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Raffi's Christmas Album [Bonus Track] [2002]
     

Raffi's Christmas Album [Bonus Track] [2002]

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by Raffi
 

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The troubadour of Toddlerville celebrates the Christmas season with this newly remastered classic. Raffi, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, revolutionized children's music in the '70s and '80s with kid-friendly songs drawing on reggae, ragtime, gospel, jazz, country, and calypso. With his blend of creativity and whimsy, Raffi ups the ante with some holiday spirit on

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The troubadour of Toddlerville celebrates the Christmas season with this newly remastered classic. Raffi, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, revolutionized children's music in the '70s and '80s with kid-friendly songs drawing on reggae, ragtime, gospel, jazz, country, and calypso. With his blend of creativity and whimsy, Raffi ups the ante with some holiday spirit on Raffi's Christmas Album. Here, he brings together interpretations of seasonal holiday classics ("Jingle Bells," "Frosty the Snowman," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer") and lesser-known gems (Roger Miller's "Old Toy Trains" and Tex Logan's "Christmas Time's A-Coming"), as well as several Raffi originals ("Every Little Wish," "A Child's Gift of Love," "On Christmas Morning"). The music is simple but the rhythms are contagious, and Raffi's eclectic arrangements -- culling accordion, harmonica, orchestra bells, flugelhorn, and seasonal bells and whistles -- are simply irresistible. A children's chorus harmonizes with Raffi's up-front lead vocals on several songs, making sing-alongs from youthful listeners inevitable. In his song "On Christmas Morning," Raffi sums it up nicely: "On Christmas morning/We can sing and celebrate/And make the feeling stay/All through the day."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David A. Milberg
This is an essential collection that's perfect for kids and still enjoyable for adults. [The 2002 reissue contains one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661811423
catalogNumber:
618114

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raffi   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Moe Koffman   Flute
Graham Townsend   Fiddle
Patrick Godfrey   Piano
Graeme Page   French Horn
Dennis Pendrith   Bass
Tom Szczesniak   Accordion
Eugene Watts   Trombone
Chris Whiteley   Guitar,Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Ken Whiteley   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Autoharp,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Cathy Ambrose   Piano
Charles Daellenbach   Tuba
Susan Dewkinandan   Vocals
Denee Dunn   Vocals
Caitlin Hanford   Vocals
Linda Prakash   Vocals
Lee Richards   Vocals
Ronald Romm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lindsey Roth   Vocals
Mose Scarlett   Vocals
Ben Stein   Vocals
Fred Mills   Trumpet
Dave Wall   Vocals
Chris Brown   Vocals
Bucky Berger   Drums,sleigh bells

Technical Credits

Raffi   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Keni Burke   Engineer
Chad Irschick   Engineer
Erik Robertson   Brass Arrangment
Tom Szczesniak   Contributor
Ken Whiteley   Arranger,Producer
Scott Thornley   Cover Design
James Pierpont   Composer

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Raffi's Christmas Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My two boys listened to Raffi (especially this one) non-stop. As always Raffi's music is so easy for the kids to sing along. We listened to this in the car for 8 hours over and over again. So will your kids. Must be Santa was hit with my guys. Enjoy this beautiful Christmas music with your kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 19 years old and have been listening to Raffi's Christmas album for as long as I can remember with my two brothers. Every year the three of us bond over dancing and singing to this CD as we decorate our Christmas tree- it's not just for little ''kids'', but my whole family loves it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Chrsitmas cd! I am thirteen years old and still listen to this cd ever year . I can still remember all the songs from when i was little. It's GREAT!! .Children will really enjoy this cd as i did , and still do !!!!!