November 20, 2016
Twismas Story Album Review
By CARRIE PITZER
Conway Twitty was one of the best storytellers in country music, and the recently reissued and remixed “A Twismas Story” captured the season better than most Christmas albums in any genre.
But could an album originally from 1983 pass today’s standards? While inserting the CD into my kitchen player, I told my 5-year-old daughter to come listen. Dragging her feet, she rolled her eyes and put her chin in her palm with the “Mom, do I have to?” look.
“A Twismas Story” is unlike most Christmas albums – then and now. Told in story form with favorite songs mixed in, the late Twitty, Twitty Bird, Happy the Christmas Clown and all of their friends in Toyland Town come alive to lead you hand-in-hand through an adventure.
While hearing the opening “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” Shelby jumped up onto the counter to sing along. Once she realized this CD was a musical adventure, she ran to get a pillow and plopped down on the kitchen tile and spent most of the next hour listening to every word, singing along to the songs she knew and mumbling the words to those she didn’t. Her ear-to-ear smile and twinkling eyes proved “A Twismas Story” passed the 2007 test with tinsel-shining colors.
Filled with classics “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and many more, Twitty charismatically wove the favorites into a story as the characters traveled through a winter wonderland of sorts.
Among the many highlights is Christi Prater, Twitty’s granddaughter, providing the voice of Twitty Bird. Prater was just 11 when Twitty died in 1993.
Available for the first time since 1994, a new generation can not only take an unforgettable ride through Toyland Town with Twitty and his crew, but will have a holiday-flavored taste of a legend’s music. And that’s a Christmas gift that will last a lifetime.