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A Rock N' Roll Christmas

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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
PolyGram Special Markets' 1994 budget compilation A Rock 'N' Roll Christmas is a nice little find. Elton John's relentlessly joyful rocker "Step Into Christmas" is the standout because this album is the easiest to find and most inexpensive source. Old-fashioned rock & roll is represented by Bob Seger's (technically Bob Seger and the Last Heard) "Sock it to Me Santa," which borrows more than a little from James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Part I"; George Thorogood and the Destroyers' "Rock and Roll Christmas"; and Chuck Berry's bluesy "Merry Christmas Baby." The Moody Blues are often slagged for their elaborate, orchestral brand of pop and progressive rock, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
PolyGram Special Markets' 1994 budget compilation A Rock 'N' Roll Christmas is a nice little find. Elton John's relentlessly joyful rocker "Step Into Christmas" is the standout because this album is the easiest to find and most inexpensive source. Old-fashioned rock & roll is represented by Bob Seger's (technically Bob Seger and the Last Heard) "Sock it to Me Santa," which borrows more than a little from James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Part I"; George Thorogood and the Destroyers' "Rock and Roll Christmas"; and Chuck Berry's bluesy "Merry Christmas Baby." The Moody Blues are often slagged for their elaborate, orchestral brand of pop and progressive rock, but this approach is perfect for "What Child is This?" Fellow prog rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "I Believe in Father Christmas" is apparently a newly recorded version, because it's not the stunning take on Works, Vol. 2, nor the equally familiar single that's heavier on the orchestration and choir. Elvin Bishop's funky arrangement of "Silent Night" is a surprisingly gutsy rendition of this beloved traditional standard. The meaning of Christmas is given thoughtful, yet lighthearted treatment on the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" and the Kinks' "Father Christmas." Billy Squier's cheerful sing-along "Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You" is another hard-to-find treat. The Thorogood, Squier, and Berry tunes are CD-only bonus tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1995
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • UPC: 731452024428
  • Catalog Number: 520244
  • Sales rank: 10,041

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Step into Christmas - Elton John (4:31)
  2. 2 I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi (4:29)
  3. 3 Sock It to Me Santa - Bob Seger (2:16)
  4. 4 What Child Is This? - The Moody Blues (2:25)
  5. 5 Rock & Roll Christmas - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (3:26)
  6. 6 I Believe in Father Christmas - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (3:28)
  7. 7 Silent Night - Elvin Bishop (4:01)
  8. 8 Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses (5:28)
  9. 9 Christmas Is the Time to Say "I Love You" - Billy Squier (2:54)
  10. 10 Merry Christmas, Baby - Chuck Berry (3:15)
  11. 11 Father Christmas - The Kinks (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Berry Track Performer
Elvin Bishop Track Performer
Jon Bon Jovi Track Performer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Track Performer
Elton John Track Performer
The Kinks Track Performer
The Moody Blues Track Performer
Billy Squier Track Performer
George Thorogood Track Performer
The Waitresses Track Performer
Bob Seger Track Performer
George Thorogood & the Destroyers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Franz Gruber Composer
Margery Greenspan Art Direction
Howard Smiley Cover Design
Bob Bell Executive Producer
Pamela Hobbs Cover Art
Joseph Mohr Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
Traditional Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
William Chatterton Dix Composer
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