Christmas Music Playlists with Aaron Neville Songs
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With his distinctive and soft timbre and a catalogue of releases that have included several with his siblings (as the Neville Brothers) Aaron Neville is a genuine American institution. He is probably best known for his 1989 duet with Linda Ronstadt called 'Don't Know Much' but he has scored 3 number ones in the Billboard charts over the years. None of these big hits were Christmas songs but Neville has shown a clear intention to mark the season whenever he can. The show burning and plaintiff 'Please Come Home for Christmas' was a single taken from Neville's first Christmas album in 1993 called 'Soulful Christmas'. The album was a successful mix of religious and secular festive tunes with a number of little known numbers like the cajun influenced 'Louisiana Christmas Day', the reverential and thoughtful 'Star Carol' and the jazzy charms of 'Such A Night' lighting up the album.
Aaron's second festive LP arrived in 2005 and 'Christmas Prayer' was in keeping with his strong Christian beliefs and so this record of devotion avoided many of the secular tunes (he did make an exception for 'White Christmas') that so often permeate through so many festive releases. And while this might be a recipe for a collection of contemplative recordings Aaron pumped plenty of energy into tracks such as ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’ and an especially precocious 'Joy to the World' where he was joined by the Blind Boys of Alabama. While the album is mostly redolent of Neville’s slick R&B soulful style there was a lovely departure on ‘Christmas Everyday’ where a reggae beat offer a sense of the exotic away from the otherwise wintry soundtrack.Author: Kevin