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on November 10, 2007
Now That's What I Call Christmas! gives us a great, extensive mixture of Christmas time songs both new and traditional on a two CD set. The quality of the sound is excellent and we get five star performances all the way!

CD number 1 is subtitled "Now, And Forever." Destiny's Child does a great job on "Opera Of The Bells." They harmonize to perfection and they never miss a beat! Kylie Minogue gives a smashing rendition of the classic "Santa Baby;" the musical arrangement gets strength from percussion and Kylie sings this like the pro that she is! You're bound to like Kylie singing "Santa Baby;" and the backup male vocalists bolster Kylie's performance. Good brass, too! Listen also for B2K doing their awesome rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." The rap beat works well up against the traditional lyrics and the majority of the arrangement which is rather traditional. Awesome!

Elton John's "Step Into Christmas" is sure to please; and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" features Mariah singing passionately. I predict that you'll like "All I Want For Christmas Is You" very, very much.

We also get Wham! Performing "Last Christmas;" and Norah Jones does a somewhat jazzy number called "Peace" that I really like a lot. "Peace" also has a great piano arrangement, too.

The second CD is subtitled "Then And Always;" this CD features more traditional renditions of classic Christmas tunes sung mostly by artists who were famous in the past. Listen for the immortal Louis Armstrong singing his best on "Winter Wonderland;" and Barbra Streisand's delivery of "I'll be Home For Christmas lacks nothing--it's THAT good.

Johnny Mathis sings "Silver Bells" to perfection with, of course, bells in the background; and Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" is thrown in for a little bit of rock and roll shock effect! Cool! SMILE

We also get José Feliciano performing "Feliz Navidad" which was extremely popular when it first came out in the early `80s ( and it still remains well liked today); and Burl Ives sings the classic "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" really, really, well. The backup chorus harmonizes well and the percussion works well for this number, too. In addition, listen for Andy Griffith singing "Go Tell It On The Mountain" with a strong country twist--very creative.

Pavarotti sings "Adeste Fidelis" with The National Philharmonic Orchestra & The London Voices; and Barry Manilow does "(There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays." The second CD ends strong with Guy Lombardo's "Auld Lang Syne."

The liner notes have great artwork and we get the credits for each song on this two CD set.

Overall, this two CD set really gives you quite a lot for your money. I highly recommend this two CD set for people everywhere who enjoy "high quality control" Christmas music.
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on December 27, 2003
My friend gave me this CD for Christmas and I haven't stopped listening to it since!
Some Highlights include:
Disk 1:
"Opera of the Bells," Destiny's Child
"Santa Baby," Kylie Minogue
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town," B2K
"Step Into Christmas," Elton John
"All I Want For Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey
"Last Christmas," Wham
"Christmas Wrapping," The Waitresses
"O Holy Night," Celine Dion
Disk 2:
"Winter Wonderland," Louis Armstrong
"The Little Drummer Boy," Lou Rawls
"Run, Rudolph, Run," Chuck Berry
"Baby, It's Cold Outside," Tom Jones
"Feliz Navidad," Jose Feliciano
"Kentucky Homemade Christmas," Kenny Rogers
"Go Tell It on the Mountain," Andy Griffith
"Auld Lang Syne," Guy Lombardo
There's a few skippable tracks, such as Nsync and Barbara Streisand, but overall it's a great addition to your Christmas CD collection!
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on December 16, 2003
This is another great release of Christmas music by the Now! producers. I assume they had no original plans to release a second volume of "Now That's What I Call Christmas!", or didn't expect the phenomenal success they got with the first, because a lot of songs on each collection could have been omitted and/or combined to make THE definitive Christmas collection, without the filler.
The one song that is absolutely horrendous and almost single-handedly drags the album's rating all the way down to three stars, is B2K's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Matter of fact, I couldn't even finish listening to that track after about 6 "yo's", "hey's", "wassup's" and the like right at the beginning. Nothing against their style of music, I just personally wouldn't regularly listen to it, and it is certainly not Christmas-friendly in this case. If these guys just had to be used, like another reviewer said, it should have been at a point on the disc where you could skip past it. At the very least, they should have done an original instead of mangling a classic. I doubt they're that talented to come up with something new in terms of holiday music, though. Evidently, the Jackson 5 version, although beyond superior, wouldn't have been "appropriate" with the controversies currently surrounding Michael in the news. Manhattan Transfer does a great rendition that they could have gone with here and Bruce Springsteen has a stellar version available on the first volume also that could have been used again if necessary.
Notable omissions this time around include versions of "O Holy Night" by Josh Groban and/or John Berry, which could have replaced the Celine Dion version used, "Hey Santa!" by Carnie and Wendy Wilson along with "Jingle Bell Rock" by Hall and Oates, and Gayla Peevey's "Hippopotamus Song". Maybe for Volume 3!
Highlights: The classics such as "Step into Christmas" by Elton John, "Rudolph..." by Burl Ives, and tracks by Christmas mainstays like Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis speak for themselves, of course, and Kylie Minogue does such a brilliant rework of "Santa Baby", you barely think it's a remake. Nothing beats the original, but this is one "sequel" that comes close. Happy Holidays!
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on November 16, 2003
This is a 2 disc album full of nothing but Christmas songs. There are 36 songs total (Great price for so many great Christmas songs!)
The playlist:
1. Opera of the Bells by Destiny's Child
2. O Come All Ye Faithful by Stacie Orrico
3. I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You by 'N Sync
4. Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue
5. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by B2K
6. Step Into Christmas by Elton John
7. Jingle Bells by Jimmy Buffett
8. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
9. Do You Hear What I Hear? by Vince Gill
10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Aaron Neville
11. Last Christmas by Wham!
12. Christmas Through Your Eye by Gloria Estefan
13. Christmas Wrapping by Waitresses
14. Christmas to Remember by Amy Grant
15. Silent Night by Charlotte Church
16. Please Come Home for Christmas by Luther Vandross
17. O Holy Night by Celine Dion
18. Peace by Norah Jones
19. Winter Wonderland by Louis Armstrong
20. I'll Be Home for Christmas by Barbra Streisand
21. Silver Bells by Johnny Mathis
22. Little Drummer Boy by Lou Rawls
23. Happy Holiday by Peggy Lee
24. Christmas Blues by Dean Martin
25. Run, Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry
26. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Cerys
27. Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano
28. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives
29. First Noel by Andy Williams
30. I Know What I Want for Christmas by George Strait
31. O Little Town of Bethlehem by Yolanda Adams
32. Kentucky Homemade Christmas by Kenny Rogers
33. Go Tell It on the Mountain by Andy Griffith
34. Adeste Fideles by London Voices
35. There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays by Barry Manilow
36. Auld Lang Syne by Guy Lombardo
This is a very good, eclectic mix of Christmas music to get you through the holidays. I was very glad to see that they added All I want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, which I think is one of the best original Christmas songs to come out in years - I was surprised to not see it on the first Now That's What I Call Christmas CD. If you are wondering why certain obvious classics aren't on here such as Bing Crosby singing White Christmas and Frank Sinatra singing Have Yourself A Merry little Christmas and Johnny Mathis singing The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, it's because they are all on the first Now That's What I Call Christmas CD, which is also a must have!
As one reviewer already stated, there is something for everyone on this CD!
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on November 9, 2003
These two Christmas music selections could be the only two you own and you'd have a terrific holiday party! NTWICC! and now NTWICC! The Signature Collection have captured the most popular and enduring pop Christmas songs of the last few decades for your listening pleasure.
On this newest edition, the first disc is called 'Now and Forever' featuring some of the newer pop artists like Stacie Orrico, N*Sync, and B2K. My favorites on disc 1 are Destiny's Child: Opera of the Bells, Norah Jones: Peace, and Celine Dion: O Holy Night. You also get the classics by Elton John: Step Into Christmas and Wham!: Last Christmas.
Disc 2 is called 'Then and Always' featuring classic artists such as Louis Armstrong: Winter Wonderland, Peggy Lee: Happy Holiday, Chuck Berry: Run, Rudolph, Run, and Dean Martin: The Christmas Blues. My favorites on this disc are Barbra Streisand: I'll Be Home For Christmas, the ever popular Burl Ives: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Yolanda Adams: O Little Town of Bethlehem.
There is something for everyone on this 36 track collection and you just can't go wrong with it!
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on October 24, 2003
As of now, there's no tracklisting listed here for this album, so here it is.
(1.) "Opera of the Bells" by Destiny's Child
(2.) "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Stacie Orrico
(3.) "I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You" by 'N Sync
(4.) "Santa Baby" by Kylie Minogue
(5.) "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by B2K
(6.) "Step Into Christmas" by Elton John
(7.) "Jingle Bells" by Jimmy Buffett
(8.) "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey
(9.) "Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Vince Gill
(10.) "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by Aaron Neville
(11.) "Last Christmas" by Wham!
(12.) "Christmas Through Your Eyes" by Gloria Estefan
(13.) "Christmas Wrapping" by Waitresses
(14.) "Christmas to Remember" by Amy Grant
(15.) "Silent Night" by Charlotte Church
(16.) "Please Come Home for Christmas" by Luther Vandross
(17.) "O Holy Night" by Celine Dion
(18.) "Peace" by Norah Jones
(19.) "Winter Wonderland" by Louis Armstrong
(20.) "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Barbra Streisand
(21.) "Silver Bells" by Johnny Mathis
(22.) "Little Drummer Boy" by Lou Rawls
(23.) "Happy Holiday" by Peggy Lee
(24.) "Christmas Blues" by Dean Martin
(25.) "Run, Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry
(26.) "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Cerys
(27.) "Feliz Navidad" by José Feliciano
(28.) "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Burl Ives
(29.) "First Noel" by Andy Williams
(30.) "I Know What I Want for Christmas" by George Strait
(31.) "O Little Town of Bethlehem" by Yolanda Adams
(32.) "Kentucky Homemade Christmas" by Kenny Rogers
(33.) "Go Tell It on the Mountain" by Andy Griffith
(34.) "Adeste Fideles" by London Voices
(35.) "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" by Barry Manilow
(36.) "Auld Lang Syne" by Guy Lombardo
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on December 3, 2003
I purchase this cd, and I have to say its okay. I also purchase Whitney Houston's Christmas album "One Wish". Oh my god, Whitney Houston holiday album will simply blow you away. The way she put all her heart, and soul into every song on her christmas album is beautiful. I'm so happy I purchase Whitney's "One Wish". I would have been so lost without it. It's the perfect christmas music for season. I recommend Whitney's "One Wish" if you wanna hear good Christmas songs. Nobody can do it like her, we all remember how she sung "I Will Always Love You" don't you? Can't go wrong with Whitney!
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on December 26, 2003
We had this CD on in our store during the holiday shopping season this year...unfortunately. Either the stuff on here could be found elsewhere and plenty of elsewheres (ie. "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses, though that's one of the few HIGH points on this disc), many of the songs on this disc are headache enducing. Why, oh why, did anyone let the version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Tom Jones and some chick whose name I never bothered to learn out of the studio? It's horrible. We would race to the CD player to skip that one and plenty of others.
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on November 24, 2003
The cds are overall a great compilation but the organization needs some work. What is B2K doing on a cd with Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross? Aside from B2K not having anything to do with Christmas, their track is completely out of tune and if it had to be placed on the cd to be "politcally correct" why not make it the first or last track so it can easily be skipped? The Kenny Rogers track on CD 2 is a little questionable as well. These two songs are right in the middle but don't really fit in.
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on November 30, 2003
i luv most of e songs there.... a good mix of new stars n older ones.... destiny's child's opera of e bells was fantastic...(u shd get their xmas album too!)... celine dion's o holy night was also good... luv her voice.... but where was christina aguilera???.... she had a superb xmas album but y wasnt she on tis album??? she truly deserved a spot on tis album... apart from tat...'Now That's What I Call Christmas! 2: The Signature Collection' is juz simply wonderful.... u shd geddit!!!
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