‘A Very Murray Christmas' Soundtrack Isn’t Available, But These Similar Songs Will Satisfy Your Craving For Carols
With the star-studded holiday Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas ready to stream on Dec. 4, anticipation for the Sofia Coppola-directed, Bill Murray-starring film is sky high. And, with so many celebrities lending their vocal talents to the movie, people are also wondering if you can buy the A Very Murray Christmas soundtrack? Unfortunately, Bustle reached out to Netflix and was told there is no soundtrack for the movie. But, there is some good news: Bill Murray and the band Phoenix collaborated on their own Christmas single, "Alone On Christmas Day," that can be purchased.
And, since the film will be streaming on Netflix, it'll be right there to watch and re-watch all Christmas season long whenever you get a hankering to hear the music. But, if you really want to have just the songs isolated, you can put together your own A Very Murray Christmas soundtrack. Handily helping things is this extra-long teaser trailer, which, in the style of greatest hits album TV commercials, give a little hint at some of the songs that will be featured in the special. Now, these versions aren't available for purchase, but the Christmas classics that inspired the soundtrack are — and that will have to work for the time being.
"Sleigh Ride" with Bill Murray & Miley Cyrus
This is a Christmas classic. "Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling too." It's usually done as a solo performance or with a group, like the above Ronettes performance, but there have been male/female duets on that song as well.
"Silent Night" With Miley Cyrus & Paul Shaffer
With Shaffer on piano, Cyrus does a classic-sounding version of the song, letting her powerful and slightly scratchy voice take center stage, not unlike the above Emmylou Harris version (depending on whether Cyrus' adds a choral arrangement at the end).
"Do You Hear What I Hear" With Bill Murray & Chris Rock
Murray is doing a pretty straightforward version of the song. The unique aspect is Rock, whispering softly in the background as backup.
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" with Maya Rudolph
There's only one version of "Christmas" worth knowing before Maya Rudolph decided to give it a go, and that's Darlene Love's. With a voice just as powerful in 2014 as it was when she first recorded it in 1963, every time Love performs the song, it's enough to cause chills.
"Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" With George Clooney
Yep, that's right: This is no practical joke from the Cloonster. "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" is an actual song.
"Only You" With Jason Schwartzman & Rashida Jones
Leave it to hipster darlings Jason Schwartzman and Rashida Jones to come up with a Christmas song that's this under the radar. It's the above a cappella version of "Only You" that hit the top of the British charts as a Christmas song, though the Schwartzman/Jones version will probably be closer to the Kylie Minogue/James Cordon cover.
"Let It Snow" With Most Of The Above
Judging from the preview, the whole crew comes together in order to sing "Let It Snow," and since the whole special is going for a classic big band song and dance special, this Frank Sinatra version feels like it's in a similar spirit.
This is by no means all of the songs that will be included in the special. But, it's a tantalizing taste of what to expect come Dec. 4!
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