Seasonal songs by the likes of Coldplay, Neil Finn, Jimmy Eat World and others make up Nettwerk America’s forthcoming compilation “Maybe This Christmas.” Due Nov. 5, the 12-track collection is a combination of traditional seasonal fare and original songs. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the disc will benefit the Toys For Tots Foundation.
On the traditional side, Coldplay tackles “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and Phantom Planet performs “Winter Wonderland.” Among the original songs are Ron Sexsmith’s “Maybe This Christmas,” from which the set steals its title, Ben Folds’ “Bizarre Christmas Incident,” and “What a Year for a New Year,” a solo turn by Semisonic’s Dan Wilson.
Neil Finn, who earlier this year released his “One All” album via Nettwerk, contributes the track “Sweet Secret,” while Bright Eyes (aka singer/songwriter Connor Oberst) takes Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” down a notch with an decidedly alt-country approach.
The majority of the songs are exclusive, with only three previously released tracks included on the compilation. A live recording of Sarah McLachlan and the Barenaked Ladies performing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” previously appeared on the label’s 2000 holiday set “Christmas Songs.” Jimmy Eat World’s “12/23/95” was included on the band’s 1999 Capitol album “Clarity,” while Lorenna McKennit’s “Snow” first appeared on the Canadian singer/songwriter’s 1994 collection “To Drive the Cold Winter Away” (Quinlan Road).
The set will feature artwork by Paul Frank, who is perhaps best known for his “Julius & Friends” characters and animated series.
Here is the full “Maybe This Christmas” track listing:
“Winter Wonderland,” Phantom Planet
“Maybe This Christmas,” Ron Sexsmith
“Green Sleeves,” Vanessa Carlton
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Coldplay
“Blue Christmas,” Bright Eyes
“Happy Christmas,” Sense Field
“12/23/95,” Jimmy Eat World
“Bizarre Christmas Incident,” Ben Folds
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Sarah McLachlan & Barenaked Ladies
“What a Year for a New Year,” Dan Wilson
“Sweet Secret,” Neil Finn
“Snow,” Loreena McKennitt