For a limited time only, we've got over 1,200 free tracks now live on site. Yes, over 1,200. Take a look. http://amzn.to/fluniILet's get the negatives out the way first. The vast majority of the free tracks are from artists that I've never heard of and, given the lack of customer reviews on most pages, it looks like hardly anyone else has heard of them either. This in itself is not necessarily a bad thing - giving unsigned/little-known artists a major platform like Amazon to set out their stall is good. But, compared to the many well known names available on the US site, it's a bit frustrating to see so many pages of artists that you don't know.
Now the positive; there's good stuff in there - including a few Christmas tunes. First, some non-Christmas tunes that caught my eye:
- I Know and I Know (Reprise) by The Proclaimers. Leith's finest protesting against war.
- Burning Hell by Tom Jones. I wrote about this before (Free Download Friday #70: Amazon MP3s). If you didn't download it then, get it now!
- That's All [Live From Rock Werchter 2009] by Seasick Steve. Brilliant Blues track number 1.
- It's Bad You Know by R.L. Burnside. Brilliant Blues track number 2!
- A Christmas EP from KT Tunstall. Three tracks for free. I like the cover of 2000 Miles the best.
- Very Merry Christmas by Dave Barnes. I'm afraid I've never heard of him but this is track has a good swing to it.
- Angels We Have Heard On High by Chanticleer. Traditional take on a traditional carol from an unaccompanied choir.
- Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful and O Little Town Of Bethlehem by The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. As you would expect - high quality rendition of classic carols.