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New Music: Paul McCartney – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”

on October 25, 2012, 10:00am

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We’ve heard Sharon and Rufus’ caroling, now Paul McCartney has unwrapped his contribution to the forthcoming Starbucks Christmas compilation, Holidays Rule, due out October 30th via Hear Music and Concord. The former Beatle tackles ”The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”, and as my girlfriend Heather Kaplan observes on her way out to work, “there seems to be a competition to how slow one can sing this song.” Macca’s take, however, goes for the win over an egg nog cocktail and a lounge-y tempo that’s picture perfect for a cozy seasonal fire. So, grab some nearby Halloween candy, and kick off your holidays early, courtesy of Rolling Stone.

As previously reported, Holidays Rule sports 17 tracks, featuring contributions by The Shins, Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, and more. Peep the full tracklist below and head to your local Starbucks next week to pick one up.

Holidays Rule Tracklist:
01. fun. – “Sleigh Ride”
02. The Shins – “Wonderful Christmastime”
03. Rufus Wainwright with Sharon Van Etten – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
04. Paul McCartney -”The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”
05. Black Prairie – “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag” [ft. Sallie Ford]
06. The Civil Wars – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
07. Calexico – “Green Grows the Holly”
08. AgesandAges – “We Need a Little Christmas”
09. Holly Golightly – “That’s What I Want For Christmas”
10. Irma Thomas with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “May Everyday Be Christmas”
11. Heartless Bastards -”Blue Christmas”
12. Eleanor Friedberger – “Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me”
13. Fruit Bats – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
14. Y La Bamb -  “Señor Santa”
15. The Punch Brothers – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
16. The Head & the Heart – “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”
17. Andrew Bird – “Auld Lang Syne”