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A Creole Christmas

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. White Christmas - Allen Toussaint
  2. Please Come Home For Christmas - Johnny Adams
  3. Jingle Bell Rock - Frankie Ford
  4. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Pete Fountain
  5. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Luther Kent
  6. Jingle Bells - Rockin' Dopsie And The Zydeco Twisters
  7. Merry Christmas Baby - Doctor John
  8. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - The Dixie Cups
  9. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Op... - Aaron Neville
  10. Go Tell It On The Mountain - Go Tell It On The Mountain
  11. O Holy Night - Irma Thomas


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EPIC
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000027H4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A wonderful collection of Christmas and holiday favorites sung by some fabulous musicians - all from New Orleans. I have many, many Christmas albums, tapes and CD's, but over the years this one remains my favorite. The Dixie Cups rendition of "Let it Snow" will lift your spirits, Irma Thomas sends chills up and down your spine with "O Holy Night" and Aaron Nevelle's crooning "Christmas Song" is every bit as good as Nat's. But you really will be taken home to the Big Easy with Pete Fountain's clarinet and that banjo when mommy kisses Santa. There is dixieland, blues, gospel, zaidigo all accompanied by the musicians who have made New Orleans the great music city it is. I can't wait for the holiday season just to hear it again.
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First, I have the actual CD, not the Amazon burn-when-ordered version (is that what they are selling?). So, I have all the wonderful liner notes. I picked this up at a thrift store for a buck. Most "Christmas Albums" are only bearable to atrocious. But, seeing the likes of Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and the inimitable Irma Thomas in the line-up, I didn't hesitate buying it. Several days later (this was in July) I gave it a listen - and played it three times that night! Wow! Each cut amazes. The fact that this was a project and not just a throwing together of some random Christmas song recordings of a vague N.O. sound obviously contributes to the great, whole New Orleans sound, flavor and texture of the album. Like so many other "Christmas Albums" the artists try to make each song "their own". This usually fails miserably. Here it succeeds beyond belief! Each song deserves praise here, but I'll mention two. Pete Fountain's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" starts out sweet, smooth, slow, dignified, almost Lawrence Welkish, then boom, the drums hit and a Second Line parade appears and marches down the street! Irma Thomas. I knew before hearing it, her "O Holy Night" would be good. An understatement. Let me put it this way, when she sings the line, "Fall on your knees", even a scoundrel heathen seriously considers doing so.

As my review title suggests, this album holds up to listening any time of the year. If you can get it, GET IT!
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Put this CD in a Christmas shuffle, and you are guaranteed to be asked for the title and artist. Nobody has ever heard of it, yet everyone loves it. I literally begin my Christmas season ritual to the version of "White Christmas" on this CD.
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Love it! At first listen, it was so non-traditional that I didn't think I would like it. But - it grew on me, and now it is my very favorite Holiday album.
It's not boring - it's Cajun, zydeco, gospel, chanky-chank, Dixieland and blues. By far, my favorite version of "Merry Christmas, Baby" EVER is this one by Dr. John. I like it even better than the ones by Elvis and Bruce Springsteen because it sounds so bluesy and "real" -- the words are like something an old Southern blues guy might actually say:) such as, "I ain't had a drink this mornin', but I'm all lit up like a Christmas tree." Another of my faves is "Please Come Home for Christmas" sung by Johnny Adams - I ended up liking it even better than the one by Don Henley of Eagles fame. It's so - soulful.
The corny little song about "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Clause" has always bored me to death, but once I listened to Pete Fountain's version of it (ya have to get past the slow part first, though) it was just totally Dixieland Jazz at it's best, and I loved this version. 'Nuff said.
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You know how every CD has at least one song you skip because you just don't like it? This CD is the exception to that rule. Every track on this disc is a gem. Far and away the best holiday CD I've ever heard.
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Irma Thomas's "Oh Holy Night" was mentioned in an extended interview in the Christmas music documentary "Jingle Bell Rocks!" and I decided to look up where I could get it. Ended up with this CD (I bought a used one from Amazon Marketplace, with liner notes) and love it. Distinctive versions of Christmas standards, masterfully played, just what I love in a Christmas CD. I agree with several other reviewers that Pete Fountain's "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is really a gem, makes a song that is often played as a silly kid's tune into a soulful work of art. Highly recommended.
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Creole Christmas is a fun mix for lovers of Southern creole and Cajun music. I enjoy it for its lively melodies and use it for driving music when I'm Christmas shopping. Yankees, be aware that some of these carols are original southern music, so this is not a traditional English Christmas CD, and you may not recognize some of the music, but it's fun!
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As a collector of eclectic Christmas music and a huge fan of all the artists on the CD, I was extremely disappointed in this collection. This is an obvious attempt by Sony BMG to cash in on the recent popularity of Christmas songs that are outside the old "White Christmas" mold. My first clue was the jewel case, which doesn't even lists the artists that perform each song. I would not recommend this CD to anyone looking for anything other than some "Muzak" or elevator music to play in the background at Christmas time.
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