One of the most succesful Christmas albums ever, Beyond the Season
is a varied collection for a country star, even one as "progressive" as Brooks
. The tunes range from a gospel version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" to a song-play where Brooks
's songwriters take the roles of animals in the manger. It's about half traditional and half original, with Brooks
co-writing the hardest rocking tune, "The Old Man's Back in Town."