Title - 'Wrapped Up In Your Arms For Christmas'
Artist - Exile
For those not in the know, Exile, originally known as The Exiles, is an American band founded in Richmond, Kentucky, by J.P. Pennington. They started by playing local clubs which led to touring with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars opening shows and providing backup for major rock artists of the period.
Their name was shortened to Exile in 1973, consisting of leader/guitarist Pennington, lead singer Jimmy Stokley, Bernie Faulkner b3 sax acoustic guitar, Billy Luxon trumpet,keyboardist Buzz Cornelison, bassist Kenny Weir, and drummer Bobby Johns.
Exile hit the peak of their success in 1978 with the ballad hit "Kiss You All Over." After a couple of minor subsequent pop hits, they re-established in 1983 as a country music group. Between then and the early 1990s, the band had several country chart hits, including the Number Ones "Woke Up in Love", "I Don't Want to Be a Memory", "Give Me One More Chance", "Crazy For Your Love", "She's a Miracle", "Hang On to Your Heart", "I Could Get Used to You", "It'll Be Me", "She's Too Good to Be True" and "I Can't Get Close Enough".
Although their chart success waned by 1991, they have continued to record ever since and here in 2016 have just released a brand new Christmas album, entitled Wrapped Up In Your Arms For Christmas.
Kicking off in style with the vibrant guitar fun of 'Run Rudolph Run', before a somewhat slowed down, methodical version of 'Santa Clause Is Coming To Town', a beautiful 'Little Drummer Boy', a rarely heard Xmas track, 'Merry Christmas From Cancun', a joyful, fun 'Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy', and then a stunning country rendition of 'O Holy Night'.
Another slowed-down for appreciation track is the title song, 'Wrapped Up In Your Arms For Christmas', which is followed by another rarely heard Xmas gem, 'Bluegrass Kind Of Christmas'. This wonderful Christmas album then comes to a close with two live tracks: 'Go Where I Send Thee' and a chilling (no pun intended) 'Silent Night'.