(2017) The Great Songs Of Christmas

Various Artists

... read moreThe sixth edition of Goodyear's "Great Songs of Christmas by Great Artists of Our Time" series focuses primarily on classical arrangements of holiday carols. The artists are still popular vocalists like Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, and Mahalia Jackson, but the...

35′:35″ 12 Songs

1
Various Artists
Silent Night
3:10
2
Various Artists
O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
3:34
3
Various Artists
O Come, All Ye Faithful
3:00
4
Various Artists
Gesu Bambino
3:04
5
Various Artists
What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
2:02
6
Various Artists
O Holy Night
2:44
7
Various Artists
Unto Us A Child Is Born (Messiah)
3:53
8
Various Artists
Ring Christmas Bells - The First Noel - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
2:45
9
Various Artists
The Twelve Days Of Christmas
3:50
10
Various Artists
Carol Of The Bells
1:25
11
Various Artists
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - We Three Kings - Deck The Halls
3:40
12
Various Artists
Sleigh Ride
2:28
Released 29 November 2017, Rarity Music

Review

The sixth edition of Goodyear's "Great Songs of Christmas by Great Artists of Our Time" series focuses primarily on classical arrangements of holiday carols. The artists are still popular vocalists like Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, and Mahalia Jackson, but the selections tend toward the sacred and classical ("Ave Maria," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and the arrangements are mostly orchestral. There are several beautiful renditions of familiar carols, notably the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's a cappella "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly," Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme's jazzy "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," and the King Family's cheerful "O Little Town of Bethlehem/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." Some of the more saccharine tracks, however, like Ray Conniff's "Frosty the Snowman" and the New Christy Minstrels' "We Need a Little Christmas" are grating in this classically dominated context. Fortunately, the schmalz is kept to a minimum, and most of the record is eminently listenable. ~ Evan Cater