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Five volumes in 14 years would probably qualify these all-star benefit albums (Special Olympics) as a holiday tradition by now, even if all five have been hit-and-miss affairs. Still, the 2001 edition has a few more highlights than a quick glance at its offerings might indicate. Jon Bon Jovi tries to imitate Elvis on "Blue Christmas," and Darlene Love--surely as important a voice in the genre as Bing Crosby--falls short in her attempt to recreate her superior 1963 Phil Spector version of "White Christmas." Genuinely cool, though, are Macy Gray's jazzy "This Christmas," Eve 6's pop-metallic "Noel! Noel!," City High's hip-hop Christmas hybrid, and SR71's goofy take on Billy Squier's already goofy "Time to Say I Love You." Things get downright steamy--and Santa-sized--when John Popper meets up with B.B. King for the bluesy "Back Door Santa." --Bill Holdship

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. This Christmas (Hang All The Mistletoe)MacY Gray 3:31Album Only
listen  2. Little Drummer Boy / Hot Hot HotWyclef Jean 3:48Album Only
listen  3. Noel! Noel!Eve 6 2:52Album Only
listen  4. Blue ChristmasJon Bon Jovi 3:12Album Only
listen  5. Merry Christmas BabyStevie Wonder and Wyclef Jean 5:23Album Only
listen  6. Oh Come All Ye FaithfulCity High 3:25Album Only
listen  7. Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love YouSR-71 2:37Album Only
listen  8. Christmas DayDido 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Run Rudolph RunSheryl Crow 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Back Door SantaB.B. King and John Popper 3:49Album Only
listen11. Little Red RoosterTom Petty 4:10Album Only
listen12. Christmas Don't Be LatePowder 2:53Album Only
listen13. Silent NightStevie Nicks 3:28Album Only
listen14. I Love You MoreKimberly Brewer and Stevie Wonder 3:56Album Only
listen15. White ChristmasDarlene Love 3:01Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 30, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00005R7TZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By "kara71" on December 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As with all of the other "A Very Special Christmas" CD's this one has some good songs and some that should have been left off. If you have the other volumes, you might as well add this one.
Here's a run down:
Macy Gray- "This Christmas (Hang All the Mistletoe)" - REALLY GOOD. I have this song on a Harry Connick Jr. CD and I like her version much better.
Wyclef Jean - "Little Drummer Boy/Hot Hot Hot" - OK. I just don't get the whole hot hot hot thing.
Eve6's "Noel! Noel!" - OK. It was a little too loud for me--I love rock music but this was a little too much for a Christmas song.
Jon Bon Jovi - "Blue Chirstmas" - OK. He tries a little too hard to be as cool as Elvis, but if you are a Bon Jovi fan you will like it anyway :).
Stevie Wonder & Wyclef Jean's "Merry Christmas Baby" - GREAT! (could have done w/out Wyclef Jean though)
City's High - "O Come All Ye Faithful" - BEAUTIFUL!
SR-71 - "Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You" - OK. I still like Billy Squire's version better.
Dido - "Christmas Day" - BEAUTIFUL
Sheryl Crow - "Run Rudolph Run" - GOOD
B.B. King & John Popper - "Back Door Santa" - GREAT! This song is so much fun!
Tom Petty - "Little Red Rooser" - I love him and all but What does this have to do with Christmas???? It's good to have if you are a TP fan.
Powder - "Christms Don't Be Late" - I'm not a big fan of this song but it was OK...better than the Chipmunks!
Stevie Nicks - "Silent Night" - GREAT! I know she did this on VSC 1 but I like this version so much better! It was recorded live, her voice sounds 100% better...much stronger and this arrangement doesn't have the annoying Robbie Nevell part on it
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Stevie Wonder & Kimberly Brewer - "I love you More" - GREAT!
Darlene Love - "White Chrismas" - GOOD!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom In Independence on December 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First off, I have about 500 Christmas albums, so I've heard a alot of what's available... and the cause is good so I buy this series no matter what... BUT... This is really just dreadful... Even BB King didn't take his song any place it hasn't already been. I didn't hear any original tune that will go in my playlists. It was sad how uninspired Stevie Wonder was. Macy Gray was nothing special, and I couldn't believe Darlene Love missed the mark, when she's done such wonderful Christmas music in the past. And did anyone tell Tom Petty what kind of album this was? Sheryl Crowe did a passing fair job. So bottom line if you like supporting the cause, buy it but if your budget is tight then there are lots and lots of Christmas albums which are going to be a better choice.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Flammond on December 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have to disagree with just about every review prior to mine, I just did not like this at all except for the BB King/John Popper song. Stevie Nicks already performed Silent Night on VSC 1, why do it again? (Liked it, but heard it before). What's with the Hot Hot Hot? isn't Christmas a winter holiday? Why put Wyclef Jean rapping in the beginning of Stevie Wonder's first song? As one of the reviewers mentioned earlier, it did not put me into the Christmas mood. If my purchase was not going to charity, I would have returned it, so I guess I have another frisbee to toss around. I really enjoyed Very Special Christmas 1 & 2, disappointed with most of III, & didn't bother with the live one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Once again, if you only buy one holiday album this year...this one is it!!!!! In this unsettling time when we can not look at a newspaper or turn on the television without learning of some horrific tragedy in Iraq or here at home it's nice to be able to take a break with your family....put on some music....and listen to holiday classics sung by great musical talents such as Stevie Wonder, the incomprable Wyclef Jean, the rockin' Jon Bob Jovi and B.B. King. This album has something for eveyone in the family. Plus the profits go to benefit physically handicapped children....!!! Is there a better way to ring in the New Year than to remember the spirit of Christmas!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I found this to be a little too "alternative" for my taste. The only song I liked was Silent Night by Stevie Nicks (which I have on another album). I don't like songs always done the same way, but this was a little too "out there" for me. I tried listening to it while decorating my Christmas tree and had to finally put on something else. (By the way, I do like most of the previous VSC releases).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris McLeod on November 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd the day it came out. I like the cd, some things i could do without, but overall its a great cd..
My only disappointment is I wish more classic Christmas songs would have been done. Stevie Nicks did a superb and phenomenal job on Silent Night (no surprise there!) Sheryl Crow was good, as was everyone else..but most of the cd wont get u in the Christmas spirit...but I guess thats rock n roll for ya! GO STEVIE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Jordan on December 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Stevie Nicks singing Silent Night is the best I have every hurd the arrangement was beautiful. Thank you
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this album because of just one song. Darlene Love's White Christmas! 1963, and Phil Spector at his best! But, that's not all. Stevie Nicks' "Silent Night" is the best version I have ever heard. A wonderful surprise awaits everyone who gets this album. I call them "albums", whether it's a CD, cassette, or album!
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