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This limited edition two-track single, containing a pair of Christmas-themed covers, had a slightly curious origin. The first track, "Frosty the Snowman," was recorded a full year earlier for an issue of a British CD magazine, Volume, as both an acknowledgement that the band was still around and to celebrate the issue's end of year release. Guthrie didn't want a religiously-themed song to reinterpret, that not being his bag in general, thus the choice of a more secular tune. When Snow surfaced in its own right, the group added another non-religious themed standard, "Winter Wonderland," to round things out. Both versions are perfectly enjoyable takes; the Cocteaus lean more towards their sweetly blissful than their powerfully dramatic side for the takes, a choice which suits the bouncy feeling of both songs perfectly. "Frosty" gets the slightly slower take, Fraser 's voice happily playing around with the fun lyrics as Guthrie and Raymonde create a fine overall arrangement Cocteaus style. "Winter Wonderland" gets a perkier pace but still has a relaxed, contented glow, Fraser using her higher register to flesh things out. Both tracks have turned up on more widely available Christmas-themed various artist compilations since.

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While on their international tour supporting Heaven or Las Vegas , the group signed a new recording contract with Mercury Records subsidiary Fontana for the UK and elsewhere, while retaining their US relationship with Capitol. In 1991, 4AD and Capitol released a box set that compiled the band's EPs from 1982 to 1990, and also included a bonus disc of rare or previously unreleased material.

Snow received fairly positive reviews from contemporary music critics despite its limited release. AllMusic 's Ned Raggett called the EP "perfectly enjoyable", noted its calmness and praised Elizabeth Fraser ' vocal performance. [2] Hybrid Magazine' s Tom Topkoff noted that the songs sounded similar to the group's non-holiday songs and declared that the album was "sure to bring you joy during each holiday season". [3] Pitchfork named "Frosty the Snowman" the 36th best holiday song of all time. [4]

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