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Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002) Expanded Edition 2003

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Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002) Expanded Edition 2003

Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002) Expanded Edition 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb | Scans included
Holidays, Christmas, Pop/Rock | Label: Rhino | # R2 73891 | Time: 00:40:39

Christmas Is Almost Here is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's 25th album, 21st studio album, and first Christmas album. The album was first released in 2002, then in 2003, it was re-released as Christmas Is Almost Here Again with two bonus tracks, "White Christmas" and "Forgive".

Carly's peak years were in the seventies, but she still sings as good as she ever did. This is a lovely album, with a mix of slow and mid-tempo songs, including some standards which everybody knows, together with some wonderful new songs.

Carly and Willie Nelson sing a duet - Pretty paper, which Willie wrote and Roy Orbison had a hit with back in the sixties.

Carly wrote The land of Christmas (Mary), while Heaven is a song originally written by Carly's daughter Lucy, which Carly and Lucy rewrote as a Christmas song.

Twelve gates to the city is apparently a very old song, but I don't ever remember hearing it before despite having a large Christmas music collection.

All these songs are brilliant, but perhaps the title track is the best of the lot - it certainly sets the mood of the album.

This is a masterpiece, as anybody familiar with Carly's music would expect. It's probably not one to play during the height of Christmas festivities (there are plenty of other, more upbeat, Christmas albums that serve that purpose well), but rather, this is one that you play when things have quietened down, and you can just relax.

Review by Peter Durward Harris


Christmas albums by major veteran pop stars long past their commercial prime are usually not highlights of their catalogs, and for the most part this isn't an exception. There are, too, some of the failings common to these kinds of projects: unmemorable treatments of songs that have been heard too often (like "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night") and some bland, middle-of-the-road arrangements. Yet for at least some of the time, this is definitely an above-average holiday offering. Don Was' presence as co-producer ensures some creativity and diversity to the sound, as do the contributions of top session players like Jim Keltner, Billy Preston, and Benmont Tench. Simon's vocals are strong, and most surprisingly, one of the two originals, "The Land of Christmas (Mary)," is not only pretty straight-ahead and gutsy, but sounds a lot better than most of the contemporary material she did on her secular records in the 1980s and 1990s. Some mild blues gospel overtones make it into "Twelve Gates to the City" (the one song to feature Billy Preston, on organ and vocals), and a reggae beat is set to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." A couple of unclichéd selections make it into the program with Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" (on which Nelson himself duets with Simon) and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)." It's not an exciting release by any means, but it's not as immediately forgettable as many holiday efforts by similar performers are.

Review by Richie Unterberger, Allmusic.com


Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002) Expanded Edition 2003



Tracklist:

01. Christmas Is Almost Here (3:54)
02. White Christmas (2:45)
03. O Come, All Ye Faithful (3:29)
04. The Land Of Christmas (3:18)
05. Silent Night (3:10)
06. Twelve Gates Of The City (3:11)
07. I'll Be Home For Christmas (2:25)
08. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman (3:05)
09. Heaven (3:09)
10. Pretty Paper (3:29)
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (3:09)
12. Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) (4:12)
13. Forgive (1:23)


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EAC extraction logfile from 22. February 2013, 19:25

Carly Simon / Chrismas Is Almost Here

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Analyzed: Carly Simon / Chrismas Is Almost Here
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DR7 -0.10 dB -10.44 dB 3:54 01-Christmas Is Almost Here
DR10 0.00 dB -14.06 dB 2:45 02-White Christmas
DR10 -0.10 dB -13.25 dB 3:29 03-O Come, All Ye Faithful
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR9

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Codec: FLAC
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Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002) Expanded Edition 2003

Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002) Expanded Edition 2003

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