A Very Special Christmas 3
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A Very Special Christmas 3

October 7, 1997

  Song Title Artist
I Saw Three Ships Sting
Christmastime Smashing Pumpkins
Children Go Where I Send Thee Natalie Merchant
Santa Baby [feat. Salt-N-Pepa, Onyx, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Keith Murray, Mase] The Christmas All Stars
Oi To The World No Doubt
Blue Christmas Sheryl Crow
Christmas Blues Traveler
Oiche Chiun (Silent Night) Enya
The Christmas Song Hootie And The Blowfish
Ave Maria + Intro Eleven
Christmas In The City [feat. Angie Martinez] Mary J. Blige
Santa Claus Is Back In Town Jonny Lang
Christmas Song Tim Reynolds
Christmas Is Now Drawing Near At Hand Steve Winwood
O Holy Night Tracy Chapman
We Three Kings Patti Smith

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 7, 1997
  • Release Date: October 7, 1997
  • Label: A&M
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Special Olympics International Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:06:15
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  • ASIN: B001NB33A4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,639 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Worthy Addition to your Christmas Collection November 26, 2003
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The third album in this series is mostly a winner and well worth adding to your Christmas collection (as well as the first two volumes). As with any compilation that attempts to cover multiple genres, it is bound to be a hit or miss affair for most, but I think the producers of this series have done a pretty good job of it so far. Like the first volume, this record has very few clunkers and is overall worthy of five stars (I gave Volume 2 only four stars on account of it having a higher number of unworthy tracks).
The collection leads off with Sting's short and sweet rendering of the traditional "I Saw Three Ships." Does such a good job with it that you wish the tune went on longer. One of these days, Sting will produce his own Christmas album. Next up is the now defunct alternative band Smashing Pumpkins with their original composition "Christmastime" which you most likely have heard on the radio a number of times. This is one of the top songs on this album. But the best song on this record could very well be Natalie Merchant's "Children Go Where I Send Thee" which is an old gospel song. So the first three songs are already worth the price of this CD alone.
Unfortunately, the mood is spoiled by the next track featuring a whole mess of rap artists doing an ugly version of "Santa Baby." I don't know why the producers of this series feel compelled to stick a rap track on every volume but I don't appreciate it. Next is No Doubt doing "Oi To The World" which is a very annoying song that grates on your nerves after repeated listens. This song would no doubt (pardon the pun) drive Noriega out of his compound.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the "Very Special Christmas" Series December 24, 1999
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I own all the volumes of "A Very Special Christmas" and consider this one to be the best. Maybe I'm sort of a Grinch, but I detest Whitney Houston's version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and Stevie Nicks' interpretation of "Silent Night" which appear on previous editions.
To be sure, some of the songs are better than others. I for one liked "Christmastime" by the Smashing Pumpkins...it's refreshing to see one of this country's best alternative bands try something a little out of the ordinary.
My hands down favorite on this disc is "Christmas" by Blues Traveler. The lyrics are especially interesting and portray John Popper's initial indifference to Christmas, followed by his getting caught up in the Christmas Spirit, followed by his anxiously awaiting next year's Christmas. It's a truly beautiful and well done piece.
Also worthy of mention is "Ave Maria" by Chris Cornell and Eleven. Cornell's vocals, as well as a very good arrangement of this classic, make it a standout on this collection and alone justifies the purchase price.
The other tracks range from beautiful simplicity (Enya's "Silent Night") to raucous and fun (No Doubt's "Oi to the World).
As previously mentioned, this is the best of the "Very Special Christmas" series. Give it a listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Third time's a charm. October 10, 2005
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I found many songs I like on the other "Very Special Christmas" albums, but front to back this is easily my favorite. Maybe because it includes alot of "adult-alternative" artists, but probably just because the songs are sooo good. Just look at the tracklist. Sting, Natalie Merchant, and Sheryl Crow all do great covers, and I also love the songs done by Tracy Chapman and Enya. As far as originals go, I was really impressed by the tracks from Smashing Pumpkins and Blues Traveler, both are excellent, and both sound very seasonal. My reason for purchase however was for "Ave Maria". Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave) does an amazing job with it, and it's really quite moving. The rest is good at the least. As the holidays approach, I already can't wait to play this. I also suggest "The Edge Of Christmas" and "You Sleigh Me: Alternative Christmas Hits".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch, perfectly balanced December 21, 2004
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The third edition of the "A Very Special Christmas" series is for me the most significant. It's definitely very '90's just as the first version was very '80's, but that shouldn't be interpreted as a negative criticism. True, the first instinct of any contemporary rock/pop music fan is likely going to be "Blues Traveller/Hootie & The Blowfish/Tracy Champman? Who listens to those people anymore?"

...but recording original (or even standard) Christmas songs isn't about being current or cutting edge; it's about "making a joyful noise" and, in this case, raising some money for a particularly good cause.

The highlights are, in order, Sting's "I Saw Three Ships", which can't help but get anyone into a jovial mood (my daughter, age 7, particularly loves it...for her it's the title track for the whole CD), Natalie Merchant's "Children Go Where I Send Thee", brilliantly executed yet a bit tedious to listen to as it is a variation on the "Twelve Days Of Christmas" theme (repititious, repititious, repititious...you get the idea), No Doubt's hyperska cover of "Oi! To The World" (although this did take some time to grow on me...once I was able to deduce Gwen's lyrics -no easy task, they come fast and furious- I was able to enjoy the lighter side of the song), Sheryl Crow's breathy reinterpretation of "Blue Christmas" was particularly sultry...reminds me of Marilyn singing "Happy Birthday" to JFK, Blues Traveler's "Christmas" has to appeal to the inner cynic in everyone (it spoke specifically to me before my daughter was born), and Hootie & the Blowfish, whom I never particularly cared for durng their Huey-Lewis-&-The-News-esque run in the mid-'90's, have in fact done a version of "Christmas Song" sufficient to add extra warmth to any home and hearth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not that good
We really liked the VSC 1 and 2, so tried this one, too. It was just not up to the standard.
Published 3 months ago by Bill D
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Xmas cd.
I bought it because I collect them. I liked them when they came out, but could not find the original set after a move. Read more
Published 3 months ago by donna newton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overall With a Few Odd Songs
There are a few songs on the album that I really don't care for but the album as a whole is worth buying.
Published 3 months ago by 5eagles
4.0 out of 5 stars First song
I love the angry version of I Saw Three Ships performed by Sting. And really love that it is the first song I can find it easier to play it over and over. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Meviews
5.0 out of 5 stars hands down, the most special
The best of the series, easily, by far. Its brilliance is in its assortment of Christmas tunes; as soon as the cd ends, you can listen to it again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. Monstuart
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an ok album but not as good as the first one.
I got this album mainly for "Ave Maria", "I saw three ships" and "children go where I send thee. Read more
Published 16 months ago by K Town
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing version of ave maria
This album is good for the most part. I could do without a few tracks, but the reason I bought this is for the Chris Cornell/Eleven track "Ave Maria. Read more
Published 19 months ago by fentje
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Special Christmas 3
The CD, A Very Special Christmas 3, is a great CD! The music on it is awesome. I bought it for my husband since he lost his last one. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by melimae15
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree, best of the series.
I love this CD. I listen to it every year, and don't get tired of it. Where else will you find blues traveler, smashing pumpkins etc all on one cd. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Lauae Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas music
I bought this CD for the first song, "I saw 3 ships" which I heard and had a hard time finding. Its a nice version of this song, by Sting, but the rest of the CD is well just ok..
Published on January 10, 2011 by iheartbeagles
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