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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 15:31 GMT 

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After many Christmas seasons of basking in the glorious sounds of this tremendous album, which still continues to grow on me with each listening, I've decided it's time to openly, and publicly, declare my love for "Christmas in the Heart."
I've always loved Christmas music, and this brilliantly executed album stands--along with those by Burl Ives, Jim Nabors, The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis, and a very few others--as one of the greatest Christmas albums ever created. What is there not to love about "Must Be Santa" (not to mention the great video that was made to accompany it)? And the astounding version of "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" nearly (but not quite) brings me to tears every single time I have the pleasure of listening to it. I could go on and on...
There is seemingly no limit to the joy Bob Dylan's music has brought me through the years, and "Christmas in the Heart" stands as yet another towering peak in his brilliant landscape of creativity.


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 15:34 GMT 

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I would go as far as saying I enjoy it, but no more than that :D


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 15:38 GMT 
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'Christmas Island' is on constant rotation in the office. Everyone loves it (or else they'd get sacked).


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 16:40 GMT 
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I like it.
Listen it every Christmas.


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 16:51 GMT 
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I love never listening to it.


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 16:57 GMT 
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I love never listening to it.


Ditto


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 16:59 GMT 
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I've never listened - but do enjoy this

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Bobby!!


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 20:03 GMT 
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It's an album I enjoy between December 24th to December 26th.

It's cleverly constructed with those cheesy 1950's backing singers, and a good choice of songs.

As Christmas album's go, It's definitely one of the more palatable efforts in recent years.


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 20:31 GMT 
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lovethatcountrypie wrote:
There is seemingly no limit to the joy Bob Dylan's music has brought me through the years, and "Christmas in the Heart" stands as yet another towering peak in his brilliant landscape of creativity.

I couldn't agree more. It's a wonderful, touching album. Bob's gift to us. 8)


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 20:39 GMT 
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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 20:48 GMT 
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There's been an alarming dearth of Christmas In the Heart threads on ER this season, so thanks for starting this one up and reminding those who may have forgotten ! Is that even possible ?


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 20:52 GMT 
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I play the hell out of it from December 1-25 and always enjoy it


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PostPosted: Thu December 15th, 2016, 22:40 GMT 
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I heartily agree, lovethatcountrypie. It's the gift that keeps giving, year after year. I love it.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 00:49 GMT 
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Leonard wrote:
It's an album I enjoy between December 24th to December 26th.

It's cleverly constructed with those cheesy 1950's backing singers, and a good choice of songs.

As Christmas album's go, It's definitely one of the more palatable efforts in recent years.


It's quite a Columbia record! Reminds me of the cheese Columbia ad shown in No Direction Home. Records were made like this even when Bob was emerging. Reminds me of Gunfighter Ballads in its construction.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 01:16 GMT 
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rolling_thunder wrote:
McG wrote:
I love never listening to it.


Ditto


Uh-huh...agreed...Never made it through the whole thing.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 01:30 GMT 
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It's definitely the best Christmas album ever recorded.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 02:11 GMT 
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I'm listening now. I'm not a fan of Christmas, but this almost puts Christmas in my heart.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 10:40 GMT 
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As it is, its probably Bob's most perfect studio release. Its the one album which he has never improved a single song by a live performance. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to hear him play it live. A tour supporting Christmas In the Heart, a special at Christmas, anything!!! Would be the ultimate Bob gift and bring so much joy to the world.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 11:38 GMT 

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[quote="kuddukan"]I'm listening now. I'm not a fan of Christmas, but this almost puts Christmas in my heart.[/quote]

Restored my faith in christmas too !


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 14:41 GMT 

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rolling_thunder wrote:
McG wrote:
I love never listening to it.


Ditto


Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Uh-huh...agreed...Never made it through the whole thing.


Right. So that's three people who could've easily not posted in this thread.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 16:25 GMT 
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yolacrary wrote:

Right. So that's three people who could've easily not posted in this thread.


I find it a real struggle not to describe just how awful the album is, actually. But I take one for the team and fight back the impulse.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 16:56 GMT 

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It's one of his best albums, period. Everything from the arrangements to the vocals. The first time I played it for my son, he asked if it was Santa singing.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 17:08 GMT 
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Untrodden Path wrote:
As it is, its probably Bob's most perfect studio release.


Have you heard Knocked Out Loaded?


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 17:33 GMT 
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^Absolutely, another top shelf album. He played Under Your Spell and the first verse of Brownsville Girl live (once each) but otherwise has allowed the studio release to speak for itself. It's not that difficult to imagine how wonderful a show it would be to hear it live... Just give it a spin and sit back and listen. Except, that playing Knocked Out Loaded or Christmas In the Heart live would inevitably be a letdown... He's never going to improve on those like the NEThas improved all those albums that came before.


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PostPosted: Fri December 16th, 2016, 17:38 GMT 
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Santa singing, that's a good one. I love it, though I mostly only listen at Christmas. And then am very grateful to have it.


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