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Christmas In The Heart

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After the initial shock fades, the existence of Christmas in the Heart seems perhaps inevitable. After all, the thing Bob Dylan loves most of all are songs that are handed down from generation to generation, songs that are part of the American fabric, songs so common they never seem to have been written. These are the songs Dylan chooses to sing on Christmas in the Heart, a cheerfully old-fashioned holiday album from its Norman Rockwell-esque cover to its joyous backing vocals. Apart from the breakneck "Must Be Santa," which barrelhouses like a barroom, Dylan doesn't really reinterpret these songs as much as simply play them with his crackerjack road band, dropping in a little flair -- restoring "we'll have to muddle through somehow" to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," singing the opening of "O Come All Ye Faithful" in its original Latin -- but never pushing tunes in unexpected directions. Many would argue having Dylan croon these carols is unexpected enough and, true, there are times his gravelly rumble is a bit pronounced, but nothing here feels forced, it all feels rather fun, provided you're on the same wavelength as latter-day Bob, where the sound and swing of the band is as important as the song, where there's an undeniable nostalgic undertow to all the proceedings. And, of course, there's no better time for celebratory sound, swing, and nostalgia than the holidays, which may be why Christmas in the Heart is a bit of a left-field delight. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1
Here Comes Santa Claus (Album Version) 00:02:35

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Oakley Haldeman, Composer - Oakley Haldeman, Lyricist - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Gene Autry, Lyricist - Gene Autry, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Do You Hear What I Hear? (Album Version) 00:03:02

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Noel Regney, Lyricist - Noel Regney, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Gloria Shayne, Lyricist - Gloria Shayne, Composer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Winter Wonderland (Album Version) 00:01:52

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Richard B. Smith, Composer - Richard B. Smith, Lyricist - Felix Bernard, Composer - Felix Bernard, Lyricist - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Album Version) 00:02:30

Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Traditional, Lyricist - Traditional, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
I'll Be Home For Christmas (Album Version) 00:02:54

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Kim Gannon, Lyricist - Kim Gannon, Composer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Buck Ram, Lyricist - Buck Ram, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Walter Kent, Composer - Walter Kent, Lyricist - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Little Drummer Boy (Album Version) 00:02:52

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Harry Simeone, Lyricist - Harry Simeone, Composer - Henry V. Onorati, Composer - Henry V. Onorati, Lyricist - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Katherine Davis, Lyricist - Katherine Davis, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
The Christmas Blues (Album Version) 00:02:54

Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Sammy Cahn, Lyricist - David Jack Holt, Composer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
O' Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) (Album Version) 00:02:48

Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Traditional, Lyricist - Traditional, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Album Version) 00:04:05

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Martin, Composer - Martin, Lyricist - Ralph Blane, Composer - Ralph Blane, Lyricist - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Must Be Santa (Album Version) 00:02:48

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Hal Moore, Lyricist - Hal Moore, Composer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Bill Fredricks, Composer - Bill Fredricks, Lyricist - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Silver Bells (Album Version) 00:02:35

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Jay Livingston, Lyricist - Jay Livingston, Composer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Raymond B. Evans, Composer - Raymond B. Evans, Lyricist - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
The First Noel (Album Version) 00:02:30

Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Traditional, Lyricist - Traditional, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Christmas Island (Album Version) 00:02:27

Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - Lyle Moraine, Lyricist - Lyle Moraine, Composer - David Bianco, Engineer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
The Christmas Song (Album Version) 00:03:56

Mel Tormé, Composer - Mel Tormé, Lyricist - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Robert Wells, Lyricist - Robert Wells, Composer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
O' Little Town Of Bethlehem (Album Version) 00:02:17

Eddy Schreyer, Mastering Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Rich Tosti, 2nd Engineer - David Spreng, Engineer - Jack Frost, Producer - David Bianco, Engineer - Traditional, Lyricist - Traditional, Composer - Ed Wong, 2nd Engineer - Glen Suravech, 2nd Engineer - Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Performer -

(P) 2009 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

After the initial shock fades, the existence of Christmas in the Heart seems perhaps inevitable. After all, the thing Bob Dylan loves most of all are songs that are handed down from generation to generation, songs that are part of the American fabric, songs so common they never seem to have been written. These are the songs Dylan chooses to sing on Christmas in the Heart, a cheerfully old-fashioned holiday album from its Norman Rockwell-esque cover to its joyous backing vocals. Apart from the breakneck "Must Be Santa," which barrelhouses like a barroom, Dylan doesn't really reinterpret these songs as much as simply play them with his crackerjack road band, dropping in a little flair -- restoring "we'll have to muddle through somehow" to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," singing the opening of "O Come All Ye Faithful" in its original Latin -- but never pushing tunes in unexpected directions. Many would argue having Dylan croon these carols is unexpected enough and, true, there are times his gravelly rumble is a bit pronounced, but nothing here feels forced, it all feels rather fun, provided you're on the same wavelength as latter-day Bob, where the sound and swing of the band is as important as the song, where there's an undeniable nostalgic undertow to all the proceedings. And, of course, there's no better time for celebratory sound, swing, and nostalgia than the holidays, which may be why Christmas in the Heart is a bit of a left-field delight. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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