Christmas album of the day: "Songs for a London Winter"

Tired of hearing about Christmas from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, take a music trip across the Atlantic for a different perspective on Yuletide.

This compilation assembled by members of the great pop band St. Etienne features a selection of pop and light jazz tunes from the 1950s and pre-Beatles 60s, all celebrating the season British style. Artists featured include the John Barry Seven, Alma Cogan, Billy Fury and Adam Faith. Nothing too rocking, but the Echoes' "Sounds Like Winter" sounds like "Tel-Star."

Fun stuff, and a nice diversion from the usual fare.


1940s Christmas cards