Timeless Christmas (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Sampler)
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Timeless Christmas (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Sampler)

October 28, 2010

  Song Title Artist
I Heard The Bells The Irish Tenors
Hark The Herald The Irish Tenors
O Holy Night Neil Sedaka
The First Noel Neil Sedaka
Wexford Carol Michael McDonald
Come, O Come Emanuel/ What Month Was Jesus Born Michael McDonald

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 11, 2010
  • Release Date: November 11, 2010
  • Label: Razor & Tie
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  • Total Length: 22:44
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  • ASIN: B0049XF52C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,673 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's Free Christmas Music. November 29, 2010
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I'm not horribly picky about Christmas music since it's all basically the same, but I appreciate a good arrangement and a memorable execution, and these tracks are neither.

Michael McDonald is the most tolerable, I admit, but only just. Doobie Brother or not, his reggae-flavored rendition of O Come Emmanuel feels whitebread stale and muzak-ready. The Wexford Carol, a lovely old Irish melody, starts off light, cheerful and Celtic, but falls flat on its face with McDonald's heavily reverbed R&B vocals. If you want just a hint of World Music Christmas flare without the mess of actual multi-ethnic musicians, this might be your best bet.
Current Status: Deleted

Don't get me wrong, I love Neil Sedaka when he's crying about breakups, but his wheedling voice and bland, high school songbook arrangements don't hold water (snow?) when there's 20 other artists singing them without a karaoke machine behind them. There are some fun old Christmas records full of forgotten artists out there in a thrift store that are well worth the listen, but with these songs, breaking up isn't hard to do.
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As for the Irish Tenors, if you like the Irish Tenors, you know what you're in for. There's nothing particularly bad about these tracks, but I wouldn't wrap presents or trim the tree to them. Slow, over-produced and fairly unimaginative, I'll leave these guys to their PBS Specials.
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34 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for November 16, 2010
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I downloaded this album for free. My expectations, based on the samples, were low. Thankfully my expectations were met and, as expected, the tracks really aren't much better than their samples would lead one to believe.

The first two tracks are probably the only tracks I found any value in. And those two tracks I will probably never listen to again.

Several of the tracks included are in the public domain, so if you have seen people charging for them, they shouldn't be.

Listen to the samples. If you enjoy the samples, then download this album for free. You won't regret it.

I, however, did not really enjoy the music included here and will most likely delete the files from my PC. I just couldn't resist "FREE" even though I didn't really enjoy the samples. Guess that teaches me a lesson.

If you're looking for a darn good collection of classical Christmas music, might I recommend instead you head over to the The 99 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces (Amazon Exclusive). That set is $1.99 right now (Nov 16, 2010) and while not all the tracks on that one are great, at the price the ones you DO receive that are great are definitely worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not like pizza December 2, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
I love your free music, especially the samplers.
As others have stated I keep my expectations low and if or when the sampler hides a gold nugget I'm elated.
This sampler however: WOW!!!! Irish Tenors, Sedaka, McDonald classic songs performed by proven artists, how bad can it be? So, armed with low expectations (holiday music is like pizza, never truly bad right?) I added it to iTunes and gave it a listen: Immediately deleted it! Apparently holiday music does NOT follow the pizza rule.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable free Christmas music November 19, 2010
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
After downloading and listening to all of this sample album, I consider all of it worth keeping (1 star rating in iTunes), and most of it at least a bit unique and enjoyable (2 star rating on iTunes.)

Specifically, I enjoyed the Irish Tenors, and Michael McDonald songs (all 2 stars), and the Neil Sedaka songs were both OK (1 star.)

For anyone wondering what it takes to get a 3 star rating from me in a Christmas song, these currently-free songs did so:
Carol of the Bells, by Anna Maria Mendieta in the Sugo Music Free Holiday Sampler
Coventry Carol, by Celtic Lore in the Chacra World Music Holiday Sampler
I'm Your Santa, by Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials in the Alligator Records Christmas Collection.

Your tastes may vary, but I liked this album more than I expected to, based on an earlier review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it, Unique! and FREE! December 12, 2010
By Connie
Format:MP3 Music
If you like the Irish Tenors, Neil Sedaka and Micheal McDonald, then you will love this free Christmas CD. I especially enjoyed Micheal McDonald's second song with the African beat and singers as background. Neil Sedaka has such a clear clean voice I love anything he sings. And the Irish Tenors sound good singing any song.

I don't know why people don't like the "traditional" Christmas songs. I love them and I enjoy each different interpretation a singer and/or musician brings to them. I will enjoy these songs over and over. Thank you Amazon for giving them to me Free!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - add it! December 12, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
5 songs you know, with all the verses, not just the popular first verse. Clear. Nothing uncommon or fancy. Easy for family to sing along with if you want to have a bit of fun. We videotaped a sing along and sent to a few crazy friends, little did we know it would become a hysterical competition ... This was a great 'get', and free too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Indeed! December 4, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Christmas music is a highly subjective matter. I discovered I had 18 versions of Silent Night on my iPod which is interesting because it is MY least favorite Xmas Carol! Even so, some of those renderings are beautiful and I may play them at least once.

The songs on this free sampler are about as traditional as you can get. We are missing Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful, but otherwise this selection is straight from Central Casting. The only suggestion of more recent contributions to the canon of Xmas music is the Michael McDonald version of an ancient Advent hymn and an African-American Xmas song.

Otherwise, you are getting standard fare. No frills, no surprises, inoffensive. Can I do my Xmas baking with this on? Yes!! Do I love the Irish Tenors and Neil Sedaka? Well, no actually. But I probably won't know who is singing and I won't care, because we're moving into the Xmas season, and I'm willing to listen to anyone sing these songs in the spirit of the season.

Especially if its free.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable !
This album was relaxing as well as festive ! Made the holiday season more peaceful! Kept the music going on while warping & decorating ! Thanks amazon !
Published 3 months ago by Sadcelticlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Music for Christmas
Beautiful music! Anything done by this musical group is perfect. Love being able to listen and dream away to this music.
Published 8 months ago by krislovelg
5.0 out of 5 stars music
was a free item, what not to love fast download to my computer would download again if the opportunity arrives again what not to love about this product served its purpose
Published 15 months ago by mizlooze
5.0 out of 5 stars Really appreciate amazon
There are some great minds at amazon. Only people I know that will put up a great sampler for such a great price. Good music and good quality.
Published 16 months ago by begoldn
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
If you don't love Christmas music, your weird. These are beautiful. I've been listening to them all year and i'm not shy to say it:oD
Published on September 20, 2011 by Beth C
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like the samples, download it! If you don't, skip it.
I have deleted these files now. I figured at the price (free!) it couldn't hurt to try 'em out even though I wasn't sure about the samples. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by ShannonAnna
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I downloaded this thinking, well, it's Christmas music and I can always use some more of that. I was wrong. I deleted all the tracks. Read more
Published on December 1, 2010 by P. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Stuff and Eclectic collection
This is a fun and eclectic collection of Christmas songs. To have Irish Tenors, Neil Sedaka and Michael McDonald all in one collection of holiday music gives you a chance to... Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by bubbadaskitso
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