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Garth Brooks Christmas Songs & Music

Like many country music stars before him, Garth Brooks has well and truly embraced the Christmas spirit. Whilst his three seasonal albums to date have received mixed reviews, Brooks is a prime example of the way country and western lends itself to the religious and heartfelt music of the holidays.

Garth Brooks Christmas Albums

Beyond the Season

1992: Beyond the Season

This, Garth Brook’s first Christmas album, peaked at number two on both the Country Music Albums and Billboard Top 200 charts. It was also the best selling Christmas album in US in its year of release and, by 1995, was certified a triple platinum album. So what’s all the fuss about? Brooks combines plaintive carols like Go, Tell it on the Mountain and The Gift with some serious country twang on tracks like Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy and The Old Man’s Back in Town (the latter written by Brooks himself). There spoken recollections by the singer of his childhood Christmases and even a cameo from a goose-bump inducing gospel choir. The album was recorded in July to make it ready for a December release and Brooks apparently got into the spirit by adorning his house and studio with seasonal decorations. Whatever he did seemed to work, because the country star pours his heart and soul into each and every track.

Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas

1999: Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas

After the phenomenal success of Beyond the Season, Brooks’ second Christmas album is something of a let down. Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas lacks the originality and feeling of its predecessor. Ironically, it is devoid of any magic and is without Brooks’s trademark country sparkle; the track listing a predictable mix of standards. While the songs are pleasant and make a great background play list for a party, it leaves much to be desired after Brooks’s outstanding Christmas debut.

Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas: Songs From Call Me Claus

2001: Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas: Songs From Call Me Claus

As the title suggests, this album is a reissue of Brook’s 1999 holiday offering Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas. The album features just three new tracks, but they are certainly tracks of note! Call me Claus and Zat You Santa Claus are fun, rocking new country and western tracks, while Brooks even adds his own Christmas spin to Mary Had a Little Lamb. The resulting album is anything but standard and manages to resurrect The Magic of Christmas, as well as redeeming the singer himself when it comes to Christmas music offerings.

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