Christmas Sessions

The Christmas Sessions

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by MercyMe
     
 

If you want to hear hard-rocking Christmas songs from a good Christian band, then your best bet is still Duvall's Oh Holy Night on Asian Man. But if you want something a bit slicker that still rocks pretty hard, this one is a good choice as well. Quite a few of these arrangements work really very nicely --…  See more details below

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If you want to hear hard-rocking Christmas songs from a good Christian band, then your best bet is still Duvall's Oh Holy Night on Asian Man. But if you want something a bit slicker that still rocks pretty hard, this one is a good choice as well. Quite a few of these arrangements work really very nicely -- the emotional hugeness of MercyMe's setting of "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" is very effective, as is their chugging rendition of "Angels We Have Heard on High" (although rewriting the melody in the chorus wasn't the greatest idea). Singer Bart Millard can be a bit mannered in his delivery, though, and he sounds pretty silly trying to maintain his dignity while singing "pa-rump-a-pum-pum" on "Little Drummer Boy." Then there's the really ill-advised country setting of "Silent Night," for crying out loud. But they pull off the devilishly difficult trick of turning "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" into a U2-esque power ballad, and they do it with class. That's no mean feat. Not bad at all.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969641422
catalogNumber:
96414

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

MercyMe   Primary Artist
Amy Grant   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Travis Cottrell   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Barry Graul   Guitar,Background Vocals
Barry Green   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Blair Masters   Piano
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals
Mark Nicholas   Background Vocals
Nathan Cochran   Bass
Mike Scheuchzer   Guitar
Bart Millard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robby Shaffer   Drums
Drew Cline   Background Vocals
Jim Bryson   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Brown Bannister   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Barry Graul   Arranger
Johnny Marks   Composer
Carl Marsh   String Arrangements
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Scheuchzer   Arranger
Bart Millard   Composer
James R. Murray   Composer
Shatrine Krake   Art Direction

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The Christmas Sessions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so totally disagree with Rick Anderson's review of the Silent Night rendition on this CD. He said, "Then there's the really ill-advised country setting of "Silent Night," for crying out loud." I found this rendition so beautiful and stirring that I took the time to research what CD it was on, and where I could buy it. I love it. I bought this CD without hearing any of the other songs, except for the short sound bites provided at this site. I am anxious to receive the CD so I can hear my favorite, Silent Night! Merry Christmas! Patty
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the previous poster. I heard MercyMe's version of Silent Night on my car radio and I wrote down their name so I could come home and look it up. It's different and snappy...makes me want to tap my feet. I'm ordering this CD just for this song and I hope the rest of the songs on the CD are just as good. Cathy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with Cathy and Patty that Mercyme's rendition of Silent Night is absolutely wonderful. It's different enough to catch your attention, but not so different to make you want to turn it off. This version made me want to know who was playing it and I look forward to hearing it played again and again! It's great!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an inspirational and moving song! I absolutely love this entire CD, but this is my favorite song on here. Their rendition of O Holy Night will also knock your socks off! What a Christmas treat this CD is!!
JudeyR More than 1 year ago
Something different.