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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Christmas Comes Before Halloween, According To Bob Dylan

As we previously posted, when the word first got out, Bob Dylan is putting together a Christmas album full of festive cheer, eggnog glass-knocking tunes, and your all too typical Christmas songs that make you just want to roast your chestnuts. Christmas cheer only comes once a year, and this time its in October.

Eagerly awaiting fans can now catch a preview of Dylan’s grating vocal renditions of all your favorite Christmas classics online. The best news is, the album Christmas In The Heart drops on October 13th—leave it to Dylan to release a Christmas album on Friday the 13th. Set aside your Halloween costumes and wander into a winter wonderland... the Christmas spirit comes earlier and earlier every year.

Truthfully though, Dylan makes a quality move in the right direction with the release of his album just in time for the madness that is Christmas shopping. This album will no doubt become a collector’s item for Dylan faithfuls and those who find it necessary to purchase every Christmas album they see. After a good listen to the preview, it seems Dylan takes a raspier Rat Pack approach to the classics. According to comments on the video, Dylan’s sound on the album is more Tom Waits than ever before.

Check out the track list and preview the album after the jump.

1 Here Comes Santa Claus (Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman)

2 Do You Hear What I Hear? (Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne)

3 Winter Wonderland (Richard B. Smith, Felix Bernard)

4 Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Traditional)

5 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram)

6 Little Drummer Boy (Katherine Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone)

7 The Christmas Blues (David Jack Holt, Sammy Cahn)

8 O’ Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) (Traditional)

9 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)

10 Must Be Santa (Hal Moore, Bill Fredricks)

11 Silver Bells (Raymond B. Evans, Jay Livingston)

12 The First Noel (Traditional)

13 Christmas Island (Lyle Moraine)

14 The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells)

15 O’ Little Town Of Bethlehem (Traditional)

-Marie Baginski
Currently avoiding Christmas music until after October 31st

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