Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra - A Very Ping Pong Christmas (Ubiquity)
Trust Shawn Lee to have had so much fun with his Hits the Hits album that he decided to compile another longplaying covers collection, this time in praise of wintery festivities instead of pop songs. Musically quite raw, an unflinching drum kit and frowning bass guitar provide the starting point for Lee’s Xmas renditions, which feature contributions from Mick Talbot of Style Council fame. A number of tracks on A Very Ping Pong Christmas are rather jolly, but others are more than a little scrooge-like. Check the angelic guitarry version of “O Come All Ye Faithful”, funked-up “Jingle Bells” and introspective “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. All of Shawn Lee’s covers are instrumental versions, so gather family and friends together for a Christmas singalong with a difference.