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The Christmas Sessions

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One of christian music's most loved and best selling bands delivers their first Christmas album. Featuring classic titles and contemporary yet recognizable melodies, MercyMe puts their stamp on your Christmas favorites. Includes the songs 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', 'Silent Night', 'White Christmas' and 'Winter Wonderland'. Epic. 2005.

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Stocking caps off to Mercyme, the best selling Christian rock band, for making a solid Christmas rock record that ranks as one of the year's best holiday releases. The Christmas Sessions showcase Bart Millard's arching pipes and the band's ability to rock many of the traditional hymns and popular carols without excess or restraint. No mean feat. Even "Silent Night," here played as it were always a country-rocker (with Amy Grant singing harmony), is rendered with spirited reinvention, while the band's guitar-driven sound always seems to draw yet more from such classics as "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear." Although the entire group could be accused of being U2's poor American cousins (despite Millard not yet having achieved the global sainthood of Bono for his humanitarian work), no one is going to be disappointed if this record gets wrapped up with a cool bow and pretty paper, or stuffed in a long stocking hanging on the mantle. Highly recommended. --Martin Keller

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000AA304I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Many artists change their signature sound when releasing a Christmas album, going for the more traditional sounds of 40 years ago. These CD's are instant classics that feel like old friends the first time they are spun.

Other artists decide to release Christmas CD's that stick with their normal sound, whatever that may be. These projects take a few years to grow on the listener, but they often become favorites because they offer something different from everything else. This CD falls into the second category.

Mercy Me has made a name for itself in the Christian music industry with three highly successful projects already under their belt. While I wouldn't exactly classify their sound as straight rock, they are certainly rockier then many adult contemporary artists they are often classified with. They take their guitar driven music and wrap it around some Christmas classics. The result is unsurprisingly great.

Eleven of the twelve tracks on the CD are well known standby songs like "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," "Winter Wonderland/White Christmas," "Drummer Boy," or "O Holy Night." Each track features drums and guitar heavily. For example, you can really hear the drum and bass on "O Holy Night." It's an arrangement that I wouldn't have thought of, but it works.

Each of these songs is sped up, some more then others, from what you are used to. You might not be able to sing along the first time through, but by the second or third you will hit all the notes along with them since they do stick with the original melody. Occasionally, the also through in new words, as in "Gloria." And for those wondering, this isn't a new take on Michael W. Smith's classic reworking, but an arrangement that sticks much closer to the original carol.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Kirsch on December 20, 2009
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I love this CD! I have never bought a Mercy Me CD before, although I enjoy their music, but for some reason I was compelled to buy this one. This group has done a fabulous job of updating some of my favorite Christmas songs in a way that makes these songs modern without losing the beautiful meaning behind them. My favorite is "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day" - an excellent rendition of one of the most beautiful Christmas songs of all time. My oldest son's favorite is "Angels We Have Heard on High", which he says "totally rocks and makes the traditional version sound totally boring", while my youngest son makes me play the Charlie Brown classic "Christmas Time is Here" over and over and over again!

I would recommend this CD to anyone who wants a little change from the same old, same old Christmas music. This is definitely my new favorite Christmas CD!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David A. Simonson on December 9, 2010
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I already had this CD in my personal collection, so I knew what I was getting! I ordered this copy for a friend, who is also into great music.
The Christmas Sessions contains some tried and true Christmas songs (Jingle Bell Rock, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Away in a Manger, etc.), but they are presented in a not-so-conventional way. Really upbeat, strong rock & roll driven arrangements that make these "typical" Christmas songs anything but typical.
That being said, the two stand out tracks are quite reserved and charming by comparison. Silent Night takes on a wistful, upbeat character in this smile producing rendition, in duet with Amy Grant. Really catchy and fun. But the absolute best track on the CD is the last one, proving the old axioms of "Last but not least," and "Saving the best for last!" Joseph's Lullaby is not only a beautiful melody, but a wonderful story. How the birth must have made Joseph feel, and reflect on his role and place in this amazing event. Very tender and introspective; beautiful soaring melodic lines; very heartfelt. Simply said, musically a complete contrast to the rest of the CD: but the CD would not be "complete" without it. Absolutely one of my favorite songs of Christmas, on this CD, or any other.
If you grew up along with Rock & Roll (as I did) or just came into it more recently, this CD is a real rocker for a time of year that you don't usually associate with that type of music. I would recommend and share this one with anyone I knew and cared about, and wanted them to get more musical enjoyment out of the Season. An absolute great time!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on November 10, 2005
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MercyMe does a nice job making traditional Christmas songs come alive by making them more modern day sounding. For the traditionalists among us let me reassure you that they've not changed the overall sound and meaning of the songs, they've instead made them more upbeat. While they've added very little overall to the songs, they've made them their own by using the musical instruments of today (electric guitar etc..) and adapting it to fit their style. I, like many people out there, worked at a mall in my late teens and early twenties so I got so fed up with Christmas music that it took well over 10 years before I could listen to it again. This cd is a Christmas cd that's different so if you know someone that is sick of hearing Christmas music pick it up and put it in as a nice compromise! :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Snow Lover on August 10, 2013
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I heard a couple of these songs on AirOne and KLove stations one year when I was feeling kind of blue. I liked the songs so much I decided to buy the whole album via mp3 purchase, and I'm glad I did. These guys have such beautifully harmonized voices, and they clearly have a lot of fun making this album. This new addition to my Christmas music library cheered me up greatly, and it reminded me of the reason we celebrate Christmas - not gifts or money, but for the Son of our Lord who was born for us.
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