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Christmas Music Playlists with Garth Brooks Songs
When He's Not Ropin' The Wind He Likes Nothing Better Than Throwing The Snow
For a time in the 1990’s country music only meant one thing and that was the dulcet tones of Garth Brooks. Even for non-country fans it was nigh on impossible to avoid the man with had friends in low places. For all that even if he wasn’t your cup of tea for most of the year Brooks certainly made a habit of recording some refreshing festive records and for that reason alone we will be eternally grateful. His first Christmas album arrived in 1992 and Brooks himself admitted that ‘Beyond The Season’ was the most fun record he had ever put together. And the country star certainly put plenty of time and effort into it with a fine mix of old and new, religious and secular tracks. On ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’ Brooks successfully merged gospel and country without it ever sounding forced. One of the album’s singles ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ is melancholy and reverential so it was quite a surprise to hear it followed up with a rip-roaring Brooks original called ‘The Old Man’s Back In Town’ with shifty violins and vocals that could get everyone in on a festive line dance. Another new song ‘The Gift’ remains one of the best Christmas songs to emerge in the 90’s and while it might have been overly earnest it still focused on the importance of keep the traditional spirit of Christmas alive. ‘White Christmas’ was another success with Garth giving the old perennial a different perspective and one that worked really well. ‘Beyond The Season’ became 1992’s bestselling Christmas album and has to date sold in excess of 3 million copies.
7 years after his debut Christmas album Garth Brooks was bedecked in full Santa gear again for 1999’s ‘Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas’. He might have otherwise become Chris Gaines but come the season of goodwill Garth couldn’t help returning to base. This time the album completely concentrated on covers with lively renditions of songs like Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’, Andy Williams ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year’ and a lovely choice in Louis Armstrong’s ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?’ The latter didn’t initially feature on ‘The Magic of Christmas’ but was included on a retitled reissue in 2001 called ‘Call Me Claus’ with Brooks giving us a completely upended vocal turn. ‘Call Me Claus’s title track was a new composition and brim full of feisty spirit that Garth had so successfully bottled on ‘The Old Man’s Back In Town’ many years before.Author: Kevin