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Garth Brooks and The Magic of Christmas

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Or, Will my fans forgive me for Chris Gaines? At this point, it's awfully hard to resist cynicism when it comes to the former (and future?) Chris Gaines. Brooks has settled in for an easy-listening, big-band, middle-of-the-road holiday album. Song selections, arrangements, even the title are all standard-issue Yuletide fare with only the hat on the cover to remind folks that Brooks is allegedly a country singer. This is certainly acceptable when Brooks invests the tunes with the emotion and sincerity necessary; it is atrocious when he doesn't. At its best, the CD is a mildly entertaining, leisurely holiday stroll with no surprises. At its worst moments, it sounds like the work of a two-bit, commercial-jingle hack. It's doubtful Brooks spent a great deal of time or effort putting this collection together--and he needed to pull a few songs off of 1992's Beyond the Season (a better though now-unavailable Xmas effort) just to flesh it out. But the truth of the matter is that releasing a Garth Brooks Christmas album is like printing money. The magic of Christmas? Garth Brooks's commercial power. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  2. Let It Snow
  3. The Christmas Song
  4. White Christmas
  5. Baby Jesus Is Born
  6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  7. Winter Wonderland
  8. Sleigh Ride
  9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  10. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
  11. Silver Bells
  12. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  13. The Wise Men's Journey
  14. O Little Town Of Bethlehem


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00003001Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is so awesome. I have his "Beyond The Season" CD, which was good. This one is a lot better; although he does have some of the same songs on this one, and I can't tell a difference between the two song recordings. But the other tracks make up for this... besides they were good songs off of the first one, and seeing as to how you can't buy that one anymore, it's a good deal. "Baby Jesus Is Born" is by far the best song on the album. It's an upbeat, enjoyable song. the traditional songs are great too. The best are "O Little Town of Bethlehem" "Go Tell It On The Mountian" "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" and "The Wise Men's Journey" is a great instrumental song. Do youself and everyone in your house a favor and buy this CD... Spread a little holiday cheer!
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Having been disappointed at Garth for delving into this whole "Chris Gaines" schtick, it came as a great relief to see this CD released for the holiday season. These days it seems like anyone with a heartbeat is releasing a Christmas CD, and the result is an overcrowded field of marginal holiday music. Garth's, however, is a welcome addition. His versions of (mostly) traditional Christmas songs are immaculately done. For the most part, Garth manages to avoid the "twang" in his vocals, and he is backed up wonderfully by a string section, choral group, and some very nice guitar work. However, where most artists compile similar backup musicians, Garth's is not overblown or overemoted. My favorite track right now is "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", which I think is one of the finer versions of that song that have ever been done. Heady words, I know, but it is very nice. If you buy only one Christmas CD this season, make it this one; you will truly enjoy it. For the Garth Brooks fans, it's a great effort, and certainly a better addition to his catalog than the last couple CD's he has released.
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I've read the reviews people have posted and I don't believe they do this record justice, it seems most of them are just complaining because it's Garth Brooks. So let me clear this up, this "Call Me Claus" release of "The Magic of Christmas" is the same album, with three additional tracks on it, so if you already bought "The Magic of Christmas" look into buying the Call Me Claus single, which is also available on amazon.com, it has the three tracks that were added on it. Ok, now that situation is explained, this really is a good Christmas album, done with the Garth-flare that many people enjoy, but if you're too ignorant to see past things you have previously disliked from Garth and don't actually listen to the music you're not going to like it. But for those folks that buy and album for the songs, this is a great one....it's has many classics on it as well as some new great Holiday songs. Listen to the sound clips available and if you like the sound of it, as I do, purchase the album, don't automatically disregard it because you don't like Garth. It really is a nice Christmas CD for your collection, and I definetly recommend it.
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By OJ on November 23, 1999
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This cd is super good. I may be an avid Garth fan, but when it comes to Christmas cds I am a lot more skeptical with my selections. Garth does a great job with his latest release, filling the cd with staple songs. This is a very good album and I would highly recommend it.
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Garth Brooks' The Magic Of Christmas was actually released in 1999, but marketing master Brooks has re-released it with three new recordings from the tv-movie Call Me Claus. They register two hits and a miss. The noisy opener, "Call Me Claus" is all swagger and no substance, but "Zat You Santa Claus?" strongly reprises the jazzy Louis Armstrong chestnut (on the latter, an animated Brooks is delightfully unrecognizable). Faring best is the nativity tale "Mary Had A Little Lamb" which offers some welcome relief from Brooks' frequent histrionics. The remainder of the album is made up mostly of faithful renditions of familiar, modern Christmas classics ("Let It Snow, "Winter Wonderland," etc.). A note for those who bought the original The Magic Of Christmas: a CD single is also available of just the three new recordings.
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By Jbrew on November 29, 1999
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I purchased this album because of the large number of traditional tracks on the album. I have to admit I was pretty disappointed. Garth, who can sing heartfelt songs with the best of them, fails to do any of that on this album. It's almost like this album was recorded in a day to remind people that Garth is still Garth, and not this Chris Gaines figure. To the extreme Garth fan, of course you are going to buy it. But for those who are in the middle and who are looking for better traditional albums: Vince Gill and Joe Diffie's Christmas albums are highly recommended.
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Being a Garth nut who LOVES the first Christmas Album, "Beyond the Season", I was thrilled to hear that Garth had a new Christmas album. I rushed out and bought it and OH MY GOD, what an AWFUL album. I was SO dissapointed! The new stuff on this album doesn't gel. Garth's country voice doesn't mesh well with the Big Band sound of these songs. It sounds like he "called it in". Also, he has RECYLED and rearranged many of the songs from the first Christmas album, "Beyond The Season". This album was a big dissapointment even for a BIG Garth Nut like me!
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