from the Butties to you.

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Just incredible
This CD guarantees to put you in the Christmas spirit! The talent of these guys being able to put Christmas songs to Beatles melodies will blow you away!

bob nolte

lottsa fun. very well done
hey this a lot better than i expected. very interesting how they wove their influences. really is alot of fun. will put a smile on us boomers.


Just brill!
This is like sex for the ears! Keep listening to Joy to the World and eventually you will stop singing Please Please Me! I can't wait for the Butties to come over to the UK and make it big. I fully recommend this CD for a fab Christmas and a funky new year

Todd Perkins

A PERFECT Christmas CD!!
If you love Christmas and you love The Beatles, this is the CD for your Holiday season! Fantastic playing and singing, it's funny, endearing and very clever. Just Great!!

George M

Hands Down Best Beatles Christmas CD EVER!
Beatlemania who? Vegas’ Fab Four, what? Step aside all Beatles tribute bands, the torch has been passed to The Butties and they deserve every accolade. If I could give it eleven stars, I would. For all those who love the Beatles, this is the finest album I’ve heard in ages and a must have. And if you love Christmas carols (hot dang), you’ve hit the jackpot! Ingeniously arranged, they must have spent years putting this together. Whoops! They did!


Love, love, love (it)!
They have everything a tribute act should have, like talent, accuracy and respect.
This CD is packed with arrangements masterly weaving traditionals with fab4 hints... melodies that will creep into your ear and stay there. After some time, you might even wonder whether it’s a Beatles original or one of these tracks you’re just whistling... The Butties have done a brillant job, esp. on “What Child Is This” avec les mots de Monsieur Lloyd qui vont très bien ensembles, and “A Jolly Old St. Nicholas”, so wonderful it leaves me speachless every time i hear it.
And – all you flower children out there – would you PLEASE PLEASE take a look at the artwork! Because this is a great album all over.


What A Magical Mystery Musical Trip!
What better way to celebrate the holidays than by taking what can be routine and making it special! That's what this CD does - new looks at old favorites. I can't wait for Christmas so that my friends don't look at me strangely when I pop this into the CD player again...


Couldn't be better!
We had a great time shouting out which fab four tune a particular track here was imitating. And then we found layer upon layer of musical quotes in the pieces. Very creative, well played, great musicianship!

Mike Stevens

Where has this been all my life?!!!
An absolutely wonderful CD. An instant classic that is so clever and so well done, you'll play it year round. If you're a Beatles fan, or if you know one, this CD is a guaranteed hit. I ended up buying copies for all my friends and relatives here at CD Baby. Why the radio stations haven't discovered this one is beyond me! Get it!

Jun B

Enjoying every minute of pure Beatle(less) rendition of songs
The whole family loves listening to new and refreshing songs that reminds us of the Fab Four and all of the British rock groups....love it love it love it !!
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