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4.7 out of 5 stars
The Best Christmas Album in the World ...Ever!
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on 14 December 2009
For several years, I've been wanting to buy a Christmas album that contains ALL the very best pop Christmas songs ever made, most of them from the 70's and 80's. Year upon year I've searched Amazon's store of Christmas CDs in the hope that eventually an album would come out that does indeed contain the cream of the crop. This year, I've kind of given up... what's the point in every Christmas Day going by without the wife and I being able to play the likes of Wizzard, Chris Rea and The Pogues/Kirsty MacColl? So, I've completed an even more rigorous search and found what is the best Christmas album currently out there i.e. one we can happily make do with until the real deal actually gets released. The one I found is a double album called 'the best Christmas Album in the world...ever!' from the year 1996. In my view it's presently the best one because it collects together 21 tracks on to a single disc...and MOST importantly the following tracks...

John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas Everyday
Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
Band Aid - Do they know it's Christmas?
The Pogues feat. Kirsy MacColl - A Fairytale of New York
Greg Lake - I believe in Father Christmas
Pretenders - 2000 Miles
Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman came Travelling
Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas
Elton John - Step into Christmas
Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Jona Lewie - Stop the Cavalry
Jethro Tull - Ring out, Solstice Bells
Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Peace on Earth (Little Drummer Boy)

Plus it has 23 tracks including the following on Disc 2...
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Dean Martin - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
Johnny Mathis - When a Child is Born
Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine
Mud - Lonely this Christmas
Bert Jansch - In the Bleak Midwinter

To my mind, there are only four 'essential' Christmas songs missing from this collection...

Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to Town (the album under review contains the less vibrant version by the Jackson 5)
Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is You (I bought her Christmas album to get this - the album is excellent)
Wham - Last Christmas (the album under review contains a second rate instrumental version by State of the Heart)
Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah (excellent Christmas track from 2009)

I would heartily recommend this Christmas album if your taste is anything like my own and though it is difficult to get hold of now, it IS worth purchasing at a slightly higher price from a market seller as I did. Merry Christmas!!
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 24 October 2003
Every few years, they change the track listing and the artwork. This is the second edition of this collection, which is as strong a collection of Christmas songs as you'll find anywhere. The third edition has significant changes in the tracks, though you may feel it difficult to justify both unless you're a Christmas music junkie. On balance, I prefer this edition though there is not much to choose between them.
Many classic UK hits are here (and one or two non-hits that should have been), including Happy Xmas (John Lennon), Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney), I wish it could be Christmas every day (Wizzard), Merry Christmas everybody (Slade), Do they know its Christmas (Band aid), Fairytale of New York (Pogues and Kirsty MacColl), I believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake), 2000 miles (Pretenders), A spaceman came travelling (Chris De Burgh), The power of love (Frankie goes to Hollywood), Driving home for Christmas (Chris Rea), Step into Christmas (Elton John), Merry Christmas everyone (Shaking Stevens), Another rock and roll Christmas (Gary Glitter), Little Saint Nick (Beach boys), Santa Claus is coming to town (Jackson 5), In dulci Jubilo (Mike Oldfield), Stop the cavalry (Jona Lewie), Christmas wrapping (Waitresses), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), The Christmas song (Nat King Cole), Mary's boy child (Harry Belafonte), When a child is born (Johnny Mathis), Mistletoe and wine (Cliff Richard), Walking in the air (Aled Jones), Rocking around the Christmas tree (Mel and Kim), Santa baby (Eartha Kitt), Lonely this Christmas (Mud), Pretty paper (Roy Orbison) and Gaudete (Steeleye Span).
Many of these songs, along with the other Cliff Richard songs included on the third edition, are regulars on UK Christmas compilations, though Brenda Lee's version of Rocking around the Christmas tree is sometimes used instead of the Mel and Kim version - both were UK hits at different times. Whatever you think of them, they, together with the traditional songs, are the mainstay of British Christmas pop/rock compilations.
It is good to see Lonely pup in a Christmas shop (Adam Faith) included. This was a UK top five hit but is rarely seen on Christmas compilations. It is also great to have Ring out solstice bells (Jethro Tull).
The remainder of the collection is mainly made up of covers but there's a great selection by great singers including Dean Martin, Doris Day, Andy Williams, Jim Reeves and Perry Como. Note that the Spinners who sing Twelve days of Christmas are the British folk group, not the Detroit soul group - they are always listed as the Detroit Spinners in UK releases.
If you only buy one Christmas pop/rock album, you cannot go wrong with the Best Christmas album in the world ever, whether you buy this edition or the third edition.
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VINE VOICEon 25 December 2003
If you are looking for an album whith a selection of the best Christmas songs, then this is it! This double cd is the best ever collection of our favorite songs for the best holiday of the year!
Published in 1997, this cd contains forty-four (44) songs, which are devided as follows:
Disc 1: 1) John & Yoko - Happy Xmas (war is over), 2) Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime, 3) Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas every day, 4) Slade - Merry Xmas everybody, 5) Band aid - Do they know it's Christmas?, 6) The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, A fairytale of New York, 7) Greg Lake - I believe in Father Christmas, 8) Pretenders - 2000 miles, 9) Chris de Burgh - A spaceman came travelling, 10) Frankie goes to Hollywood, - The power of love, 11) Chris Rea - Driving home for Christmas, 12) Elton John - Step into Christmas, 13) Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas everyone, 14) Gary Glitter - Another rock and roll Christmas, 15) The Beach boys - Little Saint Nick, 16) Jackson 5 - Santa Claus is coming to town, 17) Mike Oldfield - In dulce jubilo, 18) Jona Lewie - Stop the cavalry, 19) The waitresses - Christmas wrapping, 20) Jethro Tull - Ring out, solstice bells and 21) Bring Crosby & David Bowie - Peace on earth - Little drummer boy.
Disc 2:
1) Bing Crosby - White Christmas, 2) Nat 'King' Cole - The Christmas song, 3) Dean Martin - Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!, 4) Harry Belafonte - Mary's boy child, 5) Johnny Mathis - When a child is born, 6) Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and wine, 7) Aled Jones - Walking in the air, 8) Robson & Jerome - I believe, 9) Doris Day - Winter wonderland, 10) Adam Faith - Lonely pup (in a Christmas shop), 11) Mel & Kim - Rockin' around the Christmas tree, 12) State of the heart - Last Christmas, 13) Andy Williams - Happy holiday, 14) Eartha Kitt - Santa baby, 15) Mud - Lonely this Christmas, 16) Roy Orbison - Pretty paper, 17) Jim Reeves - Silver bells, 18) Perry Como - God rest ye merry gentlemen, 19) The Weavers - We wish you a merry Christmas, 20) The Spinners - The twelve days of Christmas, 21) Steeleye Span - Gaudette, 22) Bert Jansch - In the bleak midwinter and 23) Mary Margaret O'Hara - What are you doing New Year's eve?
All in all, this album is the best out there, and you can have it playing non-stop, every 25th of December, while drinking your coffee and exchanging your presents with your family!
Buy and enjoy! It is a classic...
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on 24 December 2010
I have had this form new when it come out every year I play this and get the thril for this CD and this year I have put it on MP3 format and can't wait to play it and also for everyone out there BUY this CD and will not be sorry then you buy it GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT
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on 30 December 2010
This is the only CD you'll need!

it has everything - 44 tracks- all performed by the original artists. It starts off with John and Yoko - moves through the pop classics - Slade, Wizard. It includes the wonderful A Fairytale of New York, the equally fab the Power of Love and lots of other traditional Christmas songs - Bing, Chris Rea, Dean Martin, Doris Day and Nat King Cole.

It's really good, eclectic Christmas music.

We put it on for the first time as we decorate the tree and it stays on for the best part of the week.... We love it. Highly recommended :)
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on 1 July 2017
Great album, full of individual artists, giving the listener a vast amount of choice. Best album I have with Christmas songs
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on 19 July 2017
Standard Christmas stuff, but good value for the money.
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on 22 December 2015
Ah 1997' when I was but a wee lass, my mum had this album and despite the fact that my sisters and I were of that age when we weren't interested in music unless it was the spice girls it has been played in her home and eventually ours ever since. This album has everything (excluding Mariah Carey and Tom Jones... But I can't really hold that against it) from Bing Crosby old schoolers to "modern" hits. No fluff and rubbish in between. Sadly I don't have the album anymore, and while it is a little late to buy it now I do have a digital copy, of course it's not the same! So basically if you like Christmas (even only a little) you need this album, because it's awesome. I'll be buying a hard copy in time for next Christmas!

Also, for some reason, it is impossible to get Bing/Bowie doing little drummer boy/peace on earth. I don't know why, I have been unable to obtain a digital copy of this song so for that alone it's worth buying (if it's still on the hard copy!)
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on 27 March 2017
just beautiful music
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on 8 April 2014
Remains the best selection of festive favourites. Originally had it on cassette & was unavailable on CD for a long time. Tried many alternatives but they just didn't cut it & still longed for this one. Thrilled!
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