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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000DF00Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Frosty The Snow Man
2. Blue Christmas
3. The Christmas Waltz
4. I Wonder As I Wander
5. Silver Bells
6. Mary's Little Boy Child
7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
8. The Happy Elf
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas
10. I Come With Love
11. Nature Boy
12. Little Town Of Bethlehem
13. I'm Gonna Be The First One
14. This Christmas
15. Nothin' New For New Year
16. Silent Night

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Original owner! CD is in overall very good condition with a few light play marks. Insert in mint condition!

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Call him the retro Sinatra, the keeper of the big band flame, the swingin' piano man, but Harry Connick Jr., remains one of New Orleans' treasures. His second Christmas CD is as much a salute to his hometown musical roots as it is to the season. Filled with second-line arrangements and fierce horn charts that could blow all that holiday chill back to Canada, Connick's latest revisits upbeat standards such as "Frosty The Snowman," "Blue Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and others. Most swing and romp, but the hymns are given the reverential vocal treatment that Connick is known for on his more secular love ballads. Surprises include a quirky arrangement of "Silver Bells," in what sounds all the world like a Henry Mancini score for an action film. And there's four Connick originals that don't quite match the level of the covers, except for what must be the oddest pairing of talents all season, the duet with country singer George Jones on "Nothin' New For the New Year," an inspired tune and performance from two master stylists. There's nothing quite as lasting as the chestnut he penned on his first Christmas CD, "I Pray on Christmas," but for fans, here's a merry Harry N'awlins holiday love fest. --Martin Keller

Customer Reviews

I am not trying to be spiteful on this.
Cliff Somers
Harry explores children's songs, traditional carols, and Christmas classics with his own style-- one of the best jazzy records around!
"rayrob11"
If you love Christmas music, this is the CD for you!
Valerie A. Lawrence

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By M. B. on November 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
On this album, Harry Connick Jr. and his merry band of men serve up just enough smoothness to lure in the Kenny G fans and then throw in enough New Orleans syncopation, swingin' and in-your-face horns to confound them.
And crooooonin' galore.
The songs are a fair mix of the secular and non-secular both. Though the traditional hymms lean more towards slightly sober reflections, there's the effervescence and looseness throughout the disc of a band throwing down for a rollicking good time.
Harry adds a few tunes of his own to the holiday cannon as well, including a duet with George Jones (!) on the country-tinged "Nothin' New for the New Year." I'm personally partial to bomp of "The Happy Elf," an irresistable toe-tapper.
The North Pole just got a little hotter and spicier this year. And to answer one question put forth in an off-the-cuff remark in one of the Christmas classics here: Yes, I think Santa likes gumbo.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Abdubby on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I just purchased this CD, and found it wasn't quite as good as "When My Heart Finds Christmas". While "When My Heart Finds Christmas" has more of a big band sound from the 20s and 30s, this CD sounds like the Las Vegas show bands of the 70s and 80s. I'm glad I bought it, because I love Harry's voice, but the other Christmas CD is much better.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "ccandersen94" on November 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
He's done it again! Harry IS Christmas! I thought that nobody would top his last Christmas album...I was wrong.
Frosty the Snowman is outta sight!
'I'm gonna be the first one' took me right back to those Christmas mornings. Thanks for writing that one Harry!
'Santa Claus is coming to town' reminds me of 'Next Door Blues'. You should see the kids dance to this one!
'I Come with Love' inspiration from the pen of the man.
I could go on and on.....but just go and get this one!
Every song made new as only Harry can do.
I used to wonder what it would be like to grow up in the time of Nat King Cole, Satchmo and Sinatra......now I think I'm very lucky to be here now!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joe Goodwin on October 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Once again, Harry doing what Harry does best - crooning with a big band - this time including orchestra. It kicks off (in Nick Hornby fashion) with 'Frosty the Snowman,' featuring Maynard Ferguson-esque trumpets screaming two octaves up, and rarely slows down from there. Holiday standards are punctuated with four original tunes which, while fun to listen to, probably won't become part of your Christmas caroling repertoire. And the 'cajun' knob is turned up a bit too high on some arrangements - seeming a bit forced at times - marring an otherwise polished performance. Still, you'd be hard pressed to find a better Christmas record if stranded on a desert island (they were crafty enough not to repeat tunes from his earlier Chrismas album) . . . actually, make that two.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cbmit on December 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love Harry's style. My most favorite Christmas of all time is Harry's "When My Heart Finds Christmas" and because of that, I can't quite give this CD a 5. It is amazing though. I especailly love Harry's ability to write new Christmas songs. One reviewer (Anita) mentioned how she didn't think the songs were related to Christmas. "I Come With Love" is a very touching song about Jesus, "The Happy Elf" (which my nephews insisted for awhile was "The Happy L") is one that every child will love. At first I was confused as to why "Nature Boy" would appear on a Christmas album, because I just kept thinking about Moulin Rouge and John Leguizamo...Anyway, I listened to it and saw how in the context of a CHRISTmas cd, he was making the song refer to Jesus. My very favorite track is "Jingle Bells" (not on all editions of the CD--I bought mine at Target) Harry sings 7 (I think it's 7) verses and it is VERY fun. I love "Silent Night" and the gospel feel of it. "Frosty the Snowman" is another of my nephew's favorites and it is definitely filled with joy! "Nothin' New for New Years" also helps with the 4 star instead of 5. I have a hard time with country music. Harry's vocals are great, but sorry, George Jones, I just don't like country music. It really is a wonderful Christmas CD. It's less Christmasy feeling and more jazzy feeling than Harry's other Christmas CD. Then again, it is also a more grown up Harry. Unlike Anita's feelings, I think he knows what he is doing...and by the way, the man DOESN'T drink....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tracy J. Johnson on November 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've been a HCJ fan for years. I adore "When My Heart Finds Christmas," which has a been a standard to which I compare other holiday CD's. WMHFC was the first time Harry did any of his own arrangements. And what an excellent result! But "Harry For The Holidays" reveals that Harry's talent has grown by leaps and bounds. It blows me away with it's complex and interesting arrangments.
This is not traditional big band! There's a lot of New Orleans inspired sounds on here. But Harry also takes traditional songs on exciting departures. "Mary's Little Boy Child," and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" are brought to life with new rythyms, but still with respect to their sacred lyrics. Harry is NOT the "It Had to be You" kid anymore. He takes chances with his music that are challenging and inspirational. If you want a new holiday CD that is more than just bells jingling in the background, you'll definitely get a spicey holiday gumbo with this one
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