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Shimmy down the chimney a country Christmas.
Yoakam, Dwight.
Publication Information:
Nashville : Capitol Nashville, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Santa Claus is back in town / Let it snow! let it snow! let it snow! / Silver bells / Judds -- Christmas rock / Christmas song (chestnut roasting on an open fire) / I'll be home for Christmas / Shimmy down the chimney / Christmas in your arms / Pretty paper / What child is this? / Jingle bells / It came upon a midnight clear / Deck the halls / White Christmas / Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer / Call collect on Christmas / Carol of the bells / O holy night
Format :
Music CD


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It's not clear what concept compilation producer Chris Clough had in assembling Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas beyond building a collection around the one new track, Alison Krauss' "Shimmy Down the Chimney." Maybe he just chose tracks he liked. But in doing so, he went beyond the vaults of Capitol Records to license material from Warner Bros. (Dwight Yoakam's "Santa Claus Is Back in Town"), Curb (Jo Dee Messina's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and the Judds' "Silver Bells"), Mercury (Toby Keith's "Christmas Rock"), Columbia (Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper," Rosanne Cash's "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and Dolly Parton's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), Lyric Street (SHeDAISY's "Deck the Halls"), and Rebel (Del McCoury's "Call Collect on Christmas"). There is a combination of traditional Christmas carols and old favorites, often given curious new arrangements, with a few originals. The most unusual take on a familiar song must be SHeDAISY's "Deck the Halls," with its quasi-Indian sound, complete with what sounds like a sitar. Among the originals, the prize goes to Krauss' title song, which has more to do with romantic longing than seasonal sentiment and gives a whole new meaning to the notion of filling up a stocking. ~ William Ruhlmann