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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Tracklisting
01. Silent night
02. All I want for Christmas is you
03. O holy night
04. Christmas (baby please come home)
05. Miss you most (at Christmas time)
06. Joy to the world
07. Jesus born on this day
08. Santa Claus is comin' to town
09. Hark! The herald angels sing / Gloria (in excelsis deo)
10. Jesus oh what a wonderful child
Having maintained a schedule of an album release in every year since she won her recording contract, Mariah took a different slant in 1994 and made her release a festive one. "Merry Christmas" was very reminiscent of the early 1960s girl groups who made Phil Spector's legendary Christmas album "A Christmas gift to you". Indeed, it featured Darlene Love's "Christmas (baby please come home)" among a selection of tracks weighted towards the traditional: "Hark the herald angels sing", "Silent night", "God rest ye merry, gentlemen" and more. "Merry Christmas" also contained three new Carey-Afanasieff compositions: "All I want for Christmas is you", "Miss you most (at Christmas time)" and "Jesus born on this day".

As Mariah told Larry Flick in CD Review, "You have to have a nice balance between standard Christian hymns and fun songs. It was definitely a priority for me to write at least a few new songs, but for the most part people really want to hear the standards at Christmas, no matter how good a new song is."

The result was a collection that maybe more than any other showed her gospel roots. "Sometimes, when I'm singing gospel," she said, "everything seems to be right. I'm not thinking I don't know how I'm going to sing the next line because I'm letting go... there's an uplifting spiritual moment where the voices connect with the music and what I'm feeling... it comes from somewhere else."

"Merry Christmas" certainly appaered set to do well in its first year, entering the Billboard chart at number 30 within two weeks of its release. The video for "All I want for Christmas is you", with Mariah romping in the previous winter's snow, was premiered on MTV with much hoopla on November 28. The song was not released as a single in the USA, but in Europe it reached the Top 10 in most countries.

But the star on the tree came on December 14, with the "Mariah Carey Christmas Special" on MTV. In conjuction with the release of the album, the music video channel had run a contest that offered the prize of a trip to New York, $10,000, and a chance to meet Mariah and attend her December 8 concert to benefit the Fresh Air Fund.

The one-hour special featured extensive footage of the winner, and showed her spending some of her winnings. It also included the alternative video for "All I want for Christmas is you", presented in black-and-white sixties style, with go-go dancers, backup singers, and Mariah herself, in a minidress, white boots, and teased-up hair, looking for all the world like a member of the Ronettes.

The show climaxed with an out-and-out gospel performance of "Joy to the world" from the Fresh Air benefit show. Helping underprivileged children had long been close to Mariah's heart, and the benefit, which combined that impulse with her singing, was a truly bighearted gesture. With "Merry Christmas" climbing rapidly all the way to number 3, it made a perfect cap of the year. But that was far from the end of the story for the record. Every subsequent Christmas it would be released, and by early 1998, it had sold 8 million copies - a phenomenal number for a seasonal album.

In November 2005, the album was again re-released, this time with an extra remix and a bonus DVD.


COMPACT DISCS (CD'S)
CD from Asia (1618)
477342.2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Asia (1642)
477342.2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

The difference with item 1618 is the writing of the copyright lines on the CD. The order of the sentences is different and the letters are smaller.

CD from Australia (0451)
477342 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Austria (1555)
SAMPCD 2314 2
pre-release sampler
collection Gilbert Chong

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen (bonustrack)

CD from Austria (0452)
477342 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Austria (2774)
477342 2
collection Samantha Cullen

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

This CD is almost the same as item 0452, but there are little differences like the back cover.

CD from Austria (3292)
CL 30981 5
collection Wojciech Sichniewicz

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Brazil (2256)
789.016/2-477342

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Brazil (0454)
789.016/2-477342
promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

This CD is exactly the same as item 2256, but on the back cover is a stamp saying "amostra invendável".

CD from Canada (3016)
CK 64222
collection Jay New
CD from Canada (1351)
CCK 64222
collection Julian Lizotte
CD from Canada (3072)
07989 96033 2
special limited edition
collection Eric Sin (Xinyue Wu)

Tracklisting:
1. Silent night
2. All I want for Christmas is you
3. O holy night
4. Christmas (baby please come home)
5. Miss you most (at Christmas time)
6. Joy to the world
7. Santa Claus is Comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)

CD from China (1471)
477342 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from China (0457)
ISRC CN-C18-96-301-001/A.J6
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from China (2257)
B0021
re-release, picture CD
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from China (1470)
B0021
re-release in card slipcase, picture CD
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

On the front cover it says "Marry Christmas".

CD from China (1866)
B0021
re-release in card slipcase, picture CD
collection Luc Baumgartner

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Europe (3134)
88697348862
gold CD in a steel box
collection TaekYoung Lim / Jamie Wu / Pete Bozoski

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Hong Kong (2167)
SMP 3230.2
collection Jamie Wu

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Hong Kong (3455)
SD0023
picture disc
collection Wojciech Sichniewicz

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

This re-release from 2009 comes with additional pictures.

CD from Indonesia (1411)
477342 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Japan (2354)
MHCP 509
collection Marcel Trupia

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Japan (0932)
SRCS 7492
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

In a seperate booklet are all the lyrics in Japanese, plus a Christmas wish from Mariah.

CD from Japan (1762)
SICP 8079
collection Eduardo Tacari Teixeira

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

In November 2002, five Mariah CD's were re-released in Japan: Mariah Carey (1895), Emotions (1896), MTV Unplugged EP (1897), Music Box (1898) and Merry Christmas (1762). When you put these CD's in a row, you can see a picture of Mariah on the sides.

CD and DVD set from Japan (2545)
SICP 980-1
collection Bernadette Kasander

Tracklisting disc 1 (CD):
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen
12. Santa Claus is comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)

Tracklisting disc 2 (DVD):
1. Santa Claus is comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)
2. All I want for Christmas is you
3. Miss you most (at Christmas time)
4. All I want for Christmas is you (J.D. Remix animated)
5. Joy to the World (Celebration Mix)
6. O holy night
7. All I want for Chistmas is you (black and white version)
8. Joy to the world (live at St. John the Devine)

CD from the Philippines (3103)
477342.2
limited edition, cardboard gatefold digipak
collection Rodrigo C. Jusay

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from Russia (3520)
88697 03982 2
collection Marcel Trupia

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from South-Africa (1988)
CDCOL 3902 K
collection Marcel Trupia

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from South-Korea (3215)
CPK-1515 (CT64222)
collection Andy Hermawan Tjondrodihardjo

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CD from South-Korea (0456)
CPK-1515 (CT64222)
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Behind the transparant inlay tray is a black and white picture of Mariah, instead of a picture of Jack.

CD and DVD from South-Korea (2562)
SB30100C / 82876745232
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting CD:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen
12. Santa Claus is comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)

Tracklisting DVD:
1. Santa Claus is comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)
2. All I want for Christmas is you
3. Miss you most (at Christmas time)
4. All I want for Christmas is you (J.D. Remix animated)
5. Joy to the World (Celebration Mix)
6. O holy night
7. All I want for Chistmas is you (black and white version)
8. Joy to the world (live at St. John the Devine)

CD from Taiwan (0453)
477342 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Made in Taiwan for sale only in R.O.C

CD from the USA (2549)
A 96033
special limited edition
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Silent night
2. All I want for Christmas is you
3. O holy night
4. Christmas (baby please come home)
5. Miss you most (at Christmas time)
6. Joy to the world
7. Santa Claus is Comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)

CD from the USA (0455)
CK 64222
collection Eric de Ridder
CD from the USA (0458)
CKR 66891
Windows version, comes in a card slip case
collection Eric de Ridder

This CD Plus features music playable on any CD player ˇ 2 full-length videos ˇ complete lyrics ˇ 15-seconds clips of Mariah Carey's songs ˇ live video clips, video interviews, exclusive photos and much more.

CD from the USA (1410)
CKR 68089
Macintosh version, comes in a card slip case
collection Gilbert Chong

This CD Plus features music playable on any CD player ˇ 2 full-length videos ˇ complete lyrics ˇ 15-seconds clips of Mariah Carey's songs ˇ live video clips, video interviews, exclusive photos and much more.

dual disc (CD and DVD) from the USA (2505)
CN97705
collection Badyr Salcedo

Tracklisting CD side:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen
12. Santa Claus is comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)

Tracklisting DVD side:
1. Santa Claus is comin' to town (Anniversary Mix)
2. All I want for Christmas is you
3. Miss you most (at Christmas time)
4. All I want for Christmas is you (J.D. Remix animated)
5. Joy to the World (Celebration Mix)
6. O holy night
7. All I want for Chistmas is you (black and white version)
8. Joy to the world (live at St. John the Devine)

LONG PLAYERS (LP'S)
LP from Brazil (1548)
229.017 / 1-477342
collection Thomas Carlini

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

LP from Brazil (2888)
229.017 / 1-477342
promo
collection Marcin Blaszczyk

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

This LP is exactly the same as item 1548, but on the back cover is a sticker saying "Advertencia: Produto Invendavel, amostro gratis tributada, exclusivamente promocional".

LP from Holland (2047)
477342 1
collection Maciej Gil

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

CASSETTES
cassette from Australia (2172)
477342 4
collection PP

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Brazil (2159)
89.017/4-477342
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from China (1793)
Y-6041 / 477342.4
re-released in December 2002
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Germany (3504)
no catalogue number
promo
collection Wojciech Sichniewicz

Tracklisting:
01. All I want for Christmas is you
02. Silent night
03. Jesus born on this day
04. I miss you most at Christmas
05. Oh holy night
06. Christmas (baby come home)
07. Joy to the world
08. Jesus, oh what a wonderful child
09. Hark the herald angels sing
10. Santa Claus is coming to town

cassette from Holland (0448)
477342 4
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Indonesia (1412)
477342 4
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Latvia (3414)
474
collection Andy Hermawan Tjondrodihardjo

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Malaysia (1682)
477342 4
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from the Philippines (1519)
477342 4
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Poland (2658)
477342 4
collection Rob Fredie

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Poland (2924)
477342 4
collection Wojciech Sichniewicz

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

On the cover is the catalogue number 477342 4, but on the cassette is the catalogue number MJM367M.

cassette from Poland (1362)
MJM 367 M / 477342 4
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Saudi-Arabia (2445)
170621
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from South-Korea (2652)
CPT-1515 (CK-64222)
collection YoungTaek Lim

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Spain (0447)
477342 4
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Taiwan (0449)
SMC1163 / CT64222
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from Taiwan (1428)
SMC1163 / CT64222
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from the UK (1427)
no catalogue number
promo
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

cassette from the USA (3002)
no catalogue number
collection Marcin Blaszczyk
cassette from the USA (0450)
CT 64222
collection Eric de Ridder
MINI DISCS
mini disc from Austria (0459)
477342 8
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

mini disc from Japan (0460)
SRYS 1096
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
11. God rest ye merry, gentlemen

In a seperate booklet are all the lyrics in Japanese, plus a Christmas wish from Mariah.

DVD
DVD from the USA (3371)
88697 557259
collection Dago Dominguez

"Featuring the world's greatest Christmas music set to your choice of three heart-warming holiday scenes, this Christmas classics - the yule log edition DVD lights up the holiday season. Perfect for entertaining, these songs and scenes instantly bring the good cheer and magic of Christmas to any holiday home."

SONG BOOKS
song book from the USA (0446)
ISBN 0-7935-3965-X
Hal Leonard Corporation
piano - vocal - guitar
56 pages
collection Eric de Ridder
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