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A Very Special Christmas [Compilation]

Various , Various Artists Audio CD
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1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Pointer Sisters
2. Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics
3. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston
4. Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -The Pretenders
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Cougar Mellencamp
7. Gabriel's Message - Sting
8. Christmas In Hollis - Run-D.M.C.
9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
10. Santa Baby - Madonna
11. The Little Drummer Boy - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
12. Run Rudolph Run - Bryan Adams
13. I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas-Bon Jovi
14. The Coventry Carol - Alison Moyet
15. Silent Night - Stevie Nicks

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When was the last time you heard collard greens being sung about in a Christmas song? Probably never, unless you're a Run DMC fan, or were wise enough to hop on the Very Special Christmas tip. The rappers' contribution to this benefit collection is probably the highlight, although traditional songs covered by now-traditional artists like the Pretenders ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") provide the majority of the material here. Eurythmics turn in a suitably chilly "Winter Wonderland," Stevie Nicks sings a beautifully haunting "Silent Night," and Whitney Houston proves again that she's every woman with "Do You Hear What I Hear"--that is, every woman with a voice strong enough to do the song justice. "Santa Baby," Madonna's contribution, isn't as sultry as it could be, but there's more fun thanks to hell-on-heels, the Pointer Sisters and Bon Jovi. --Steve Gdula

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VARIOUS A Very Special Christmas (1987 US 15-track compilation CD album also features Bon Jovi Madonna Sting Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams picture sleeve DX2159)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A Very Special Christmas is the first in an excellent series of Christmas music CDs that no fan of holiday tunes can afford to be without. The quality of the sound is great and the diversity of the artists means that there's practically something for everyone on the CD.

Several highlights on this album come to mind right away. I like The Pointer Sisters doing an awesome job on "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town;" they harmonize well and the percussion along with the arrangement gives this holiday classic just a twist of a more modern, jazzy flavor. The Eurythmics also do a great job on "Winter Wonderland;" the melody moves along very well and they use the percussion well. Moreover, Whitney Houston's "Do You Hear What I Hear" has a great gospel and soul influence I really like.

Run-D.M.C. also makes a contribution with their "Christmas In Hollis." If you like rap or hip hop; this one's for you. It's not my favorite style of music but I actually enjoyed this track anyway. I like the beat of the melody.

Madonna does a excellent job on "Santa Baby," all the while using her voice to convey subtle (and maybe not so subtle) romantic innuendos. Eartha Kitt still rules for "Santa Baby" but Madonna's interpretation is a very close second place winner. Great flute on "Santa Baby," too.

Stevie Nicks does disappoint me somewhat; one reviewer wrote that she sounds "like a goat" but I wouldn't go that far--it's just not her strongest performance. That's a shame, too, because after an album like this there should be a stunning ending that leaves you wanting more. Oops! This one doesn't cut it.

The liner notes give us the song credits and great artwork; and there is a brief commentary by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 9 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This compilation from the 80s is just excellent I never forget to use it at Christmas time. I would not seem like the holidays with out it playing .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Did not quite meet expectations Dec 30 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A mixed bag of poor to great. I am on the fence here, each time it was played it caused distraction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Special Christmas - first cd in series Jan. 29 2012
By Ms Dee
Format:Audio CD
If you want excellent Christmas music and aren't all together religious, this is the product for you......I heard this tape years ago and was excited to buy from the marketplace buyer....good price and excellent condition...would buy from amazon.ca marketplace again......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still One Of The Best Christmas Albums... Ever Dec 4 2006
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Released back in 1987 when a pop Christmas album was the exception rather than the rule, this compilation-for-charity set a standard that still is pretty hard to beat today. How many charity albums can you name that had heavyweights like U2, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, etc, while also introducing people to rap's first Christmas song courtesy of Run DMC? To show it's significance compare the album to its sequels; by the time AVSC 5 came out in 2001 the album was filled with the likes of Eve 6, City High, SR-71(?), and so on; not quite the same A-listers. Not to mention AVSC's songs have become classics over the years; U2's Christmas (Please Come Home), Eurythmics' Winter Wonderland, Stevie Nicks' Silent Night, etc. all get regular airplay every Christmas.

In a bit of revisionist history, Bon Jovi's live pop-metal version of Back Door Santa was replaced in later editions by the gentler and more melodic I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas; it's inclusion actually fits in better as the original song was probably the weak point of the album.

The songs have scattered to various collections in the two decades since; if you've bought Christmas compilations over the years chances are you'll own some of this music already. But if you want the first and best Christmas cd from where these songs originated, this is a must for your holiday collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh after all these years Nov. 24 2003
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Hard to believe that 16 years have gone by since this compilation was first released (1987). It is the first in what is now a five-volume series and perhaps the best of them all. Many of these recording artists featured on this record, I am not particularly a fan of. But they sure sound great doing Christmas music! My only real beef with this album is that there are no original Christmas songs here. All of these songs are covers of well-known and mostly over-recorded Christmas classics. But by and large, they are very well done and in most cases, they are given a new and refreshing twist.
The set kicks off with a frenetic version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by the Pointer Sisters with a Clarence Clemens like saxophone break in the middle, injecting some new life into this tired classic. This is followed by the Eurythmics eclectic version of "Winter Wonderland" that sounds just as fresh today as it did then. Then we have Whitney Houston, pre-Bobby Brown, doing a powerful version of "Do You Hear What I Hear." Whitney was hottest female vocalist on the planet back in 1987 and this recording reveals her at the top of her game, before her long and sad slide downward.
Speaking of Clarence Clemens, we have Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band up next doing a live version of "Merry Christmas Baby." And the hits keep coming. The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde) with an awesome version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and then John Mellencamp (still known as John Cougar back in those days) belting out a rocking version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
But the best of this album is still to come! Sting's otherworldly "Gabriel's Message" is just perfect for the holiday season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific contemporary Christmas cd
Refreshing after the 100th time you've heard your parents' Mannheim Steamroller albums, this cd really has some gems on it. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2006 by Lottiesmom
4.0 out of 5 stars the best of the series
To me, the first time is always the best. In this series of Christmas charity albums I mean. However, I am horrified at the other reviewers who repeatedly state that the best... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2005 by Walter Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
This is one of my ALLTIME favorite Christmas cd.s! It has some great artists and wonderful songs! I recommend to anyone who either likes these artists or likes Christmas music to... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by "kellyormike"
3.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's "Santa Baby" is the BEST!
I just LOVE Madonna's rendition of "Santa Baby". She is so talented! I like to play it over & over. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Yourself a Very Special Christmas
This was the first of the Very Special Christmas albums, and it's still the best. There are some great performances here, but I have to make special mention of Eurythmics, who... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best In The "A Very Special Christmas" Series
I'm a fan of all of the "A Very Special Christmas" compilations, but this one, the first, stands out as the best. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by "sapphirestar_16"
5.0 out of 5 stars A very strong collection
Most of these songs were specially recorded for this charity album and some of the performances are outstanding. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Peter Durward Harris
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