A Classic Christmas, Vols. 1-2

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Two discs totaling 20 Yuletide favorites served up in warm, welcoming fashion is this most pleasant of holiday treats. Gathering an acoustic band comprised largely of fiddle, mandolin, bass, guitar, piano and, in what amounts to a star turn, Rob Ickes on dobro, Keith kicks back and luxuriates in some festive arrangements that put a fresh spin on the traditional favorites here. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is soothing and seductive, thanks to Keith's engaging pop crooning touch. "Frosty the Snowman" gets all dressed up in a rocking western swing arrangement complete with twin fiddles and bopping rhythm attack. Christmas chimes and a cooing background chorus ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Two discs totaling 20 Yuletide favorites served up in warm, welcoming fashion is this most pleasant of holiday treats. Gathering an acoustic band comprised largely of fiddle, mandolin, bass, guitar, piano and, in what amounts to a star turn, Rob Ickes on dobro, Keith kicks back and luxuriates in some festive arrangements that put a fresh spin on the traditional favorites here. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is soothing and seductive, thanks to Keith's engaging pop crooning touch. "Frosty the Snowman" gets all dressed up in a rocking western swing arrangement complete with twin fiddles and bopping rhythm attack. Christmas chimes and a cooing background chorus lend a hopeful air to Keith's bluesy urgency in the R&B-tinged version of Charles Brown's enduring "Please Come Home for Christmas." Whereas the first disc focuses on secular seasonal songs, the second hails the newborn King, as Keith assays carols from across the ages. Digging into contemporary gospel, he wrecks the house with a righteously declaimed rendition of "Go Tell It On the Mountain"; the ancient "O Come All Ye Faithful" is rendered with all the majestic importuning the lyrics demand, Keith's stentorian tenor rising strong and proud over thundering percussion and plaintive choral singers as Ickes adds a rustic touch with his precisely placed dobro punctuations. This Christmas package concludes with an ebullient rendering of "Joy To the World," with drums, fiddle, chorus all exactly the right measure of celebratory attitude to buttress Keith's unabashed exultation in the moment and in the lyrical sentiment he drives home with unflagging commitment. Herein, Toby Keith keeps Christmas well.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
OK, bypass that hideous cover, which makes A Classic Christmas seem more like a piece of careless product than it actually is -- Toby Keith is one of the biggest stars in Nashville; certainly Show Dog could have put in a little more effort into the art besides Photoshopping a cartoon Santa hat on an old publicity photo -- and concentrate on the music on this two-disc, 20-track set. Granted, a holiday album of this size may seem like overkill, but this isn't one sprawling, unedited session: it's two distinct albums, the first containing secular seasonal standards, the second religious-themed carols. In both cases, they are certainly "classic" tunes -- there's not an unexpected song in the bunch, whether it's "Winter Wonderland" and "Silver Bells" or "The First Noel" and "Away in a Manger" -- which can almost be read as a reaction to his first holiday album, 1995's Christmas to Christmas, which was most decidedly not a classic Christmas album, relying on 12 newly written tunes, several by Keith himself. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable, where this Classic Christmas often is, especially on the secular disc, as he gives those tunes looser arrangements that allow the band to lie back and have some fun, especially on a lazily loping "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and a soulful "Please Come Home for Christmas." The carols are, perhaps expectedly, a bit stately but they're done well, and he does give "Go Tell It on the Mountain" a welcome bit of gospel fervor. This shift in tones means that the two halves of Classic Christmas feel like similar but related albums, with the first being better for parties, and the second for quiet nights at home, and both are solid holiday albums, and both are much, much better than that cover art would indicate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 852313001379
  • Catalog Number: 15

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toby Keith Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Chad Cromwell Percussion, Drums
John Hobbs Keyboards
Rob Ickes Dobro
Dave Pomeroy Bass, Bass Guitar
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, 12-string Guitar
Harry Stinson Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin Bass, Violin, Cello, Bass Guitar, Viola, Xylophone, celtic harp, Octaphone
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mica Roberts Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Toby Keith Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Mills Logan Engineer
Ken Love Mastering
Johnny Marks Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Gene Redd Composer
Randy Scruggs Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jule Styne Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
Darren Welch Art Direction
Steve Nelson Composer
Brian Bobel Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Toby could not have given his fans a more amazing Christmas gift than his 2 disc set "Classic Christmas". It is filled with every Christmas song you could hope for. Toby's voice and wonderful arrangements make this a true treasure to own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby delivers as usual

    I absolutely love this CD. Toby's voice is wonderful as always & he soothes the soul on this CD. A nice addition to Toby collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby's voice will warm your heart with these Christmas Classics.

    This cd is truely a Toby Keith classic that everyone will treasure for years to come. Toby sings the classic songs that we love hearing during the christmas season, but with a special warm and cozy at home feeling that we love to feel on christmas eve. This cd is must for anyone that loves to listen to christmas songs and loves Toby's beautiful voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    As a long-time fan of Toby Keith and his music, I couldn't wait for a new Christmas album. I realized these were all classic Christmas songs, and even though Toby didn't write any of them he made them his own. Toby's voice runs the spectrum from soothing to shouting from the mountaintop. The music is unique not the usual 'Christmasy' instruments. This is definitely a Christmas album that belongs in your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This is such a superb cd set. I loved the way Toby puts his spin on the classics. Since 1993, year after year, Toby continually amazes me with his voice. It draws you in and keeps you there. His voice is magical. Thank you Toby for an early Christmas Gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Christmas Treasure

    What a fantastic treat for the holidays! Toby delivers in top form with his Classic Christmas Volumes One & Two. No one works harder or does it better. Toby Keith is the best entertainer out there today. Everyone who celebrates Christmas will enjoy Toby's latest CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby does it again

    This is such a tradional album with such a soothing voice what a pleasure to listen to these songs and Toby even adds a little of himself to some songs. This album is amust it is absoutly a classic christmas. Thanks Toby for giving this to your fans and buyers.

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