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A Very Special Acoustic Christmas

October 21, 2003

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Special Olympics, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 51:33
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  • ASIN: B001NB1GY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,311 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

A version that is so good, could ultimately become a Christmas classic.
Jbrew
This is a good Christmas set with some new songs and a few traditional favorites.
Lee Armstrong
Some great new Christmas songs, not just a rehash of the old traditionals.
Peter J. Benjamins

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the sixth in the series of special Christmas albums dedicated to raising money for the Special Olympics, but this one is very different from previous albums that generally featured pop and rock music. This album, as its title suggests, features acoustic country and bluegrass music. As far as I know, all the recordings are new although some of the artists have recorded their chosen songs previously. Many of the songs here will be familiar to you but the simple acoustic settings featured here allow the singers to bring out the true meaning of each song
The set opens with Reba singing a great version of Silent night. Reba previously recorded this for her first Christmas album, Merry Christmas to you, in the eighties. On that occasion, she did a spoken introduction explaining how the song came to be written but she did not repeat that on this new recording.
Dan Tyminski does a sparkling version of Frosty the snowman, on which a couple of children (James and Julia Knobloch) sing backup on the word Stop. Willie Nelson proves that he still has what it takes with a fine rendition of Please come home for Christmas. Alan Jackson is brilliant on the rarely recorded Just put a ribbon in your hair, an excellent Christmas love song. Alison Kraus deviates a little from the acoustic concept on her own song, Only you can bring me cheer, although it is a brilliant recording.
Marty Stuart is next on Even Santa Claus gets the blues, which is a great song that he wrote himself. Earl Scruggs contributes an instrumental version of Jingle bells. Ralph Stanley sings Christmas is near, a song he wrote and first recorded as one of the Stanley brothers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jbrew on December 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you want an upbeat Christmas album for that holiday party your throwing, this might not be it. This is a great album for those relaxing nights next to the fire with those you love. Willie Nelson, Ricky Skaggs, and Patty Loveless highlight this album. If anything, buy the album for Alan Jackson's cut of "Just Put a Ribbon in Your Hair." A version that is so good, could ultimately become a Christmas classic. A true gem. Radio! Play this song!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
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My best friend talks about this CD almost everyday (and it's June!) and so I finally sat down and listened to it. First of all, it is amazing that all of the money goes directly to the Special Olympics. I love country music and I love Christmas music - when Christmas comes I know this will be playing in my office!
In fact - my friend listens to it when waiting on the phone! Needless to say, she has been moved to carry strong opinions about the Special Olympics since hearing it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This set has been out for several Christmas seasons, but has just come to our house this year. It's a lovely set with consistency and variety. Reba McEntire opens with a lovely version of "Silent Night" with twang in her voice. Arif Mardin produced Willie Nelson's aching version of "Please Come Home for Christmas," "If not for Christmas, by New Year's night." Alison Krauss has written a romantic Christmas song with a modern flare titled "Only You Can Bring Me Cheer," "Hey, how about you stay? We could spend the night together. We could rock the night away." Marty Stuart's got swagger in his stocking on his self-penned "Even Santa Claus Gets the Blues," "What I wouldn't give for just one silent night, just me & Momma Claus by the warm firelight." Ralph Stanley's "Christmas Is Near" is a homey tune that speaks to the joys of family being nearby during the holidays. Patty Loveless does a gorgeous version of the traditional "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Sing choirs of angels, sing in exaltation. Sing all ye citizens of heaven above." Sam Bush's mandolin makes a joyful noise of the lovely melody "Let It Snow!" Ricky Skaggs' voice expresses wonder on the beautiful traditional melody "Away in a Manger." Ronda Vincent's self-penned tune "Christmas Time At Home" makes you want to start heading home for the holidays. Tift Merritt's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a slow-burning version, "The Lord is my shepherd, so I know I'll make it through; Baby, keep on praying because it's all that we can do." Norah Jones ends the set with a slow song called "Peace" that has a lovely melody and Norah's piano hauntingly echoing the chorus, "Peace is for everyone." This is a good Christmas set with some new songs and a few traditional favorites. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2008
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Must admit that I normally don't buy many country music albums. Out of hundreds of music CDs, I could count the total of this genre on two hands, and my bluegrass and folk collection is fairly thin. But for some reason, the artists on A Very Special Acoustic Christmas seem to express the music of the season in a truly wonderful way. Maybe it's just the season, but I don't think so, as this is truly a superb album.

This album is the sixth in the Very Special Christmas Series, which was produced on behalf of Special Olympics, and since the first "A Very Special Christmas" album was released in 1987, this amazingly successful series has raised more than $100 million for Special Olympics, making it the most ever raised by a benefit series. And every CD purchased still helps this worthy cause - look them up sometime.

This album was released on the the Grammy-award winning Lost Highway Records label, and the sixteen tracks and performers are:

1. Silent Night, by Reba McEntire
2. Frosty the Snowman, by Dan Tyminski
3. Please Come Home for Christmas, by Willie Nelson
4. Just Put a Ribbon in Your Hair, by Alan Jackson
5. Only You Can Bring Me Cheer, by Alison Krauss
6. Even Santa Claus Gets the Blues, by Marty Stuart
7. Jingle Bells, by Earl Scruggs
8. Christmas is Near, by Ralph Stanley
9. O Come All Ye Faithful, by Patti Loveless
10. O Holy Night, by Wynonna
11. Winter Wonderland, by Pat Green
12. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!, by Sam Bush
13. Away in a Manger, by Ricky Skaggs
14. Christmas Time at Home, by Rhonda Vincent
15. I'll be Home for Christmas, by Tift Merritt
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