Now That's What I Call Christmas, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like the Now That's What I Call Music! series from which it was spun off, Now That's What I Call Christmas! has spawned a series of various-artists collections drawn from the archives of three of the four major labels, Universal, EMI, and Sony BMG, labels that have long-since absorbed nearly all the old independent labels and thus control an enormous chunk of recorded music. The selection and sequencing choices in the sub-series have tended to match those in larger series, which is to say, hits are chosen and then placed in an order that attempts to segue smoothly from one musical style to another. The first Christmas album in 2001 began with traditional fare -- Nat ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like the Now That's What I Call Music! series from which it was spun off, Now That's What I Call Christmas! has spawned a series of various-artists collections drawn from the archives of three of the four major labels, Universal, EMI, and Sony BMG, labels that have long-since absorbed nearly all the old independent labels and thus control an enormous chunk of recorded music. The selection and sequencing choices in the sub-series have tended to match those in larger series, which is to say, hits are chosen and then placed in an order that attempts to segue smoothly from one musical style to another. The first Christmas album in 2001 began with traditional fare -- Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, etc. -- and moved more or less chronologically and stylistically across two CDs until, by the end, it had arrived at the likes of Britney Spears and N Sync. The second album in 2003 reversed the order, starting with Destiny's Child and gradually moving back in time to Guy Lombardo. This third album goes back to the original formula; once again, Cole and Crosby (and Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin) are up front, and by the close of the second disc, Pussycat Dolls and Rihanna are dispensing their versions of Christmas cheer. Three albums in, it might seem that the compilers would have run out of hits, but in fact there are several tracks here that placed in the charts over the years: "Silver Bells," by Crosby and Carol Richards (Richards has been forgotten in the credits, however); "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," by Judy Garland; "Frosty the Snowman," by Gene Autry; "Jingle Bell Rock," by Brenda Lee; "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," by the Chipmunks; and "Little Saint Nick," by the Beach Boys. Christmas-related hit singles have become rare since the '60s, but as the compilers approach the present, they choose tracks from popular Christmas albums, among them such platinum collections as Celine Dion's These Are Special Times and Gloria Estefan's Christmas Through Your Eyes. They have also looked around for unusual holiday recordings, such as Alison Krauss' overtly sexy "Shimmy Down the Chimney (Fill Up My Stocking)." The last handful of tracks on disc two may not measure up to what has preceded them, but by then the collection has provided plenty of holiday pleasure.
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  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Strategic Marketing
  • UPC: 828768948224
  • Catalog Number: 89482
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Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O Come All Ye Faithful - Nat King Cole (2:19)
  2. 2 Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra (2:01)
  3. 3 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin (2:22)
  4. 4 My Favorite Things - Tony Bennett (3:16)
  5. 5 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams (2:32)
  6. 6 Silver Bells - Bing Crosby (3:03)
  7. 7 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis (2:15)
  8. 8 Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) (1:55)
  9. 9 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (2:43)
  10. 10 Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer - Ella Fitzgerald (2:54)
  11. 11 Frosty the Snowman (2:54)
  12. 12 The Little Drummer Boy - Peggy Lee (2:17)
  13. 13 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (2:09)
  14. 14 Winter Wonderland - Louis Armstrong (3:00)
  15. 15 Blue Christmas - Johnny Cash (2:22)
  16. 16 Jingle Bell Rock (2:09)
  17. 17 The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - The Chipmunks (2:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (2:57)
  2. 2 Little Saint Nick (2:01)
  3. 3 Noel (2:23)
  4. 4 Up on the Housetop - The Jackson 5 (3:13)
  5. 5 O Holy Night - Al Green (3:43)
  6. 6 Christmas Time Is Here (3:18)
  7. 7 Christmas Is My Favorite Time of Year - Kenny Rogers (2:42)
  8. 8 Shimmy Down the Chimney (Fill Up My Stocking) - Alison Krauss (4:24)
  9. 9 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (2:44)
  10. 10 Feliz Navidad - Celine Dion (3:40)
  11. 11 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Gloria Estefan (3:29)
  12. 12 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jessica Simpson (3:06)
  13. 13 Merry Christmas, Baby (5:43)
  14. 14 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) (3:00)
  15. 15 Santa Baby - The Pussycat Dolls (3:00)
  16. 16 Home - Ne-Yo (4:25)
  17. 17 It Just Don't Feel Like Xmas (Without You) (3:49)
  18. 18 Christmas Wish (3:56)
  19. 19 12 Days of Christmas (3:29)
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