For those who love the numbers (hands up, both of you), here are some Marillion 2020 statistics for you:
- This is the third Marillion single in 2020, after the “Easter” and “Made Again” home recordings.
- This is the sixteenth Marillion Christmas CD. A full list of them can be found at bottom.
This year it’s a simple two-track CD single, instead of a live album, and it’s better that way. Not that a double live CD isn’t a fine way to spend Christmas, but this just feels more…Christmas-y.
Both tracks are produced by Michael Hunter. “All I Want for Christmas is You” features jingle bells, and the full band givin’ ‘er. Nice to hear Marillion just rocking! This is what I want to hear this Christmas — a party. Ian Mosely doesn’t get to pound a simple one out like this much anymore. This is good time Marillion Christmas dance party track — and there are not many of those! They even managed to squeeze in a so-cool Steve Rothery guitar solo without losing the fun.
For the sentimental type, enjoy a lovely “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Hard to believe Marillion haven’t covered this one yet, but they have now! They do it with piano, keyboards and light accompaniment. It’s done just the way you want to hear it, around the fire after the kids have been tucked in. Listen for Steve Hogarth’s Christmas message at the end.
Two Christmas songs done so perfectly that even a Grinch-like curmudgeon can enjoy them. What else do you want for a free Christmas CD?
Marillion Christmas CD collection
- Happy Christmas Everybody! (1998 – Webfree 1)
- marillion.christmas (1999 – Webfree 2)
- A Piss-Up in a Brewery (2000 – Webfree 3)
- A Very Barry Christmas (2001 – Webfree 4)
- Santa and His Elvis (2002 – Webfree 5)
- Say Cheese! Christmas With Marillion (2003 – Webfree 6)
- Baubles (2004 – Webfree 7)
- Merry Xmas to Our Flock (2005 – Webfree 8)
- The Jingle Book (2006 – Webfree 9)
- Somewhere Elf (2007 – Webfree 10)
- Pudding on the Ritz (2008 – Webfree 11)
- Chile for the Time of Year (2014 – Webfree 17)
- A Collection of Recycled Gifts (2014 – Compilation with new Christmas material)
- Christmas Tour 2014 – Live at the Forum (2014 Abbey Road “instant live”)
- A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas (2015 – Webfree 18)
- Christmas 2020 (2020 – Webfree 23)