Music From the Major Motion Picture

Artists: Various
Silva Screen
RRP: £7.99
SILCD 1192
Available 10 October 2005

"Growing up in New York, I've always viewed Christmas as a holiday for everyone. Though rooted in religion, it has grown into a holiday that has come to represent the coming together of all mankind. It represents the best of people. I tried to capture that spirit in the songs of this album. Hopefully it will put a smile on your face" - Jon Favreau, director of

There were two Elf soundtracks released in 2003 to coincide with the movie release. One of which was John Debney's orchestrated score, the other was a collection of classic (and variations on a theme) Christmas songs. Silva Screen has reissued the later album, at a cheaper price, in time for Christmas 2005.

I am about to make a sad confession here. I'm one of those pitiful individuals who always over does Christmas. Every year I decorate the house for me and my family (mainly me) and play non-stop classic Christmas carols and olde crooner Christmas songs while we are eating dinner.

Last year, everyone complained that they were fed of hearing the same four CDs over and over again... so now I have another album to add to my Christmas collection.

This collection kicks off with Louis Prima's version of Pennies From Heaven. Also include is Sleigh Ride (Ella Fitzgerald), Jingle Bells (Jim Reeves), Winter Wonderland (Leon Redbone) and Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Eddy Arnold).

To be honest there are no surprises here. This is an album you're either going to love or hate - depending on whether you are full of the joys of Christmas, or are a bit of a Scrooge.

If you are of the former persuasion, this is certainly one Christmas album that's worth buying to get you in the mood for the festive period.

Ray Thompson

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