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Country Chrstmas Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B0000253MR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD Hallmark, 305312, Jewel Case 14 Track 1996

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Y'all have an easy country Christmas, now 5 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are a lot worse albums around than this easy-going collection of country & western versions of favourite Christmas songs.
Opening with Trisha Yearwood's silky-smooth version of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting...)" it does lull anyone for whom C&W is not their favourite cup of meat into a false sense of security. Even Loretta Lynn does second cut, "White Christmas", no harm, and Lee Greenwood's "Let It Snow..." is as straight as a bean pole. Reba McEntire's twangy soprano on track four is where the serious stuff starts, and it doesn't look back from there on, with plenty of steel guitars and thick Nashville accents following.
The likes of Yearwood, McEntire and Greenwood have two tracks each, as do Barbara Mandrell, Steve Wariner and Ernest Tubb. You'll gather from these names that we're talking country & western establishment here, none of the feisty, pop/rock influenced stars of the 90s - unfortunately the booklet is short on information so you can't tell exactly when some of these were recorded, but Tubb goes back to the early 1950s, sounding very Hank Williams and "The Last Picture Show". I guess most of them are 1970s/1980s, though, and sound quality is generally good.
The pace is easy throughout - the closest they get to breaking sweat is a little bluegrass square dance from Bill Monroe ("Christmas Time's A Coming") and Ray Stevens' "Greatest Little Christmas Ever Wuz". All the usual Christmas songs are covered, plus some less familiar, and the only carols aired are in a medley, by Steve Wariner, as the closing track. Curiously, there are two versions of "Blue Christmas", one by Ernest Tubb (who also does "Rudolph...") and the other, not much more recent, by Webb Pierce.
It's all clean, wholesome, easy listening, and whiles away just over an hour - can't fault it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice selection from the MCA vaults 8 Dec 2013
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Please note that there are several compilations with identical titles. My review is for the CD with the cover picture showing a small building named "Royal diner" set in a snowy landscape, with the track listing at the bottom of my review.

Several of these tracks date from the 1980's and 1990's, but several are older, some dating back to the fifties. Among the older tracks are two versions of Blue Christmas including the original by Ernest Tubb. His version doesn't always get the credit it deserves, because it is now considered by most people to be to be an Elvis Presley song. Webb Pierce's version is also good, although I wish they'd just had one version of each song. There is no duplication of songs among the other tracks.

Bill Monroe's original version of Christmas time's a-coming is the oldest recording here, and most welcome it is. Slowly but surely, this song seems to be gaining in popularity among country and bluegrass artists. Quite right too.

I like Old Fashioned Christmas (Jimmie Rodgers), which fits in well here but it's important to note that this is the singer who became famous in America because of Honeycomb, and in Britain because of English country garden. It is NOT Jimmie Rodgers the singing brakeman, who didn't record any Christmas music as far as I know.

Another song new to me is Christmas time in the valley (Freddie Fender) and very impressive it is too.

Elsewhere, I've heard everything before somewhere but don't mind the duplication.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice christmas album 17 May 2013
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enjoyed listening to it in the car, some great tunes on here, as you would expect on a compilation not all to taste but none the less good listening
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best EVER christmas music ever!!! 26 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio CD
For a relaxed eveing in front of the fire, lights turned down low, a glass of wine and A country christmas playing in the back ground is all it takes to relax and forget about the days hassles. I recommend it as the best buy I have ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice selection from the MCA vaults 8 Dec 2013
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Please note that there are several compilations with identical titles. My review is for the CD with the cover picture showing a small building named "Royal diner" set in a snowy landscape, with the track listing at the bottom of my review.

Several of these tracks date from the 1980's and 1990's, but several are older, some dating back to the fifties. Among the older tracks are two versions of Blue Christmas including the original by Ernest Tubb. His version doesn't always get the credit it deserves, because it is now considered by most people to be to be an Elvis Presley song. Webb Pierce's version is also good, although I wish they'd just had one version of each song. There is no duplication of songs among the other tracks.

Bill Monroe's original version of Christmas time's a-coming is the oldest recording here, and most welcome it is. Slowly but surely, this song seems to be gaining in popularity among country and bluegrass artists. Quite right too.

I like Old Fashioned Christmas (Jimmie Rodgers), which fits in well here but it's important to note that this is the singer who became famous in America because of Honeycomb, and in Britain because of English country garden. It is NOT Jimmie Rodgers the singing brakeman, who didn't record any Christmas music as far as I know.

Another song new to me is Christmas time in the valley (Freddie Fender) and very impressive it is too.

Elsewhere, I've heard everything before somewhere but don't mind the duplication. Highlights include Amay in a manger (Reba's version remains my favorite of this song), The Christmas Song (Trisha Yearwood), Christmas To Christmas (Lee Greenwood), Greatest little Christmas ever wuz (Ray Stevens) and Christmas at our house (Barbara Mandrell), but I love this collection all the way through.

Track Listings

1. The Christmas Song - Trisha Yearwood
2. White Christmas - Loretta Lynn
3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Lee Greenwood
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Reba McEntire
5. Silver Bells - Oak Ridge Boys
6. Santa Bring My Baby Home - Barbara Mandrell
7. Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, The - Steve Wariner
8. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer - Earnest Tubb
9. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bill Anderson
10. Christmas Time's A Coming - Bill Monroe
11. Blue Christmas - Ernest Tubb
12. Old Fashioned - Jimmie Rogers
13. Country Christmas - Loretta Lynn
14. Jingle Bells - Kitty Wells
15. Away In The Manger - Beba McEntire
16. Christmas To Christmas - Lee Greenwood
17. There's A New Kid In Town - Trisha Yearwood
18. One Bright Star - Nicolette Larsen
19. Christmas Time In The Valley - Freddie Fender
20. Greatest Little Christmas Ever Wuz - Ray Stevens
21. Christmas At Our House - Barbara Mandrell
22. Blue Christmas - Ernest Tubb
23. MEDLEY: Hark The Herald Angels Sing/The First Noel, Oh Come All Ye Faithful - Steve Wariner
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Autry--Country Christmas 28 Nov 2013
By William H. Cloose - Published on Amazon.com
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Another of the old classical singers/stars. That old down-home style and a person that I grew up with. They don't make 'em like they used to. He sings the songs like they are meant to be sung. Not with all this stupid embellishment some singers add.
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