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Merry Christmas, Baby

Rod Stewart  Arranger Rod Stewart  Composer Rod Stewart  Producer Rod Stewart  Main Performer

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1 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Blane/Martin 4:31
2 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Coots/Gillespie 2:47
3 Winter Wonderland Bernard/Smith 2:26
4 White Christmas Berlin 3:49
5 Merry Christmas, Baby Baxter/Moore 3:53
6 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Cahn/Styne 2:51
7 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Loesser 3:43
8 Blue Christmas Hayes/Johnson 3:30
9 Red-Suited Super Man Foster/Foster/Stewa 3:11
10 When You Wish Upon a Star Harline/Washington 3:47
11 We Three Kings Traditional 3:27
12 Silent Night Traditional 4:24
13 Auld Lang Syne Traditional 3:45
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Merry Christmas, Baby

Audio Compact Disc

Label: Verve

Category: Pop/Rock

Merry Christmas, Baby

UPC: 602537103683

Release Date: 10/30/2012

Original Release Date: 10/30/2012

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Merry Christmas, Baby, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?, Blue Christmas, Red-Suited Super Man, When You Wish Upon a Star, We Three Kings, Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Hard as it may be to believe, but Rod Stewart has gotten through five decades without succumbing to a holiday album. That streak ends in 2012 with the release of Merry Christmas, Baby, an easygoing and chipper collection of secular seasonal standards. A couple of carols are thrown in for good measure but these songs -- "Silent Night," "We Three Kings" presented as a duet with Mary J. Blige -- along with a mildly incongruous "When You Wish Upon a Star," slide by easily on the mellow big-band swing of the rest of the record. Song for song, Merry Christmas, Baby is very much of a piece with Rod's ongoing Great American Songbook series, with Stewart not straying from the familiar form of these songs and producer David Foster laying on all manner of soft, soothing sounds, whether it's acoustic guitars, synthesizers, strings, or a children's choir on "Silent Night." Very rarely does this hint at the Rod of the '70s -- and when it does on the closing "Auld Lang Syne," its intro given a spare folky treatment reminiscent of his Mercury work, it's a bracing, effective reminder of Stewart's skill as a singer -- and instead relies on a gladhanding charm that suits the season, not to mention Stewart in his crooning dotage. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi