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Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop
Whether you're a country fan or just someone who loves the innumerable ways a handful of songs can sound so richly diverse every year, Shimmy Down the Chimney ought to be on your wish list. Featuring 18 cuts, this generous... more »
Whether you're a country fan or just someone who loves the innumerable ways a handful of songs can sound so richly diverse every year, Shimmy Down the Chimney ought to be on your wish list. Featuring 18 cuts, this generous set spans the landscape of big-name country kings and queens and includes a handful of country/pop crossover mavericks and bluegrass greats. With Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Toby Keith, Jo Dee Messina, the Judds, and others, Shimmy's got the goods, ranging from songs cut straight from the original to inventive versions like Shedaisy's "Deck the Halls" and Deana Carter's powerhouse reading of "Carol of the Bells." But it's Alison Krauss's title track, rife with double entendres and killer vocals, and Del McCoury's mournful "Call Collect on Christmas" that put this one in the can't-miss column. --Martin Keller
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Sirry D. (SirryD)
Reviewed on 12/9/2016...
Very special cd. Sure to make your Christmas bright. Front insert is a complete booklet highlighting all 18 songs and artists. Amazing and varied collection of holiday music. Check the 18 tracks; some new songs, some old, all exceptional. Belongs in your Christmas library.
+ 1.2 stars...Superb Country Christmas Collection
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 12/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sure, this album's been out for more than a year, but I waited until last year's post-holiday markdowns to pick this up for less than half price. It has become one of my favorite Christmas albums (and I have more than 200).
While this is a new collection, there is only one new recording: Alison Krauss's sultry "Shimmy Down the Chimney," which was released as a single last year. What makes this such a satisfying collection is that Capitol Records has cherry picked songs from a variety of labels. So you get Dwight Yoakam (Warner Bros.) doing a rousing version of "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," the Willie Nelson (Columbia) chestnut "Pretty Paper," and bluegrass legend Del McCoury (Rebel) performing "Call Collect on Christmas."
In addition, some of these songs date back more than thirty years: Merle Haggard's traditional reading of "Jingle Bells" is from 1973. In fact, other than the title track, only three other tracks are from this decade: Jo Dee Messina's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (2002), Steve Wariner's "Christmas in Your Arms" (2000), and Kenny Rogers' "White Christmas" (2000).
There are numerous highlights: SheDaisy perform a rollicking rendition of "Deck the Halls." Dolly Parton offers a playful version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Deana Carter sings a haunting version of "Carol of the Bells." All in all, this quite simply a wonderful collection of some of the season's best songs by some of country's biggest stars. [Running time - 59:17] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
A Country Music Fan Must Have for Christmas
M. L. Salzman | Antioch,CA | 10/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great CD for your Christmas music collection. I am a big fan of Trace Adkins and his version of Christmas Song is wonderful. Not to mention the new one by Alison Kraus Shimmy Down the Chimney is great. If you love any artists on this CD you have to get it.
San Francisco Bay Area"