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Christmas Cookies [MCA]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the better holiday compilations of recent years, Christmas Cookies features 15 choice tracks from the MCA Nashville catalogue. George Strait kicks things off with the jaunty, western swing-styled title song, a perfect setup for Alecia Elliott's gently pulsating take on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Gary Allan checks in with a hard-edged, blues-rock version of Charles Brown's timeless "Please Come Home for Christmas," and the Mavericks with Raul Malo in full flight on lead vocal answer with their own swaggering, bluesy interpretation of the Leiber-Stoller double-entendre holiday gem that Elvis torched back in '57, "Santa Claus Is Back in Town." Lee Ann ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the better holiday compilations of recent years, Christmas Cookies features 15 choice tracks from the MCA Nashville catalogue. George Strait kicks things off with the jaunty, western swing-styled title song, a perfect setup for Alecia Elliott's gently pulsating take on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Gary Allan checks in with a hard-edged, blues-rock version of Charles Brown's timeless "Please Come Home for Christmas," and the Mavericks with Raul Malo in full flight on lead vocal answer with their own swaggering, bluesy interpretation of the Leiber-Stoller double-entendre holiday gem that Elvis torched back in '57, "Santa Claus Is Back in Town." Lee Ann Womack stands out with her self-penned "The Nativity," a lovely acoustic meditation speculating on what she might have done had she been present at Jesus' birth and crucifixion. George Jones's deep country reading of "Silent Night" reinvigorates a well-worn holiday classic. Elsewhere, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood raise their voices in heartfelt harmony on "An Angel Gets Its Wings," and Rhett Akins, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Chely Wright, Mark Chesnutt, and Tracy Byrd all turn in genial, often moving performances. From deep within the MCA vaults comes the album-closing trio of songs, making for a powerhouse, classic-filled finale: Bobby Helms's "Jingle Bell Rock," Burl Ives's "Holly Jolly Christmas," and Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." This is heavy artillery striking a festive blow in the spirit of the season.
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
MCA Nashville's Christmas Cookies collection rounds up a number of late-'90s/early-2000s recordings by some of the label's artists performing Christmas favorites. Some of the featured artists include George Strait "Christmas Cookies", George Jones "Silent Night", the Mavericks "Santa Claus Is Back in Town", Mark Chesnutt "Light of the World", and a duet between Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill "An Angel Gets Its Wings". As a bonus highlight, MCA also raids its archive for three longtime Christmas classics: Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock," Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas," and Ives' "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" -- these are the original, classic versions everyone's come to know. And while it's debatable what the true highlight of Christmas Cookies is -- the country songs or the archive recordings -- there's no debating the quality of this collection. It's one of the better country Christmas collections out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008817023243
  • Catalog Number: 170232

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Chesnutt Track Performer
The Mavericks Track Performer
George Strait Track Performer
Trisha Yearwood Track Performer
Burl Ives Track Performer
Bobby Helms Track Performer
Tracy Byrd Track Performer
Vince Gill Track Performer
Brenda Lee Track Performer
Chely Wright Track Performer
Rhett Akins Track Performer
Gary Allan Track Performer
Lee Ann Womack Track Performer
Alecia Elliott Track Performer
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Tony Brown Arranger
Denny Purcell Mastering
Gene Redd Composer
Mark Wright Arranger
Virginia Team Art Direction
Eric Conn Digital Editing
Rebecca Lynn Howard Arranger
Traditional Composer
James Ross Boothe Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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