Once an artist uses our platform to connect with an audience, we grandfather them into the NoiseTrade community for life and keep our antennae tuned to let you know about whatever future projects they’re working on. This week’s heads up: NT Alumni Rosie Thomas is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of A Very Rosie Christmaswith its first ever vinyl pressing as part of Record Store Day Black Friday 2018!
When Rosie Thomas first released her holiday album A Very Rosie Christmas back in 2008, it quickly found its way into the top tier territory of my personal Christmas canon and I tried to convince everyone I knew that the perfectly boisterous “Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year” was the best modern Christmas song since Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Thomas’ charming voice, indie-pop instrumental choices, and quirky sense of humor always make her records a truly unique listening experience and A Very Rosie Christmas elevates that sentiment on all three fronts with the perfect balance of Christmas originals, seasonal classics, and even a couple heartwarming skits to boot. In 2013, Rolling Stone even named it as one of their 40 Essential Christmas Albums of all-time.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album’s release, Thomas has pressed A Very Rosie Christmas on vinyl for the first time! Originally released last month as part of Record Store Day Black Friday 2018, the album comes in two seasonally appropriate variants: “Red Ice” (translucent red wax) and “Lump of Coal” (opaque black wax). Also new to this 140g vinyl pressing is the bonus track “Remember When It Snowed,” Thomas’ 2011 holiday single that fits perfectly alongside the more tender moments of the album like “Christmastime Is Here” and “River.” However, fans of Thomas’ comedic Sheila Saputo character must brace themselves that the story track “Sheila’s Christmas Miracle” (featuring singer-songwriter Damien Jurado) had to be cut for timing and space issues – a smart decision that keeps the album to one disc and helps maintain a quality pressing that is readily apparent through the crisp mix and clean press job.
To go even further with the 10-year festivities, A Very Rosie Christmas is also available on a limited edition green cassette and it’s making its debut on Spotify as well. (As a side note, “Sheila’s Christmas Miracle” is restored on the cassette and on all digital formats). If that’s not enough for you, Thomas even crafted A Very Rosie Christmas singalong songbook of piano and vocal sheet music for all your old-fashioned piano party needs. As incredible as it has been to have this album on CD for the last decade, I’m even more excited to finally have it on quality vinyl for many Christmases to come.
A Very Rosie Christmas vinyl (both variants), cassette, and singalong songbook can be ordered here: https://rosiethomas.bandcamp.com/
As an additional bonus, Thomas’ A Very Rosie Christmas Sampler featuring three album tracks and a fourth bonus track (“Friendship Sleigh Ride”) is still available on our site as well: https://noisetrade.com/rosiethomas/a-very-rosie-christmas-sampler