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Amy is pulling out all of the stops with a 2008 collection of the best Christmas songs from all three catalog albums plus four new songs. Christmas music is synonymous with Amy Grant. Her classic arrangements, stirring original Christmas songs, TV specials, and widely attended Christmas tours over the years have all contributed to over five million Christmas albums sold. In 2007, all three of Amy's classic Christmas albums were digitally re-mastered and sold over 50,000 albums in just three months.

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listen  5. Baby, It's Christmas 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song) 5:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Joy To The World/For Unto Us A Child Is Born 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen17. A Mighty Fortress/Angels We Have Heard On High 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow
  • ASIN: B001EC6JPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Voice is beautiful.
P. TAN
Her voice is beautiful in every way as she sings these christmas songs.
Cat
They're a good mix of traditional melodies and contemporary songs.
A. Luff

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By W. Brian on October 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Yes, "The Christmas Collection" is a greatest hits album, culling favorites from her three studio Christmas albums. Amy is refreshingly candid in the liner notes asking: How much Christmas music should any singer release? (Apart from side projects and a single contribution to Christmas albums here and there, she has released three Christmas albums, in 1983, 1992 and 1999.)

What must be noted: 1) Amy invented the modern Christmas album in the guise as a worshipful, sincere Christmas celebration, while including a handful of secular favorites. (She was the sincere, Christ-based answer to the Nat King Coles, Bing Crosbys and Barbra Streisands...she honored those American songbook classics, but put her charismatic stamp on her albums...

2) Amy's three Christmas albums contain approximately 1/3 to 1/2 original material. No other artist does this. No other artist has undertaken large Christmas shows with the Nashville symphony (and other local symphonies)for the benefit of the idea of local symphonic music. Amy's Christmas shows in Nashville have famously taken the Nashville symphony from the red to the black.

3) Speaking of that original material, Amy's "Tennessee Christmas" has been covered countless times; "Breath of Heaven" has been covered by virtually every female singer releasing a Christmas album in the last few years...Donna Summer, Jessica Simpson, Roberta Flack, Point of Grace, a couple of Broadway dames etc. There are more I can't remember.

4) Finally, the four "new" track on "The Christmas Collection" are absolutely essential: "Jingle Bells" is Amy at her gutsiest; "I Need a Silent Night" may become Amy's next "Breath of Heaven"...gorgeous, resonant and unforgettable.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wheeler on October 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Over the years I have bought each of Amy Grant's Christmas Cd's
Amy Grant to many is synonomous with Christmas music and I am no exception.
This packages is a greatest hits collection. The problem with the disc as far as I am concerned is that it does not include my favorite Christmas song by her. Emanuelle (God with us) to me is a masterpiece.
Having said this and in all fairness to her, Breath of Heaven, and many of my other favorites are included.
This collection only has four new songs, including Jingle Bells, Count your blessings, Baby it's Christmas and I need a silent night.
Jingle Bells is the same arrangement that Barbara Striesand did on her first Christmas album. To me the arrangement is sung way too fast and loses its charm. She would have been better off omitting this one.
Count your Blessings as she says in the liner notes is from the move White Christmas.
Baby it's Christmas is written by her husband Vince Gill and is another good song. Another Silent Night is good as well.
I would consider buying this CD even if you have the first three Christmas albums..........Merry Christmas
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James Donovan on October 9, 2008
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When I first heard Amy Grant was coming out with a new Christmas album, her fourth (!), I was excited because I love her previous offerings and her music is my soundtrack to the holiday season. Then I found out that it was actually a kind of 'Greatest Hits' compilation of her three X-Mas albums, with a few new recordings added in. Disappointment aside, I knew I would get it as soon as it came out (in September!). So, here's the big question: Is it worth buying? Let's discuss, shall we?
First of all, the song selection is favored very heavily towards her second holiday album "Home For Christmas," with a whopping eight tracks (the first eight tracks of that album, actually) making an appearance, compared to four from the first one and only two from the last. It may sound completely unbalanced, but in my opinion HFC was the best of the three so I don't mind too much. Amy has stated that these are her favorites from each album, so whether or not you agree with her choices is beside the point.
As for the new songs, they fit quite nicely alongside the familar ones. "Jingle Bells" starts off the set with a furious pace, a remake of Barbra Streisand's version of the song. It's funny to hear Amy sing so fast! "I Need A Silent Night" talks about how commercial Christmas has become and how we sometimes forget the true meaning of it all. "Baby It's Christmas" is a sweet song about taking a breather and enjoying the simple pleasures of the holiday, and "Count Your Blessings" is a lovely reminder to be thankful for what you have. All in all, excellent additions to the Amy Christmas canon!
So is it a must buy? In my totally biased opinion, yes. Where some perfomers release holiday music to make a quick buck, Amy is one of the few artists who actually puts feeling and meaning into these songs. It may not be all new music, but it is good music, plain and simple, and wonderful.
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Amy Grant does her Christmas album up in a big, beautiful way and it is practically an instant classic for the holiday season! Amy's voice never sounded better and it's a joy to hear her sing these wonderful songs. The quality of the sound is superlative and there's very little lacking on this fine album. Yes, these are many of her best hits from her previous Christmas CDs; but still it's well worth the price of admission!

"Jingle Bells" starts the CD with Amy singing very well and she handles the tempo changes like a pro! The musical accompaniment is very lush and this impresses me greatly. Amy's voice, clear as a bell, never falters and it's truly a finely tuned instrument to be relished. In addition, there's Amy giving her all on "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year;" this gets a more traditional arrangement that "Jingle Bells" and this works rather well for this number. The backup singers harmonize well and I like that a lot. Only Amy could infuse this song with so much heartfelt energy; it's pretty awesome.

"Baby, It's Christmas" charms me with its beauty and I predict you'll enjoy this fantastic number. The piano works very well in the arrangement and Amy delivers this with great poise and a certain sentimental flavor that's great. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is yet another huge success for Amy; she delivers this with panache and the overall arrangement is flawless and stunning at once. Similarly, "Silent Night" gets the best treatment any chanteuse could ever give it and I really enjoy this number very much.

"Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" gets so much regal treatment that Brenda Lee would turn green with envy! "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" is a major highlight of this CD and the country flavor to this number embellishes it all the more.
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