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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B00006IR5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
City on the Hill takes its trademark worship focus and applies it to Christmas. The result is a must buy.
The strength of this project is its new songs. Five of the six are absolute winners bringing a truly new spirit of worship to the holiday season. My favorites (and it's hard to choose) are "Child of Love," a lullaby for Mary that first Christmas night, and "Bethlehem Town" which juxtaposes the joy of Christ's birth with the pain and horror of his death. I always enjoy songs that remind us of why He ultimately came. Ironically enough, it's the title song that I don't especially like. It just seems so much less inspired then the others.
The other half of the songs on the CD are traditional Christmas carols that focus on what Christmas really means. I especially enjoyed Out of Eden's take on "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and the lesser recorded "In the Bleak Midwinter." And I don't know if I've yet heard a recording of "O Holy Night" that I didn't like.
My biggest problem with this CD is that, since most of the new songs are presented first, it doesn't seem that Christmassy to me right away. However, I love it so much, I think I'll be listening to it a lot at Christmas every year, so that won't last more then another year or two. This CD is destined to become a classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a fan of Essential Records' critically acclaimed City On A Hill series, I was excited to hear that they would be releasing a special volume of Christmas music. Although this CD doesn't quite stack up to the first two COAH compilations, it does provide a very refreshing mix of classic carols and new material for the holidays, performed by an eclectic mix of some of the top names in Christian music. One thing COAH is known for is its collaborations between artists, and that is present here as well. One of the highlights is the title track, a multi-artist song featuring the voices of Third Day's Mac Powell, dc Talk's Michael Tait, Out of Eden, Caedmon's Call's Cliff & Danielle Young, Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine, Sixpence's Leigh Nash, and others. Third Day also gets a little help from Julie Miller and the Choir's Derry Daugherty on the "Manger Throne/Away In a Manger" medley. (The former song is an original penned by Miller, while the latter is a unique adaptation of the classic we're all familiar with.) Also, Michael Tait and Leigh Nash's voices are a match made in heaven (who'd a thunk?) on the closing track, the classic "O Holy Night". Sixpence None The Richer, who appeared on the first COAH CD but not on the second ("Sing Alleluia"), returns with a beautiful rendition of the classic "Silent Night", one of my favorite tracks on this CD. Another one of my favorites is Sara Groves' stirring performance of "Child Of Love", one of the original songs on this CD. It effectively illustrates how Mary must have felt holding her baby boy, not to mention her Savior, in her arms.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck on December 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have all the City on a Hill CD's and I have to say the music is uplifting and very spiritual. This edition is no exception except that it is an exceptional Christmas CD. The artists on this project are first rate and the songs both traditional and newly composed here will be ringing in your mind long after Christmas is over. I recently reveiwed "A Christmas Story" by Point of Grace and wrote that it's my number one favorite Christmas CD ever, but that being said, this one runs a very close 2nd. Like Christmas Story this CD is one that will definitely receive multiple playings at my house every Christmas and other times of the year too. Yes, I am one of those. Those folks that listen to Christmas music all year long; I mean after all, He does live within us all year long. right? And His birth is something we should always be grateful of. The songs here celebrate Christ, his birth, his life that was and is now and ever will be. What a joy these songs will bring when you listen. You have to have this one. It's a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Brown on December 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is an amazing mix of beautiful songs that bring nothing but joy! Some of my favorite Christian Artists come together to create this Christmas mix that is better than I'd have put together myself-especially because most of these songs are not available on their albums. This is a wonderful addition to the spirit of the season in my home!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "jcbondservant" on June 10, 2004
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Bringing together artists I consider to be among the best in Christian music can never go wrong. So it is with Jars of Clay, Caedmon's Call, Bebo Norman, Sixpence none the Richer, etc. Even if you're not a Christian, you've got to respect this fresh sound in Christmas music. Ignore the horrible Out of Eden song at the end!
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I love the Advent season. It is a season of anticipation. It is also a season of Christmas music. At the Home Depot they have been playing Christmas music since Black Friday. I am about sick of it. And I couldn’t figure it out at first…I mean yeah you hear the same song every 45 minutes, by a different artist, sung completely different, and sometimes, most depressingly, in a country style, but why do I have this urge to remove my eardrums out of my head with a utility knife? And then it dawned on me: None of the songs were actually about the birth of Christ! They were all commercial Christmas music for the most part. Songs about winter and snow and lights and Christmas trees. Trite and familiar and it is supposed to make people happy. It just pushes me closer to the postal edge. I’ll give you a white Christmas in a winter wonderland… Willie Nelson sings Christmas songs? Brings shivers to my spine.

Ever since City On A Hill: Its Christmas Time came out I have been hooked. I hope you will buy a copy of it, you will not be disappointed. It is Christmas worship pure and simple. There is one song in particular that cuts into my heart, it is an original song (new) and it is sung by Jars of Clay, but the lyrics just cut my heart to the quick. It is talking about Mary: “…you gave birth to the death that would bring us to life.” Just insanely powerful. Jesus was born with one purpose: To die for our sins so that we may truly live.

Put this in, turn the lights down low, turn the lights on the tree up, sit back with a hot chocolate or apple cider, cuddle with the one you love and listen. Smile, cry and anticipate. Advent will be here again soon enough, and so will Christ.

I have to admit, i listen to these songs all through the year. It calms my spirit and warms my heart.
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