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Once Upon a Christmas

Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers&dolly PartonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg Special Product
  • ASIN: B00008G7Q0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Believe in Santa Claus
2. Medley: Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride
3. With Bells On
4. Christmas Without You
5. White Christmas
6. A Christmas to Remember
7. Hard Candy Christmas
8. The Greatest Gift of All
9. Once Upon a Christmas

Editorial Reviews

This country-music dynamic duo went pop Top 40 with this holiday hit in '84. Along with White Christmas and a medley featuring Winter Wonderland; Sleigh Ride , and other favorites, they sing Dolly's own Once upon a Christmas; A Christmas to Remember; With Bells On; I Believe in Santa Claus , and more!

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My second favorite original Christmas album February 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
As originally released, this album had six duets and four solo tracks - two each by Kenny and Dolly. I note that the version currently available in America has just nine tracks (confirmed to me by an American friend who has seen it), the two excellent Kenny Rogers tracks (Silent night and The Christmas song) being replaced by Dolly's Hard candy Christmas (which, despite its title, is not a Christmas song). I checked my local store and the UK version still has the original track listing. Dolly's two solo offerings on the original album - White Christmas and a medley of Winter wonderland and Sleigh ride - are both excellent.

Good as the solo tracks are, it is the six duets that make this album stand out among my many wonderful Christmas albums. Dolly wrote five of the songs especially for the album and the other is also an original song. I believe in Santa Claus and With bells on are rollicking, up-tempo songs. Christmas without you is a reflective song about missing somebody. A Christmas to remember is another upbeat song. Once upon a Christmas is a stirring song about the birth of Jesus (and has since been covered by Selah on their Christmas album Rose of Bethlehem, with Dolly guesting on that track). The greatest gift of all (the only song among the duets that Dolly didn't write) is a lovely romantic ballad, which was covered a year later by Lee Greenwood for his excellent Christmas To Christmas album; other singers have understandably covered this song too.

This album is best with the two Kenny Rogers solo tracks, but is worth buying anyway because of the outstanding duets. I have bought many brilliant original Christmas albums; this one remained my favorite for more than twenty years after its release.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE ORIGINAL! December 5, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Folks, before wasting your money thinking you are buying the CD version of this album hoping to retire your worn out vinyl copy, then think again. Although the cover of the CD is the same as the record, it actually has little else in common. First, what's happened to Kenny's solo songs? Where are they? And furthermore, why did they put Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" on here when it wasn't even part of the original release? I don't understand this concept of "remaking" old albums and re-issuing them on CD. I feel this is deliberate deception on the part of RCA/BMG to make you think you are getting the CD version, when in fact what you are really getting is a watered down and butchered copy of the ORIGINAL "Once Upon A Christmas" that was released in 1984 and went on to become one of the biggest holiday albums of the 80's. So what's going on then? This is precisely the reason I've still got my old vinyl copy of this album, as tired and wore out as it may be! Sorry RCA, but you didn't pull the wool over my eyes. Folks, here is the original track listing for this album, as released in 1984:
1. I Believe In Santa Claus (Kenny & Dolly)
2. Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride Medley (Dolly)
3. Christmas Without You (Kenny & Dolly)
4. The Christmas Song (Kenny)
5. A Christmas to Remember (Kenny & Dolly)
6. With Bells On (Kenny & Dolly)
7. Silent Night (Kenny)
8. The Greatest Gift Of All (Kenny & Dolly)
9. White Christmas (Dolly)
10 Once Upon A Christmas. (Kenny & Dolly)
Now, also ask yourselves why this special was never released on home video, inspite of it being one of the highest rated Christmas specials in the history of CBS? Maybe I'm just complaining here, but I'm sick and tired of deceptive and sly business practices on the part of the music industry, and until such time as it cleans up its act, I'll continue to treasure my old LP records and cassettes.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE ORIGINAL! December 8, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Folks, before wasting your money thinking you are buying the CD version of this album, hoping to retire your worn out vinyl copy, then think again. Although the cover of the CD is the same as the record, it actually has little else in common. First, what's happened to Kenny's solo songs? Where are they? And furthermore, why did they put Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" on here when it wasn't even part of the original release? I don't understand this concept of "remaking" old albums and re-issuing them on CD. I feel this is deliberate deception on the part of RCA/BMG to make you think you are getting the CD version, when in fact what you are really getting is a watered down and butchered copy of the ORIGINAL "Once Upon A Christmas" that was first released in 1984, and went on to become one of the biggest holiday albums of the 80's. So what's going on then? This is precisely the reason I've still got my old vinyl copy, as tired and wore out as it may be! Sorry RCA, but you didn't pull the wool over my eyes. Folks, here is the original track listing, as released in 1984:
1. I Believe In Santa Claus (Kenny & Dolly)
2. Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride Medley (Dolly)
3. Christmas Without You (Kenny & Dolly)
4. The Christmas Song (Kenny)
5. A Christmas to Remember (Kenny & Dolly)
6. With Bells On (Kenny & Dolly)
7. Silent Night (Kenny)
8. The Greatest Gift Of All (Kenny & Dolly)
9. White Christmas (Dolly)
10 Once Upon A Christmas. (Kenny & Dolly)
Now, also ask yourselves why this was never released on home video, inspite of it being one of the highest rated Christmas shows of the decade? Maybe I'm just complaining here, but I'm sick and tired of deceptive and sly business practices on the part of the music industry, and until such time as it cleans up its act, I'll continue to treasure my old LP records and cassettes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for me
Purchased this as a replacement for an old cassette I had of it. Wanted to be able to play it on my DVD player. Very satisfied, Thank You
Published 27 days ago by Rosela Goulet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas music
Love this cd. Had it once & lost it. Glad you had it! Very festive and able to sing along!
Published 2 months ago by Dk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Cd...my whole family loves it.
Fantastic CD...music I grew up with. My family loves it. Will listen to it every Christmas and this will be a family tradition. :)
Published 2 months ago by Family of 5
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed
I didn't see that this CD wasn't the same as the album until after I bought it. So if you're looking for a CD of the great vinyl version, this isn't it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aimee E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Christmas CD
Loved this CD. Dolly and Kenny together are wonderful. I got the song I wanted and the rest of the songs were great also.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Furr
5.0 out of 5 stars My most favorite Christmas album
I Bought this LP back in the 80's but now I need it for my car or more updated music.
It took a long time to get it almost a month. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Christmas CD
I like to listen to it while we decorate the Christmas tree. Couldn't find my copy this year, so I needed a new one.
Published 3 months ago by Boxer Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It, Love It, Love It
I love all of the upbeat Christmas songs on this CD with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. They have so much fun on here, You can hear it in their voices. Great songs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deborah Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
This is my in laws favorite Christmas CD. We bought 4 copies for his family. They were hard to find In stores. They were so happy and so we're we!!
Published 3 months ago by Sara S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny and Dolly Christmas
I've always loved this Christmas album. I owned it for years on cassette and finally bought the cd. Love it
Published 3 months ago by Lorna L Marvin
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