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Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Through good times and bad, Johnny Cash has remained true to his roots--roots that have never sounded better-tended than on this pure country collection of holiday standards (and a few surprises). Split evenly between solo... more »
Through good times and bad, Johnny Cash has remained true to his roots--roots that have never sounded better-tended than on this pure country collection of holiday standards (and a few surprises). Split evenly between solo material and songs recorded with wife June Carter and the Carter family, Country Christmas runs the gamut from reverent ("What Child Is This?") to downright knee-slappin' (the grin inducing "Piggy Puddin'"). About the only thing the 15-song set doesn't have is a veneer of slickness to rope in the stuffed shirts. And who needs them at a Christmas party, anyway? --David Sprague
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Cash on Christmas
R. Shumskis | Maryland, USA | 11/24/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'd like to know what the one reviewer thought he was going to hear when he got this CD. Not "classic Cash"? I think it's very much classic Cash... just doing Christmas songs. The words "Johnny Cash Country Christmas" on the cover should be a clue to this.For the most part they perform the songs in a 'traditional' style. The only exception is "Figgy Pudding", which I actually find to be rather annoying as a screeching woman continues to ask for her snack. On a couple of the songs Cash performs very little or not at all, letting the womens' group take control. Not that that's a bad thing, though.If you love Cash's bass and want a nice, simple Christmas CD this would probably be a good buy for you."
Cash muddied by overproduction
Michael G. Roth | Vestal, NY, United States | 12/15/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Cash's post-sun, pre-american recordings career has truckloads of great cuts, but too often, especially with 80s-early 90s recordings his voice is stuck into what feels like a casio keyboard preset. This is my problem with this Christmas CD. Cash's voice is cluttered up by hokey background music and there's way too much female chorus on every song. It's like putting Marlon Brando in the middle of a Kathy Lee christmas special skit. Johnny always gets 5 stars. Rest of the CD: one or none. I wish sun would have let him kick out a Christmas LP with just the Tennessee two playing a sparse background."
Marcus Piquet | Corona, California USA | 12/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like Cash, you'll like this alblum. Surprisingly introspective with the same great down-to-earth bass."