20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of George Strait

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of George Strait

by George Strait


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George Strait himself compiled this discount-priced, holiday best-of from his two previous seasonal collections, Merry Christmas Strait to You! (1986) and Merry Christmas Wherever You Are (1999), and it's easy to tell which one he likes better. After starting out with two Western swing-styled originals from the earlier release, the title song and "When It's Christmas Time in Texas," he simply repeats all ten tracks from Merry Christmas Wherever You Are, albeit re-sequenced. One might have hoped for a more even distribution between the two albums, a selection that included "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" from the 1986 disc (since that song reached the country singles charts in 1995 and again in 1997) and that featured more standards, such as Strait's versions of "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." It also would have been nice to have had "Christmas Cookies," the country Top 40 hit by Strait that appeared on the 2001 various-artists collection of the same name. Instead, Strait seems intent on rewarding his current crop of contributing songwriters by including plenty of their mediocre contributions to the Christmas repertoire. At least he also features the favorites "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," "Jingle Bell Rock," "All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "The Christmas Song" (aka "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"), along with the also-rans from the Nashville songwriting establishment. Still, this compilation is not what it might have been.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Mca
UPC: 0602498605653
catalogNumber: 000091202
Rank: 25018

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Strait   Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Don Gardner   Composer
Aaron Barker   Composer
David Anthony   Composer
Charlie Black   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Tony Brown   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
John Jarvis   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Benny McArthur   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Mack Vickery   Composer
Jerry Laseter   Composer
Ricky Ray Rector   Composer
Erv Woolsey   Executive Producer
Joe Beal   Composer
Jim Boothe   Composer
Mike Geiger   Composer
Bob Kelly   Composer
Donald Gardner   Composer
Woody Mullis   Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer
Dana Hunt   Composer

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