(1996) Christmas Collection

Carpenters

... read moreIn 1998, A&M released the original Carpenters' albums for the first time on CD. Along with the reissues, the label released Christmas Collection, a double-disc that combines Christmas Portrait and An Old Fashioned Christmas on one set. Neither album offers any surprises -- they sound exactly like...

01:38′:23″ 31 Songs

Disk 1

1
(Not available) O Come O Come Emmanuel (Album Version)
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0:28
2
(Not available) Overture (Christmas Portrait) (Album Version)
Carpenters
4:39
3
(Not available) Christmas Waltz (Album Version)
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2:13
4
(Not available) Sleigh Ride (Album Version)
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2:38
5
(Not available) It's Christmas Time / Sleep Well, Little Children (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:55
6
(Not available) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Album Version)
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3:54
7
(Not available) Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Album Version)
Carpenters
1:05
8
(Not available) Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Carpenters
3:40
9
(Not available) Silent Night (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:19
10
(Not available) Jingle Bells (Album Version)
Carpenters
1:11
11
(Not available) The First Snowfall / Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:33
12
(Not available) Carol Of The Bells (Album Version)
Carpenters
1:39
13
(Not available) Merry Christmas Darling (Album Version/Remix)
Carpenters
3:05
14
(Not available) I'll Be Home For Christmas (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:50
15
(Not available) Christ Is Born (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:14
16
(Not available) Medley: Winter Wonderland/Silver Bells/White Christmas (Album Version)
Carpenters
5:30
17
(Not available) Ave Maria (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:35

Disk 2

1
(Not available) It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Album Version)
Carpenters
0:43
2
(Not available) Overture (An Old Fashioned Christmas) (Album Version)
Carpenters
8:14
3
(Not available) An Old Fashioned Christmas (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:14
4
(Not available) O Holy Night (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:10
5
(Not available) (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:35
6
(Not available) Medley: Here Comes Santa Claus/Frosty The Snowman/Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/Good King Wenceslas (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:43
7
(Not available) Little Altar Boy (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:43
8
(Not available) Do You Hear What I Hear (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:53
9
(Not available) My Favorite Things (Album Version)
Carpenters
3:54
10
(Not available) He Came Here For Me (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:12
11
(Not available) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Single Version)
Carpenters
4:04
12
(Not available) What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:51
13
(Not available) Selections From "Nutcracker"
Carpenters
6:15
14
(Not available) I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Album Version)
Carpenters
2:24
Released 14 October 1996, ℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

In 1998, A&M released the original Carpenters' albums for the first time on CD. Along with the reissues, the label released Christmas Collection, a double-disc that combines Christmas Portrait and An Old Fashioned Christmas on one set. Neither album offers any surprises -- they sound exactly like you'd imagine a Carpenters Christmas album would sound like. Since the two albums are virtually interchangeable, relying on Richard's famously light, inoffensive arrangements and Karen's sweet, soaring vocals, they make for a terrific pairing. It is true that only hardcore fans will need this set, but they should be more than pleased by this definitive collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine