(1987) A Very Special Christmas

Various Artists

... read moreRecorded to benefit the Special Olympics, this has some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s...

50′:57″ 15 Songs

1
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Various Artists
3:21
2
Winter Wonderland
Various Artists
3:34
3
Do You Hear What I Hear
Various Artists
3:31
4
Merry Christmas Baby
Various Artists
4:51
5
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Various Artists
4:28
6
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Various Artists
2:36
7
Gabriel's Message
Various Artists
2:10
8
Christmas In Hollis
Various Artists
2:57
9
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Various Artists
2:19
10
Santa Baby
Various Artists
2:34
11
The Little Drummer Boy
Various Artists
3:29
12
Run Rudolph Run
Various Artists
2:42
13
I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas
Various Artists
4:25
14
The Coventry Carol
Various Artists
3:24
15
Silent Night
Various Artists
4:36
Released 20 October 1987, An A&M Records release; This Compilation ℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, this has some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may head you toward the dance floor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby." ~ Dennis MacDonald