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Fans of the Very Special Christmas albums will get few surprises with this in-concert follow-up to the three studio compilations. Only 2 of the 11 songs have never appeared on one of the previous editions; one of those, Eric Clapton's "Christmas Tears," is a fiery performance with Blues Traveler head John Popper guesting, while the other is a collaboration between Clapton and Tracy Chapman on "Give Me One Reason," not exactly a Yuletide standard. That mix of the useful and the puzzling is typical of the whole CD. It's good to hear Mary J. Blige's force encouraging Sheryl Crow to push her vocal limit, even on a tune as lightweight as "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." But why doesn't Blige, the 1990s' preeminent female R&B voice, get to work out on, say, Phil Spector's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"? Mainly because Jon Bon Jovi is instead called upon to lamely replicate Bono's vocal from the first Very Special disc. This too-often calcified offering is hardly this charity series' finest. --Rickey Wright

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000028TVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Most of the artist do Christmas songs with a blues flavor.
icesled
I bought this CD along with the rest in the VSC series, since it goes to a good cause.
Michael Ceciliani
You are donating to a great cause so I would recommend them to everyone.
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309 of 312 people found the following review helpful By cyclista on November 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed every song on this 38 minute CD. I have a pretty good collection of various types of Christmas music and I consider this to be a great addition. I didn't realize this was part of a series and plan to purchase at least one more of this series. I'm not a rap fan but I enjoyed the Run DMC rendition of "Christmas in Hollis". "Christmas Tears" sung by Eric Clapton was spectacular. I see that Eric Clapton sings and/or plays guitar on 5 songs.
I see that they have no song listing, so here it is:
1) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow)
2) Christmas In Hollis (Run DMC)
3) Please Come Home For Christmas (Jon Bon Jovi)
4) Christmas Blues (John Popper with Eric Clapton)
5) What Child Is This? (Vanessa Williams)
6) Christmas Tears (Eric Clapton)
7) O Holy Night (Tracy Chapman)
8) Give Me One Reason (Tracy Chapman and Eric Clapton)
9) Merry Christmas Baby (Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton)
10) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Jon Bon Jovi)
11) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (All artists listed above)
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68 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
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The best Christmas album of the season. Cool & rocking yet full of Christmas spirit. All your favorite musicians AND the proceeds go to help physically disabled children--a refreshing reminder of what Christmas is really all about. Everyone should buy a few...it is perfect for Christmas stockings or the office grab bag!
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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
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essential disc for your christmas party. sound unbelievable. clapton is god. track with john popper goes to the records books for the harmonica guitar duet as does his track with tracy chapman. must have music. the other stuff is great. i bought 5 copies for christmas gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hafiz Imran on August 4, 2014
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I'm a bit of a Clapton fanatic, so this review may be a bit biased, you have been warned.

I'll be honest - I bought this album for one song only, which is the duet between Tracy Chapman and Eric Clapton on the song 'Give Me One Reason'. This particular performance was phenomenal! The rest of the album consist of strong performances as well, highlights include 'Christmas Blues' and 'Christmas Tears' (see a pattern here?).

Basically, if you like your Christmas and holidays a bit mellow and blue, this is the album you want to get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By riverside on December 25, 2010
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I received this as a gift years ago. It has been my favorite for the past decade or more. It finally died last year and I have been in search of another one since then. I am so happy to have found it. The Tracy Chapman selections are outstanding.
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I bought this CD for the Tracy Chapman/Eric Clapton "Give Me One Reason" rendition. This is a great CD!

Tracy Chapman's "O Holy Night" is beautiful, non traditional but sung like a loving lullaby, just lovely, one of the nicest renditions I've ever heard, and I really like this song. Jon Bon Jovi plays both "Please come home for Christmas" and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" really nicely, like he was made to play these songs. Everything Clapton and Tracy Chapman offer is wonderful and John Popper, well of course.
I don't have a lot of exposure to some of these musicians because I don't listen to a lot of radio or to the genres they usually represent. I personally don't like a couple of songs, I've never liked "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" so, even though Mary Blige and Sheryl Crow do a nice version, I just can't appreciate it. Vanessa Williams' "What Child is This" I turned off after the first line. I don't think I will ever like Run DMC (hate most rap) and this CD doesn't change that, but it is nice to hear some of the others,and makes me curious to listen to more of what they've done.
This CD is really fun to listen to, it must have been a great concert.
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I bought this CD along with the rest in the VSC series, since it goes to a good cause. I like most of the selections, but at less than 40 minutes, it's just too short. There were more songs they could have added. Several "live" tracks appeared on the VSC Volume 5 disc, which was released after this one. My favorite cuts are Vanessa singing What Child is This?, Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree by Mary J. and Sheryl, Christmas Tears by Eric, O Holy Night by Tracy and S. Claus is Coming To Town sung by everybody. A good rockin' holiday disc, it just needs a couple of more songs added to it to make it complete.
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It is nice to have some more modern, hip Christmas music. Sometimes the old songs feel a little stale and some new energy is just what we enjoyed with this CD this year. There are a lot of good songs on this Cd. Of course it is hard to love them all, because tastes must vary too much.However I would recommend anyway.
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