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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008ELUEQC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (564 customer reviews)
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28th studio album from the British singer-songwriter. Featuring 'Winter Wonderland', 'Silent Night' and 'White Christmas', Rod Stewart uses his famous husky tones to interpret these classic Christmas tunes.

BBC Review

Rarely are record reviews as pointless as this one. If you know how Rod Stewart sounds, and are aware of these songs’ traditional arrangements (sole new number aside), then you already know what Merry Christmas, Baby has in store. And whether or not you’re going to want to pick it up from one.

But we’ve a page to fill, and you’re here anyway, so let’s dig deeper. Stewart’s voice is a crumbling, crackled thing, ideal for fireside serenades, so it’s not surprising to find the former Faces frontman finally turning in a Christmas collection. He’s lately found a well-fitting niche as a covers singer, too, having released Motown-tribute set Soulbook in 2009, in the middle of his Great American Songbook series. So Merry Christmas, Baby finds the singer safely within his contemporary comfort zone.

But what’s more appropriate for the festive period than a selection that doesn’t stray from the warmth of home? Merry Christmas, Baby ticks every one of the boxes typically accompanying releases of its kind. Does it pack its tracklist with a variety of seasonal standards? Check. Does it add some much-loved carols into the mix, performed with dignified deference? Indeed. And is there a new song, exclusive to the release, which – if we’re all honest with ourselves – will likely be skipped past on the second Christmas Day listen? You betcha.

Red-Suited Super Man (yep, about Santa) is unlikely to join the pantheon of Christmas greats. But the Trombone Shorty-starring cut is at least swaggering, offering contrast to the more studious readings surrounding it. Which isn’t to say the straightforward covers lack for quality: Rod’s White Christmas is gorgeous, but then it’s difficult to do too much of a disservice to Irving Berlin’s malleable classic. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is stylish and elegant, too.

High-profile guests – Michael Bublé, Mary J Blige, Cee Lo Green – join Rod for a few numbers; but the 67-year-old, officially a crooner these days, never lets them steal the show. Merry Christmas, Baby is one man’s gift to his fans. And, to a man, his fanbase is surely grateful.

--Mike Diver

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I've been a fan of Rod Stewart's since the days of Jeff Beck Group,Steampacket and the Faces, he is without doubt one of the British Rock Greats. This Christmas release though has it's moments but for me somethinmg is missing. Most of it is the Great American Songbook Christmas Edition, which is fine but in this case the songs lack interest,there is no real life or joy of the season to the very well known songs chosen,the arrangements don't get the best out of Rod and at times seem to me to drag along somewhat. The duets are ok but but the one with Michael Buble is very nuch as you would expect,vey MB in style and content.Interesting duet with Ella Fitzgerald which must be an older track as she sadly is no longer with us, with the addition of the amazing Chris Botti on trumpet, it sounds like Rod's voice was added to an original recording,although I could be wrong. I really do like the one with Mary J Blige on 'We Three Kings', this is one track with a great gospel arrangemeny and gives this carol classic a nice fresh sound. The one track that really lifts the whole album is the title song he shares with Ce Lo Green, it's a cracking one full of life and rhythm that gets the toes tapping and it's such a shame more of the album wasn't given more of this type of treatment.
Too many of the songs have been done so many times and appear on pretty well every Christmas release, which also makes this release one that does not rate anywhere among Rod's best, he doesn't do poor albums ever,this one though just lacks that special something I was expecting, but we do get a new rock album next spring so we don't have long to wait.
So an OK album, but nothing more than that,sorry!
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Rod Stewart Merry Christmas Baby , this is an amazing cd and when i say amazing i mean amazing the most lovely festive cd you will ever buy i promise you that.. rod is amazing those delicious vocals husky and also mellow warm tones ... just outstanding this is really rods thing is christmas music, because he just nails those vocals! this album is uplifting beautiful and fun oh and what ever you do hear the beautiful collaboration of winter wonderland micheal buble and rod .. this is just gorgeous inspiring timeless album starts with have yourself a merry little christmas and then takes you through several well known old favourites .. think snowy fields think christmas lights think roaring log fires think sparkly christmas trees and then gently onto the final track auld lang syne ..the end of another year .. and time for new beginnings .. and with that i,ll wish you a very very merry christmas and of course all the very best for the new year !
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This is the latest album from Rod for a while and whilst it's good it is simple reinterpretations of well known Christmas (and New Year) songs.

They are all beautifully arranged and orchestrated and Rod's voice is marvellous (as ever) but I think it belongs in the Great American Songbook stable rather than anywhere else.

Don't get me wrong, on a first listen I thoroughly enjoyed it and willl, I'm sure, listen to it many more times over the next 6 weeks or so. But Christmas songs in the middle or summer won't really work.

But let's hope that it is a huge seller and sets the stage for his album of new songs due out in Spring 2013.
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What a wonderful Christmas album with Auld Lang Syne reducing me to tears it is so beautiful. The crazy build up to have everything prepared for the festive feast will now be all the more relaxing. Thank you Mr Stewart. p.s. the tidbit for your next album makes me a sure buyer of that one too.
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You can't beat a bit of classic Rod Stewart, whether rocking out with the Faces or on a great album such as Atlantic Crossing.
But lately Stewart's crooning caricatures have left me cold.

His Great American Songbook albums have sold about eleventy-squillion copies but they are not for me, thanks.
I love many of the songs, but I don't love Stewart's one-dimensional interpretations or his now thin and raspy deliveries.

Similarly, other than a fondness and appreciation for a seasonal classic such as Bing Crosby's definitive rendition of 'White Christmas,' I'm not sitting in front of the Yule log fire making a list - and checking it twice - of my favourite winter crooners or Christmas carols.

So a Christmas album from Rod Stewart, following the theme of his recent run of crooner standards, was always likely to leave me as cold as a winter frost.

The album was produced and arranged by David Foster but rather than breathe life into the chosen songs, Foster has created (for the most part) fairly simple, slow paced and light string arrangements.
There's the occasional swing tempo or flurry of jazz guitar notes, but there is no musical individuality or strong song identity.

All the usual suspects are here including 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' 'Silent Night' (complete with children's choir) and of course 'White Christmas,' which isn't going to knock Bing's version off the top of the snow-covered fir tree anytime soon.

And it wouldn't be a Christmas covers album without the obligatory duets...

'Winter Wonderland' features Michael Bublé whose natural crooning sensibilities put Stewart in the winter shade.
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