The Classics Corner: Holiday Edition

Abbie Demuth, Arts & Reviews

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Album: A Very Special Christmas Vol. 1

Year produced: 1987


  1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Do You Hear What I Hear
  4. Merry Christmas Baby
  5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  7. Gabriel’s Message
  8. Christmas in Hollis
  9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  10. Santa Baby
  11. The Little Drummer Boy
  12. Run Rudolph Run
  13. I Wish Every day Could Be Like Christmas
  14. The Coventry Carol
  15. Silent Night

Album History:

A Very Special Christmas (1987) is a compilation album produced by Jimmy Lovine for A&M records in memory of his father. Celebrating the 30th anniversary, A Very Special Christmas, is helping to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics, an idea suggested by Lovine’s wife who was a volunteer for the organization. A Very Special Christmas is the first of the Christmas series and its sales have contributed to raising over $100 million for the Special Olympics. A Very Special Christmas has sold over 2,520,000 copies and is the nineteenth bestselling Christmas/holiday album in the United States.

Album Review:

A Very Special Christmas includes diverse genres and artist ranging from Pointer Sisters to Bon Jovi to Stevie Nicks and other artists popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The album consists of traditional remakes of Christmas songs, while other songs on the album offered a new wave and edgy sound by adding a modern twist to holiday classics. Artists such as Eurythmics, “Winter Wonderland” and RUN D.M.C, “Christmas in Hollies” included synthesized beats created through keyboards and synthesizers, allowing for a very electronic and euro-pop sound. Madonna also offered a one-of-a-kind performance in “Santa Baby,” arguably her strongest performance ever. Her very stylized and distinguishable vocals added a very modern twist to the original “Santa Baby” sung by Eartha Kitt in 1953. Overall, A Very Special Christmas offers the perfect mix of modern remakes and traditional Christmas songs to put anyone in the perfect holiday mood.

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The Classics Corner: Holiday Edition