Always ready to get into the spirit of Christmas, the boys recorded several original Christmas songs – the most well known being Red Lights (Merry Christmas) and this melancholy chestnut “Just For Christmas” (listen above). Recorded in Athens in 1990, it features a faux mandolin track played by Peter Stroud who joined the group after the Gloryline release. There was no mandolin available in the studio and one couldn’t be found, so the band improvised with Peter playing instead a 12-string electric guitar in mandolin style while producer/engineer John Keane slowed the track for recording. Played at normal speed, the 12-string passed admirably as a mandolin and perfectly complemented the song’s message of hope in the face of heartbreak.
Also, check the DSR Music Player on our website to listen to “Red Lights (Merry Christmas)”