Christmas in the Heart [Deluxe Version]

Christmas in the Heart [Deluxe Version]

by Bob Dylan


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 that 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. [A Deluxe Version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886975961429
catalogNumber: 759614

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Piano,Vocals
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
Walt Harrah   Vocals
Randy Crenshaw   Vocals
Tony Garnier   Bass
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Accordion
George Recile   Percussion,Drums
Patrick Warren   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Amanda Barrett   Vocals
Donnie Herron   Mandolin,Trumpet,Violin,Steel Guitar
Abby DeWald   Vocals
Robert Joyce   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
David Bianco   Engineer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer,Lyricist
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer,Lyricist
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Bobby "BW" Wells   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Lyle Moraine   Composer,Lyricist
Hal Moore   Composer
David Spreng   Engineer
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Bob Wells   Composer

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