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It was only a matter of time before the folks behind the wildly successful WOW series turned their eyes toward Christmas. After all, holiday releases by Christian artists flood the market every year, and there's plenty of stock to choose from. WOW Christmas does, indeed, capture a nice range of styles and artists from releases over the last few years. Among the sweeter moments are Michael W. Smith's new standard, "Emmanuel," Point of Grace's angelic "O Holy Night," Rebecca St. James's quirky "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," and the Mark Schultz-Nichole Nordeman gentle treatment of "Silent Night." There are a couple of curiosities here, as well: Avalon jazzing up the old standard "Winter Wonderland" with a Manhattan Transfer-like big-band sound; and Fred Hammond's soulful "Go Tell It on the Mountain." And if that's not offbeat enough, we also get the flat-out weirdness of Audio Adrenaline's punked-out "Little Drummer Boy." For the most part, though, WOW Christmas spices up the classic Yule tunes with freshness and creativity, making it a must disc for your holiday party. --Michael Lyttle

Disc: 1
1. Winter Wonderland - Avalon
2. Emmanuel - Michael W. Smith
3. O Holy Night - Point of Grace
4. Christmas Is All In the Heart - Steven Curtis Chapman
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Yolanda Adams
6. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Jaci Velasquez
7. Away In a Manger - CeCe Winans
8. Hallelujah - Soulful Celebration
9. Strange Way To Save the World - 4HIM
10. Breathe of Heaven - Amy Grant
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Third Day
2. Sing Mary Sing - Jennifer Knapp
3. Angels We Have Heard On High - ZOEGirl
4. What Child Is This? - Mercy Me
5. This Christmas/Joy To the World - Toby Mac
6. Christmas Time is here - Sixpence None the Richer
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Jars of Clay
8. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Caedmon's Call
9. A Prayer For Every Year - Plus One
10. Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Rebecca St. James
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00006JOG8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cassio on December 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The CD collection is definately not something I was expecting to hear when I first put the CD into the player. But as I started listening to the tracks repeatedly, I found that the songs grew on me, even if the styles aren't what I would expect from these Christian artists.
Most of the songs have either more of a Popular/Top 40 or Rhythm and Blues feel to them, mixed with the traditional lyrics and tunes that most people are familiar with. And while not every song is devoted to Christ - and some do have that "snowy-stay-cozy-near-the-fire" feeling to them - most songs in the compilation are more suited to Christ's birth than other popular collections that are released this time of year.
If you're after something that's reflecting Prayer/Praise music or traditional hymns found in a church setting, this CD may not be for you. But if you're after a combination of time-honored Christmas songs mixed with contemporary styles, then the CD is quite a pleasant surprise.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Presenting hit songs every year for over 5 years now, the WOW series has made a name for itself in the Christian market. With this CD set, the series turns its eye toward Christmas music with good but not great results.
The first song, Avalon's take on "Winter Wonderland" should give you a clue what you're in for. While most of the 31 songs are familiar, they have been arranged to fit the musical styles of the artists who perform them here. While I enjoy alternative arrangements, too many get on my nerves. This is especially true when we get into artists whose styles I'm not fond of anyway. And it hardly feels like Christmas music, even if you already know the song.
One plus of this two disc set, however, is that many of the songs are new recordings. Artists without Christmas CD's have recorded songs that are only available here, and it's nice to have the new material, which represents almost half of the set.
Most of the songs are the classics we hear every year, but some artists are represented by their more original, new classics. For example, we get Michael W. Smith's, "Emmanuel," Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," and 4 Him's "Strange Way to Save the World." Also falling into this category is "Mary, Did You Know?" sung here by Kathy Mattea and Plus One's "A Prayer for Every Year." While I appreciate their attempt to Christianize "Grown Up Christmas List," I somehow find it lyrically lacking and ultimately disappointing.
Ultimately, I find the songs I'm drawn to most to be the ones from CD's I already have and love. It's a good set, but I don't see it getting more then a couple listens each year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite Christmas music collections, along with Donna Summer's classy 'Christmas Spirit'. The name really says it all, wow!!!

Ranging in style from jazzy treatments, to alternative rock to urban, this is a collection of perrennial favourites redone (and in some cases drastically redone) by most of contemporary Christian music's best. This might not appeal to some but I love the different treatments.

Disc one has the swinging jazzy treatment of 'Winter wonderland' by Avalon featuring the tight harmonies they are known for. 'Strange way to save the world' is a beautiful ballad by 4Him with lyrics about God's choice to send a baby in a manger to save us all. There is the melodramatic 'Emmanuel' by Michael W Smith, the stunning acoustic treatment of 'O come, o come, Emmanuel' by Nicole C Mullen (check out her brilliant 'Christmas in black and white' CD), the celebratory 'Hallelujah' by Soulful Celebration, the soul/gospel choir sound of Kirk Franklin's 'The night that Christ was born, and the awesome 'Mary did you know' by Kathy Mattea, with lyrics asking Mary if she knew the baby she was carrying would one day walk on water and be the saviour of the whole world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "jediskywalker13" on November 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have only recently began entering the world of modern Christian music and have so far been rather impressed with what I have found. And this set ups my opinion even more.
There is such a wide variety of styles and songs on these two cds that you really do find something for just about everyone. Disc one centers more on the lighter and in some places more traditional side of the holiday, while disc two has the more modern feel and arrangements. For me personally, disc two is far and above the quality of disc one though both have their pros and cons.
My most favorite Christmas song ever is "What Chid Is This?" and recently have been digging everywhere and listening to every version of this song I could find, desperately searching for what MercyMe produced here: a very reverent appreciation to the song, but a "modern" twist. This song literally left me speechless after the first listen and sent many chills down my spine. Just perfect. Acoustic based with soaring harmonies and a full orchestra backing. Didn't take more than a few seconds for it to immediately solidify itself as the BEST recording of my favorite song.
Other stellar tracks include Third Day's "Do You Here What I Hear?" that starts quiet with conga drums and builds through to an exciting climax; Caedmon's Call and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"--acoustic, upbeat, and the perfect touch of a children's choir; "Breath Of Heaven" by Amy Grant is an instant classic about Mary's apprehension towards raising the Son of God.
Even if you're not fond of the styles of many of the featured artists, the songs on these cds you may end up enjoying more than expected such as: "Sing Mary Sing", "This Christmas", "A Strange Way to Save the World".
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