Joy: A Holiday Collection
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Joy: A Holiday Collection

December 7, 2010

  Song Title
Joy To The World
O Holy Night
Silent Night
Winter Wonderland
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Ave Maria
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Face Of Love
Medley - (A) Go Tell It On The Mountain, (B) Life Uncommon, (C) From A Distance
I Wonder As I Wander
Hands (Christmas Version)

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  • Original Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 1999 Atlantic Recording Corp.
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  • Total Length: 44:24
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  • ASIN: B004FA1WVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,085 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've heard the voice of an Angel.....and it is Jewel! November 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't overly familiar with Jewel before buying this disc, but picked it up based on reviews here. I own well over 100 Christmas CDs -- so I'm not easy to impress. However, Jewel's voice is a gift, and she uses it extremely well in this bound-to-become-a-classic collection. It's moving, poignant and, most of all, sincere. It's not overly done, so as to let her voice shine through. The arrangements are lovely.
I highly recommend this disc.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Christmas Classic November 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Jewel presents a Christmas CD that is both traditional and at the same time new, and is pure magic to listen to.
The first half of the CD is traditional songs, both sacred and secular, performed in a mostly traditional fashion. The beauty of this section is that the arrangements are minimalist and unique, making them seem fresh even if we've listened to other people do them every year of our lives. I especially like the guitar on "O Holy Night." And, as you'd expect, Jewel's voice shines on every song.
The second half gets into more uncharted territory, but it's still great stuff. She does two almost a cappella duets with her mother on "Rudolph" and "I Wonder as I Wander." The first one is great fun. My only complaint with the second is that they repeat the first verse three times instead of doing the other two verses.
We also get some original songs in the second half. My favorite is "Face of Love," which again features a duet with her mom. It talks about a life changed because of seeing the baby Jesus. "Life Uncommon" (featured in a melody) and "Hands" both encourage us to spread the joy all year round. I wasn't aware at first listen that "Gloria" was original. Written in Latin, it sounds like some classical music you'd hear this time of year.
I didn't get this CD until last year, but it felt like Christmas right away. If you've enjoyed Jewel's other music, even marginally, get it. You'll enjoy it for years to come.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not a Die-Hard Jewel Fan... December 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
...but I will happily credit her with one of the finest Christmas CD's I've ever heard. In my collection, I have just under 80 Christmas CD's, ranging from classic Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra to Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith to Nat "King" Cole & Glenn Miller. I have numerous discs from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Boston Pops & London Symphony Orchestras, and the Westminster Boys' Choir. In short, I've heard a LOT of holiday music from hundreds of singers, groups, and composers. Jewel's effort ranks with the best of them. I've often been completely disgusted with the works of pop artists who, for whatever reason, release holiday albums. I loathe performances of Christmas standards that are utterly destroyed by a pop/country/R&B/etc. artist who feels the need to put his/her "spin" on a familiar tune. More often than not, the result is a musical quagmire that slaughters the classic tune. However, Jewel refrains from taking that approach, instead presenting each song in a traditional manner and sounding downright angelic in the process. I am very impressed with this album and with the voice and range of this young lady. Only the child-oriented "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" keeps me from giving this album another star. I don't give advice to others concerning what music they should buy, but I will say that as one who owns and has listened to an extensive variety of Christmas music, I rank this CD in my top 5 of all time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goose bumps galore over this album! November 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD from Jewel has to be the best Christmas album I've ever heard. Her voice is astonishing, and is showcased here in a wide range of styles- from mellow, to operatic (as in her renditions of Ave Maria and Gloria). Her range is also incredible. I love her new re-make of Hands, and it reflects the tremendous growth as an artist, that she has gone through since her first album. I still get goosebumps every time I listen to this CD, even after 30 times or so. Indeed, she has the voice of a Christmas angel.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Voice, Very Good CD October 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't really a big Jewel fan, but this album has won me over. Give her credit...she is willing to try new arrangements on some tired old Christmas songs (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) and it works. Her voice throughout is wonderful and the arrangements are first-rate.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that I wasn't too enamored of her decision to include some of her own stuff and her inclusion of "From a Distance." When I buy a Christmas album I want Christmas music. That said it is still a great CD and will provide variety to you Christmas collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This CD must be close to the best, if not the best, recent addition to my growing collection of Christmas CDs. Jewel's voice has a unique vibrancy which suits it pervectly for traditional Christmas carols. Her renditions of "O Holy Night", "Silent Night", "O' Little Town of Bethlehem", and "Ave Maria" are the best examples. On the other hand, she conveys a relaxed and swinging style on "Winter Wonderland" and "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer. Her inner spirituality is feelingly expressed in her own originals, "The Face of Love", and "Hands". I hardly consider this a CD to use as background at a party. It's too beautiful to waste on a group not really listening to it. Instead, I recommend it for personal enjoyment and to share with special friends of like mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars her earlier style
I have Jewel's more recent Christmas album and her greatest hits and her lullabye album. This is more conventional and traditional singing on this CD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie D. Frane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Compilation
I really loved listening to this CD over the holidays, as Jewel sings many of my favorite Christmas Carols on this album beautifully. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helena Lehman
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel
I am very impressed with Jewel's voice, and this is a beautiful Christmas album. I'll be checking out the rest of this talented Scalia's repertoire.
Published 2 months ago by Donna Sorenson
4.0 out of 5 stars surprising
very eclectic-every cut is a different style. i guess i would like to hear her sing xmas a little more traditionally, but that's not Jewel. one of the greatest voices of our age.
Published 2 months ago by billy hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jewels
what can I say except this CD ROCKS !!!! because its Jewels singing her vocals are beautiful to listen to Love you Jewels Keep on keeping on my sweet sister love :))))))
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Stadnicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vintage Jewel
I bought this CD years ago, and recently bought another copy for my husband to listen to in his truck. lol She has such a beautiful voice and brings new life to these songs. :)
Published 2 months ago by Lyndell L. Dees
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely Jewel for Christmas
It was a joy to experience the range of Jewel's vocal range. Each piece is lovely, and the icing on the cake is the whimsical rendition of "Rudolph." Enjoy!
Published 2 months ago by Old Georgia Geek
5.0 out of 5 stars Her first Christmas album
This is such a pretty album and she has such a lovely childlike quality to her voice that makes the Christmas carols feel more meaningful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Christmas CD
I've had this Jewel holiday CD for years and my granddaughter would ask to hear it during the holidays when I'd play it in my car. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wanda S
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this album
This is my all-time favorite Christmas album & given that it came out years ago I hope it will continue to be available for many years to come.
Published 3 months ago by Planeterry
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