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Christmas In The Heart [CD]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Hark the Herald Angels Sing 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'll Be Home for Christmas 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Little Drummer Boy 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Christmas Blues 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. O' Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. It Must Be Santa 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Silver Bells 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The First Noel 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISINGLY ... A GREAT CHRISTMAS ALBUM!!! 2 Nov 2010
By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raving bonkers - brilliant 15 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Absolutely wonderful - an antidote to anodyne Xmas records. "Must Be Santa" is a manic, careering sleigh ride with a band of lunatics out for a good time in Poland! AND it's for Charidee! Thanks, Bob - love it - and I've never bought a Dylan record before!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Christmas Gift 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylans Christmas Album 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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Santa Bobby 20 Nov 2009
By SMcQ
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Nostalgia and Greetings Cards! 11 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas magic 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly it works! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great!!
Published 1 day ago by Mr. Kenneth Otoole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by Anders Thomsen
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
Quite simply - Bob struggles to sound festive at the best of times and he hasn't succeeded in this album!
Published 6 months ago by A. Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Well it is good just for Christmas. I bought it for a fun present and it is fun. A good buy.
Published 6 months ago by marion
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas record
Good on ya Bob. A Christmas record, yeah? What's that ?all profits to charity for perpetuity? Good. Eh? You say it's not taking the Mick? No I know you're not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by baz123
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHRISTMAS ALBUM
No a Bob Dylan fan normally, but this is great fun and gets you right in the mood for Christmas!
Published 7 months ago by Bobsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy any other Christmas cd? This is the only one you will listen...
Great cd, Bob putting his own twist on Christmas songs- how great! I purchased it the previous year for my father in-law, he then played it and I loved it that much I just had to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zoe Backhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in the Heart
If you like Bob Dylan this is a must, some of the songs are presented a bit differently than usual style, but it's lovely
Published 8 months ago by Caroline Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice change to Christmas.
All your Christmas favourites with a Dylan twist. Was just going to buy "must be Santa" but previewed the album before downloading. Hooked! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Draculeta
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas album ever!
Just love it. It brings a smile to my face whenever I play it, which is a lot at the moment!
Published 8 months ago by B A Parker
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