Monday, 1 December 2014

ADVENT CALENDAR: Dec 1st - Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

It's that time of year again. Christmas of course. Which means that RW/FF is oing its yearly advent calendar, featuring a festive musical treasure each day up until Christmas Eve. I'll try an feature a few tracks not featured in previous years, however many will be the ones I know and love. Like this one for example. I heard a U2 version of this a while ago that sounded rather flat compared to this wonderful original. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is a Christmas holiday song sung by Darlene Love and included on the 1963 Christmas compilation album, A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records. The song was written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry along with Phil Spector, with the intentions of being sung by Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes. According to Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector was not able to put as much emotion into the song as needed. Instead, Love was brought into the studio to record the song which became a big success over time and one of Darlene Love's signature tunes.

In December 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" first on its list of The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs, saying that "nobody can match Love's emotion and sheer vocal power."