20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of George Strait

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
George Strait himself compiled this discount-priced, holiday best-of from his two previous seasonal collections, Merry Christmas Strait to You! 1986 and Merry Christmas Wherever You Are 1999, and it's easy to tell which one he likes better. After starting out with two Western swing-styled originals from the earlier release, the title song and "When It's Christmas Time in Texas," he simply repeats all ten tracks from Merry Christmas Wherever You Are, albeit re-sequenced. One might have hoped for a more even distribution between the two albums, a selection that included "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" from the 1986 disc since that song reached the country singles charts ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
George Strait himself compiled this discount-priced, holiday best-of from his two previous seasonal collections, Merry Christmas Strait to You! 1986 and Merry Christmas Wherever You Are 1999, and it's easy to tell which one he likes better. After starting out with two Western swing-styled originals from the earlier release, the title song and "When It's Christmas Time in Texas," he simply repeats all ten tracks from Merry Christmas Wherever You Are, albeit re-sequenced. One might have hoped for a more even distribution between the two albums, a selection that included "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" from the 1986 disc since that song reached the country singles charts in 1995 and again in 1997 and that featured more standards, such as Strait's versions of "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." It also would have been nice to have had "Christmas Cookies," the country Top 40 hit by Strait that appeared on the 2001 various-artists collection of the same name. Instead, Strait seems intent on rewarding his current crop of contributing songwriters by including plenty of their mediocre contributions to the Christmas repertoire. At least he also features the favorites "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," "Jingle Bell Rock," "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "The Christmas Song" aka "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire", along with the also-rans from the Nashville songwriting establishment. Still, this compilation is not what it might have been.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 602498605653
  • Catalog Number: 000091202
  • Sales rank: 245,511

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Strait Primary Artist
Technical Credits
George Strait Producer
Mel Tormé Composer
Don Gardner Composer
Aaron Barker Composer
David Anthony Composer
Charlie Black Composer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Tony Brown Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
John Jarvis Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Benny McArthur Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Mack Vickery Composer
Erick Labson Mastering
Jerry Laseter Composer
Ricky Ray Rector Composer
Erv Woolsey Executive Producer
Joe Beal Composer
Jim Boothe Composer
Mike Geiger Composer
Bob Kelly Composer
Donald Gardner Composer
Woody Mullis Composer
James Ross Boothe Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal Composer
Dana Hunt Composer
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