A Very Special Christmas (Volume 1)
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A Very Special Christmas (Volume 1)

December 20, 2013

Song Title Artist
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town The Pointer Sisters
Winter Wonderland Eurythmics
Do You Hear What I Hear Whitney Houston
Merry Christmas Baby Bruce Springsteen
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas The Pretenders
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus John Mellencamp
Gabriel's Message Sting
Christmas In Hollis Run D.M.C.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) U2
Santa Baby Madonna
The Little Drummer Boy Bob Seger
Run Rudolph Run Bryan Adams
I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas Bon Jovi
The Coventry Carol Alison Moyet
Silent Night Stevie Nicks

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 20, 2013
  • Release Date: December 20, 2013
  • Label: SO III
  • Copyright: (C) 1987 Special Olympics International Inc.
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  • Total Length: 51:06
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  • ASIN: B001NB6IP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,148 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Selection of Great Songs February 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Rock December 22, 2000
By zeni
Format:Audio CD
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 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Yourself a Very Special Christmas November 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh after all these years 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
4.0 out of 5 stars This is What Christmas is Meant to Be March 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Music
Awesome. I love this CD. It's the first in this series and probably one of the best if not the best. Highly recommend!
Published 2 months ago by Cathy Weiler
5.0 out of 5 stars amazon
I was really surprised that I found this music CD no one around my area has hard to find music.
l am very pleased with this purchase,and it sounds great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by william cappitte
4.0 out of 5 stars good recording
I love the Stevie Nicks rendition of Silent Night and that IS why we ordered the disc. It's a really nice Christmas CD and we had one that somehow got lost so thats why we bought... Read more
Published 2 months ago by eve
5.0 out of 5 stars great christmas cd
great cd of christmas music most of the songs are great. Most cd's you only like 2 or 3 songs this has 5 to 6 that are great
Published 2 months ago by seka5
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is the best ever Christmas C.D. Lots of variety, up beat , great artists and a little bit of fun.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Favorite
Had this on cassette for YEARS, and finally bought the CD. Brings back some great memories. Always a holiday favorite to play in my home.
Published 3 months ago by Steve Baltazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Only wanted it for 1 song but ended up loving the whole cd. I am so glad to have bought it. Thank you.
Published 3 months ago by rane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of first rate artists
Upbeat music with a couple of songs not frequently heard on Christmas Albums - nicely done.
Love the fact that the sales support Special Olympics International & the artists... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I bought this tape as a gift for my brother. We had grown up listening to it during the holidays…..it is from 1987. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laureen Ziaja
5.0 out of 5 stars Benefit for Special Olympics
This CD is the first in the series that benefits Special Olympics. It's my favorite. I love the songs and the artists that perform each song. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lsc
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