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sku: SSP 74367
- Released: July 1, 2010
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.The First Noel
- 2.Winter Wonderland
- 3.Silent Night
- 4.Deck The Halls
- 5.Little Drummer Boy
- 6.The White Snows Of Winter
- 7.Angels We Have Heard On High (Gloria)
- 8.Children Go Where I Send Thee
- 9.I'll Be Home For Christmas
- 10.God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
- 11.Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
- 12.Blue Christmas
- 13.Joy To The World
- 14.Sleigh Ride
- 15.Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- 16.I Believe In Santa Claus
Personnel: Dave Amato (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Kevin Cronin (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Bruce Hall (vocals, bass guitar); Joe Vannelli, Neal Doughty (keyboards); Bryan Hitt (drums, percussion); Carolyn Perry, Funky Gentlemen, Lori Perry, The Perry Sisters, Darlene Perry, Sharon Perry (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Joe Vannelli.
Recording information: Blue Moon Studio, Agoura Hills, CA.
REO Speedwagon may prepare listeners for a dose of noisy rock & roll on the title of Not So Silent Night, their first-ever Christmas album, but the 13-track seasonal record isn't all that loud. The group turns the nominal title track into a power ballad, treats "Winter Wonderland" as a boogie, recasts "Deck the Halls" as a deeply silly rocker, Spectorizes "Little Drummer Boy," tears it up on "Children Go Where I Send Thee," and reworks "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" into a weird piece of prog (complete with Kevin Cronin calling out "oh you funky gentlemen" during a breakdown), but there's an amiable politeness to the performances, so it never sounds too raucous. It does, however, sound like REO Speedwagon, so anybody looking for classic carols, both traditional and contemporary, given a full-on arena rock treatment should be satisfied with this cheerful little LP. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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