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Best Of/20th Century - Christmas

September 21, 2004

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Label: Motown
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 41:51
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  • ASIN: B000V6AD3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One of my favorites.
Lori
The music demonstrates Stevie's ability to interpret Christmas classics as well as to find great original songs.
Peter Durward Harris
We tried to play that music every day during the CHristmas season!
Ronny

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pierre on May 10, 2005
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First off, I'm not one to buy Christmas albums -- in fact, this is the first I've ever purchased -- but I am a big Stevie Wonder fan and have most of his post-1970 albums, even the not so essential ones from the 80's. The latter being true, there was almost no way I was going to be dissappointed with this, especially after hearing a track on the radio this past Christmas and really digging it.

This relatively new compilation (2004) includes 14 remastered tracks, originally recorded by Stevie back when he was "Little Stevie Wonder" and sang mostly non-originals under the direction of Motown executives. Tracks 1-12 were in fact originally issued as 'Someday at Christmas' in 1967 -- this new collection therefore trumps that album (which still shows up in the used bins) by adding two additional tracks. Still, the total playing time remains brief at 42 minutes.

The music itself is a bit dated of course -- Stevie croons in an adolescent voice, is backed by an un-funky orchestra with lush string arrangements and vocal choruses, and most of the tunes, if they ever were popular, are now obscurities. There are a some classic carols -- "Silver Bells," "The Little Drummer Boy," the classical piece "Ave Maria" (which Stevie braves in latin), and a Stevie favorite, Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts roasting on a open fire..."). Most of the tunes are slow ballads, until the end when the tempo picks up with "What Christmas Means to Me," a number more in the trademark Motown tradition with sleighbells serving as the rhthym section, and the two concluding add-on tracks.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Beyzman on December 24, 2004
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I can only say that I was blown away by this album when I first heard it. "The Day that Love Began" is, in my opinion, one of the best numbers Stevie has ever recorded: there's so much love and passion in this song!! "Ave Maria" is another example of how he loves to take risks and turn ordinary into extraordinary. How I wish he would have done "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen"!! If you're tired of listening to regurgitation of the standard elevator Christmas music on the radio, give this album a try.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. Eckert on December 3, 2004
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Stevie at his BEST! I love this cd!! So many great songs on one cd. Ave Maria is my favorite! He adds his harmonica to most of the songs which makes this cd a true classic!! My holidays require this CLASSIC music for Stevie Wonder! You will not regret having this in your holiday music collection! It is truly one of the BEST!
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It's no secret that Stevie Wonder has genius; and it's also no secret that Christmastime music is some of the best music ever written. Christmastime songs are rather catchy; and sometimes they have a melancholy ache that we all can identify with. They can be playful, too; and of course that appeals not just to kids but to the child within ourselves as well. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent and I love that artwork.

"Someday at Christmas" is a real charmer; this masterpiece gets the royal treatment from Stevie Wonder who sings this without a superfluous note! "Someday at Christmas" has a lush musical arrangement to accompany Stevie as he sings the lyrics; and it all holds its own very well. Impressive! "Silver Bells" is very easy on the ear; and that background choir enhances the natural beauty of this ballad. "Silver Bells" does let Stevie Wonder stay squarely front and center, though--which is right where he belongs! I love it.

"Ave Maria" is absolutely wonderful; Stevie does this faultlessly and that's grand. I also like "The Little Drummer Boy." "The Little Drummer Boy" features Stevie singing this with panache; he handles this well and the percussion couldn't have been done any better! "One Little Christmas Tree" is poignant, to say the least; and there's yet another gem in Stevie Wonder's rendition of "The Christmas Song." "The Christmas Song" has always been one of my very favorite holiday tunes and just one listen will tell you why! Stevie handles the tempo and key changes like the pro he always was and still remains; he ensures that "The Christmas Song" remains a very special number.

"Christmastime" uses the strings to great advantage as Stevie delivers this to perfection--and beyond!
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By HARDIE on January 30, 2010
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THIS CD IS ASTOUNDING , ABSOLUTELY
BRILLIANT ;IT REALLY LIT UP OUR
HOUSE BEFORE,DURING,& AFTER THE
HOLIDAZE."SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS",
"THE DAY THAT LOVE BEGAN","EVERYONE'S
A KID AT CHRISTMASTIME" ,"TWINKLE
TWINKLE LITTLE ME",WILL SERIOUSLY
GET YOU IN THE SPIRIT.THERE'S NOT
A BAD SONG ON IT ,TOP TO BOTTOM
THE BEST HOLIDAY MUSIC I EVER
BOUGHT. STEVIE WONDER IS SO
FANTASTIC NO WORDS CAN QUITE
DESCRIBE THE "WONDER" OF THIS CD !
IF YOU DO'NT HAVE A COPY YOU'RE
REALLY MISSING A JEWEL OF AN ALBUM.
RON MILLER SEEMS TO BE THE PRIMARY
SONGWRITER ON IT AND HE AND HIS
CO-WRITERS MADE HISTORY WITH THIS
YOU WILL LOVE IT LIKE I DO !!!!!
THANX STEVIE FOR MAKING MY CHRISTMAS
SO MEMORABLE WITH THIS MASTERPIECE!!!!
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