Christmas Rhapsody

November 30, 2008 12:25 AM

Kris Kringle! No! Do not give him coal!

I record something for Christmas every year. This was probably the most ambitious, from 2003. From the imaginary album A Silent Night At The Opera.

Vocals: Scott Adler, David Bender, Lisa Gallien, David Taylor (lead). Guitar: David Hearst. Bass: Craig McFarland. Piano: Chris Now. Drums: Steve Rosenthal. Spot vocals, recorder, sleigh bells: Tim Walters. Lyrics by Steve and Tim.

posted by doubtfulpalace (30 comments total) 81 users marked this as a favorite

This is excellent -- aside from the impressive production quality, the vocal layering works really well. Queen would be proud.
posted by spiderskull at 12:41 AM on November 30, 2008 [1 favorite]

Seconding the impressive production quality!
posted by spherical_perceptions at 9:47 AM on November 30, 2008

Best version I've ever heard of this song. Perfect.
posted by Corduroy at 11:07 AM on November 30, 2008

posted by TwoWordReview at 11:45 AM on November 30, 2008

posted by not_on_display at 10:01 PM on November 30, 2008 [1 favorite]

Is this meta enough for you?:

I was laughing and appreciating this so much I just washed out of the poker tournament I was playing in (entry into which was motivated by another metafilter thread just posted). Another 10 cents down the tubes™.

Great job on the song!
posted by empyrean at 10:39 PM on November 30, 2008

Oh shit, this is so spot on. God damn.
posted by cortex at 8:26 AM on December 3, 2008

Holy cats, that is impressive in so many ways.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 9:56 AM on December 3, 2008

haha, lump of anthracite is inspired.
posted by pb at 10:19 AM on December 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


And if this doesn't deserve a sidebar appearance, I guess I just don't understand the sidebar then.
posted by papafrita at 4:16 PM on December 5, 2008

posted by chococat at 9:32 PM on December 5, 2008

This is the kind of thing that I save the phrase "Woah Nelly" for. Woah Nelly!
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 11:20 PM on December 5, 2008

Holy... shit. Whoa.
posted by ORthey at 1:20 PM on December 6, 2008

This is awesome.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:00 AM on December 8, 2008

Holy shit.
posted by chillmost at 2:33 PM on December 8, 2008

*&^$ me, that's good.

Can we nominate this post for the December Awesome Post Contest?

posted by Nice Guy Mike at 8:23 PM on December 8, 2008

killer sleigh bells performance.
posted by dagosto at 11:33 PM on December 8, 2008

This is so good, I think my car's airbag just blew out in front of a security camera during the break-down.
posted by isopraxis at 4:36 PM on December 9, 2008

WOW... The kids love it too - though I had to introduce them to Queen and the original so they understood how amazing this is!
posted by jkaczor at 3:45 PM on December 10, 2008

This is probably better than even the original. It means so much more to me. Rock on!
posted by arishaun at 11:25 PM on December 13, 2008

Marmymarchhareballs, man. Good show.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:37 PM on December 16, 2008

Holy. Christmas. Shit.

This is awesome and I have to wait a year to play it to anyone. Humbug!
posted by Jofus at 3:04 AM on January 20, 2009

This. This here? This is awesome.
posted by dg at 3:41 AM on December 21, 2009

Amazingly awesomely good. Like, infinite goodness.
posted by misha at 7:57 AM on April 23, 2010

At right around 3:00, the way "Jingle Bells" falls into the modulation is excellent.
posted by eritain at 11:26 PM on December 5, 2010 [1 favorite]

I just discovered this and it is brilliant! Excellent mastering as well.
posted by capricorn at 10:25 AM on December 30, 2014

Humbling. Awesome musical production, but damn the lyrics are utterly world-class satire. A++ for use of anthracite, would listen again and again!
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:11 PM on December 7, 2015

posted by Devils Rancher at 5:12 PM on December 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

I just found it now, in 2019!
posted by JHarris at 4:30 PM on December 2, 2019 [1 favorite]

Same, JHarris. Holy cow, this is amazing!!
posted by mpark at 9:48 AM on December 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

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