A Chilliwack musician has recorded and pressed to vinyl a not-so-typical Christmas album of original tunes.
Lorne Campbell released A Crumble Christmas digitally last year, but it was only this year that it was finally put on vinyl. He’ll be celebrating the launch of the vinyl album Dec. 11 in downtown Chilliwack.
Campbell said his 10 original songs are different than traditional Christmas tunes.
“You have to have an open heart and mind because it’s not Silent Night,” Campbell said. “It’s kind of eclectic. It’s kind of all over the map.”
A Crumble Christmas is mix of alternative, country, pop, show tunes and “heavy-ish reggae rock,” he said.
Songs like Olive, the Other Reindeer which he wrote more than 25 years ago join newer tunes like Fezziwig’s Ball and The Greatest Story Ever Sold.
“It’s not anti-Christmas but I think it tells a bit of truth of how commercialized it is… some on purpose, some indirectly.”
He recorded it with help from Bill Fulton of Bb Flats Studio in Chilliwack.
There are 11 songs on the album; the 10 original songs, plus a pop-jazz version of Silent Night for his grandmother.
He performs vocals, drums and guitar while Fulton plays bass guitar, upright guitar, keyboard and sings vocals. Fulton’s wife, Mary Lindsay, also sings on the album, plus there’s music by Stuart Young and Rick Barker.
Getting the album pressed to vinyl was his life goal, Campbell said. He had it done at Clampdown Records in Burnaby where he got 100 copies made.
“This is a promotional thing for me. I just selfishly wanted one or two copies for myself so I can put it in my collection and say ‘I did a vinyl album.’”
And now every time he listens to A Crumble Christmas, it puts a smile on his face, he said.
“I’m just so happy that I finally can say I’m on vinyl.”
Campbell and Fulton will be at Chilliwax Records (45895 Wellington Ave.) on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for the launch of A Crumble Christmas on vinyl. They will be handing out product during that time to folks who drop by.
People can also download the digital album at soundcloud.com.