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Christmas In the Heart

Bob DylanAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B002MW50KO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 holiday release, the first Christmas album from the legendaryFolk/Rock singer/songwriter. Christmas In The Heart is Dylan's 47th album and follows the worldwide success of his album Together Through Life. In a commitment to ending hunger, all of Bob Dylan's U.S. current and future royalties from sales of Christmas In The Heart will be donated in perpetuity to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to over 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year's holiday season. 15 tracks including 'Here Comes Santa Claus', 'Winter Wonderland', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' and many others.

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138 of 160 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas to You Too, Bob! October 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had this album one day and have listened to it more times than I have his last album Together Through Life, which I thought was okay but found to be a generic modern-day Dylan album (some minor key blues, some rewritten tunes from other artists, some attempted crooning). Christmas in the Heart is not perfect - Bob's "O Little Town of Bethle-Phlegm" voice occasionally struggles to reach the right notes, and he sometimes seems so intent on singing the actual melody, he can't quite invest the proper amount of emotion in the songs - but this album is warm and sincere. It makes me smile. The retro sound makes me remember what Christmas used to feel like when I was a kid, and gives me hope that someday Christmas will feel like that again. My favorite tracks: "Must Be Santa" (Bob's actually having fun!), "Christmas Blues", "Little Drummer Boy" and "Christmas Island". Those who don't get Dylan, especially latter-day Dylan, will hate this album or write if off as a joke, and that's fine with me. Dylan always has been an acquired taste. As for me, I'm loving this album. Thank you, Bob, for this early Christmas gift.
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193 of 226 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in the Heart October 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I really, really wanted to write this one off. Especially after TTL, which for a long time I thought was a total disaster - and still think is a triple bogey at best. But sure enough, I found myself at 9:03 P.M California time downloading CITH off iTunes within the first three minutes of its release.

My first impression? So warm, so comforting, so nostalgic. And not just in a "it's getting to be late Fall, so let's get in the mood for Christmas" way. No, in a pure Americana kind of way. This is a Rockwell painting come to life, it is not some kind of ironic commentary on the past... it is a memorial to the past. Dylan does this perfectly. It baffles me, but I really think this will turn out to be one of his most memorable records.

Let me venture to say that this is also a vocal masterpiece. Forget those low-quality clips on when you hear this the way Bob Frost intended it, you will curse yourself for ever cursing it.

And surprisingly, there are no real low points. It is just raw and perfect from "Here Comes Santa Claus" to "Little Town of Bethlehem." It makes you think of a bright, white, hopeful day. Logs on the fire, ancestors passed on, old dusty pictures that were never digitized. This feels like something old that turned up in a cross-country move. A brilliant, sharp, autumn feeling like those old first days of school.

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111 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan 's midwestern winter wonderland? October 13, 2009
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Ah, Bob Dylan. From Myth to has been to legend, all in one career.Now, an early Christmas gift, destined to bring cheer and food to needy folks. First off, Well Done Mr. Dylan.A great great thing to do. Secondly, a popping christmas album!Channeling Bing and Mel,[and the Harry Simeone Chorale} Dylan has actually put together a terrific album of Christmas music. Since folks speculate on everything with him, I dont care to wonder about his spiritual affiliation,simply the music. The best cuts here, for me, are the Little drummer boy, Do you hear what I hear,The Christmas song,and Hark the Herald angels sing. It's a straight album, no winking or cheesiness present.Imagine of Hank Williams Sr and Woody Guthrie made a Christmas album together. This is that album. Hugely,happily recommended
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Dylan holyday masterpiece October 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard about Dylan's Christmas project, I must admit I thought it was a joke. First of all, Christmas In the Heart is not a new Bob Dylan CD. It`s a charity project.

Dylan has loosened up over the last few years: He has finally stopped fighting his own legend. He recent records exposes humor, irony and is more playful than ever. It`s like he is thinking that life isn`t that serious after all. Dylan`s inspiration from traditional blues, jazz and music hall songs from the 1920 to 1950 is obvious. It`s manifested on "Love & Theft" from 2001 and is also the inspiration for "Modern Times" and is also recognizable on his more bluesy 2009 effort "Together through life".

Dylan's Christmas album is in an odd way inspired from the same tradition. It gives me a kind of Dylan meets Disney, Sinatra and Andrew Sisters feeling. Dylan has simply made a Christmas record true to a musical heritage from the forties and fifties. His voice gives a new and sometimes unexpected feeling. If Santa has a voice, Dylan is probably the closest we ever get to hear it.
It's strange, but I feel Dylan's genius comes true and all of the songs on the record grow on me.

As a Dylan fan I think "Christmas Blues" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is the highlights of the album. "Must be Santa" is probably the only polka and the most up-tempo song Dylan ever has recorded. It`s great fun and is also expected to be the soundtrack for the video from the album. However the quality of this record is so high, that I am not able to spot one weak song, if you buy the idea and intention with this project.

Many Dylan fans will claim that this is the worst Dylan record ever. I disagree. I think it is a hilariously funny record, based on good musical craftsmanship.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars We appreciate the gesture, Bob, but... October 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This Christmas album is beyond painful, beyond wretched: it's simply and completely unlistenable. Providing saccharine settings for the gurgling croak and the gravelly wheeze of a lifelong smoker pretty much defines the word "ill-conceived." Since he's one of the greatest songwriters ever, and since he's donating his profits from this album to good causes, I may forgive Dylan someday, but first I'll have to somehow forget hearing Santa Claus dragged over the coals and the Little Drummer Boy strangled and the Herald Angels scream. Do you hear what I hear? Then plug your ears! What could they have been thinking when they recorded this disgraceful dreck?

I'll give this much to the CD: it's given Amazon reviewers the opportunity to sharpen their wit and lavish the music with the caustic comments it deserves. Allow me to quote a few of them: "He makes Tom Waits sound like Perry Como." "It's enough to make the most devout Christian consider atheism. Giving this two stars. One for each of Bob's tar-filled lungs." "If I were a little kid, I'd run and hide my head under the pillow rather than listen. Actually, I may do that myself." "Perhaps a better name for the album would have been 'Your Crazy Uncle Gets Drunk at the Family Christmas Party and Starts Singing.'" "This collection of Christmas cacophony causes me to cringe. Forced to sit through it again I might very well have to hang myself by the chimney with care." "Knocks William Shatner out of first place for most embarrassing vocal performance ever." "Farcical at best and just plain creepy at worst."

Had enough? I think not. You may still be considering a purchase, so permit me to present a few more carefully chosen words of warning: "Just listening curdles my innards." "Possibly the worst album ever recorded.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Give your money to a charity of your choice
In a 2004 interview with "60 Minutes" Dylan openly admitted that every once in a while he will intentionally make a bad album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars review
Gift idea that person wanted for a very long time. Will enjoy it very much and happy with the order.
Published 4 months ago by celia anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Rendering
Either you "get" Dylan or you don't. If you don't "get" Dylan, go waste your time on the new trendy garbage that surrounds us. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donald A. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift for a relative.
My relative was very pleased with this Christmas Gift. I think the album could have been a bit better if the Accordion was featured on more tracts.
Published 4 months ago by Scott Mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, it is what it is...
Well, it is what it is... not our favorite Bob CD, but we will continue to add anything he produces to our collection to show support.
Published 5 months ago by john Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Th ank you. This pro duct is just what I ne eded. Ex cellent servic e, and pac ka ging.
Published 5 months ago by Carol Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan is always my favorite.
I love this so much and think it is so nice for him to make a mainstream Christmas CD when he is not even Christian. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary Cannette
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan Does Christmas
I was surprised to find this. It's Dylan, so how could I not buy it. In case you are wondering, I give everything Dylan 5 stars!
Published 6 months ago by Madelon Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in the Lungs! Bring Cough Syrup, Please!
1st off, If you're the type who laughs hysterically at Mystery Science Theater 3000 and your family thinks you're nuts, this CD is for you. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris30542
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like Patty & Selma
But it's Bob Dylan, and if he does it, I'll buy it! The man is a living legend, and no collection is complete without this!
Published 7 months ago by Glenn Hanson
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Does Christmas = Christian for Bob Dylan?
Dylan has drawn inspiration from Biblical themes for over 40 years. The question, "Why a Christmas album?" seems better framed, "What took so long?" As for his personal regard for Christianity; "Here Comes Santa Claus" certainly does not deny the faith just as a... Read More
Aug 26, 2009 by Hans Riemenschneider |  See all 106 posts
Vinyl release?
I would also hope to have this on vinyl. I find myself buying the CD and the vinyl unless they offer the MP3 with the vinyl like they have done in the past. Then I can listen in the car and at home. I can burn LP to CD also but have gotten lazy lately......
Sep 21, 2009 by Jan Ringham |  See all 13 posts
Ro0yalties to feed the hungry!
Good for Bob - I have purchased. We see Bob when we can - and we are still happy to have him. Good for doing this to help the poor that won't have food during the Christmas time.
Aug 28, 2009 by Margaret A. Griffith |  See all 7 posts
What cards?
Perhaps the CD cover image in the form of a greeting card?

Sure would bw nice to know!
Aug 27, 2009 by Dale Duffy Goldfarb |  See all 33 posts
My husband and I are huge Dylan fans. The 'hubby' is the same age as Dylan,
and believe me, old guys that age who are still enigmatic, philsophical, and unpredictable are a treasure to be appreciated! We will never know Bob's motives, but I for one am just glad he and my 'hub' are still around... Read More
Nov 29, 2009 by kitty |  See all 9 posts
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