Christmas in the Heart

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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 886975732326
  • Catalog Number: 757323
  • Sales rank: 170,322

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
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
Hal Moore Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Re-born Again Bob?

    This sounds vocally at times like a cross between Tom Waits, Chris Gaffney, and Captain Beefheart. Yet, never as good as this triumvirate individually.

    "Christmas In The Heart" is a charming gift from an American icon whose heart is in the right place. After all, profits are going to charity.

    It sort of works on material which is light and upbeat such as "Christmas Island". However, I cannot hear this song without being drawn to hear Leon Redbone's version.

    Let's be thankful that "O Holy Night" wasn't attempted. This seems like a project that would have been best suited for Bob if attempted during his "Nashville Skyline" period. Remember, that really was Bob Dylan crooning "Lay Lady Lay" back then.

    Given the current voice Bob has to work with, I would have gone with arrangements sporting a New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, and/or Bluegrass flair. Remember how good the instrumental backing was on "Slow Train Coming" and "Blood On The Tracks"?

    Recommended for the more than casual and completist Dylan fan.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Skip this one

    I bought this CD because I wanted to like what Dylan had done with Christmas music. I like a lot of different genres of Christmas music and performances, from Classical to Sting to Folk to Rock to HipHop to Jazz. I am really disappointed in this one. It is merely him croaking through songs that are uninterestingly arranged. It was hard to listen through the first few songs, but I made myself listen to all of them because I didn't feel that writing a review would be appropriate unless I heard them all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Must be Santa!!!

    I don't yet own this recording (expecting it as a gift), but if you're not sold on the idea alone, go to bobdylan.com and watch the "Must be Santa" video. It's a hoot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific! It's hard not to laugh out loud, especially track #10 (Must Be Santa).

    I love this CD! Even my friends who don't like Dylan, have a big smile on their faces when they listen to these songs. Great instruments and background singers - just like something you'd expect on a Perry Como album - but then Bob's voice jumps in (sounds a little like Tom Waits, no?) and blows it away! Track #10, Must Be Santa, is one of the best seasonal songs in a long time, right up there with Bruce Springstein's Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have for Bob Dylan fans

    If you love to listen to Bob Dylan you will love this Cd. He makes classic holiday songs sound fresh and new with his unique voice and style. The fact that proceeds go to charity is a bonus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas in the Heart

    Dylan's voice is gone - he should sing only for his own pleasure and all his fans should remember what he sounded like in his younger days

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    DYLAN

    Another MUST HAVE by Bob, especially since 100% of the proceeds go to feed the hungry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Shocking Move by Bob (to anyone who hasn't been paying attention...)

    Yes, Virginia, Bob Dylan has made a Christmas album. When he released "Together Through Life" so "quickly" after 2006's "Modern Times," THAT was kind of surprising, but to have another album released in the same year -- yes, that WAS shocking. That he had recorded a HOLIDAY album was also a stunner, and Bobfans were stymied for months trying to figure out if it was a joke, and if it was, what Bob's angle was. But what shouldn't have been shocking was the result -- a completely sincere collection of holiday standards, performed in the style that Bob grew up with in the 1940s and 1950s. Bob plays it completely straight here; there's no squint in his eye or sarcasm in his voice, whether he's tackling the reverent "Do You Hear What I Hear?" or rolling with the raucus polka "Must Be Santa." The music is impeccably performed and produced (by Bob himself), and Bob's gravel-like vocals are supplemented quite charmingly by smooth background singers. Ah, yes, Bob's voice ... there's no doubt that it has been reduced nearly to dust by decades of touring and smoking, but he gives it his all, and the effect (except for a couple of tracks where he just can't make it) is winning. It certainly helps if you are already a Dylan fan, particularly of his last decade of work, but I think even non-fans could enjoy this. If you buy it and DON'T like it, well, all of Bob's royalties now and forevermore will go to a charity that feeds the hungry -- and if that ain't the Christmas spirit, what is?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    It's A Hoot!!

    You would never expect to hear the composer of the 20th Century's greatest protest songs singing "Christmas Island", but everyone on the CD seems to be having a ball....and his Latin pronunciation is atrocious (Adeste Fidelis)...but you gotta love it!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Christmas Spirit

    Oh my, I don't know where to begin. First of all I love Christmas and I love Bob Dylan. When I heard about this albumn, I was uncertain. I needn't have worried. Bob Dylan has created a masterpiece, one that has replaced Bing Crosby as my Christmas favorite."Here Comes Santa Claus" is the very fun first song and establishes the tone for the rest of the albumn. "Must Be Santa" is a classic- everything a Bob Dylan song should be. There are secular and non secular songs included. When I listen, I feel joy which is what Christmas is all about. I gave two of these albumns as presents- both people were were puzzled and indifferent on recept. Within a week both people were thanking me for their gifts and relating how much they enjoyed the albumn.(I love being a successful gift-giver.)I would recommend this albumn for people who love Christmas, aren't bitter and judgemental, and don't have a hangup about the whole aging process. By the way, the last fifteen seconds are beautiful. Peace on Earth

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Not Bad at all for a 1st Christmas Album.

    Bob Dylan definitely shines exclusively on his personal sleigh ride musicality take of sheer lilting voice happily strained ,but in joyful clarity of adjoining fun sounding music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    ok, bob does christmas music

    i love the whole idea of the thing. i would not use joyful, essential, uplifting, soothing, or reverent to describe it. stimulating, in a certain way, might fit the bill. if we could get a couple of these into regular x-mas play on am radio instead of "grandma got run over, etc." people might start calling their stations and asking them to stop playing the same crappy songs 8 times a day, over and over and over. a couple of these tunes are really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DYLAN DOES IT AGAIN!

    Just when I thought Bob was fading away, he surprised me with another awesome CD! You have to be a Dylan fan to appreciate his humor, and if you are, you'll love it! I listened to it over and over again....it makes me smile! Way to go, Bob!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Uh...what?

    Had to have a second listen before I could appreciate this one. Thought it was a loser upon my first hearing. But that was in an office setting with volume way down. When I was able to turn up the volume where I could actually hear it, I appreciated it much more. Have to be a Dylan fan, though, or forget it. It is nice to have something a little different from the usual Christmasy mish-mash everyone so tired of. Give it a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bob Dylan's Christmas In the Heart

    Horrible. Just awful. I love Bob Dylan, and bought this without listening carefully to it. What was he thinking? Am a huge collector of Christmas music-both popular and traditional and pretty discerning about it. This purchase was an embarrasment to Christmas. The arrangements are really painful to hear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely hilarious!

    I bought this as a joke gift for a family member who LOVES Bob Dylan - and it was hilarious. Hearing this atonal voice sing Hark the Herald Angels Sing was one of the highlights of Christmas this year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bob Dylan's Christmas Album

    First of all, you have to "get" Dylan. If you do, you will appreciate this CD. I think it is great!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Are you kidding me?

    Sounds fresh?!? Sounds like fresh cigarettes. Pull the plug. The '60's are gone and this album should be too. Horrible really.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    AWFUL

    AWFUL bearly describes this album. Was this a joke? Who thought this would be a good idea? You can not listen to this CD without bursting out laughing or covering your ears and howling like a dog. Those of you familiar with the "Greater Tuna" plays about the small town of Tuna, TX, you will recognize that Mr. Dylan is channeling DeDe Snavely, of DeDe's Used Weapons (If DeDe's can't kill it, it's immortal). Watch "A Tuna Christmas" and you will see exactly what I mean. I am trying to remember when anything this bad and cheesy was foisted off on the American people as good and pleasing. I could say the expected, Barack Obama, but this may be even worse!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Road To Hell Is Paved....

    His intentions are good. This does not make it any less awful.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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