CD The Christmas Spirit [Sony Special Products] (CD 517840),
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The Christmas Spirit [Sony Special Products]


  • 1. Christmas Spirit, The
    2. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    3. Blue Christmas
    4. Gifts They Gave, The
    5. Here Was a Man
    6. Christmas as I Knew It
    7. Silent Night
    8. Little Drummer Boy, The
    9. Ringing the Bells for Jim
    10. We Are the Shepherds
    11. Who Kept the Sheep
    12. Ballad of the Harp Weaver
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 24082

  • Credits
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    Adapter: Johnny Cash.
    Arranger: Johnny Cash.
    THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT is a nicely assembled anthology of holiday songs the Man in Black recorded over the years. There are no dates or musician credits here, but from the sound of it--especially the plethora of Jordanaires-style vocal backing--most of this dates from the mid-'60s. Highlights include the self-penned title song, in which Cash reminisces about spending Christmas in various foreign countries; "Christmas As I Knew It," a monologue about how the holiday felt while growing up poor; and a weird but interesting take on "The Little Drummer Boy" that pits Cash's sepulchural baritone against tribal drums, tremolo guitar, finger cymbals, and an angelic female chorus.

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