Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas

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Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas
Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released November 23, 1999
Recorded Jack's Tracks Recording Studio
Genre Christmas
Length 42:53
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Garth Brooks...In the Life of Chris Gaines
(1999)
Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas (1999) Songs from Call Me Claus
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 2/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune (positive)[3]
Entertainment Weekly C−[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[5]

Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas is the twelfth studio album, and second holiday album, by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 23, 1999, peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart, and #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Two years after this album's release, Brooks released a reissue of this album, Songs from Call Me Claus, which contained most of the songs from this release. The only tracks which weren't carried over were "White Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," and "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (all of which are remixed versions of the same songs from his first Christmas album, Beyond The Season).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Edward Pola, George Wyle) – 2:57
  2. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:06
  3. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) – 3:25
  4. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 2:58
  5. "Baby Jesus Is Born" (Randy Handley, Cam King) – 3:59
  6. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (traditional) – 2:35
  7. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 3:33
  8. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) – 3:27
  9. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 4:05
  10. "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 2:18
  11. "Silver Bells" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 3:34
  12. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (traditional, work) – 3:25
  13. "The Wise Men's Journey" [instrumental] (Bobby Wood) – 1:28
  14. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner) – 3:03

Chart performance[edit]

Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas peaked at #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and peaked at #1 on Top Country Albums, his tenth #1 album.

Personnel[edit]

  • Mark Casstevens - acoustic guitar
  • Chris Leuzinger - electric guitar
  • The Nashville String Machine - strings
  • Jeff Bailey, Ernie Collins, Mark Douthit, Chris Dunn, Robert Green, Michael Haynes, Don Jackson, Sam Levine, Chris McDonald, Douglas Moffet, Steve Patrick, Denis Solee, George Tidwell - horns
  • Blair Masters - Hammond B-3 organ
  • Bobby Wood - keyboards
  • Mike Chapman - bass
  • Milton Sledge - drums
  • Sam Bacco - percussion

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 105. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ a b "The Magic of Christmas: Songs From Call Me Claus - Garth Brooks". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association: Certification Results- February 15, 2010". CRIA. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12.