Nick Lowe is back with his first ever Christmas collection, called Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. The album features several newly written Lowe originals, "I Was Born In Bethlehem," and "Christmas At The Airport," alongside such standards as "Silent Night" and "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day."
In addition to his own work -- including writing such classics as "Cruel To Be Kind," "I Knew The Bride," and "What's So Funny (About Peace Love And Understanding)" -- Nick Lowe is a renowned record producer, having manned the boards for Elvis Costello's groundbreaking albums This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy, Trust, Blood And Chocolate, and Brutal Youth. He also produced albums by the Damned, Graham Parker, and the Pretenders' 1979 debut single, the hit remake of the Kinks' "Stop Your Sobbing."
Nick Lowe admitted that he was at first put off when the execs at his record label put forth the idea that he might consider dipping his toe into the yuletide waters for his next album: "I got a kinda snooty and rather snotty reaction to it. On the one hand; I really like Christmas music. In our house we begin playing it in the beginning of December and on to, sort of, the New Year. But I always thought I was a bit too grand and arty-crafty to ever do anything myself -- y'know, far too wonderful, y'know, to actually soil my hands with making something myself. But, when I, sort of, actually thought of this nonsense and actually realized how nonsensical that was, I changed my mind completely and I thought, 'No, wait a minute, I think I could actually, at best, come up with something that could be really, really good and that people would want to play not just this Christmas, but in Christmases to come. Y'know, they'll dig it out, again.'"
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