The urge to record a Christ­mas al­bum and head home is only Hu­man Na­ture

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HU­MAN Na­ture (pic­tured) are tak­ing a break from the bright lights of Las Vegas and com­ing home for Christ­mas. Hu­man Na­ture – The Christ­mas Al­bum is the group’s first yule­tide col­lec­tion, al­though they fea­ture on sev­eral char­ity al­bums and are Carols by Can­dle­light reg­u­lars. ‘‘Ev­ery year peo­ple would say ‘you guys should do a Christ­mas al­bum’ and we say ‘yeah we should, it would be good, wouldn’t it?’ Then 24 years later, we fi­nally do one,’’ Phil Bur­ton says. The group wanted to in­ject some soul into the songs, Mike Tier­ney says. ‘‘(We wanted to) bring some of that Mo­town el­e­ment to the songs and not do a crooner kind of Christ­mas record,’’ he says. The al­bum fea­tures a duet with Jessica Mauboy for a flir­ta­tious ver­sion of Sleigh Ride. It also in­cludes Christ­mas (Baby Please Come Home), a doo-wop ver­sion of White Christ­mas and a song that weaves to­gether Silent Night and O Holy Night. Hu­man Na­ture have been per­form­ing in Las Vegas since 2009, spend­ing more than three years at the Im­pe­rial Palace and then mov­ing to a res­i­dency at The Vene­tian in Jan­uary. ‘‘We’ve done 900 shows over the last four and a half years and be­cause the au­di­ence changes ev­ery night it’s kind of a chance to try and build the per­fect show,’’ Bur­ton says. ‘‘You don’t have to feel like you have to put on a brand new show ev­ery night.’’ Toby Allen says it is a thrill to per­form across the road from the likes of El­ton John and Ce­line Dion. ‘‘It’s cool be­ing part of the mix of en­ter­tain­ers in Vegas,’’ he says. Celebri­ties who have dropped in to see Hu­man Na­ture’s Mo­town show at the casino in­clude Diana Ross, Sha­nia Twain, Meat Loaf and Mike Tyson. ‘‘The founder of Mo­town, Berry Gordy, came and saw our show,’’ Bur­ton says. ‘‘It was kind of a sur­real mo­ment for us; th­ese four white Aussies do­ing the mu­sic he cre­ated with him in the crowd.’’ The group has a con­tract at The Vene­tian un­til the end of 2014. ‘‘All go­ing well, we could stay longer,’’ Allen says. ‘‘We are al­ways think­ing about what it is we’re go­ing to do next. We are def­i­nitely go­ing to move for­ward into record­ing other ma­te­rial. What that is at this stage we’re not 100 per cent sure.’’

Hu­man Na­ture: The Christ­mas Tour plays Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino on De­cem­ber 13-14.

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