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Merry Axemas - A Guitar Christmas

Merry Axemas - A Guitar Christmas

October 14, 1997

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 14, 1997
  • Release Date: October 14, 1997
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 43:57
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  • ASIN: B0013AZRFY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,476 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

A great CD that you can listen to all year around!
BJGGuitar
My kids love it especially compared to traditional Christmas music.
VetForPeace
He took a beautiful classic and created a vibrant emotion.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on November 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, I guess the title and cover art are sufficient warning, but this is a truly wild, over the edge guitar treatment of Christmas music, and I wouldn't bring this CD with you for Christmas dinner with Aunt Minnie or Uncle Joe.
But if you are into this style of guitar, you'll love this. It may well be the one and only Christmas album you have, and the sheer dissonant, loud energy of most of the CD might well upset traditionalists. But this is Christmas as expressed from the perception of the guitarists, and therefore is more than legitimate. Standouts? "Joy To The World" was my personal favorite. Poor Rudolph practically gets slaughtered in the first cut, but I don't say that in a mean spirit. This entire CD is for those who relish the sheer sound, fury, and energy, and yes, the innovation of this style of guitar.
But don't expect Windham Hill. LOL
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Sanchez-Mallory on November 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
You know how it always seems like they start playing Christmas music WAY too early and by the time Christmas actually gets here you're actually sick of Christmas music? Well, this will be the exception. In my opinion the absolute centerpiece of this CD is Steve Vai's exquisite rendition of "Christmas Time is Here". I just crank it up as loud as I can and close my eyes. Suddenly, I'm ice skating with Snoopy and Woodstock on a frozen pond in the moonlight. Beautiful! This track is so completely gorgeous it sends chills up my spine. Eric Johnson does a wonderful job with "The First Nowell" and I also love Steve Morse's "Joy to the World". I am a big Joe Satriani fan, however, I didn't much care for "Silent Night Holy Night Jam". Sorry, Satch. Although I very much liked Jeff Beck's "Amazing Grace", I thought it a little out of place on a Christmas CD. The Brian Setzer Orchestra & Joe Perry keep you rockin' around your Christmas tree with their rollicking versions of "Jingle Bells" and "Blue Christmas", respectively. A great way to make Christmas last all year long!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sharky on February 12, 2010
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I originally discovered this CD several years ago after becoming familiar with Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). I love the blend of hard rock with Christmas music and decided to search out other similar CDs. This particular CD is probably next in line to TSO as being the best out there, although I can't say that definitively as I have yet to hear everything that is available.

However, if you love guitar based rock music and Christmas music, you definitely can't go wrong here. There is not one bad song on this disc and the flow of the music from start to finish is well arranged. I don't find myself getting disinterested at any point. The songs by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Joe Perry are the best in my mind but all the others are very good as well. Jeff Beck's version of Amazing Grace gives me goosebumps and Richie Sambora performing O Holy Night is another one that will elicit some emotion.

All together, this collection of songs is very underrated and deserves more attention from those seeking this type of music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Strat-o-Beck on November 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a great one for chirstmas time. I very much look forward to listening to this every year.
I agree with others that Jeff Beck's "Amazing Grace" is the best tune on the record. It is really worth the five stars alone. No one can compare to the skill and emotion of Jeff Beck.
Steve Morse's "Joy to the World" is also very nice. Eric Johnson's "First Noel" and Shepard's "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" are amongst the best on the CD.
Why I give it 4 stars, however, is because a few of the songs are duds. Joe Perry's Blue Christmas is more humourous then it is a pleasure to listen to. Satch starts off with a nice Silent Night, but the 7 minute jam is a little much. Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty good tune. Hotei's tune may be a Christmas tune but it seems out of place.
However, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, and Steve Morse are three really good reasons to buy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek S. Fisher on November 10, 2004
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What an absolutely fantastic album. It's so good that I have had to buy it three times, as the other two CDs mysteriously "vanished". Oh well, if I had low morals, I'd steal this, too. The mood of this album vascillates, as it starts off full swing in the holiday spirit, with a pretty literal version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. But my favourite track is Eric Johnson's "First Nowell". I'm a wee bit biased, as I think he is the greatest modern guitarist. But it truly is an extraordinary composition. It is in fact quite intricate, and he manages to incorporate his own flavour into the melody without destroying the structure of the piece. Which cannot be said for Joe Satriani's "Silent Night", which goes on a tangent of accousitcally illegible meanderings. Joe Perry does a fantastic job with "Blue Christmas". It is almost two songs, the first an homage to the classic version, with almost an Hawaiian tiki feel, and then he rips off the leis and the hawaiian shirt, and shows that underneath he has black leather pants and a ripped t-shirt and absolutely shreds it. I knew my 90 year old grandmother would like the first part of the song, and then the second part came on, and she said "Oh, my". Hilarious. Alot of the songs take you by surprise that these heavy metal guitarists can be so expressive. Kind of gives you a new insight. Who knew that Ritchie Sambora could be so eloquent? It ends perfectly, with Hotei's version of "So This Is Christmas". Like alot of the other reviewers, I listen to this year round, and this album is my absolute favourite "holiday" compilation. Buy it, if you don't like it, sell it to me, as someone will invariably steal my third CD of this album.
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