Best track on "...The Wonderful World Of Christmas" LP 1971

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Best track on "The wonderful world of christmas" LP 1971

Poll ended at Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:25 pm

O Come All Ye Faithful
1
3%
On A Snowy Christmas Night
1
3%
Winter Wonderland
0
No votes
The Wonderful World Of Christmas
1
3%
It Won't Seem Like Christmas
0
No votes
I'll Be Home On Christmas Day
0
No votes
If I Get Home On Christmas Day
5
17%
Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees
6
20%
Merry Christmas, Baby
16
53%
Silver Bells
0
No votes
 
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I've got the TT&F box, but don't recall that extra verse at all. There's so much to absorb on a box set, I've only played it all the way through maybe 3 times. Gotta put it on again.


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Played TWWOC last night. Had to play Holly Leaves through three times. That's one of the beauties of a short song - you never get tired of it.

Missed the James Burton solo on the longer version of Merry Christmas Baby, but still got off on that mighty groove. Played along on "bass" (my guitar's bottom strings actually), and when Elvis told Putt to wake up, I felt like he was telling me off. Heh.

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familyjules wrote:Missed the James Burton solo on the longer version of Merry Christmas Baby[
Err.......................................... wasn't that Eddie Hinton who did the guitar overdub ?


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ColinB wrote:
familyjules wrote:Missed the James Burton solo on the longer version of Merry Christmas Baby[
Err.......................................... wasn't that Eddie Hinton who did the guitar overdub ?
Really? Ah well then, pardon my ignorance.

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familyjules wrote: I mean, a few tracks are awful and I always skip 'em..
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I disagree. What exactly are the "bad tracks"? I agree I have to be in the mood for some of them (they get a bit downbeat for family settings such as trimming the tree or opening presents on Side B as I recall) but then over the whole season, I'm bound to enjoy some of the more ambiguous or less "Christmasy" tunes as well. As a whole, the album really comes together.

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Somebody shoot me....I like this album very much!

Always have -- always will.
Well, I won't be the one pulling the trigger. t's hard to deny he's vocally off on some tracks (but some of that adds to his appealing vulnerability and sense of imperfection in comparison to the sometimes overwheming glow and good cheer of Christmas.

I've listened to this album annually at Christmas time for most of my lifetime, so I'll have to join Rob (and the millions who have made the album a success) in praising it as a whole. How many have artists have anything of this caliber in their arsenel as far as Christmas albums, let alone the famed '57 LP...?


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Actually, this is a rather gutsy Christmas album. Most artists lean heavily on the standards for their seasonal offerings, but there's little of that here (O Come All Ye Faithful, First Noel, Winter Wonderland, Silver Bells). Okay, Merry Christmas Baby has been done by many artists (Chuck Berry did a nice version), but it's not exactly a "standard" along the lines of White Christmas or Away in a Manger. Not every song is a classic here, but there are many worthy tracks (If I Get Home on Christmas Day, It Won't Seem Like Christmas Without You, On a Snowy Christmas Night). Not the instant classic the 57 album was, but I go back to it every year.


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Lonely Summer wrote:Actually, this is a rather gutsy Christmas album.
Well, the choice of material might have been 'gutsy' but Elvis' performance isn't !

On a lot of tracks, he seems completely indifferent.

It's like his mind was elsewhere..........................


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Each year I play the "If Everyday Was Like Christmas" comp once, and then move on to the remainder of my vast Christmas cd collection.



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ColinB wrote:
Lonely Summer wrote:Actually, this is a rather gutsy Christmas album.
Well, the choice of material might have been 'gutsy' but Elvis' performance isn't !

On a lot of tracks, he seems completely indifferent.

It's like his mind was elsewhere..........................
I agree but for years I enjoyed this without over-analyzing it, albeit my youth played a part in this.

I find I can still enjoy it . He's "on" (or at least the arrangment is) on "Oh Come O Ye Faithful" and some of his sort of "hurt" / "distracted" / "blue" mood and vocal timbre actually aids some songs such as "If I Get Home On Christmas Day" and others.

And of course, on "Merry Christmas Baby" (actually, a perennial hit by R&B singer / pianist Charles Brown in the black community for decades) Elvis really kicks out the jams, undoing any damage done by his slightly-off vocals elsewhere.


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Gregory Nolan Jr. wrote:Elvis really kicks out the jams, undoing any damage done by his slightly-off vocals elsewhere.
Don't get me wrong, Greg, I have always quite enjoyed the album.

It was you using the word 'gutsy' that I found odd, considering the 'contractual obligation' feel of some of his performances on it.


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I'll Be Home On Xmas Day, ( the remake version better ).

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No surprise here! "Merry Christmas, baby" is the winner. Thank´s for voting! "On stage feb. 1970" will be up soon!

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I'll agree it's the best track, but it's not my favorite track. I always vote for my favorite track regardless of album.

Sometimes, my favorite and the "best" match up.



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ColinB wrote:
Gregory Nolan Jr. wrote:Elvis really kicks out the jams, undoing any damage done by his slightly-off vocals elsewhere.
Don't get me wrong, Greg, I have always quite enjoyed the album.

It was you using the word 'gutsy' that I found odd, considering the 'contractual obligation' feel of some of his performances on it.
I hear you, Colin, but perhaps it's the radioactively "guts-galore" performance of Merry Christmas, Baby" as well as the unexpectedly bluesy ending to "Winter Wonderland" that explain the use of the term.

Likewise, some of the vocal hurt (or perhaps the "disinterest" to some ears) in songs like "If I Get Home On Christmas Day" and a few others adds some grit to the proceedings.

He does sound pretty exhausted on "Silver Bells" and probably a few others but that magical voice still wins the day for me.


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merry christmas baby.
arguably the best blues performance he ever gave.
it's too bad he didn't do a blues album...elvis is back is as close as we'd get.
what i love about this track...is how free and loose it is.
some of the best moments were the jams.
just great players...and a great session leader...makin' music for the fun of it.

i love o come all ye faithful,on a snowy christmas night,holly leaves and christmas trees and the title track.
just a great album.


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