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Christmas in the Heart

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Must be Santa!!!

I don't yet own this recording (expecting it as a gift), but if you're not sold on the idea alone, go to bobdylan.com and watch the "Must be Santa" video. It's a hoot.

posted by Laphroaig on October 1, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Re-born Again Bob?

This sounds vocally at times like a cross between Tom Waits, Chris Gaffney, and Captain Beefheart. Yet, never as good as this triumvirate individually.

"Christmas In The Heart" is a charming gift from an American icon whose heart is in the right place. After all, pro...
This sounds vocally at times like a cross between Tom Waits, Chris Gaffney, and Captain Beefheart. Yet, never as good as this triumvirate individually.

"Christmas In The Heart" is a charming gift from an American icon whose heart is in the right place. After all, profits are going to charity.

It sort of works on material which is light and upbeat such as "Christmas Island". However, I cannot hear this song without being drawn to hear Leon Redbone's version.

Let's be thankful that "O Holy Night" wasn't attempted. This seems like a project that would have been best suited for Bob if attempted during his "Nashville Skyline" period. Remember, that really was Bob Dylan crooning "Lay Lady Lay" back then.

Given the current voice Bob has to work with, I would have gone with arrangements sporting a New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, and/or Bluegrass flair. Remember how good the instrumental backing was on "Slow Train Coming" and "Blood On The Tracks"?

Recommended for the more than casual and completist Dylan fan.

posted by Dusty_Keg on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Re-born Again Bob?

    This sounds vocally at times like a cross between Tom Waits, Chris Gaffney, and Captain Beefheart. Yet, never as good as this triumvirate individually.

    "Christmas In The Heart" is a charming gift from an American icon whose heart is in the right place. After all, profits are going to charity.

    It sort of works on material which is light and upbeat such as "Christmas Island". However, I cannot hear this song without being drawn to hear Leon Redbone's version.

    Let's be thankful that "O Holy Night" wasn't attempted. This seems like a project that would have been best suited for Bob if attempted during his "Nashville Skyline" period. Remember, that really was Bob Dylan crooning "Lay Lady Lay" back then.

    Given the current voice Bob has to work with, I would have gone with arrangements sporting a New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, and/or Bluegrass flair. Remember how good the instrumental backing was on "Slow Train Coming" and "Blood On The Tracks"?

    Recommended for the more than casual and completist Dylan fan.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    ok, bob does christmas music

    i love the whole idea of the thing. i would not use joyful, essential, uplifting, soothing, or reverent to describe it. stimulating, in a certain way, might fit the bill. if we could get a couple of these into regular x-mas play on am radio instead of "grandma got run over, etc." people might start calling their stations and asking them to stop playing the same crappy songs 8 times a day, over and over and over. a couple of these tunes are really good.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Uh...what?

    Had to have a second listen before I could appreciate this one. Thought it was a loser upon my first hearing. But that was in an office setting with volume way down. When I was able to turn up the volume where I could actually hear it, I appreciated it much more. Have to be a Dylan fan, though, or forget it. It is nice to have something a little different from the usual Christmasy mish-mash everyone so tired of. Give it a chance.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Are you kidding me?

    Sounds fresh?!? Sounds like fresh cigarettes. Pull the plug. The '60's are gone and this album should be too. Horrible really.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Gem for Reasons to be Explained

    As an aficianado of the sub-genre of 'proudly bad' performances, I have to admit this album provided some cheer and a few good laughs. From the cheesy background vocals followed by gravelly eruptions from the artist to arrangements that would be appropriate on a "Barney" album, there are laughs aplenty. 'Christmas Island' is a personal favorite. I enjoy listening to Wing and Johnny 'Bowtie' Barstow's Holiday CD's (in small doses) and this CD approaches those notorious efforts. My generous rating reflects as much an enjoyment of that type of music as it reflects the recognition of Dylan as a musical icon and his generous donation of the profits from sales. And my recommendations are sincere holiday favorites and not for amusement, as this CD has proven to be.

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