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Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas

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10/12/2004

Review

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
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Santa Claus Is Back in Town Dwight Yoakam 2:38
  3. 2 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Jo Dee Messina 2:13
  4. 3 Silver Bells The Judds 2:54
  5. 4 Christmas Rock Toby Keith 2:32
  6. 5 The Christmas Song Trace Adkins 3:21
  7. 6 I'll Be Home for Christmas Glen Campbell 2:43
  8. 7 Shimmy Down the Chimney Alison Krauss 4:20
  9. 8 Christmas in Your Arms Steve Wariner 3:5
  10. 9 Pretty Paper Willie Nelson 2:28
  11. 10 What Child Is This? Tanya Tucker 4:4
  12. 11 Jingle Bells Merle Haggard 2:20
  13. 12 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Rosanne Cash 3:54
  14. 13 Deck the Halls SHeDAISY 3:22
  15. 14 White Christmas Kenny Rogers 2:45
  16. 15 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Dolly Parton 3:23
  17. 16 Call Collect on Christmas Del McCoury 3:45
  18. 17 Carol of the Bells Deana Carter 3:23
  19. 18 O Holy Night John Berry 5:17

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