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Christmas Album [Original recording remastered]

The Manhattan TransferAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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It’s been nearly forty years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.

Hauser had been in doo-wop groups, folk groups, and ... Read more in Amazon's The Manhattan Transfer Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002S94L6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Snowfall
2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Santa Man (Medley)
4. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
5. Silent Night, Holy Night
6. Caroling, Caroling
7. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season (Medley)
8. A Christmas Love Song
9. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11. Goodnight

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Holiday Music, But Not Usual Manhattan Transfer December 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Here it is in a nutshell: This is a beautifully performed and arranged, but very slow and relaxed Christmas album. It is great background music, and perfect when you want to sit and relax and be swept away after battling the holiday rush. I wouldn't recommend it for getting your Christmas party hopping. Although I like this album, I was a little disappointed with it, because I know what the Manhattan Transfer is capable of, and I feel that on this album they did not push the musical envelope like they usually do. I supect the record company that released the album is mostly at fault for that, trying for a safe, marketable record. The Manhattan Transfer seems relieved on subsequent albums to be back with Atlantic Records. As another reviewer recommended, listen to the samples before buying to make sure this is what you want. As always with Manhattan Transfer records, check the liner notes for some surprise guest appearances.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lush and Lovely Christmas Album September 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
It always surprises me that this very special Christmas album from The Manhattan Transfer doesn't show up on everyone's list of must have holiday music. Like snowflakes drifting by a frosty windowpane, there is something very wistful and melancholy about this labor of love from Alan Paul, Janis Siegal, Tim Hauser, and Cheryl Bentyne. And there is some fun mixed in as well, the trademark 1930's and 1940's elegance of this fabulous group on glorious display.

Tony Bennett joins the group on probably the most heralded track from this project, The Christmas Song. As covers go, it rivals Gloria Estefan's stunningly classy take on this Christmas chestnut. The opening song, Snowfall, is just as good, however, and deserves to kick off this marvelous collection of Christmas favorites. The Manhattan Transfer always manage a surprise or two on every album, and this is no exception.

A Christmas Love Song is one of the prettiest and certainly one of the most romantic of Christmas love songs in the vocal genius of these four talents. Johnny Mandel handled the vocal arrangements and put music to Alan and Marilyn Bergman's beautiful lyrics, placing it right up there with The Carpenters' Merry Christmas, Darling. And the fun medley, Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season, adds a smile to the melancholy.

By the time the Transfer sing Judy Garland's version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Chrismas, then close with Goodnight, you'll be a fan of both this wonderful group and this Christmas album. Having been a fan of The Manhattan Transfer since they began, "Mystery" being one of my favorite songs ever recorded, I don't know how any Christmas collection could be complete without this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoooooooth and wonderful December 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Once again, The Manhattan Transfer triumphs. Their "Christmas Album" is a wonderland of smooooooth harmonies, disciplined singing, and lush orchestral backing. The album opens with the almost eerily beautiful "Snowfall," which beautifully evokes the mesmerizing sight of snowflakes falling down from the sky. They tame the usually buoyant "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" into a lush come-hither invitation for a Christmas snuggle, and it's beautiful.
Things start popping and bopping on the third tune, with a combination of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Santa Man." It's amazing how The Manhattan Transfer can turn expectations on their heads--a child's tune that's clearly geared now towards adults instead--but still do it successfully and with such musical confidence and rigor. I'm amazed, but ten years after first having bought this album, I still occasionally hear new nuances that I never noticed before. On Mel Torme's perennial "The Christmas Song," the quartet teams with Tony Bennett and the result is sumptuous. Bennett conveys the longing and sweetness of the song, while beautifully bolstered by The Manhattan Transfer singing back-up.
Two classics you don't hear much of anymore--"Caroling, Caroling" and "Happy Holiday" are both given loving attention here. "Caroling, Caroling" is a cornucopia of rich harmonies, and "Happy Holiday" is the sort of blazing, gloriously boppy arms-wide-open tune the Transfer does to perfection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music Anytime of Year November 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This collection by the Manhattan Transfer is one of the greatest collections of swinging Christmas music ever produced. The group never sounded better and the music is listenable all year long. Pop it in the CD during one of summer's "dog days" and you're instantly transported to a better place and time. When they first came out I gave them as gifts to family and friends and the reaction was unanimous: in a word, Outstanding!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely FABULOUS! December 13, 1999
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If you love Christmas music, and if you love the jazzy style of Manhattan Transfer, then you are sure to love The Christmas Album. I just bought the CD a few days ago, and have already listened to it a dozen times. Each song is creatively arranged, and each evokes warm and cozy feelings and sentiments associated with Christmastime. The dreamy song "Snowfall" makes me wish it were actually snowing outside so I could sit by the fire and watch the flakes float lazily down! The clear articulation of each vocalist and the marvelous arrangements make this CD a real treasure. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All time favorite...
Love this album, have for many years !!! Snowfall is an absolutely beautiful arrangement and the harmonies are spot on.
Published 2 months ago by BARBARA L AIRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars It rates a 10!
This is the second one of this CD that I have bought. The first got lost, so I bought it again and still like it very much.
Published 5 months ago by dawn m milne
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent holiday album!
I had already liked this album, having owned it in the CD version. The music goes down like smooth, hot-buttered rum. Read more
Published 5 months ago by -=Rudy=-
5.0 out of 5 stars Manhattan Christmas Album...the best.
I just loved it. I knew it was wonderful before I ordered 3 copies. I gave 2 away as gifts. Very smooth, lovely choice of songs. Fabulous harmony! They are so great.
Published 6 months ago by Kate Parfitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best
I'm sorry to say THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM by the Manhattan Transfer (originally released in 1992) is neither my favorite Christmas album nor my favorite Manhattan Transfer album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic Manhattan Transfer
I have been listening to this album over and over. One of their best works, I think. Love the selections and performance.
Published 6 months ago by LW
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts me in the mood,
These guys must have listened to Chet Baker before he crashed riding the white horse. I love them, but they are for listening!.
Published 6 months ago by Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this album
Beautiful mix of religious and secular Christmas classics with M. T. Chic! My second favorite album. Great arrangements and harmony.
Published 6 months ago by Lady Marielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music
Excellent CD, feel good Christmas music. Great songs Manhattan Transfer performs them well! I recommend it if you like music with a little jazz feel
Published 7 months ago by Ellen C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas music by the premier jazz vocal quartet.
If you like Manhattan Transfer's music, this is a must have Christmas album. Very mellow harmonies on many old favorites and some lesser known songs celebrating Christmas. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Allen D. Patterson
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