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JDRF's Hope for The Holidays CD
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You'll enjoy rockers (Weezer's "O Come All Ye Faithful," Creedence Clearwater Revisited's "Run Rudolph Run" and Axton's "Joy to the World"), tender standards (Jon Anderson's "O Holy Night," emerging artist Eric Andersen and world-class keyboardist Kostia's "First Noel," and Shanti Shanti's medley "Wassailing Rose"), and contemporary takes on classics (Smooth Choppy's hip-hoppy "Let It Snow" and Collective Soul's modern rockish "Blue Christmas"). David Coverdale (ex-White Snake vocalist) reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" in his north of England brogue. The Beach Boys ("Santa's Goin' to Kokomo") and the Cowsills ("Christmastime") add retro star power.
The whole thing kicks off with a rousing epic original, "Closing of the Year," complete with orchestra, choir and drum line, and ends with Kostia's stirring piano instrumental "Carol of the Bells." There are 22 song tracks in all, plus a few announcement plugs for the beneficiary of this charity recording, the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. "Hope for the Holidays" is a fresh, eclectic Christmas disk that won't stale like a fruitcake this year or next.
Weezer's "Come Ole Ye Faithull" is great take on the old standard with the Weezer flair, The Collective Soul's "Blue Christmas" would make "The King" tremble with fear, Creedence Clearwater Revisited's "Run Rudolph Rudolph" is brand new total rocker! Mike Love's "Santa's Going To Kokomo" is a Kokomo Christmas send up that's quite fun. The Jon Anderson of Yes track is a gorgeous version of "O Holy Night" that is inspiring. David Coverdale's of Whitesnake's long lost "T'was The Night Before Christmas" has been locked away for years until now. The opening number "Closing of the Year" (form the 1992 movie Toys) is features Mike Love and Christian Love of the Beach Boys, Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli, a children's choir of Type 1 kids and over 100 orchestral and drum line musicians. Added bonus is film maker Bryan Singer's (Usual Suspects, X-men 1 & 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie) PSA's along with some of the other name artists as well as a piano cameo on the Scottish Rock rendition of "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch."
Though the rest of the tracks aren't by as notable name artists, the are just as enjoyable, if not more. They run the gambit of rock to jazz, pop to folk and even a wee bit of ska, funk, americana and instrumental.
The CD was produced to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by a group of people out of Reno, NV. Why JDRF? Type 1 Diabetes is a very different kind of Diabetes. It's where the pancreas fails completely. So you have to have multiple painful blood checks and insulin shots daily to stay alive. Once every 2-3 hours. These families rarely sleep. Type 1 is also NOT genetic. There's nothing these kids could have done to prevent getting it. This CD is to raise awareness and support for research for the cure of all kinds of Diabetes.
In short, I recommend this CD highly - a great collection of songs to add to your upcoming holidays and even better, make a difference by helping those living with type 1 diabetes. Buy this disc and you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buying this CD is well worth it because part of the money goes toward research of juvenile (type 1) diabetes which my daughter has. Please support this worthy cause! Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Eleanor R. Rabon
I should have just given my holiday money to JDRF rather than purchase this album. Other charity Christmas albums do not 'commercialize' their cause as much as this CD does... Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by D. Rosh
We have been listening to the Hope for the Holidays over and over! It inspires Holiday spirit especially, song # 15 "Silent Night" sung by Grace Hutchison and Kate Cotter. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by mustbekind