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Now That's What I Call Christmas, Vol. 3 Compilation
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|1. O Come All Ye Faithful - Nat King Cole|
|2. Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra|
|3. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin|
|4. My Favorite Things - Tony Bennett|
|5. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams|
|6. Silver Bells - Bing Crosby|
|7. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis|
|8. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Elvis Presley|
|9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland|
|10. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer - Ella Fitzgerald|
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|1. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft|
|2. Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys|
|3. Noel - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles|
|4. Up On The Housetop - The Jackson 5|
|5. O Holy Night - Al Green|
|6. Christmas Time Is Here - Dianne Reeves|
|7. Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year - Kenny Rogers|
|8. Shimmy Down The Chimney (Fill Up My Stocking) - Alison Krauss|
|9. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Cyndi Lauper|
|10. Feliz Navidad - Celine Dion|
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The two-CD set Now That's What I Call Christmas is the first seasonal megasuper-compilation by the commercially minded folks at Sony Music. On this double CD set they've included a full CD of classic Christmas music as well as some more modern works. The biggest names here include Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Fastball, the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, R. Kelly, Fatboy Slim, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Blink 182, Garbage, Limp Bizkit, Smash Mouth, Lenny Kravitz, and more. This is the Christmas music that you probably grew up with, playing on your parents' stereo -- and it's aged pretty well. Warm, friendly, and easily accessible, this disc is sure to be a favorite for your Yuletide listening.
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What I find so great is that I have been able to get rid of my old vinyl albums in exchange for these CD's - a win-win situation as far as freeing up space and time. A plus is that I now have the original versions of the songs as well as updated versions by newer artists.
It's a win-win all around! Enjoy!
One sign that the series is running out of steam is when they begin repeating songs from the first two volumes but done by different artists. But seriously, does Celine Dion improve on Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad"? I love Johnny Cash, but leave "Jingle Bell Rock" to Bobby Helms. And while The Beach Boy's "Little Saint Nick" is a terrific song--it was already included on Vol. 1.[ Although it should be noted that Vol. 3 uses the LP version and Vol. 1 uses the superior single version.]
There are some terrific songs here. Alison Krauss's "Shimmy Down the Chimney" was released as a Christmas single two years ago. [And is otherwise only available on Capitol Records' SHIMMY DOWN THE CHIMNEY: A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS.] Dean Martin's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is full of charm. Judy Garland certainly evokes the sentiment of the season with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." And Relient K provide a super charged version of the usually staid "12 Days of Christmas." Overall, this is an enjoyable collection; it's just not as essential as the first two volumes. [Running Time - Disc 1 42:42, Disc 2 65:10]
Sure, they made it the last track on Disc 1 because they really knew it didn't belong there at all, but they were probably shooting for 36 tracks and the price was right.
If you plan on ripping the CD, you'll have the option of yanking the Chipmunks. Otherwise you'll have to suffer through them every time Jingle Bell Rock ends.