Friday, December 21, 2007

"A Christmas Guitar (20 Festive Favourites)"

Various Artists
Audio CD: FDO 2004-10-28
Label: Woodnight
"If all Christmas music was this good, we wouldn't hate listening to it in the streets in October! The artist's talent on the acoustic guitar is genuinely inspiring. His arrangement of the "O Holy Night" is breathtaking. But don't expect to sing along to the old chestnuts -- the arrangements are updated and often much faster than the traditional scores. This CD is meant solely for the love of the music. I enoyed this CD so much last Christmas that I gave it as a gift to everyone this Christmas. Truly exceptional talent. Enjoy! 320.0 kb/sec!"

Track Listings
01. Once In Royal David's City
02. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
03. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
04. Auld Lang Syne
05. First Noel
06. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
07. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis)
08. Good King Wenceslas
09. Gloria In Excelsis
10. Jingle Bells
11. God Bless You Merry Gentlemen
12. Ave Maria
13. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
14. Unto Us A Child Is Born
15. Deck The Halls
16. Silent Night
17. Joy To The World
18. O Holy Night
19. Away In A Manger
20. The Twelve Days Of Christmas

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95,78 + 23,82 MB *** IF YOU LIKE IT, DO NOT FORGET TO BUY IT ***

"The Christmas Collection"

Frank Sinatra
Audio CD: FDO 2004-10-26
Label: Reprise
"Talk about your gifts of Christmas past, "The Christmas Collection" is a must-have for any Sinatra-phile, right down to its family photos and one priceless shot of Sinatra swinging a golf club next to the tree wearing a Santa suit! Complete with four previously unreleased tracks (some from live TV specials) -- including two with Bing Crosby ("The Christmas Song" and "White Christmas"), the 18-song collection surveys Sinatra's holiday output and its effects are often chilling. Listening to him glide soulfully through Jimmy Webb's melancholy but romantic "What Ever Happened to Christmas?" or hearing him do his immaculate phrasing on "Silent Night" when he was visibly frail and aging in 1991 are close encounters of a Sinatra kind that are rarely captured on one album. There's also a delightful "The Twelve Days of Christmas" sung with his kids Nancy and Frank, Jr., from their 1969 record The Sinatra Family Wish You A Merry Christmas and insightful and intimate liner notes by James Ritz, not to mention those magical orchestral arrangements. Enjoy! 320.0 kb/sec!"

Track Listings
01. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
02. The Christmas Waltz
03. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
04. The Little Drummer Boy
05. We Wish You The Merriest - (with Bing Crosby)
06. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
07. Go Tell It On The Mountain - (with Bing Crosby)
08. The Christmas Song - (Previously Unreleased, with Bing Crosby)
09. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
10. I Wouldn't Trade Christmas - (with Tina Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra Jr.)
11. Christmas Memories
12. The Twelve Days Of Christmas - (with Tina Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra Jr.)
13. Bells Of Christmas (Greensleeves) - (with Tina Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra Jr.)
14. An Old Fashioned Christmas
15. A Baby Just Like You
16. Whatever Happened To Christmas
17. White Christmas - (Previously Unreleased, with Bing Crosby)
18. Silent Night - (Previously Unreleased, Bonus Track)

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95,78 + 28,76 MB *** IF YOU LIKE IT, DO NOT FORGET TO BUY IT ***

"Christmas With Dino"

Dean Martin
Audio CD: FDO 2004-09-21
Label: Capitol / EMI Records
"Although high-living Rat Packer Dean Martin may not be the first figure one associates with the holidays, the entertainer's place in American iconography is fixed, making a Christmas record as natural as spiked eggnog and lingering under the mistletoe. "Christmas With Dino" is compiled from two earlier Martin Christmas albums (a 1953 single entitled "The Christmas Blues", the set's earliest recording, is also here). Though there are alternate versions of some songs--"White Christmas" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" are included in their 1959 and 1966 renditions--the record moves along with the panache and swing one expects from Dino. The arrangements are nicely balanced between big-band swing ("I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm") and string-sweetened mainstream fare ("Silver Bells"), keeping the vibe hip and traditional at once. (The choir on Martin's version of "Silent Night" adds just the right touch of reverence to the swinging fireside antics elsewhere.) Naturally, Martin's mellow, off-the-cuff singing style is paramount throughout, and his suave, dinner-jacket approach blends comfortably with the warm atmosphere of Christmas. With its swing and nostalgia factors (Martin's performances evoke a bygone American era), "Christmas With Dino" makes a great soundtrack for finger-snapping holiday fun. Enjoy! 320.0 kb/sec!"

Track Listings:
01. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
02. White Christmas
03. Silver Bells
04. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
05. Winter Wonderland
06. Baby, It'S Cold Outside - (with Martina McBride)
07. Blue Christmas
08. Jingle Bells
09. A Winter Romance
10. A Marshmallow World
11. The Christmas Blue
12. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
13. Silent Night
14. I'Ll Be Home For Christmas
15. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Bonus Alternate Version)
16. Winter Wonderland (Bonus Alternate Version)
17. White Christmas (Bonus Alternate Version)

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