on January 8, 2004
I am so happy that the GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER song is on this album. It just wouldn't be complete without it. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard this song, and everyone I know has some sort of story that they tell when they think of the song, Thanks so much for including it in your collection.
on December 25, 2003
I was looking for a cd with ALL the great Christmas songs. I even bought a 5 cd set, but quickly found that, even though they were classic songs, they weren't by the classic singers. I got this one for Christmas and it's the complete Christmas collection.
on December 20, 2003
This CD has all of the Christmas classics, plus some modern Christmas tunes! Essential to lift your Christmas spirit! I enjoy this CD because it has all of the classic songs that always come on the radio Christmas day that you wish you had a recording of! The first CD has all the classics, and the second CD has more modern stuff from the late seventies to 2001 or so. I don't like the second CD as much, but if you like nineties pop music and 90s R&B, then you'll love the second CD!....
on November 28, 2003
A few years ago, I went through my CD collection and realized that I have more Christmas CD's than I could possibly listen to on Christmas day, but I always thought my collection was lacking certain pieces. I was missing many of the songs we hear on the radio, that have become so much a part of Christmas. Many of the tracks I wanted are on albums I probably would not otherwise purchase. For example, take the humorous "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer." I mean, many people can get a chuckle when listening to the song, but do people really want to buy the Elmo and Patsy Christmas CD? Are either Bobby Helms or Brenda Lee's recordings available? Yet "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" are part of our pop Christmas culture. This collection has many of the pop standards as well as other favorites by artists such as Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Perry Como, and a host of others. The recoding can be a bit haunting as well, when we hear musicians such as Bing Crosby sing his duet with David Bowie "Peace on Earth," or the voices of Karen Carpenter and John Lennon. This collection will be great for holiday parties or to listen to while getting the tree decorated. While it may not highlight the spiritual meaning of the season, it is fun.
on November 16, 2003
This CD has a little bit of of everything for everyone. From Bing Crosby to Elvis Presley to Britney Spears and Micheal Bolton. You get two discs, 18 songs on each, 36 songs total. It's a great value for all that you get:
Disc 1's playlist:
1. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
2. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
3. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
4. Frank Sinatra - Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5. Tony Bennett - Winter Wonderland
6. Ella Fitzgerald - Sleigh Ride
7. Dean Martin - Let it Snow!
8. Perry Como - Home for the Holidays
9. Johnny Mathis - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
10. Burl Ives -A Holly Jolly Christmas
11. Gene Autry - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
12. Elmo & Patsy - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
13. Brenda Lee- Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
14. Bobby Helmes- Jingle Bell Rock
15. Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
16. Carpenters - Merry Christmas Darling
17. Kathy Mattea - Christmas Collage
18. Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy
DISC TWO's PLAYLIST:
1. John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War is over)
2.Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to town
3.Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
4.Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas
5. Micheal Bolton - Our Love is Like a Holiday
6. Harry Connick Jr. - (It must have been) Santa Claus
7. Diana Krall - Jingle Bells
8.Mannheim Steamroller- Away in a Manager
9.Ottmar Liebert- Deck the Halls
10.Gloria Estefan - Love On Layaway
11.Celine Dion- Don't Save it all for Christmas
12.Joe- This Christmas
13.The Isley Brothers - Special Gift
14.The Big Yard Family - All We Need Is Love
15.Britney Spears - My Only Wish (this year)
16.*Msync - Don't Have To Be Alone
17.Luther Vandross - O Come All Ye Faithful
18.Boyz II Men - Silent Night
As you can see, the first CD consists mainly of older classics. The second CD has more modern Christmas songs and artists. And although I am more partial to disc one, both discs are great!! Great album to listen to in the car or at home to get you in the holiday spirit! Highly Recommended!
on November 14, 2003
Well, it's that time of year again, folks. Time to take a hammer to that piggy bank and go nuts with a little holiday spirit. Don't you just love it? Speaking of holiday spirit, this is the perfect CD to get you in the mood for Christmas. Whether you're wrapping presents, taking a trip in your car to go shopping or just plain relaxing by the fire, there's nothing better to set you in that magical Christmas mood than this compilation.
You may as well call the entire first CD a classic. Every song is a Christmas staple, most notably Nat King Cole's "the Christmas Song" and Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," which kick off the compilation with a bang. The 16 songs that follow reek of Christmas nostalgia. Absolutely perfect.
The second CD, however, is a little uneven. Oh, sure, you have a few truly great Christmas tunes; most notably John & Yoko's "Happy Xmas," Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?," Luther Vandross's "O Come All Ye Faithful," Bruce Springsteen's rockin' "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" and Boyz II Men's wonderful a cappella rendition of "Silent Night." There's a few other great songs, but these are my favorites. What nearly ruins the flow of this otherwise pretty good disc are the newer songs. Sorry, folks, but these just don't get me the way the other ones do.
But, oh well. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't an overall excellent compilation. Why let a few rotten apples spoil a bunch, right? As I said before, it's perfect to get you into the holiday spirit. Highly recommended.
on October 29, 2003
This is by far the best cd I have ever listened to! It is so good, that I listen to it everyday, no matter what time of year it is.I don't think that matters. It really gives me something to look forward to each day. It really makes me feel better f I'm having a bad day.
1.The Christmas Song: I love this one. Nat King Cole's voice sounds so wonderful, I could just fall asleep peacefully.
2.White Christmas: It sounds really old, and kind of bad, but I love the lyrics.
3.Blue Christmas: Elvis is definitely still The King, and this song proves it. It's kind of short though.
4.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: FRANKIE!!!! Frank Sinatra has an OUTSTANDING voice. This song is great to slow dance to!
5.Winter Wonderland: Who doesn't love this song? It's got a good sound, and Tony Bennett sings it well!
6.Sleigh Ride: Ella Fitzgerald was the most talented Lady Of Jazz ever, and this song sounds just great.
7.Let It Snow!: (I wish it would!)Great sound, and good voice!
8. Home For the Holidays: Sounds like the White Christmas song. Kind of old-ish. But I like the idea.
9.The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: And it truly is! I love the instruments in this song.
10.A Holly Jolly Christmas: Good tune and lyrics are cool.
11.Rudolph,The Red-Nosed Reindeer: Everyone must know this song! I love Rudolph, and this song is so great to listen to!
12.Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer: Oh, I don't like this one! Why would a song be written about such a terrible thing? Though it is a good one to laugh at.
13.Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree: A great rock n' roll christmas song! The saxophone player is really good, and Brenda Lee has a great rock n' roll voice!
14.Jingle Bell Rock: Great christmas song, makes me think of Santa's sleigh everytime!
15.Little Saint Nick: I don't really like the beach boys,and they sing alike. And the only thing christmas-like about this song are the lyrics.
16.Merry Christmas Darling: I love this song. It's slow with a romantic christmas idea.
17.Christmas Collage: When they say collage, they mean it! It has christmas songs all sung around each other, like a collage. Get it?
18.Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth: Bing Crosby and David Bowie make a great duet on this piano and drum song.
1.Happy Xmas(War is Over): A great song to listen to, and its good to listen to since the war is over.
2.Santa Clause Is Coming To Town: This song was recorded live at a concert a while ago, and it sounds like it! But it is a great christmas song!
3.Do They Know It's Christmas?: Ilove this song. It's so true and meaningful, and a great beat!
4.Wonderful Christmastime: Such a cool song. The lyrics are kind of weird, but all in all, a good song.
5.Our Love Is Like A Holiday: Oh, my mother loves Michael Bolton. I can see why on this song. It's a great love song for christmas.
6.It Must Have Been Ol' Santa Claus: I love listening to this song! It's sung in a child's little chrismas eve surprise!
7.Jingle Bells: Nope. This song isn't too good. Diana Krall makes it sound much different than what little kids would sing.
8.Away In A Manger: I love instrumental songs! No lyrics in a song makes it seem so beautiful!
9.Deck The Halls: Another instrumental song? Yes!! No lyrics, just the sound of a guitar!
10.Love On Layaway: A sweet song sung by Gloria Estefan. It's like christmas latina style!
11.Don't Save It All For Christmas Day: A beautiful number by Celine Dion, the woman who sang "My Heart Will Go On" from TITANIC the movie in 1997. I just love her voice. If you know how she sings, she sounds the same on this song.
12.This Christmas: Oh yeah! Joe is such an awesome r&b singer. This song reminds me of all the christmases I spent as a little girl!
13.Special Gift: Okay song. A little slow, but a good one.
14.All We Need Is Love: This song is kind of like "Where Is The Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake, but with a Christmas twist to it.
15.My Only Wish This Year: OMIGOSH!! Britney Spears is my all-time favorite singer!! I just love this one!! It reminds of her old "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops...I Did It Again" days!
16.You Don't Have To Be Alone On Christmas: I guess they made these cds BEFORE Justin and Britney broke off their
relationship. *NSYNC sings this lovely little christmas tune.
17.O Come All Ye Faithful: A great song by Luther Vandross. I hear it every year. I hope he makes a full recovery from his stroke.
18.Silent Night: An amazing song by Boyz 2 Men. And this song is so good because there are only LYRICS, and no instruments!They sound just great!
O my goodness, I wrote so much! Well,overall this is a great double christmas cd to get.