Christmas in the Heart [Deluxe Version]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the initial shock fades, the existence of Christmas in the Heart seems perhaps inevitable. After all, the thing Bob Dylan loves most of all are songs that are handed down from generation to generation, songs that are part of the American fabric, songs so common they never seem to have been written. These are the songs Dylan chooses to sing on Christmas in the Heart, a cheerfully old-fashioned holiday album from its Norman Rockwell-esque cover to its joyous backing vocals. Apart from the breakneck "Must Be Santa," which barrelhouses like a barroom, Dylan doesn't really reinterpret these songs as much as simply play them with his crackerjack road band, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the initial shock fades, the existence of Christmas in the Heart seems perhaps inevitable. After all, the thing Bob Dylan loves most of all are songs that are handed down from generation to generation, songs that are part of the American fabric, songs so common they never seem to have been written. These are the songs Dylan chooses to sing on Christmas in the Heart, a cheerfully old-fashioned holiday album from its Norman Rockwell-esque cover to its joyous backing vocals. Apart from the breakneck "Must Be Santa," which barrelhouses like a barroom, Dylan doesn't really reinterpret these songs as much as simply play them with his crackerjack road band, dropping in a little flair -- restoring "we'll have to muddle through somehow" to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," singing the opening of "O Come All Ye Faithful" in its original Latin -- but never pushing tunes in unexpected directions. Many would argue that having Dylan croon these carols is unexpected enough and, true, there are times his gravelly rumble is a bit pronounced, but nothing here feels forced, it all feels rather fun, provided you're on the same wavelength as latter-day Bob, where the sound and swing of the band is as important as the song, where there's an undeniable nostalgic undertow to all the proceedings. And, of course, there's no better time for celebratory sound, swing, and nostalgia than the holidays, which may be why Christmas in the Heart is a bit of a left-field delight.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Of all the people to make a Christmas album, along comes gruff, cranky, haunted, baleful Bob Dylan, singing tunes like "Winter Wonderland" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" on a benefit album, "Christmas in the Heart." All of its United States royalties go to Feeding America, a hunger-relief charity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886975961429
  • Catalog Number: 759614
  • Sales rank: 217,221

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Piano, Vocals
Phil Upchurch Guitar
Walt Harrah Vocals
Randy Crenshaw Vocals
Tony Garnier Bass
David Hidalgo Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Accordion
George Recile Percussion, Drums
Patrick Warren Organ, Piano, Celeste
Amanda Barrett Vocals
Donnie Herron Mandolin, Trumpet, Violin, Steel Guitar
Abby DeWald Vocals
Robert Joyce Vocals
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Bob Dylan Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
David Bianco Engineer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Katherine Davis Composer, Lyricist
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer, Lyricist
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Bobby "BW" Wells Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Noel Regney Composer
Traditional Composer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Lyle Moraine Composer, Lyricist
Hal Moore Composer
David Spreng Engineer
Gloria Shayne Baker Composer
Bob Wells Composer
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