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A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary

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The A Very Special Christmas holiday music series. benefitting Special Olympics. celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. Since 1987, the biggest and brightest voices in the recording industry have generously lent their time and talents to Special Olympics to create the holiday album series, the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history generating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics. This release feature tracks from Train, Michael Buble, Amy Grant, Dave Matthews Band, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Cheap Trick and many others.
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Digital Booklet: A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Machine
  • ASIN: B0093QZ2FK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tyson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2012
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I've bought several "Very Special Christmas" albums over the years. They always seem to get my favorite artists to sing my favorite carols! Often the albums are okay to good, rarely are they phenomenal, but there's always a handful of covers that are worthy of adding to your holiday playlist. As for this "25th Anniversary Edition" I can say that it is comparable to previous releases, maybe not quite as good, though certainly a worthy addition to your collection. And, of course, the money goes towards a great cause!

Some Highlights:
* Jewel - Angels We Have Heard on High
* Michael Buble - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (his whole Christmas album is great, BTW)
* Cheap Trick - I Want You for Christmas
* Martina McBride - Please Come Home for Christmas

Some Midlights
* Grayson Sanders & Jono - Something in the Air
* Jason Mraz - Winter Wonderland
* One Republic - Christmas Without You

Some Lowlights
* Train - Joy to the World
* Jordin Sparks - Do You Hear What I Hear

The remaining tracks aren't really bad or good and not particularly worth mentioning.

Overall, some good renditions of old favorites mixed with some pretty dreadful butchery, mixed with a few decent tries. In many ways it's just nice to get festive tracks from your favorite artists that would otherwise never happen were it not for this charity. I'll probably put my favorite tracks on a Christmas playlist and let the others get ignored, but I don't feel bad for buying it because I think the Special Olympics is extremely important.
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I purchased this bleary-eyed on a lighting deal after being up all night Black Friday shopping. The next day, I wondered if I should really be spending money on myself during this season of giving. After listening this morning my resounding answer was, "Heck yes!"

I love Christmas, Christmas music, the season, I love it all. It had been a while since I bought myself a new CD. I listened on my commute this morning, and couldn't wait for my commute home to listen to the rest. There are songs and artists on here that should appeal to a wide range of audiences, people who enjoy todays hits, classic rock, acoustical and country. Traditional covers, and new songs are featured. I skipped over one or two songs (as you would on any album) because they weren't quite for me, but loved most of them!

Music is all about personal tastes, but some of my favorites included, "Joy to the World" by Train- who wittingly slip in some "Calling all Angels", Cheap Trick revising their, "I want you to want me", to a clever "I Want you for Christmas", and Christina Aguilera bringing it home with, "Oh Holy Night" - slipping in the Lords Prayer and some jazzy gospel music.

To ease my guilt, I'm coming back and ordering another one, this time sending to my sister to enjoy.

P.S. As a bonus, there was a coupon included in the case for 2 free bowling games at participating centers (expires Jan 31, 2013). Great music, free bowling and supporting the excellent Special Olympics organization! Beat that!
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Like the recent VSC CDs, this one has songs that are hit and miss. A total of 16 songs. Some of my favorite tracks are:

Angels We Have Heard on High - Jewel
It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Xmas - Michael Buble
I Want You For Christmas - Cheap Trick
Mary Did You Know - Rascal Flatts
Best Christmas Ever - Wonder Girls
Please Come Home For Xmas - Martina McBride
December 25 - Francesca Battistelli
Christmas Song - Dave Matthews Band - NOT the Nat King Cole song

The money is for a good cause. Hard to believe it's been a quarter of a century that the first VSC CD was released. There's also a 25th anniversary VSC CD with a green cover that has Christian artists on it. Haven't heard that one. But I recommend this one with the maroon cover.
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It's the usual "Various Artist" collection, but I only really liked maybe 4 songs in it unlike the previous A Very Special Christmas CDs (Actually I own the first 3 out of the collection and I love, love love all of them!). I got it for the lightning deal so I really can't complain. My favorite was the Cheap Trick song. That was a nice surprise. Vince Gill's rendition of Breath of Heaven, I just did not like it. I wish it had been Amy Grant's version instead. I just prefer her version 100x more.
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Has this years ago and I needed to replace it. One of my favs. Would highly recommend.Nice to Xmas songs from different artists.Personal favs are Seger's Little drummer boy and Springsteen Merry Xmas Baby.
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I am a big fan of "A Very Special Christmas" series because of its earlier volumes. This kept me in the spirit of the season, but doesn't have the vitality and catchiness of some of the previous editions. The high points for me were Jewel's rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High" and Rascal Flatts "Mary, Did You Know." This song, I had not thought of as a Christmas song, but it has been sung and signed in ASL for a Cursillo I attended and it has a special place in my heart. Martina McBride can flat out sing and Cheap Trick's "I Want You For Christmas" was initially cute but quickly tiring being merely a changed lyric from its monster hit. Most of the other versions are okay, but other versions of the song put me in a more seasonal mood. In the first VSC, Whitney Houston did an awesome version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Jordin Sparks did a pretty version, but for me, part of Christmas is the tradition and association with people and times. I think some of the carols are so engrained in my head with certain artists. For example "Joy to the World" Train(in this version) cannot compare to Aretha singing it.(on a different compilation not related to VSC) It is for Special Olympics and that keeps me trying the series ensuing albums.
I have searched high and low on my Amazon cloud and still have not found the digital booklet.
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