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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B002MW50KO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
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Bob Dylan's new album of holiday songs, Christmas In The Heart will see royalties from sales of the recordings donated to Feeding America as well as two international charities providing millions of meals for people in need in the US, UK and developing world during this year’s holiday season and beyond. Christmas In The Heart will be the 47th album from Bob Dylan, and follows his worldwide chart-topping Together Through Life, released earlier in the year. Songs performed by Dylan on Christmas In The Heart include, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”

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Bob Dylan has always confounded his audience. The last time he released two studio albums in the same year was 1970. Then, Self Portrait infuriated fans and critics who couldn't believe the great 60s icon and revolutionary songwriter was putting out Gordon Lightfoot and Simon & Garfunkel covers. But Bob came good four months later with New Morning. While nowhere near as adventurous as the previous decade's classics, its laidback charm netted Dylan his sixth UK number one.

In 2009 it's the other way round. Together Through Life, released in April, was Dylan's first UK chart-topper since New Morning and critics praised it as another fine work in his late period resurgence, which began with 1997's Time Out Of Mind. Now, six months later, comes an album that's left even the most dedicated Bobcats puzzled.

Christmas in the Heart, recorded in May with the same touring band he used on Together Through Life, mixes traditional carols with seasonal standards. Anyone subjected to Bob's phlegmy croak through Hark the Herald Angels Sing at Midnight Mass would be more than entitled to ask the grizzled geezer in the pew behind to keep schtum. The secular numbers are more enjoyable. David Hidalgo's accordion gives Must Be Santa a south-of-the-border exuberance that's way preferable to any version of Feliz Navidad, and the steel guitar on Christmas Island conjures up wonderful images of Mai Tais and grass skirts rather than eggnog and woollens.

Dylan has been mining the heritage of American popular song more than ever on recent albums and his brilliant Theme Time Radio Hour – listen to an episode of the show and you'll quickly discover that he can't get enough of this stuff. The backing singers, sleigh bells and drum rolls on the likes of Winter Wonderland and Here Comes Santa Claus might seem cheesy, but their presence is a clear nod to the songs Dylan loves. In this regard Christmas in the Heart is as a better self portrait than his derided 1970 release.

Bob evidently had a great afternoon recording Christmas in the Heart and it's admirable that he's donating all proceeds in perpetuity to homeless charities (UK sales benefit Crisis). Without doubt this eccentric record demands a tolerance of his increasingly strained vocal stylings, but if you're willing to indulge Dylan his whims it's well worth a spin come Christmas morn. --Nigel Smith

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I know that Dylan can do no wrong, but a Christmas album? Well, when I first heard about it, I was skeptical to say the least, and when it was released and I found it on my Amazon recommendations list, I passed the opportunity to buy it as I thought it was not worth it. Luckily it was given to me as a gift and my skepticism proved to be wrong.

This is a wonderful Christmas album, with well loved Christmas songs like `Little Drummer Boy' and `Winter Wonderland' to name just a few, it is an alternative to the usual Christmas music and it is so much fun to listen to. Apparently Dylan can do no wrong even where Christmas albums are concerned.

If like me, you did not buy this when it was released, get it now and don't spend another Christmas without it. And the best thing about it; Dylan is donating all royalties from the sales of the recordings to homeless charities; excellent Christmas spirit.

Have a very Happy Christmas!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Eugene Brosnan on 10 Jan. 2010
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Dylan has treated all the songs, new and old, with the respect these great pieces deserve. He and his magnificent band play them straight, but of course the voice that is sand and glue makes them all really unique. Stand out tracks are Must Be Santa, with the hilarious accompanying video, and Little Drummer Boy which also has a superbly animated video. Hark The Herald Angels Sing and Oh Come All Ye Faithful have vocals that are really dynamic and powerful and choirs of angles for me cannot compete with the solitary, bear-like growl that is the voice of Mr Bob Dylan. He injects a new 21st Century passion to these well worn classics. Overall a great album by any standards and in a way a pity that it's limited to a seasonal genre. Thanks Bob!!! I'm not a Christmas person but you made it a bit more bearable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Dunkley on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
These carols are arranged and performed by Dylan's superb backing band... In my view the best band he has ever had.. beautiful carols sung in an unmistakable Dylan style... i bought this as a Christmas present for a pal who was not a Dylan fan but he could not stop playing it!!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By SMcQ on 20 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
An unexpected release? Yes.
A surreal album? Yes.
A grower? Surprisingly yes.

Hey - I'm a Dylan nut like a lot of you out there and was entirely sceptical of this project to say the least. Like you, I listened to the 30 second sound clips initially posted on Amazon. Like you, I shook my head in despair at what I heard. One for completists only I thought. However, give the album or selected tracks a few plays and it may just win you over. I kid you not. Go on - give it a go. It is Christmas afterall.

Thanks Bob and a Merry Christmas to you.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kim Hatton on 11 Oct. 2009
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So what's the difference between the regular and the Deluxe copy of this CD? The deluxe version contains 5 greetings cards bearing the same picture as the album cover which, I guess, are limited editions. Now back to the album.

Listening to a preview of these tracks a week ago I assumed that Dylan fans would buy this with a completely uncritical ear - and that these fans would probably be the same ones who'd hated 'Self Portrait,' now mellow and soft shoe shuffling along to 'Winter Wonderland' and bopping to 'Here Comes Santa Claus'. But then I realised that Dylan has constantly added new generations to his fan base so it is more difficult to make predictions concerning his newer listeners. I didn't know what to expect but then, I thought, 'nothing will surprise me with Dylan.' There has been a lot of merit in his last four albums - though I believe they are over-rated on account of The 'BobCat' factor which must opine that the master can do no wrong these days. This album can hardly be judged alongside his recent studio work as it is pure Christmas 'Product' and, without its status as a 'Charity Record' would be less easily forgiven - though to many of his fans Dylan can do no wrong.

'Christmas In The Heart' sounds as though Dylan has enlisted The Mike Sammes Singers/King Brothers and somehow pasted The Andrews Sisters into the mix. Where this album follows in the wake of his last couple of albums is in Dylan's ear for that 'Old Timey' music, reflected in the choice of album cover and in much of the music played on 'Theme Time Radio Hour'. This music oozes Christmas past.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Shiner on 31 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I love love love this CD. I adore Dylan anyway but this is something different. It's kind of like someone in the family having fun with Christmas songs-simple, pure, fun with the essence of the 1950's. Definitely not over produced, but produced from the Heart! It's made my Christmas -I can now evoke the Christmas feeling that I want year after year. Thank you Bob!xx
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Muir on 24 Oct. 2009
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I was a little sceptical to say the least. Bob Dylan singing Christmas songs, surely not! Strange bedfellows indeed, but amazingly it works very well. Have a listen, there's something about Dylan's rasping voice that adds something to all tracks on this album. On top of this the royalties are being donated to a very worthwhile charitable cause. Go out and get an early Christmas present!
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