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Christmastime, the 1998 holiday release on which Michael W. Smith plays chemist and combines elements not previously forged together, is a study in contrast. His inclusion of three medleys of classic holiday tunes works more than it doesn't. But the addition of Christmas show tunes like "The Happiest Christmas," Kay Thompson's "Jingle Bells," and "Christmas Waltz" makes little sense. One has to be a crooner to pull these off and Smitty is many things but a crooner. The release's finest moments come in more contemporary style with the Chris Rice-penned "Welcome to Our World," Smitty's title track, and the Phil Keaggy-enriched instrumental "O Christmas Tree." Of the medleys, "Sing We Now of Christmas/O Come O Come Emmanuel " showcases Smitty's sensible arrangements as well as his now-famous "Emmanuel" chorus. --Michael Lyttle

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reunion Records
  • ASIN: B00000D9VV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Michael W. Smith's first Christmas CD was different from what he normally does, with its choral sound and the feel of a church program. Since that was so different, I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this.
Good thing I wasn't expecting anything specific because this CD is all over the place. Very few of the songs on here are original, but most are seldom recorded. The more familiar songs on here are instrumental arrangements. While at first I was disappointed to not get words with "O Christmas Tree" and "We Three Kings," the arrangements are so fantastic it's easy to get past that. And the pipes on "I Saw Three Ships" make me want to get up and dance. "Hope of Israel" is an original instrumental piece as well.
He revives the choral sounds of his first Christmas CD on "Christmastime" and "Carols Sing." And he provides some more pop songs with "The Happiest Christmas," "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells," the first Christmas recording of "Welcome to Our World," and "Christmas Waltz," a duet with Sandi Patty. Frankly, these are the songs I love most. Of special note is a new version of his "Sing We Now of Christmas" that is just a hauntingly beautiful as the original.
So does this mishmash of styles work? Yes, it does, but it takes a few listens. The first year I had it, I wasn't sure if I liked it at all, but each year it's grown on me. Now I look forward to hearing it every year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Soozie4Him VINE VOICE on December 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD has a real mix of styles, but still hangs together as a very cohesive CD. My favorite track on the album is "Christmastime". It's just fabulous! Also, I especially enjoyed Michael's duet with Sandi Patty on "Christmas Waltz".
Michael incorporates a wide variety of instruments in this masterpiece of a CD - tinwhistle, bagpipes, Uillean Pipes, and all the usual instruments are included.
Track 6 is a medley with "Sing We Now of Christmas" sung by the American Boys Choir starting out. The medley ends with a lively "Emmanuel" (the one Amy Grant has on her first Christmas album, but MWS wrote it)!
The first track, "The Happiest Christmas", is reminiscent of the music my parents used to listen to - Ed Ames, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, etc. Michael does a great job with this style!
There is truly something for everyone on this CD - you can't go wrong buying this CD for any of your loved ones!
The liner notes are a feast for the eyes, with great drawings and photos.
Please check out my other reviews of Christian music and books!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sallie Stephens on November 26, 2000
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I purchased this CD last year and just about wore it out! I love the classic songs on here, mixed with some new ones. The rendition of "Jingle Bells" just plain tickles me (as well as my son...as soon as he hears that first whinny of a horse he just laughs and laughs...buy the CD and you'll see what I mean!) I also love "Christmastime" and my all-time favorite is MWS's instrumental piece "Hope of Israel". It is absolutely beautiful and really stirs my soul. Get this album and give yourself a wonderful Christmas present! You'll be so glad that you did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brideofchrist on May 29, 2001
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This album instantly became one of my all time favorite Christmas cds! Micheal's talent is beautifully showcased here, both musically and lyrically. My two favorite tracks are Christmastime and Carols Sing. I get goosebumps every time I listen to them. God has truly blessed this man with a wonderful talent. Anyone who finds themself sucked into the commercialized-Christmas-is-for-getting-stuff mindset would be blessed by this cd. Micheal really points the listener in the right direction. Kudos for your passion for Christ, Micheal!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "alanaotto" on May 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely adore this album. While putting up Christmas decor, track 3 (Christmastime) was on repeat all day. This CD combines classic Christmas carols with some new tunes. I love 'Christmastime' and the sounds of the bells and children's voices in the song. Despite talk of Smith becoming a crossover pop artist, this inspirational CD really shows his love for the Lord and his desire to wish him happy birthday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay C on October 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Michael has two Christmas cd's out now, and I wish he would do another. I have called his first one a masterpiece, the same could be said of this one.
The first track "The happiest Christmas" is a wonderful opening track. Kay Thompson's Jingle bells is reminiscent of Andy Williams of the sixties.

This release and his "Christmas" are the two cd's that gets heavy playing time at my house. In the past year I have sampled and or purchased more Christmas music than in the last 15 years. I have heard some really good music but for the season His music has not been topped. These two cd's are what I would consider modern classics or masterpieces! Michael, a master of blending and reinventing music to bring something new. I also appreciate the way he gives Christmas music profound reverence and respect. Tops most Christmas releases because of Michael's passion for music,giving it that Christmas feeling and epic sound. Michael has captured the Christmas spirit in this one!

I went to see Michael when he recently came to my area.He did a Christmas show and I was surprised to see how many people did not have all of his Christmas CD's. I said to myself "You don't have that one!!.... then your Christmas is not complete!!!!

I have a LOT of Christmas CDs, and this is one of the first and last I listen to each Christmas season. He has clearly captured the spirit of the season, MWS has done it again!! Thanks Michael on making a modern tradition for Christmas!
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