O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/We Three Kings of Orient Are - Neil Diamond, Traditional
Silent Night - Neil Diamond, Gruber, Franz
The Little Drummer Boy - Neil Diamond, Davis, Katherine [2
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Neil Diamond, Coots, J. Fred
The Christmas Song - Neil Diamond, Torme, Mel
Morning Has Broken - Neil Diamond, Farjeon, Eleanor
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Neil Diamond, Lennon, John
White Christmas - Neil Diamond, Berlin, Irving
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Neil Diamond, Traditional
Jingle Bell Rock - Neil Diamond, Beal, Joe
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Neil Diamond, Mendelssohn, Felix
Silver Bells - Neil Diamond, Evans, Ray [Lyricis
You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Neil Diamond, Diamond, Neil
O Holy Night - Neil Diamond, Adam, Adolphe
This is Neil Diamond's first album of Christmas songs, ranging from "Little Drummer Boy" to "Jingle Bell Rock" and John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)." — No Track Information Available — Media Type: CD — Artist: DIA... more »MOND,NEIL
This is Neil Diamond's first album of Christmas songs, ranging from "Little Drummer Boy" to "Jingle Bell Rock" and John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)."
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Media Type: CD
Title: CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Street Release Date: 10/01/2000
James L. from CHARLESTON, IL Reviewed on 4/20/2012...
good disc big neal fan
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Donna T. from APO, AE Reviewed on 1/3/2012...
This was OK. I was hoping for more, but upon playing it several times, it didn't really grab me. I sent it to my daughter.
One of the best Christmas albums I've ever heard
D. COLLIER | Brownwood, TX United States | 01/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"And, yes, I've heard quite a few. I don't mind the fact that it's a Jewish man singing Christmas music. And really, why shouldn't a Jewish man sing about the birth of another Jew?
What I like best about this album is that on most of the songs, Neil doesn't jazz it up or anything like that. Now, it's true that he does give that treatment to a few of the songs, but most of them are left intact the way they ought to be. The only ones that experience any major change are "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "White Christmas". His opener, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/We Three Kings of Orient Are" is one of the best opening tracks I've ever heard for a Christmas album. It's a beautiful medley complimented with a boys choir.
I highly recommend this CD to any Christmas music enthusiast."
When one hears this, what can one say, but Neil Diamond?
Trevor Gillespie | San Jose, California United States | 09/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Personally I love this collection of Christmas music. It was the first compilation of Christmas music I bought as a teenager back in 1992. Actually, my mother bought it and we all got hooked on the music. Neil Diamond just has a way of making Christmas music fun and different. Santa Claus is Coming to Town is an upbeat light rocking song, and then there is O Holy Night. That song is awesome. Almost anyone who sings it earns my affection, but Neil does it really well. To sum up: If you're thinking about buying this CD just BUY IT and stop thinking."
Neil at his best
Dolores M. Genna | Long Island, New York | 12/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a Christian and I'm proud to have a jewish man sing songs about another Jewish man. I've seen Neil Diamond in concert and I must say he puts on a show like no other. I have loved him and his music for many years. I thank him for giving me so much pleasure."
Neil sorta makes it feel like Christmas
Dave Blanchard | Cleveland, Ohio | 11/30/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Dating probably back to when Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," there's been a tradition of popular Jewish artists recording Christmas songs. Having seen his contemporary New Yorkers Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow record Christmas songs at various stages in their careers, in 1992 Neil Diamond interrupted his decade-long descent into irrelevant schmaltz by producing this somewhat uneven but overall entertaining collection of holiday music. He wisely begins with "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," with an arrangement a bit reminiscent of "Kol Nidre" from "The Jazz Singer, but that's about the only concession to his Jewish tradition Neil makes on this album. He employs choirs on several of the most spiritual Christmas songs ("We Three Kings," "Silent Night," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "O Holy Night"), and for the most part he offers an enthusiastic if not exactly soulful interpretation. He does a really nice number on "Little Drummer Boy," making it sound unlike any other interpretation.
He hits a rough patch with several songs that already have definitive versions and would've been better left alone. Neil comes nowhere remotely close to the raw power of Springsteen's "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," and it would've been a much better idea to just have done the traditional Sinatraesque rendition instead. Neil's "Christmas Song" isn't likely to make anybody forget Nat King Cole's classic interpretation. For reasons which boggle the imagination, he then launches into "Morning Has Broken," which isn't even a Christmas song and which was definitively done by Cat Stevens years ago, and then even more amazingly, he tackles John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)."
Neil redeems himself handsomely, though, with a "doo-wop" version of "White Christmas," followed by a barbershop quartet take on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." His "Jingle Bell Rock" is okay, too. He launches into a "Crying In Your Pretzels" country twang on "Silver Bells," which if nothing else offers up that classic Neil Diamond cheese we all love, where he stops in the middle of a song to reminisce about those Brooklyn roads he grew up on. The only song on the album, though, that ever gets any airplay these days is the one he'd previously recorded on the "Primitive" album in 1984, "You Make It Feel Like Christmas."
All in all, a decent enough effort, and popular enough that it led to a second volume in 1994, which is not only a much better showcase for Neil's talent, but in fact is one of the best Christmas CDs of the past 20 years. "
J. M. Vuckovich | 11/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes Neil is Jewish, and that matters how? He has a terrific voice and he sings these songs GREAT! If you dont like Neil Diamond or you dont like the fact a "jewish" person is singing them THEN DONT BUY IT! Everyone else, this is a GREAT CD... gets me in the xmas spirit every year. Even my kids like it!"