A Rock N' Roll Christmas

A Rock N' Roll Christmas


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PolyGram Special Markets' 1994 budget compilation A Rock 'N' Roll Christmas is a nice little find. Elton John's relentlessly joyful rocker "Step Into Christmas" is the standout because this album is the easiest to find and most inexpensive source. Old-fashioned rock & roll is represented by Bob Seger's (technically Bob Seger and the Last Heard) "Sock it to Me Santa," which borrows more than a little from James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Part I"; George Thorogood and the Destroyers' "Rock and Roll Christmas"; and Chuck Berry's bluesy "Merry Christmas Baby." The Moody Blues are often slagged for their elaborate, orchestral brand of pop and progressive rock, but this approach is perfect for "What Child is This?" Fellow prog rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "I Believe in Father Christmas" is apparently a newly recorded version, because it's not the stunning take on Works, Vol. 2, nor the equally familiar single that's heavier on the orchestration and choir. Elvin Bishop's funky arrangement of "Silent Night" is a surprisingly gutsy rendition of this beloved traditional standard. The meaning of Christmas is given thoughtful, yet lighthearted treatment on the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" and the Kinks' "Father Christmas." Billy Squier's cheerful sing-along "Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You" is another hard-to-find treat. The Thorogood, Squier, and Berry tunes are CD-only bonus tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/1995
Label: Umvd Special Markets
UPC: 0731452024428
catalogNumber: 520244
Rank: 5975

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Track Performer
Elvin Bishop   Track Performer
Jon Bon Jovi   Track Performer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer   Track Performer
Elton John   Track Performer
Kinks   Track Performer
Moody Blues   Track Performer
Billy Squier   Track Performer
George Thorogood   Track Performer
Waitresses   Track Performer
Bob Seger   Track Performer
George Thorogood & the Destroyers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Franz Gruber   Composer
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Howard Smiley   Cover Design
Bob Bell   Executive Producer
Pamela Hobbs   Cover Art
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer

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