1. Deck the Halls (3:18)
2. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (3:52)
3. Hark the Herald Angels (3:37)
4. O Christmas Tree (2:53)
5. White Christmas (4:04)
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (3:18)
7. We Three Kings (3:32)
8. Auld Lang Syne (2:34)
9. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (2:57)
10. Twelve Days of Christmas (3:51)
I very nearly fell over when I discovered this album at a flea market during the summer. Christmas Disco (or, if you prefer, Disco Noel) is a staple of the Christmas blogs and regularly runs out the bandwidth at my own wee blog.
I'd heard rumors about additional tracks, maybe even a second album, but it wasn't until I had this 1980 sequel from Phoenix Records in my hand that my belief in the magic of Christmas disco was validated. Yes, Virginia, there is more Christmas disco by the Mistletoe Disco Band, or at least whichever group of session musicians they could stick the name on for this outing.
To be honest, this isn't quite as good as the first Christmas Disco. The first two tracks are heavy on the synth, and "Deck the Halls" is set to a reggae beat, which just doesn't say disco to me. Horrible overdubs by a disinterested singer bring "Hark the Herald Angels" crashing down.
But then it starts to get good. The "Oh, Momma" intro on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is priceless, and by this point the album has found its way back to the mix of vocals, synth and session funk that made the first outing a campy Christmas classic. There's even a version of "Auld Lang Syne" to get the boogie shoes moving on New Year's Eve.
While this can't compare to the original Christmas Disco, fans of that album will certainly want to have this to complete their collections. Digging through the second part of the album should yield some new holiday favorites for everyone else.