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POLL: Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart - your favourite track?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dave Gilmour's Cat, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

  2. Darrin L.

    Darrin L. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Golden, CO
    It's like picking my favorite root canal.
     
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  3. mark ab

    mark ab Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    Must Be Santa is great but my favourite vocal performance is probably Little Drummer Boy.
     
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  4. Lonson

    Lonson Just a Lucky So-and-so

    "Christmas Blues"
     
  5. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    Location:
    North East England
  6. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride

    Location:
    Illinois
    When he reaches for the high note on Hark the Herald Angels Sing...

    And I can never forget the review from around the release where the writer said that Bob singing he'd be home for Christmas "sounds more like a threat."

    I don't care. I love this record.
     
  7. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oslo, Norway
    "Must Be Santa" is fun but I think it is interesting to hear his take on songs like O' Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)". When artists sing it they often try to sound as pretty and pompous as possible but Dylan sings it with his ragged voice.
     
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  8. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Exactly.
     
  9. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    Location:
    Durham
    My favourite post-Love and Theft Dylan album.
     
  10. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Location:
    Athens, Greece
    +1
     
  11. Al Smith

    Al Smith Forum Resident

    Must Be Santa - a riot.

    The rest hasn't won me over. Yet.
     
  12. peerke

    peerke Isabelle or Sophie?

    Location:
    Belgium
    'Must Be Santa' was a great single with a great video.
     
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  13. The Killer

    The Killer Dung Heap Rooster

    Location:
    UK
    MBS
     
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  14. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH_Forums.

    "Must Be Santa" - it's fun and enjoyable.
    Some of the other tracks would scare little children.

    Here's the album cover:

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

    I love this album. I would rather hear Christmas songs sung with 100% commitment by the town drunk than some sanitized, Mariah Carey performance any day of the week. I agree with @Champagne Boot that Hark, the Herald Angels sing is a high point.
     
  16. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Never really much cared for the record, but the first time I heard the litany of reindeer turn into a litany of presidents in "Must Be Santa," I almost did a spit take. And while I wondered about the crazy drunken polka arrangement, but according to Wikipedia, the song has its origins in a German drinking tune (yes, I know polka is not German but there's a close traditional kind of German music). That's just a wild and crazy idea and arrangement that always makes me chuckle. Its the one performance from this album that my thoughts turn to at Christmas time when I'm thinking of Christmas music.
     
  17. Astralweeks

    Astralweeks Diamond Dog

    Location:
    Concord, NH
    I went with Hark the Angels Sing. I think he puts a lot of passion into that one. I also, of course, love Must be Santa. I think the album is super underrated. I mean if music was only old dudes doing Christmas carols...it would probably be one of the greatest albums of all time
     
  18. Eduardo Denaro

    Eduardo Denaro Forum Resident

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Anyone else here with this cd in their player right now?!?!? Or am I the lone wolf? I've loved this album since it was first released. My wife doesn't share the same enthusiasm.
     
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  19. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

    Location:
    New Mexico USA
    Incredibly effective when it's getting late and the holiday party guests won't take a hint and call it a night. Crank it way up and see a Christmas miracle.
     
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  20. Nipper

    Nipper His Master's Voice

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I voted for "Have Yourself....", but I really like all of Bob's performances here except "Hark..." and "First Noel".
     
  21. PJayBe

    PJayBe Forum Resident

    Must Be Santa. Huge fun!!!
     
  22. CrazyCatz

    CrazyCatz Great shot kid. Don't get cocky!

    I'll let you know when it gets here, but just reading the comments above makes Me glad I picked it up.
     
  23. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. I'm poor & sure wouldn't show off if I was rich.

    Location:
    Nowhere.
    :laugh:
     
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  24. mrjinks

    mrjinks Optimistically Challenged

    Location:
    Boise, ID.
    No poll option for the vinyl run-out grooves?

    :confused:
     
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  25. GuidedByJonO)))

    GuidedByJonO))) Forum Resident

    Location:
    Evanston
    Just played this again this morning, I absolutely love it. I ended up voting for "Christmas Island", the band sounds terrific on this one. Runner-up is "Must Be Santa", which is my favorite mode of goofball Bob - much prefer it to "Wiggle Wiggle".

    In so many ways, this is a precursor to his standards albums.
     

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