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A Very Special Christmas [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (18 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B00000ASL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

(1987/A&M) 15 tracks;Medium 1
  1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - POINTER SISTERS
  2. Winter Wonderland - EURYTHMICS
  3. Do You Hear What I Hear? - HOUSTON, Whitney
  4. Merry Christmas Baby - SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce & ...
  5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - PRETENDERS
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - MELLENCAMP, John C.
  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 - SEGER, Bob & SILVER BULLET B.
  12. Run Rudolph Run - ADAMS, Bryan
  13. Back Door Santa - BON JOVI
  14. The Coventry Carol - MOYET, Alison
  15. Silent Night - NICKS, Stevie

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY christmas album 19 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on tape when it first came out in 1987. It is the ONLY one I listen to over & over. I had to replace the tape with cd recently. U2's version of Christmas (Baby, please come home) is fantastic. I am an 80's music fan & all the classic artists are on here: Eurythmics, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, Alison Moyet, Run DMC etc, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Christmas album ever 17 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Quite simply, fantastic. I'd give it six stars if I could!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Christmas album 20 Dec 2007
By Ambly
Format:Audio CD
Best Christmas album ever this replaces a tape. Although on the CD I've just bought through Amazon Jon Bon Jovi isn't a Back Door Santa, he wishes every day was Christmas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very strong collection 22 Nov 2012
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Most of these songs were specially recorded for this charity album and some of the performances are outstanding. It's hard to pick out highlights when there are so many great performances, but here are a few.

I love Madonna's cover of the Eartha Kitt classic, Santa baby. Do you hear what I hear was recorded early in Whitney Houston's career when I enjoyed her music. Santa Claus is coming to town is performed with great enthusiasm by the Pointer sisters.

Christmas (Baby please come home) is a superb cover of Phil Spector's classic song from his famous sixties Christmas album, on which it was performed by Darlene Love.

Although I've heard more different versions of Silent night than of any other song (Christmas or otherwise), I can say that the version included here by ex-Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks is among the best, if not the best, that I've heard.

Indeed, there's only one track that I'm not keen on. I've never been a rap fan so Christmas in Hollis by Run D M C does not appeal to me, but I can live with it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing 19 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I thought it would be useful to have a track listing for this excellent album.

Track Song Title Writer(s) Artist Time

1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town -- John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie -- The Pointer Sisters 3:22
2. Winter Wonderland -- Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith -- Eurythmics 3:36
3. Do You Hear What I Hear? -- NoŽl Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker -- Whitney Houston 3:33
4. Merry Christmas Baby -- Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 4:53
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -- Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane -- The Pretenders 4:42
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus -- Tommie Connor -- John Cougar Mellencamp 2:39
7. Gabriel's Message -- Charles Bordes and Sabine Baring-Gould -- Sting 2:14
8. Christmas in Hollis -- Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell -- Run-D.M.C. 3:00
9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -- Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector -- U2 2:21
10. Santa Baby -- Joan Javits, Philip Springer and Tony Springer -- Madonna 2:35
11. The Little Drummer Boy -- Katherine Kennicott Davis, Harry Simeone and Henry Onorati -- Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 3:32
12. Run Rudolph Run -- Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie -- Bryan Adams 2:43
13. Back Door Santa -- Clarence Carter and Marcus Daniel -- Bon Jovi 3:54
14. The Coventry Carol -- Traditional -- Alison Moyet 3:25
15. Silent Night -- Josef Mohr and Franz X. Gruber -- Stevie Nicks 4:37

On later pressings of the album, "Back Door Santa" was replaced with "I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas", also by Bon Jovi. [On the CD, the track is "Back Door Santa".]

Also on later pressings of the album, a spoken introduction on The Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," presumably by a young child, was omitted. [It is still there on the CD.]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD! 7 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this CD. It has some of your traditional Christmas songs and some contemporary ones. I remember listening to this CD in Canada as a teenager (I'm now 41 and living in the UK) and was pleased to see it on Amazon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong MP3 23 Dec 2013
By anon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beware that if you order this (1987 release) of 'A Very Special Christmas' you will receive an MP3 of a completely different (dreadful) album, released in 2013 with the same title. I've just cancelled my order after speaking to disinterested amazon staff who didn't seem to know the difference, and couldn't tell me which version they would send in the post. Bring back local record shops!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Christmas Album
I love this album some brilliant tracks from U2, Bryan Adams, Eurythmics, RUN DMC, Madonna etc this is the ultimate 80's Christmas album every track is a winner.
Published 10 months ago by Mr John Stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok ish
Great for one not as pleased as I thought I would be, but every year I buy a Christmas album and this was this years
Published 13 months ago by Bevuttely
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is my favourite xmas cd of all time and I like the contempary arrangements of the classic christmas songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sugar Plum
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas( baby please come home)
This cd is eightiestastic. I only bought it for the U2 track Christmas (baby please come home). To be honest there is one or two duds bit it's well worth a purchase. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Markart84
5.0 out of 5 stars Still special
This is a great festive album that never gets old. It contains an array of tracks, for me- has a fan of madonna i bought this for her classic rendition of santa baby- its the only... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2011 by popfan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Special Christmas Album
Get this out every year

U2 Brilliant, Sting brilliant carol; madonna offers the best version of Santa Baby; Run DMC it goes on and on
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Mr. P. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit different
Great CD, I love all the traditional carols but this is so cool, I actually play this one and "A very special Christmas 3" more than any of my Christmas Cds and believe me, I have... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2010 by Mrs. V. L. Nizzola
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