Christmas Album (Light of the Stable)
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The set opens with the bright, upbeat Christmas time's a coming, done bluegrass-style with banjo and mandolin. All the remaining songs are slow to mid-tempo. They include the Rodney Crowell song Angel eyes, the Irish lullaby Golden Cradle and several Christmas standards, most very famous but including Beautiful star of Bethlehem which doesn't get recorded as often as the other carols here.
The album closes with the brilliant Light of the stable, which features Neil Young, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt on harmony vocals.
Emmylou and her band were in top form when they recorded this album. A couple of extra upbeat songs might have made this album even better, but it's still a great album for those quieter moments around Christmas time.
Ms. Harris is joined by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Doly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Sharon Hicks, Cheryl Warren and Ricky Skags who sing backup vocals on the various songs. Brian Bowers, probably the reigning autoharp virtuoso, plays on some selections too.
This CD is a reissue from an earlier LP. Ms. Harris was photographed for that album in a getup that apparently was meant to make her look like the Virgin Mary. On this CD somebody had the good taste to abandon that look. She is photographed wearing a red evening gown and looking every bit as elegant as Kathleen Battle. A wondrous improvement!
Listening to this CD is one of the true joys of Christmas.
I have listened to this album since it first came out and never tire of it. If there was one complaint, however, that would be the length. It could be a few songs longer. I'm sure that Warner Brothers has some music from this session that for whatever reason, they chose not to include on this album. It would be great if they would dig through their vaults, find those songs, and throw them on a special edition of this recording.
But don't let the length stop you from purchasing this disc. Buy this, and maybe one of Robin Petrie's Christmas CD's (seriously - check her out ...- Emmylou's and Robin's cd's sound great together!) and what a fine Christmas Eve you will have!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the title I knew this was only Christmas music. There's nothing wrong with Christmas songs, and this is a very good collection. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by UrBiggestFan
Emmylou Harris' "The Christmas Album" is a must-have for all Harris fans and
those who enjoy delightful holiday songs. Read more
It sure is, and this is another one of my favorite Christmas albums! What a treat, I thought I'd be listening to Emmylou Harris, not betting on Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton to... Read morePublished on October 24, 2004 by Scamp Lumm
I have all these songs on a variety of other Christmas albums, including ones from Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the Chieftains, Andy Williams, etc. Read morePublished on November 29, 2003 by Zossima
Emmylou's voice is beautiful on this CD. Her voice is relaxed, easy and floats over every note. The credits in the CD liner reads like a "Who's Who" of music. Read morePublished on November 28, 2003 by cyclista
Everything she touches turns to gold! Emmylou brings the same elegance and authenticity to Christmas that she always has to the varied genres her career encompassed. Read morePublished on December 22, 2002 by Peter Uys
Some singers take songs that others have sung before them and make the songs their own by changing the tempo or melody or by otherwise "jazzing" up the songs. Read morePublished on December 17, 2001
The perfect album for children to get their introduction to a lovely singer, and a whole bunch of great Christmas singalongs. Your kids will love it.Published on October 22, 2001