All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan

All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan

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by Kenny Chesney
     
 

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A tropical breeze is in the air on Kenny Chesney's ebullient Yuletide offering, All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan. The title song is a lilting, Jimmy Buffett–style musing on living the good life in the sun and the sand. "Jingle Bells" gets up and goes with a galloping rhythm and sparkling steel drums energizing the gaiety, and even the lovely…  See more details below

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A tropical breeze is in the air on Kenny Chesney's ebullient Yuletide offering, All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan. The title song is a lilting, Jimmy Buffett–style musing on living the good life in the sun and the sand. "Jingle Bells" gets up and goes with a galloping rhythm and sparkling steel drums energizing the gaiety, and even the lovely ballad "I'll Be Home for Christmas" takes on a Caribbean cast, thanks to the dreamy vibes solos and languid acoustic guitar punctuations. But not to worry -- Chesney gets down to brass-tacks country on Eddy Raven's lively, tenderhearted "Thank God for Kids," and he brings Alabama's Randy Owen on board for a heartfelt salute to a southern-style holiday season on the surging "Christmas in Dixie." Chesney himself co-wrote a fine Yuletide love song for this outing, the rocking "The Angel at the Top of My Tree," its sweet nothings heightened by some stinging guitar solos and a driving, celebratory feel. And for good measure, Willie Nelson helps balance this otherwise upbeat exercise with some blue-Christmas reality in the form of the poignant duet "Pretty Paper." Closing on a contemplative note, Chesney offers up sincere renderings of "Silent Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem," big, orchestrated productions with a basic band adding appropriate pop-country ballast throughout. A little bit whimsical, a little bit blue, a little bit traditional -- that's a winning formula for this genial, contemporary take on the Christmas sensibility.

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
An entry for the 2003 Christmas season was a natural move for Kenny Chesney after the blockbuster No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems made 2002 his banner year. But in typical Chesney fashion, his holiday album tries to be a little more easygoing than the usual Music City rehash of tried 'n' true yuletide chestnuts. The sunny south of the border vibe that lit up the video for No Shirt's title cut is alive and well on All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan; the album's own title track is a nice, swaying number that approximates the Cascades' "Rhythm of the Rain" into its breezy Buffett feel. Like Chesney's best material, it's a contemporary country number crossed effortlessly with pop, and it's just a little bit cheeky, too. "Don't worry baby," he sings. "We'll celebrate plenty/I'll buy you some shades and a brand new bikini." He seems truly honest when, in his liner notes, Chesney explains how as a kid he spent the season in his native east Tennessee, but now likes to head down to the Caribbean for the holidays. And he backs up that sentiment with the title track and a fun steel drum run through "Jingle Bells." However, the remainder of All I Want for Christmas leans more toward Nashville safe bets than easygoing St. Bart's. Fans likely won't mind; after all, Chesney's duets with Randy Owen (on the Alabama classic "Christmas in Dixie") and Willie Nelson ("Pretty Paper") are solid, and -- ever the softie -- he brings his mom and Aunt Sharon in for a touching take on "Silent Night." But filler like the needlessly electronicized "Silver Bells" or "The Angel at the Top of My Tree," which is basic pop-country dressed up in Christmas ribbons and bows, might have been replaced with more of the title track's temperate climes. Chesney and his pals sure look like they're having a great time in the back cover photo, lounging in the sun and sand with their Santa caps. But All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan could have spread the Coppertone around a little more, instead of relying on Nashville conventionalism.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Bna Entertainment
UPC:
0828765180825
catalogNumber:
51808

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Chesney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Overstreet   Background Vocals
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Gary Prim   Wurlitzer
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Melonie Cannon   Background Vocals
Mark Casstevens   Ukulele
Tim Hensley   Banjo,Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums,Timbales,Shaker,Cabasa
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Randy McCormick   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Randy Owen   Background Vocals
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Larry Paxton   Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Kyle Stewart   Vocals
Karen Chandler   Background Vocals
John D. Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Allison Stewart   Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Glen Rose   Vocals
Shannon Brown   Vocals
Nicholas Hoffman   Fiddle,Vocals
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals
Mark Tamburino   Vocals
Grigsby Twins   Track Performer
Shaun Silva   Vocals

Technical Credits

Skip Ewing   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Eddy Raven   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Buddy Cannon   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kenny Chesney   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Cook   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Theodore Gentry   Composer
Mark Herndon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Randy Owen   Composer
Larry Paxton   String Arrangements
Chris Rowe   Engineer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Norro Wilson   Arranger,Producer
S. Wade Hunt   Art Direction
Kent Blazy   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Lewis Redner   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really good. Now its not so bad living at the beach and enjoying Christmas like Kenny does. Finally, the tan, the sand, the margaritas and christmas music all go together thanks to hunky Kenny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is so so good and i think that we all wish that we can spend christmas on the beach with the sun on our skin , the sand our feet and the cool fresh ocean water not far to go and cool off where, we can just let the day go by and have fun all day along.No wonder KENNY CHESNEY has such a good tan at his concerts he goes to the ilands after he is done every year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this Cd. I could listen to it over and over again.. The way his voice fits with the tune. He has that voice that sends chills up your back. This cd makes me feel in the Christmas spirit whenever i listen to it!
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