The trio of Eagles players behind last year’s hit Christmas album are gearing up to release their highly anticipated follow-up, A Philly Special Christmas Special.
Vinyl copies of the new album – again featuring Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata – are available to pre-order on-line Friday at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center.
The three pressings of last year’s album raised $1.25 million for the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center and other local charities. The goal is to exceed that goal this holiday season.
The new album’s 11 tracks include 10 holiday classics and one original song, “Santa’s Night,” written by Jason Kelce. Guest performers include singers Patti LaBelle and Amos Lee. Members of The Hooters, Mewithoutyou, Huffamoose, Sun Ra Arkestra and The Silver Ages Choir are also featured. This also applies to Chiefs star Travis Kelce, Jason’s younger brother – although there will be no guest appearances from Taylor Swift.
The album was produced by Charlie Hall of The War on Drugs and executive produced by former Eagle Connor Barwin, now team leader.
A pressing on red vinyl costs $75. A double album on gold vinyl containing both LPs costs $125. The deluxe package costs $150 and includes both albums, a 500-piece puzzle of the gatefold vinyl artwork, and a 7-inch vinyl record featuring “Santa’s Night” and “Dominick the Donkey.” The puzzle and 7-inch vinyl record are also available for pre-order for $50.
The albums will be shipped after Thanksgiving. “A Philly Special Christmas Special” will arrive on streaming platforms at a date to be announced. Last year the album was available on streaming services just before Christmas. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard compilation chart and reached the top 10 on three other charts.
The overwhelming demand for last year’s album led to pre-orders running out in minutes and some opportunists offering their copies for sale on eBay at inflated prices. This led to the additional pressures, which were also quickly awarded.
“We had so much fun making ‘A Philly Special Christmas’ last year that we wanted to do something extra special for this holiday season,” the Eagles trio said ahead of the pre-order. “So we got the gang back together, invited a few more friends to the party, and what happened next was magical.”