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David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas

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Words aren't required when David Grisman gets in the holiday mood. On this 1983 album, the acclaimed mandolinist strings together an assortment of holiday tunes like they're popcorn strung around an ornament-laden pine. With the likes of bassist Rob Wasserman and Bela Fleck in town, Grisman gives the dawg treatment to everything from "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" to "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," closing out, appropriately enough, with "Auld Lang Syne." With picking this tasteful, it's really rather a shame that Acoustic Christmas will inevitably be packed away for 11 months of the year. --Steven Stolder


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  1. What Child Is This? 1:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Respighi: Ancient Aires and Dances 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. The Christmas Song 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 6:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. We Wish You A Merry Christmas0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. White Christmas 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. The Flower Carol 1:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Winter Wonderland 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Silent Night 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Auld Lang Syne 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0000002G4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rod Saunders on May 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is a true Grisman classic. Who else could put together such a distinct Christmas album? WHAT CHILD IS THIS is done in the old english style with mandolin accompanied by a band of minstrels playing recorders. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN is done bluegrass style with virtuoso Bela Fleck on banjo. Respighi's ANCIENT AIRES AND DANCES is a beautiful rendering of this classical composition done with mandonlin, mandola, and mandocello. THE CHRISTMAS SONG is a soft, jazzy, acoustic version of Mel Torme's classic. GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN is done as an acoustic jazz tune in 6/8 time. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS offers a touch of comic relief with Grisman's mandolin accompanying a Donald Duck impersonator. WHITE CHRISTMAS presents jazz guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor and John Stafford on tenor sax. THE FLOWER CAROL is another old english style number done with an accompanying hurdy-gurdy, crumhorns, and recorders. WINTER WONDERLAND is done in a swing style reminiscent of the Hot Club Quintet with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. SILENT NIGHT is done in a bossa nova (?) style with accompnying vocal percussion and vocal trumpet. AULD LANG SYNE also presents Bela Fleck on banjo with a slower beginning tempo which kicks into bluegrass overdrive upon the key modulation.
With former DGQ members Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Rob Wasserman providing the rhythm section this album reflects what I believe to have been the glory days of the Grisman legacy. Displaying Grisman's unique musical diversity, ingenius arrangements, and mandolin virtuosity with this all-star lineup, ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS is a Christmas album in a class of its own. It actually makes a musical statement apart from the context of it being a holiday album. This is a must buy for fans of Grisman, jazz, bluegrass, or Christmas music in general.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Febre on November 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD really gets me in the mood for Christmas. I listen to it every year starting right after Thanksgiving, if I can wait that long! This year I am giving it away as Christmas gifts to all my friends. It's really beautiful and fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. David English on January 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A couple of online reviewers have carped at the Donald Duck vocal on "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", but they are miserable Scrooges and deserve to be pummeled with roasted chestnuts, red-hot from the open fire. Okay....let's not go that far. But listen! It is not a "Donald Duck impersonator" you hear, but Clarence "Ducky" Nash himself, the man who voiced the Donald on a jillion Disney cartoons. This I learned from David Grisman himself. I went backstage after a show at the Iron Horse club in Northampton, Massachusetts, several months after "Acoustic Christmas" came out. I complimented him on his fine Donald Duck vocal, and he told me he did not do it himself, but secured the vocal services--if "vocal" is the right word--- of Mr. Nash. And in any event, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is a very short cut.

The rest of the album is Duck-free, and still sounds fresh. Apart from the Respighi, every song on this album is familiar, almost too familiar. When I saw the song list (and before I heard the album), I groaned---do we really need another "The Christmas Song", another "Silent Night"? But David Grisman and his fine sidepeople scrape away the layers of dreary tedious dutiful tradition and treat each song as a new adventure in musical puckishness. Listen to "Silent Night"----it's actually insouciant!! Bouncy!! How is this possible? But he does it. A guy plays throat tromnet---playing his mouth like a trumpet---and it will make you grin like a jack-o-lantern when you hear it.

That David Grisman is a master mandolinist is hardly news. This is a charming holiday album. Give it a whirl.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daly Mavorneen, on June 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like the reviewer gal from Kalamazoo, MI, my copy of Grisman's masterpiece doesn't come out of the mix in my 5-disc CD player from Thanksgiving to New Years, either! It's damn near impossible to create a unique Christmas cd from the millions out there. From song selections (obscure or chestnut?) to arrangements (experimental or traditional?), how does one come up with a mix that will satisfy? Well, Grisman's done it! With mandolins, stand-up basses, flutes and a flurry of other instruments, he creates a spectacular mix of traditional and genre-bending arrangements! His steel-drum treatment of "Silent Night" as an island celebration is nothing short of mind-blowing! And being Scotch-irish, "Auld Lang Syne" is a sacred ballad to me; but once you've heard Grisman's banjo-jangly-"Deliverance" version that removes the maudalin from the song, you may never go back!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cat e on November 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This CD has been a Christmas favorite in my household for years. Most Christmas songs fall into one of three categories (in my humble opinion): Cheesy, Overly Cheerful, or Sullen. This CD is none and all of the above, but in perfect balance. If you agree with me on those classifications, you owe it to yourself to give David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas a shot to see if it doesn't change your mind about Christmas songs. And if you don't agree with me, you still owe it to yourself to give this CD a listen to see if it doesn't make its way into your Christmas collection.
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