Very Special Christmas / Various



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Review Text Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, this has some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may head you toward the dance floor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby." ~ Dennis MacDonald

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - 3:22
  2. 2. Winter Wonderland - 4:35
  3. 3. Do You Hear What I Hear? - 4:32
  4. 4. Merry Christmas, Baby - 5:55
  5. 5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - 4:28
  6. 6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - 3:39
  7. 7. Gabriel's Message - 2:13
  8. 8. Christmas in Hollis - 3:59
  9. 9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - 2:20
  10. 10. Santa Baby - 3:34
  11. 11. Little Drummer Boy - 4:32
  12. 12. Run Rudolph Run - 3:43
  13. 13. I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas - 4:28
  14. 14. Coventry Carol - 3:24
  15. 15. Silent Night - 5:36

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The 'Very Special Christmas' albums began appearing in the late 1980s. A series of yuletide-themed compilations that featured contemporary rock stars performing beloved Christmas songs (some secular, some not) the albums were recorded and issued to raise money for the Special Olympics. Volume One emerged in 1989, and by the holiday season of 2001-2, four sequels had been produced and issued. Now, the home video release A Very Special Christmas compiles some of the most memorable music videos and live performances of songs from those initial albums, with additional renditions of holiday tunes culled from the 1998 and 2000 Christmas at the White House specials. Performers include Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Wyclef Jean, Tracy Chapman, Jon Bon Jovi and many others. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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