Inspiring musical performances by Anne and her guests.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Anne's voice never sounded better and it's a delight to see and hear the talents of Canadian Roch Voisine (who's phenomenal voice sounds like Jim Croce) and Barenaked Ladies. With lush scenery of Toronto landmark The Old Mill as the backdrop, there's plenty of music (and two performances of Elvis Stojko) to keep young and old happy. Despite some trite dialogue with the guests on this special, the musical highlights include the gospel-sounding "No Room at the Inn," and, quite surpisingly, the inspired harmony of Anne singing with her husband, son, and daughter. Who knew!?! A MUST for Anne Murray fans and those who appreciate gifted voices and harmony."
Christmas in vocal paradise
Krista Bach | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. | 10/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anne Murray, The Barenaked Ladies, Rock Voisine, and her family join you in an hour of singing carols and rejoicing in the Christmas Spirit. A Christmas like no other, it will bring your spirits of Christmas right along with you, and once again Anne Murray has succeeded in bringing her voice into your heart and making your soul sing along."
HAVE A CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH ANNE MURRAY
Bill Egan | Florida USA | 10/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The richness of her voice and the warmth of her style make you feel that Anne Murray is having this Christmas gathering just for you.
The beautiful setting lends itself to holiday photography and there is excellent sound on this DVD. While the jacket lists one of her guests as "international sensation Roch Voisine," I never heard of this Canadian favorite. Now that I have heard him, I'll be looking for more of his work. Roch introduces a song he wrote just for this party, CHRISTMAS IS CALLING. His guitar work is outstanding. Anne and Roch follow with an unusual medley WE THREE KINGS, THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, THE STORY OF THE THREE BELLS (about Little Jimmy Brown) and DECK THE HALLS. Their voices blend beautifully. It would be a treat to hear more of their duets on another Christmas special. It's worth the price of the DVD just to hear these stars sing together.
Two ice rink segments feature champion skater Elvis Stojko and there's a segment where Anne sings with the pop rock group Barenaked Ladies. There are plenty of old standards but it's nice to have some contemporary Christmas songs, too. THIS SEASON WILL NEVER GROW OLD with words and music by Canada's Rita MacNeil is now on my list of contemporary favorites. It's a joy to have Anne's voice fill my home with this song along with all the others on this program.