Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A Very Very Yellow Christmas
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Here comes Yellowman, his bag stuffed with more ho-ho-ho's than Santa's, lending your favorite Yuletide classics the scent of Caribbean sun 'n' surf, instead of pine tree and roast bird, via these old school "reggaematizat... more »
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Here comes Yellowman, his bag stuffed with more ho-ho-ho's than Santa's, lending your favorite Yuletide classics the scent of Caribbean sun 'n' surf, instead of pine tree and roast bird, via these old school "reggaematizations." A rather woozy "Yellowman Is Coming to Town" leads off this set of transformed Yuletide classics, its pensive tone departing from contemporary reggae dance hall's faster tempos, but perfectly complementing the artist's portrait in Santa getup (a parody of Bing Crosby's White Christmas album) gracing the CD cover. The baritone may have lost a bit of its booming resonance, but this top star of Jamaica's early '80s dance hall remains its hardest-working MC. Yellow switch-hits, as usual, between dead-serious and hilariously silly, and it's hard to say when he is funniest. A lengthy list of motherland nations receives season shout-outs in "African Christmas"; the man with the toys is roundly scolded in "Santa Claus Never Comes to the Ghetto." Easier to read and more typical of this inveterate clown are "Children Saw Mommy Kissing Yellowman" and the mock-lament over his island's snow deprivation in "Jamaica, Jamaica, We Don't Got No Snow." Get this one as a stocking-stuffer and you're guaranteed a merry, merry. --Elena Oumano
Nothing Funny About It... This Is A Classic
J-Train | 04/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yellowman comes through yet again with this smash! I simply love this CD no matter what the season is. My 5 year old daughter loves it too. Yellowman's story is an important one. Born as an orphaned albino in Jamaica he was shunned and looked down upon by society. However, he has a gift and he stayed strong and eventually won over his country and his people. The years have not always been kind to Yellowman. His earlier material was much more raunchy than his more recent efforts. Cancer has helped deform his appearance, yet Yellowman is still going strong and never giving up. Dealing with cancer changed Yellowman and he changed his creative output to strive for social conscience in his work. I find him to be a gentle and kind person who has a gift of love to share with everyone. This christmas album is top notch Yellowman. He brings you right into his heart and he helps spread the word and the joy. Not always easy to listen to because he talks about issues that not everyone wants to think about. For example "what about the children who have nothing? what about the children who are suffering?". I disagree with the other reviewer that says this is a funny CD. There is nothing but heart on this CD. Sure, Yellowman may have a good sense of humor, but he is not making this album as a novelty. His words are dear to him and he believes in what he chats about. True to form, Yellowman creates an experience worth beholding on this CD and if you listen to what he says he may just soften your heart and cause you to make the world a better place. 5 stars??? This album should get a zillion stars. We love you Yellowman. You are a hero."
Pure hilarity (whether intended or not)
G. Hansen | san francisco, ca | 09/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album sits alongside such classics as Macho Man Randy Savage's "Be A Man" as an unintended hilarious masterpiece. Just the thought of finding mommy kissing Yellowman is enough to bring a tear to any child's eye.....the mere inference sends chills up and down my spine. The various turds throughout this album are shined to a glimmering yellow.....making such lame songs as "jingle bell rock" tolerable, if not enjoyable. And may all your christmases be yellow."
For Die Hard Reggae Fans Only
The Tao of Netflix | Washington, DC | 04/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Good stuff, but you have to enjoy Reggae immensely to get this CD. Yellowman, one of the more accomplished Reggae stars has his defined nitch. Christmas music is not it at all, but its fun nonetheless. Interesting permutations on old Christmas classics, and a few new ones of his own. Good beats too."