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The Christmas Album


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For Neil Diamond, it’s always started with a song. Over the course of his astonishing career, Neil has sold more than 128 million albums worldwide. He’s charted 56 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including 12 top 10 hits, and has released 16 Top 10 albums. He’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2011, he was honored by the ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Diamond Store

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  • Audio CD (September 22, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028R7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel/We Three Kings Of Orient Are
2. Silent Night
3. Little Drummer Boy
4. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
5. The Christmas Song
6. Morning Has Broken
7. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
8. White Christmas
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. Jingle Bell Rock
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
12. Silver Bells
13. You Make It Feel Like Christmas
14. O Holy Night

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A collection from this diamond is worth its weight in gold as Neil Diamond unleashes his trademark sound on 14 classic holiday songs. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/We Three Kings; Silent Night; The Little Drummer Boy; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; The Christmas Song; Happy Xmas (War Is Over); White Christmas; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Jingle Bell Rock; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Silver Bells; You Make It Feel Like; Christmas and O Holy Night .

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Neil Diamond has always fancied himself a man of many styles, which probably helps explain why he tries to flaunt each and every one of them on this diverse, sometimes dizzying Christmas disc. He plays it relatively straight on "Silent Night" and "The Christmas Song," but really lets loose on a version of "White Christmas" that recalls the doo-wop of his teen years in the 1950s. Diamond even expands his palette to include a choir-accompanied take on John Lennon's pacifist classic "Happy Christmas (War is Over)." It's the kind of intermingling that makes his fans go wild, but casual admirers should watch out for those stylistic U-turns. --David Sprague

Customer Reviews

I had this album for many years and I love it so much that I bought it for my sister.
Patty Ann
Neal Diamond always sings with depth of emotion that makes you want the Christmas season to continue and continue.
ladygordon
If you dont like Neil Diamond or you dont like the fact a "jewish" person is singing them THEN DONT BUY IT!
J. M. Vuckovich

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
And, yes, I've heard quite a few. I don't mind the fact that it's a Jewish man singing Christmas music. And really, why shouldn't a Jewish man sing about the birth of another Jew?

What I like best about this album is that on most of the songs, Neil doesn't jazz it up or anything like that. Now, it's true that he does give that treatment to a few of the songs, but most of them are left intact the way they ought to be. The only ones that experience any major change are "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "White Christmas". His opener, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/We Three Kings of Orient Are" is one of the best opening tracks I've ever heard for a Christmas album. It's a beautiful medley complimented with a boys choir.

I highly recommend this CD to any Christmas music enthusiast.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dolores M. Genna on December 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am a Christian and I'm proud to have a jewish man sing songs about another Jewish man. I've seen Neil Diamond in concert and I must say he puts on a show like no other. I have loved him and his music for many years. I thank him for giving me so much pleasure.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BlanchardD on November 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Dating probably back to when Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," there's been a tradition of popular Jewish artists recording Christmas songs. Having seen his contemporary New Yorkers Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow record Christmas songs at various stages in their careers, in 1992 Neil Diamond interrupted his decade-long descent into irrelevant schmaltz by producing this somewhat uneven but overall entertaining collection of holiday music. He wisely begins with "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," with an arrangement a bit reminiscent of "Kol Nidre" from "The Jazz Singer, but that's about the only concession to his Jewish tradition Neil makes on this album. He employs choirs on several of the most spiritual Christmas songs ("We Three Kings," "Silent Night," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "O Holy Night"), and for the most part he offers an enthusiastic if not exactly soulful interpretation. He does a really nice number on "Little Drummer Boy," making it sound unlike any other interpretation.

He hits a rough patch with several songs that already have definitive versions and would've been better left alone. Neil comes nowhere remotely close to the raw power of Springsteen's "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," and it would've been a much better idea to just have done the traditional Sinatraesque rendition instead. Neil's "Christmas Song" isn't likely to make anybody forget Nat King Cole's classic interpretation. For reasons which boggle the imagination, he then launches into "Morning Has Broken," which isn't even a Christmas song and which was definitively done by Cat Stevens years ago, and then even more amazingly, he tackles John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Vuckovich on November 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Yes Neil is Jewish, and that matters how?
He has a terrific voice and he sings these songs GREAT!
If you dont like Neil Diamond or you dont like the fact a "jewish" person is singing them THEN DONT BUY IT!
Everyone else, this is a GREAT CD... gets me in the xmas spirit every year. Even my kids like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Whatever you think of Neil Diamond, you can't deny his popularity. Critics sometimes used to say that he was predictable, before he teamed up with Rick Rubin a few years ago. Then again, most singers are predictable, not least because the music business doesn't like versatility, which makes life difficult for their marketing departments. So it is that you either like a singer's style, or you don't. Neil offers no real surprises here, the style being exactly what you'd expect pre-Rick Rubin, from the opening medley (O come o come Emmanuel / We three kings) to the closing O holy night. Most of the songs in between are well-loved classics that appear on many Christmas albums. Regardless of whether Neil is predictable or not, there are plenty of people out there who love his music for what it is and I'm one of them.

Neil wrote one song (You make it feel like Christmas) and he also included John Lennon's classic (Happy Xmas war is over) as well as a traditional non-Christmas hymn (Morning has broken), all of them sounding brilliant. Elsewhere, Neil and his arrangers have added a distinctive touch here and there, but never stray far from the standard arrangement. I'm pleased to report that Neil includes the rarely recorded first verse of White Christmas setting the scene in Beverley Hills.

If you enjoy Neil's music, you'll love this album and the sequel (Christmas album volume 2), which follows the same formula, with plenty of famous classics and the occasional less obvious selection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris C. on December 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
By far the best Christmas album ever released. I absolutely love it! The day after thanksgiving I start this CD and have it on around the house all the way to Christmas day. My mom would listen to this CD around Christmas time when I was growing up. Always brings back the best memories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred E. Gunzel on December 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm sorry even though Neil is one of the Giants of Rock and Pop; his christmas renditions on this
album are awful. He murders White Christmas and Santa Claus is coming to town. Some people are meant to do a christmas album but Mr. Diamond is not one of them. His Ego got the best of him by recording this album.
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