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Hillsong Christmas: It's Christmas (2-pack)

Hillsong Christmas: It's Christmas (2-pack)

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A special edition re-release of the much loved Christmas and Celebrating Christmas albums - 26 tracks over 2 CDs.

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About "Hillsong Christmas: It's Christmas (2-pack)"

A special edition re-release of the much loved Christmas and Celebrating Christmas albums - 26 tracks over 2 CDs.
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Hillsong

Hillsong church was founded In August 1983 by Brian and Bobbie Houston (formerly known as the Hills Christian Life Centre). It has grown from a congregation of 45 to what is said to be the largest church in Australian history - incorporating four major campuses (Hills, City, Southwest and Brisbane), a city-wide network of connect groups and contributing ministries and extension services. Today Hillsong Church has a total attendance of over 20,000 on any given weekend and the church is having a dynamic influence and impact in Australia and many other nations. Hillsong also has churches in London, Kiev, Paris, Kiev, Stockholm, Capetwon, New York and Konstanz (Germany). The live praise and worship albums produced by Hillsong Music Australia have achieved gold status in various countries, and the songs are sung in churches around the world. Hillsong's worship Pastor Rueben Morgan, and Joel Houston and the United team and other members of the worship team have become internationally renowned for their song-writing and anointed worship leading. The annual Hillsong Conference, Colour Your World Women's Conference and Hillsong Men's Conference attract thousands of people from all denominations all around the world. Hillsong Church is also actively involved in helping the Sydney local community through Hillsong City Care. - Hillsong.

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Review of "It's Christmas"
4 stars By Timothy Yap, Dec 07 2013
There are two types of Christmas albums. The first are those that prep us up for the sentimentality of the season.  It's the type of disc you shove into your CD player while you hang the Christmas lights, sip on your eggnog, get ready to write your Christmas cards and try to rekindle those childhood tingles of Yuletides past.  Then there are other CDs that have a way of coming alongside you and they automatically inspire you (even without a hint of prompting) to sing along as you thoughts are channeled to worshipping God.  Hillsong Live's latest "It's Christmas" belongs to the latter.  It's not serendipitous that over 25% of worship music sung across Australia today comes from Hillsong Church.  It hardly surprises us that after 6 out of CCLI top 25 of the most popular worship songs sung across churches in the US come from this Australian mega church.  And in an arena once dominated by male worship leaders, it is quite understandable why Christendom would embrace Hillsong's Darlene Zschech as one of the pioneering females to front a worship team. It all has to do their music: it doesn't cajole us in anyway. Rather, with their Christ-centered lyrics coupled with their passionate singing, Hillsong's music automatically inspires worship  ---  this includes even their Christmas offering.

"It's Christmas" is essentially a repackaged release of two out of the three festive albums they have had released:  2001's "Christmas" and 2005's "Celebrating Christmas."  Christmas at Hillsong Australia has always been a highlight.  Each year at their Christmas Spectacular they put on a Christmas musical that runs for a few weekends where members can invite their non-church friends to attend.  Unlike many hooky church events which can be an embarrassment for non-believers, each year Hillsong's Christmas Spectacular is a class act in itself.  Inspired by these Spectaculars are their ensuing Christmas albums.  Of the two releases, 2001's "Christmas" is a tad superior with a more cohesive feel as Darlene Zschech is featured on most of the tracks here.  The major misstep with 2005's "Celebrating Christmas" is that Zschech only sings lead on two cuts with the lead vocals for the rest of the album coming from too many nondescript worship leaders.  


So, let's start with 2001's "Christmas."  Despite the album's pedestrian titular, Darlene Zschech and Russell Fragar's "Perfect Love" is nothing short of sublime.  Singing with the tenderness of a mother, here Zschech steps into the shoes of Mary as she praises God for all the wonders this diaper-wearing baby would be bringing.  As far as worship is concerned, Zschech's self-penned "Hallelujah" will bring us from being bench warmers to worship quarterbacks with its awe-inspiring made for congregational worship melodic call. Of note also is Hillsong's brilliance in donning some of their worship staples with a festive garb, here we get a Christmasy take of their "Jesus, What a Beautiful Name," albeit on an accelerated jolly pace.  Among the plethora of originals are also some of more traditional carols.  Zschech and Mark Stevens offer a spirited take of synth-heavy take of "O Holy Night" which in hindsight has a dated 90s Quiet Storm patina. 

2006's "Celebrating Christmas" is more an ad hoc affair with far too many of those who sang at the Christmas Spectacular taking many of the leads. Zschech does step to the microphone on an ultra hip pop take of "Angels We Have Heard on High" which also features Reuben Morgan's "Gloria" folded into this cherished carol.  "O Rejoice" finds one of Hillsong's favorite writers Mia Fieldes offering one of her best worship ballad for Zschech to croon.  Miriam Webster (who wrote "Made Me Glad") adds her supple alto to "Savior Christ the King" a song that offers a meaty exposition of the social and political repercussions of the reconciliation Christ brings through His advent. With 26 songs that span across two CDs, "It's Christmas" is indeed a generous offer
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Fantastic mixture of Christmas songs
5 stars By Tabs, Oct 14 2013
I purchased this last year and somehow forgot to leave a review, but now coming up to Christmas I've started up playing them more regularly, and it reminded me to come and suggest this product to everyone else!

I love that these CD's are filled with traditional Christmas songs, and sung in a way that I think people from a variety of generations can enjoy. Additionally, there are songs that I've never heard of before, but have come to enjoy nearly as much as my old favourites. 

I recommend these CD's to anyone who loves beautifully sung Christmas songs, especially if you are like myself and have been known to enjoy playing them even when it's not Christmas!
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  • Catalogue Code 298093
  • Product Code 9320428128393
  • EAN 9320428128393
  • Tracks 26
  • Department Music
  • Category Christmas
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hillsong Australia
  • Release Date Oct 2009
  • Sales Rank #38281
  • Dimensions 124 x 142 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.123kg

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