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Songs For Christmas

November 21, 2006

$15.99
Song Title
Time
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1
Silent Night
0:44
2
O Come O Come Emmanuel
4:00
3
We're Goin' To the Country!
2:17
4
Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming
3:22
5
It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!
1:55
6
Holy Holy, etc.
0:41
7
Amazing Grace
4:08
Disc 2
1
Angels We Have Heard on High
0:45
2
Put the Lights On the Tree
1:48
3
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
4:43
4
I Saw Three Ships
2:34
5
Only at Christmas Time
2:14
6
Once in Royal David's City
3:40
7
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
0:45
8
What Child Is This Anyway?
6:47
9
Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
1:39
Disc 3
1
O Come O Come Emmanuel
1:04
2
Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!
3:49
3
We Three Kings
2:58
4
O Holy Night
4:04
5
That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
3:18
6
Ding! Dong!
0:55
7
All the King's Horns
2:59
8
The Friendly Beasts
3:42
Disc 4
1
The Little Drummer Boy
3:43
2
Away In A Manger
2:54
3
Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!
4:41
4
The First Noel
0:52
5
Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)
3:21
6
The Incarnation
2:23
7
Joy To The World
4:20
Disc 5
1
Once in Royal David's City
2:01
2
Get Behind Me, Santa!
3:49
3
Jingle Bells
0:36
4
Christmas in July
3:16
5
Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming
1:45
6
Jupiter Winter
3:50
7
Sister Winter
5:04
8
O Come O Come Emmanuel
1:06
9
Star of Wonder
7:07
10
Holy, Holy, Holy
3:50
11
The Winter Solstice
3:22

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records
  • Total Length: 2:02:51
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000WB2E60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,346 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's boogey to the Elf Dance! November 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
For some years now, Sufjan Stevens has been recording little EPs of Christmas songs for people he knew, to "make himself appreciate Christmas more."

Now thankfully he's sharing these songs with his eager listeners, in a five-disc collection that includes his folky reinterpretations of classic carols -- and then the festive ones he made himself. This is not the treacly garbage they put on the radio or in malls -- this is enchanting, festive, fresh music for the holidays.

The first EP -- recorded in 2001 -- is very much old-school Sufjan. Much folkier and banjoey, especially in the lo-fi "O Come O Come Emmanuel," folksy little songs about going to the country, and "Amazing Grace." But there are exceptions -- a shimmering reinterpration of an old hymn, and some bouncy sleigh bell pop.

But the collection blossoms with the sparkling "Angels We Have Heard on High," which is the lead-in to his more polished style. In the four EPs that follow, Sufjan flourishes out into synthy pop, xylophone tunes, dancey holiday music, mellow folk, and exquisite piano balladry. There's the occasional banjo tune, but they grow rarer as time goes on.

And as the collection moves forward, Stevens' music becomes more accomplished with each passing year. His music becomes more complex and more enchanting, right up to the rather pensive and downbeat fifth disc -- which is album-length -- with the shimmering piano of "Winter Solstice" and the offbeat synthpop of "Jupiter Winter."

Sufjan does repeat himself occasionally -- there are multiple versions of "O Come O Come Emmanual," "Lo! A Rose E'er Blooming," and "Once in Royal David's City." Fortunately each time he records the same song, it's radically reimagined.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid Christmas album from Mr. Stevens! November 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The lofty dreams of Sufjan Stevens have always been one of his most admirable features. Whether it's a double album based on the state of Illinois, or better yet, an entire project based on the 50 states of the United States, Stevens has always captivated his audiences with some of the grandest music today! Like his most recent projects, his latest box-set, titled "Songs for Christmas," is a collection of 5 short Christmas albums that were recorded by Sufjan every year since 2001. Any die hard fan of the artist should have heard most of these songs before (they have been available on the Internet for some time now), but a low-price tag, attractive packaging and additional fold-outs, stickers and a songbook make this package a must-have for any Sufjan fan!

There are far too many songs on this collection to critique individually (42 in all), so I will simply point out that "Songs for Christmas" is one of the best Christmas albums that I've yet to hear in my life. There are traditional Christmas songs on here (both Christian and secular), Christian hymns, and even original songs by Mr. Stevens, himself. Each song is treated with the utmost care and respected for its worth and history, yet they manage to sound distinctly like Sufjan Stevens. With the exception of Volume 5 of the collection, "Peace," you won't find any of the symphonic embellishments that you've come to expect with albums like "Illinois" and "The Avalanche." Instead, what you'll find is a very toned-down Sufjan Stevens, reminiscent of "Seven Swans" or the lighter moments on "Michigan." More often than not, these songs will only feature Sufjan on guitar, banjo, or piano as he humbly sings the songs we've loved since our childhood.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sufjan Doesn't Dissapoint (Has He Ever?) November 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sufjan has exceeded my expectations with every album he releases, and this is no exception. For any fans of Sufjan; this is a must have. For any fans of Christmas Music; this is a must have.

All of your favorite Christmas songs are here, wonderfully redone with an unmistakably Sufjan sound. This album covers the entire spectrum of Sufjan's sound. There are quiet, folky, banjo pieces reminiscent of "Seven Swans", or parts of "M!ch!gan!", but he also inclusdes some of the large, complicated, orchestral compositions prominent on "Illinois"

Sufjan has many people help out on this album, including; "a college friend, a Presbyterian pastor and his wife, a string quartet, my little brother, to name a few." I was pleasenty surprised to find that Denison Witmer contibutes to a few songs on "Ding! Dong!" (vol. 3).

The best parts of this album, in my opinion, are the original songs that Sufjan has written. "It's Christmas!, Lets be glad!", "Come on, Lets Boogey to the Elf Dance!", "Hey Guys, It's Christmas Time!", and many of the others are now my new favorite Christmas Songs. Sufjan even includes lyric sheets and chord charts so that you can sing and play along!

Also, The packaging of this album is the best that I have ever seen. Stickers, a comic, a poster, 5CDs and a booklet with short stories by "Santa Sufjan" and many other things. If you are going to buy this album, buy the actual album, don't download it. And read through the entire booklet, Sufjan puts a bunch of very funny little comments all through it.

This album makes me glad that I have a 5CD changer in my CD player. I doubt I will listen to much else this holiday season.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas album
I love this Christmas album. There are a few misses, as you'd expect, but overall a good Sufjan Stevens album.
Published 2 months ago by Rachel Gatti
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good a good break from the standards
Good stuff but changing cds as there are 5 short playing cds is tedious... The sufjan penned tunes are cool.
Published 3 months ago by scott j lupia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Packaging, Great Collections of Song
This collection is something else, truly. The cardboard gift-box opens up to reveal: a folded-up Christmas poster that has a comic strip on the other side; a sheet of stickers; a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin Boone
5.0 out of 5 stars MERRY CHRISTMAS
Everyone knows and love this compilation. With the release of "Silver and Gold" there is now a giant canon of Sufjan Christmas music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aaron Hayworth
5.0 out of 5 stars My only holiday listening
I get so jaded with Christmas music. The same bubblegum pop every year, or the lovey-dovey sounding stuff. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Owen M
5.0 out of 5 stars God bless us, everyone!
These songs gave me music again to listen to at Christmas. I can hardly wait for Christmas time to roll around again so I can throw these on again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marty Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Collection of Christmas Music
Everyone in our family, from the teenagers to the old folks loves this collection. It has become a Christmas staple.
Published 11 months ago by kathleen s wheeless
5.0 out of 5 stars A great seasonal collection
I bought this as a gift for someone who love Sufjan, but I have also enjoyed listening to this set. I highly recommend this.
Published 13 months ago by Amanda Hoehn
2.0 out of 5 stars A friend recommnded...
I haven't listened to both CDs but was not wild about the songs I did listen to. Way too expensive for something not special. I feel a re-gifting next year...
Published 14 months ago by Nancy Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun music
I didn't get why each CD was so short until I read the liner notes. These CDs, and there's 5 of them!, were made as holiday gifts for friends and family. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Morgan
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