- Released: October 30, 2001
- Label: Philo / Umgd
- 1.Monster in Law
- 2.November Skies
- 3.You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
- 4.One Good Year
- 5.You Don't Have to Tell Me
Personnel: Slaid Cleaves (vocals, guitar); Oliver Stick (accordion); Gurf Morux (acoustic & electric guitars, baritone guitar, magnus organ, background vocals); Oliver Steck (trumpet); Ivan Brown (bass, background vocals); Rick Richards (drums, djembe); Chris Searles (tambourine).
Recorded at Rootball, Austin, Texas. Includes liner notes by J. Seymour Guenther.
Personnel: Slaid Cleaves (vocals); Gurf Morlix (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, baritone guitar, organ, background vocals); Charles Arthur (acoustic guitar, steel guitar, baritone guitar); Rick Richards (drums); Chris Searles (tambourine); Ivan Browne (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Gurf Morlix.
Liner Note Author: J. Seymour Guenther.
Recording information: Rootball, Austin, TX.
Photographer: Todd V. Wolfson.
On this 2001 release, the generically titled Holiday Sampler, contemporary singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves applies his skills as a writer and interpreter to a set of songs designed to complement the autumn and winter holidays, starting with the Halloween-for-adults song "Monster in Law," working through "November Skies," and rounding out with the valentine "You Don't Have to Tell Me." Sparsely produced by Gurf Morlix, the album is warm enough to keep everything cozy over the winter months, but interesting enough to sound good all the year round. ~ Zac Johnson