Album: Various artists, All Ready for the 25th (Sartorial)

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Any Christmas album that begins with a rendition of "Silent Night" on the musical saw (from David Coulter) scores points, at least, for originality.

Thereafter, All Ready… is a mixed stocking, curated by Terry Edwards, with its mostly underground contributors (the biggest names are Department S and Edwards himself) tackling Yuletide hits in styles ranging from cool jazz (the NJE) to boogie-woogie (Kimberley Rew) to unlistenable noise (Psychic Pussies).