A Very Special Christmas Compilation
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|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|
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)
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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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 .Published on Feb. 9 2013 by Michael L. Reed
A mixed bag of poor to great. I am on the fence here, each time it was played it caused distraction.Published on Dec 30 2012 by L. Finlay
Refreshing after the 100th time you've heard your parents' Mannheim Steamroller albums, this cd really has some gems on it. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2006 by Lottiesmom
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