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A Very Special Christmas - 25 Years

Various Artists Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • ASIN: B0093QZ2FK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Joy To The World - Train
2. Something In The Air - Grayson Sanders and Jono, Featuring Lauriana Mae
3. Angels We Have Heard On High - Jewel
4. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble
5. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Jodin Sparks
6. I Want You For Christmas - Cheap Trick
7. Mary, Did You Know? - Rascal Flatts
8. Best Christmas Ever - Wonder Girls
9. Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant
10. Christmas Without You - One Republic
11. Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) -Vince Gill
12. Please Come Home For Christmas -Martina McBride
13. Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz
14. December 25 - Francesca Battistelli
15. Christmas Song - Dave Matthews Band
16. O Holy Night - Christina Aguilera

Editorial Reviews

The A Very Special Christmas holiday music series. benefitting Special Olympics. celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. Since 1987, the biggest and brightest voices in the recording industry have generously lent their time and talents to Special Olympics to create the holiday album series, the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history generating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics. This release feature tracks from Train, Michael Buble, Amy Grant, Dave Matthews Band, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Cheap Trick and many others.

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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best release, but still some great covers October 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've bought several "Very Special Christmas" albums over the years. They always seem to get my favorite artists to sing my favorite carols! Often the albums are okay to good, rarely are they phenomenal, but there's always a handful of covers that are worthy of adding to your holiday playlist. As for this "25th Anniversary Edition" I can say that it is comparable to previous releases, maybe not quite as good, though certainly a worthy addition to your collection. And, of course, the money goes towards a great cause!

Some Highlights:
* Jewel - Angels We Have Heard on High
* Michael Buble - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (his whole Christmas album is great, BTW)
* Cheap Trick - I Want You for Christmas
* Martina McBride - Please Come Home for Christmas

Some Midlights
* Grayson Sanders & Jono - Something in the Air
* Jason Mraz - Winter Wonderland
* One Republic - Christmas Without You

Some Lowlights
* Train - Joy to the World
* Jordin Sparks - Do You Hear What I Hear

The remaining tracks aren't really bad or good and not particularly worth mentioning.

Overall, some good renditions of old favorites mixed with some pretty dreadful butchery, mixed with a few decent tries. In many ways it's just nice to get festive tracks from your favorite artists that would otherwise never happen were it not for this charity. I'll probably put my favorite tracks on a Christmas playlist and let the others get ignored, but I don't feel bad for buying it because I think the Special Olympics is extremely important.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some clever surprises tucked in here! To: ME From: ME! November 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this bleary-eyed on a lighting deal after being up all night Black Friday shopping. The next day, I wondered if I should really be spending money on myself during this season of giving. After listening this morning my resounding answer was, "Heck yes!"

I love Christmas, Christmas music, the season, I love it all. It had been a while since I bought myself a new CD. I listened on my commute this morning, and couldn't wait for my commute home to listen to the rest. There are songs and artists on here that should appeal to a wide range of audiences, people who enjoy todays hits, classic rock, acoustical and country. Traditional covers, and new songs are featured. I skipped over one or two songs (as you would on any album) because they weren't quite for me, but loved most of them!

Music is all about personal tastes, but some of my favorites included, "Joy to the World" by Train- who wittingly slip in some "Calling all Angels", Cheap Trick revising their, "I want you to want me", to a clever "I Want you for Christmas", and Christina Aguilera bringing it home with, "Oh Holy Night" - slipping in the Lords Prayer and some jazzy gospel music.

To ease my guilt, I'm coming back and ordering another one, this time sending to my sister to enjoy.

P.S. As a bonus, there was a coupon included in the case for 2 free bowling games at participating centers (expires Jan 31, 2013). Great music, free bowling and supporting the excellent Special Olympics organization! Beat that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Like the recent VSC CDs, this one has songs that are hit and miss. A total of 16 songs. Some of my favorite tracks are:

Angels We Have Heard on High - Jewel
It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Xmas - Michael Buble
I Want You For Christmas - Cheap Trick
Mary Did You Know - Rascal Flatts
Best Christmas Ever - Wonder Girls
Please Come Home For Xmas - Martina McBride
December 25 - Francesca Battistelli
Christmas Song - Dave Matthews Band - NOT the Nat King Cole song

The money is for a good cause. Hard to believe it's been a quarter of a century that the first VSC CD was released. There's also a 25th anniversary VSC CD with a green cover that has Christian artists on it. Haven't heard that one. But I recommend this one with the maroon cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice compilation December 7, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed A Very Special Christmas albums because they bring together many different artists. This album doesn't disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 2, 2012
By card 90
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ordered 7 CDs. 6 for gifts and 1 for me. Play it everyday and love all the different songs and artists. Love the Christian themes and that it benefits Special Olympics. Want to order more!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my review November 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this will be a christmas classic cd! as with the other cd's in the very special christmas series, the proceeds benefit special olympics. it is a very worthwhile cause.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music by Outstanding Artists. December 20, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You can't go wrong with this one. Enjoyed it, played it in the office. Great Artists, Great Music. See ya
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE SERIES OF PERFORMANCES December 6, 2013
By pattiB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
FOUND THIS ONE BY ACCIDENT; DID NOT HAVE IT IN MY COLLECTION. LOVE THE SERIES OF ARTISTS AND THEIR RENDITION OF CHRISTMAS SONGS. RANGES FROM THE CLASSICS TO CONTEMPORARY.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
recommend. all money goes to charity. great songs and artists. recommend the entire series. love this 25thanniversary edition. every album in this series is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suzan Grace Ingui
4.0 out of 5 stars buy it!
Both for the music as for the good cause! Top musicians give their best to enlighten your Christmas. Very cool.
Published 3 months ago by Drs M. L. Hagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Assortment!
Was good assortment of artists for a current Christmas album. Excellent for gatherings, as you don't feel the need to change it, just play it on repeat all night!
Published 3 months ago by Annette Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD!
This one fills the bill for having the most varied artists on one CD. Love every single song on it!
Published 5 months ago by S. Forber
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday favorites!
AWESOME! GREAT ARTISTS AND BEAUTIFUL SONGS!
A must have for any Winter Holiday music collection. Makes a gift for everyone!
Published 6 months ago by BIG LOU
5.0 out of 5 stars I play this CD year round
It does drive my family a little insane, but I love Christmas music. And thanks to this CD, I get to hear it all year round :)
Published 6 months ago by Emily Klik
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Special Christmas
I have been buying A Very Special Christmas albums since they first came out. I love that my favorite artists are on the album singing Christmas songs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by meaney3
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Very nice Christmas CD. Loved that I got the download free. I listened to it all through the Christmas season.
Published 7 months ago by J. Fulton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Way to Support some Very Special People
As a long time volunteer with Special Olympics I applaud those who have continued to volunteer their talent and time to support some very special athletics. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Southern by Heritage
5.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat Christmas CD!
I have been a fan of the "Very Special Christmas" CDs ever since they came out in 1987 so I definitely had to add this 25th anniversary one to my collection. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Ann Kerwin
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