Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas

Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas

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This pleasant collection of 18 familiar Yuletide carols runs the gamut from big, orchestrated productions (Kenny Rogers's "White Christmas") to spare, acoustic ruminations (Deana Carter's exquisite "Carol of the Bells"), touching on a broad swath of contemporary and traditional country music styles in between

Overview

This pleasant collection of 18 familiar Yuletide carols runs the gamut from big, orchestrated productions (Kenny Rogers's "White Christmas") to spare, acoustic ruminations (Deana Carter's exquisite "Carol of the Bells"), touching on a broad swath of contemporary and traditional country music styles in between. On the hard country side, Dwight Yoakam checks in with a fiery rendition of "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," furthering his reputation as the premier Elvis Presley interpreter, while Del McCoury sends up a keening bluegrass treatment of "Call Collect on Christmas." Rosanne Cash offers up a reverent, traditional country version of "It Came upon a Midnight Clear," its graceful fiddle lines and gently strummed mandolin parts as evocative and beautiful as Cash's sensitive vocal. The album's title song comes courtesy Alison Krauss, who lends her emotive soprano to a burbling, pop-influenced arrangement, and Willie Nelson is here with his timeless holiday tear-jerker, "Pretty Paper." Dolly Parton drops in with some kids for a playful and instructive country reading of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and another veteran, Merle Haggard, is onboard with his jaunty, orchestrated rendition of "Jingle Bells." The Judds' harmonizing on "Silver Bells" is immaculate, and Wynonna adds an ever-so-slight blues tint to her lead vocal; bluesier still, and a real stunner, is Tanya Tucker's measured, deeply felt reading of "What Child Is This?" Big names, big songs -- plus plenty of heart and soul -- make this seasonal disc a no-brainer for any down-home Christmas.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It's not clear what concept compilation producer Chris Clough had in assembling Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas beyond building a collection around the one new track, Alison Krauss' "Shimmy Down the Chimney." Maybe he just chose tracks he liked. But in doing so, he went beyond the vaults of Capitol Records to license material from Warner Bros. (Dwight Yoakam's "Santa Claus Is Back in Town"), Curb (Jo Dee Messina's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and the Judds' "Silver Bells"), Mercury (Toby Keith's "Christmas Rock"), Columbia (Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper," Rosanne Cash's "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and Dolly Parton's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), Lyric Street (SHeDAISY's "Deck the Halls"), and Rebel (Del McCoury's "Call Collect on Christmas"). There is a combination of traditional Christmas carols and old favorites, often given curious new arrangements, with a few originals. The most unusual take on a familiar song must be SHeDAISY's "Deck the Halls," with its quasi-Indian sound, complete with what sounds like a sitar. Among the originals, the prize goes to Krauss' title song, which has more to do with romantic longing than seasonal sentiment and gives a whole new meaning to the notion of filling up a stocking.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724357114325
catalogNumber:
71143

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Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Bill Anderson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Steve Wariner   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Lewis Anderson   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Charlie Farren   Arranger
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Dick Staber   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Diana Barnes   Art Direction
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Traditional   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
Osborn   Arranger
Amber Edgar   Illustrations
James Pierpont   Composer
Andrew Robinson   Illustrations

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