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When was the last time you heard collard greens being sung about in a Christmas song? Probably never, unless you're a Run DMC fan, or were wise enough to hop on the Very Special Christmas tip. The rappers' contribution to this benefit collection is probably the highlight, although traditional songs covered by now-traditional artists like the Pretenders ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") provide the majority of the material here. Eurythmics turn in a suitably chilly "Winter Wonderland," Stevie Nicks sings a beautifully haunting "Silent Night," and Whitney Houston proves again that she's every woman with "Do You Hear What I Hear"--that is, every woman with a voice strong enough to do the song justice. "Santa Baby," Madonna's contribution, isn't as sultry as it could be, but there's more fun thanks to hell-on-heels, the Pointer Sisters and Bon Jovi. --Steve Gdula

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Santa Claus Is Coming To TownThe Pointer Sisters 3:21Album Only
  2. Winter WonderlandEurythmics 3:34Album Only
  3. Do You Hear What I HearWhitney Houston 3:32Album Only
  4. Merry Christmas BabyBruce Springsteen and E Street Band 4:52Album Only
  5. Have Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasThe Pretenders 4:28Album Only
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausJohn Mellencamp 2:38Album Only
  7. Gabriel's MessageSting 2:11Album Only
  8. Christmas In HollisRun D.M.C. 2:59Album Only
  9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)U2 2:19Album Only
10. Santa BabyMadonna 2:34Album Only
11. The Little Drummer BoyBob Seger and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 3:29Album Only
12. Run Rudolph RunBryan Adams 2:42Album Only
13. I Wish Everyday Could Be Like ChristmasBon Jovi 4:27Album Only
14. The Coventry CarolAlison Moyet 3:24Album Only
15. Silent NightStevie Nicks 4:36Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GFJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeff, Young Old-Timer on February 20, 2006
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This ol' rock 'n' roller enjoyed this album on cassette tape until the darn thing self-destructed this past Christmas season. So I got the CD right away, and it was like hearing them for the first time all over again. My personal favorite is Bob Seger's version of The Little Drummer Boy. He does his usual awesome best on this reverent song and doesn't hurt it one little bit. All the tracks are good. I'm no fan of Run DMC, but I can even listen to this one without thinking "rap-#@**!!" That's just me. Overall, I rate this CD five stars. I listen to Christmas music off and on throughout the year and a little more often in mid-spring when it's much more likely that Jesus was born. Hint: NO shepherds are outdoors with their flocks at night during the winter in Israel. It's about the same as trying that in Arkansas. Anyhoo, I enjoy the thing whenever the mood gets me. I highly recommend it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By zeni on December 22, 2000
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What can I say? I grew up listening to the old guard's Christmas albums (Perry Como, Andy Williams, etc.). A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS was probably the first "contemporary" Christmas album I'd heard. While I still prefer the retro artists singing my Christmas music, there are some noteworthy efforts on this CD.
I always like to hear the Pointer Sisters sing the opening song, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." That's a great one out of the gate because the Pointers sound so excited about Christmas, sounding almost childlike with glee.
Though I'm not much of a Whitney Houston fan, one of my favorite songs on this CD is Houston's soulful version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" I could have done without Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis," but I welcome it on the CD because it helps round out the flavor of the music--from Bruce Springsteen's gritty "Merry Christmas Baby" to Sting's ethereal "Gabriel's Message."
But it is Alison Moyet's haunting rendition of "The Coventry Carol" that makes this CD worth listening to. I had pulled the CD out to listen to on a Christmas road trip several years ago, and when I heard that song--WOW! I like Loreena McKennitt's version (on her CD, A WINTER GARDEN) much better, but it was Moyet's version that got me interested in listening to Christmas music that's off the beaten path.
I recommend this CD to those who want their Christmas with an Eighties touch. I would even recommend it to traditionalists who want a change every once in a while.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on November 30, 2003
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This was the first of the Very Special Christmas albums, and it's still the best. There are some great performances here, but I have to make special mention of Eurythmics, who turn in the best version of "Winter Wonderland" I have ever heard. Run-D.M.C. contribute the only original song here, "Christmas in Hollis", and it's a terrific one. I also love the songs by the Pointer Sisters, Bruce Springsteen, the Pretenders, John Cougar Mellencamp, U2 and Madonna. The only weak performance here is by Bon Jovi, but they can't all be great. This album would make a fine addition to anyone's Christmas music library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ken Cook on November 24, 2003
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Hard to believe that 16 years have gone by since this compilation was first released (1987). It is the first in what is now a five-volume series and perhaps the best of them all. Many of these recording artists featured on this record, I am not particularly a fan of. But they sure sound great doing Christmas music! My only real beef with this album is that there are no original Christmas songs here. All of these songs are covers of well-known and mostly over-recorded Christmas classics. But by and large, they are very well done and in most cases, they are given a new and refreshing twist.
The set kicks off with a frenetic version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by the Pointer Sisters with a Clarence Clemens like saxophone break in the middle, injecting some new life into this tired classic. This is followed by the Eurythmics eclectic version of "Winter Wonderland" that sounds just as fresh today as it did then. Then we have Whitney Houston, pre-Bobby Brown, doing a powerful version of "Do You Hear What I Hear." Whitney was hottest female vocalist on the planet back in 1987 and this recording reveals her at the top of her game, before her long and sad slide downward.
Speaking of Clarence Clemens, we have Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band up next doing a live version of "Merry Christmas Baby." And the hits keep coming. The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde) with an awesome version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and then John Mellencamp (still known as John Cougar back in those days) belting out a rocking version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
But the best of this album is still to come! Sting's otherworldly "Gabriel's Message" is just perfect for the holiday season.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Ann Kerwin on March 22, 2006
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The Very Special Christmas series of CDs is awesome...great music for a good cause (The Special Olympics). I've now got all of them and play them pretty much year round, just to get a lift from my favorite rock musicians.

This particular CD has a wide variety of songs, lots of diversity.
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