The Christmas Spirit (CD)


Johnny Cash

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Amoeba Review

Jeff Hunt 05/31/2010


The Christmas Spirit is Johnny Cash’s seventeenth album, released by Columbia in 1963. Cash was on a success-fueled tear in the early 1960s, grinding out an average of three LPs a year, most of them themed. He had already done hymns, trains, work fables, Hank Williams, and the Grand Canyon, so Christmas was inevitable. He amiably handles various holiday standards, including “Silent Night” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” but he mostly relies on his own material, which is pretty impressive when you think about it; Tex Ritter’s “Here Was a Man” is also a strong selection. This is recommended if you have any sort of taste for well-done, Americana-dipped x-mas relief (think: John Fahey). Besides, Cash takes a swing at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Christmas Spirit
Johnny Cash 04:59
2.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Johnny Cash 02:29
3.
Blue Christmas
Johnny Cash 02:21
4.
The Gifts They Gave
Johnny Cash 03:32
5.
Here Was a Man
Johnny Cash 02:40
6.
Christmas as I Knew It
Johnny Cash 03:38
7.
Silent Night
Johnny Cash 03:28
8.
The Little Drummer Boy
Johnny Cash 02:33
9.
Ringing the Bells for Jim
Johnny Cash 02:45
10.
We Are the Shepherds
Johnny Cash 03:10
11.
Who Kept the Sheep
Johnny Cash 01:54
12.
Ballad of the Harp Weaver
Johnny Cash 04:23

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