Hear Clips from Scott Weiland’s Christmas Album

2011-10-14

Story by Charles Ken

Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland preview tracks from Christmas release

Stone Temple Pilots crooner Scott Weiland first planned to drop a Christmas album last year, and after a year-long delay, the collection of merry songs will finally arrive Oct. 24, 2011, via Rhino Records. Amazon.com has posted a stream of song clips from the forthcoming album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, on their website. On the release, Weiland’s tenor sounds almost purpose-made to cover the classics, including “O Holy Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “What Child is This?” among others. Who would have thought?

Weiland seems attached to the holiday assemblage, as he states in the album’s liner notes, “I hope this music, a labor of love from all of ‘us,’ finds you and touches your heart and soul. For that was the purpose of it. Not just these fabulous musicians but moreover, it was the absolute intent of the original writers, players, and legendary icons from days long gone.”

He goes on to say that “whether it be Frank, Bing or Nat King Cole,” these songs endure the test of time. “ … A lot of these tunes were written during times of strife within our country and, in fact, around the world,” he said. “Whether it be the depression or wartime, when these Christmas messages were sent out to men & women of our armed services in a fox hole or hospital, just as today those brave souls who dare to give it all.”

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, was inspired by Weiland’s popular rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” which was released as a single in 2009. He also played the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2006. Find the full track listing from the release, here.

 




Posted by Charles Ken | Music, Rock, Rock News

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