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Editorial Reviews

With this Collectors Choice Music release, we put back in print one of the most famous Christmas albums of all time, Mantovani s 1958 album Christmas Carols . In its original mono incarnation released in 1953, this album charted twice; then, with the advent of stereo technology, Mantovani re-recorded it in stereo in 1958, and THAT version of the album went on to chart *four* more times! Yet, that later stereo version (and when you think about it, how can you listen to the sweeping sound of Mantovani in anything but stereo?) has NEVER been on CD, and the mono version has only been on CD overseas in an inferior-sounding version. So, we re really restoring a perennial holiday favorite here; includes gorgeous versions of Adeste Fideles ; Hark, the Herald Angels Sing ; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ; White Christmas ; Good King Wenceslas ; O Holy Night ; The First Noel ; Joy to the World ; Silent Night, Holy Night ; O Tannenbaum ; Midnight Waltz ; Nazareth ; O Little Town of Bethlehem , and Skaters Waltz . Merry Christmas, everyone!

1. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
2. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. White Christmas
5. Good King Wenceslas
6. O Holy Night
7. The First Noel
8. Joy to the World
9. Silent Night, Holy Night
10. O Tannenbaum
11. Midnight Waltz
12. Nazareth
13. O Little Town of Bethlehem
14. Waldteufel: The Skaters' Waltz

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

I grew up listening to this type of Christmas music.
Lynn Watson
The second CD in the set is a high quality remastered reissue of the 1958 stereo Mantovani Christmas Album, the British version of Mantovani Christmas Carols.
E. Johnson
This CD is a most welcome re-issue of the one and only Mantovani Orchestra, and one of the best albums of Christmas music around.
F. Leprince

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rnzn on December 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
N.B. I wrote this review in 2005. At that time the only version of this album available on CD was a horrible reproduction of the 1953 mono album that substituted the original cover art with a picture of Mantovani. This review below is for the 2003 mono CD version. In December 2009 Collector's Choice re-issued a very high quality remastered CD of the 1958 stereo version. The 2009 one is complete with original album art, a drawing of a Christmas tree ornament. Amazon has since confused the two CD releases and combined reviews from both items into one product page. Be sure to avoid the earlier version and insist on the excellent 2009 version!
Do not buy the 2003 CD which was produced in The Netherlands by a label called "Christmas Legends" without the authorization of the original record company or the Mantovani estate. The CD version I am describing here contains the 1953 mono recording. It has HORRIBLE sound quality and fails to use the original album art.

This record company obviously copied the music from old LP records with no attention to sound quality. The original 1953 album recording was High Fidelity Mono. This version is Mono but no longer Hi-Fi because they have removed all the upper frequencies to hide the record surface noise. You won't hear a lot of pops or noise, but the lack of full frequency sound is a HUGE disappointment.

Not only are the high frequencies missing, but there are also some parts with significant distortion in the mid-range. Any copy of the original LP would have far better sound quality than this CD! This is NOT an acceptable replacement for the original LP record. In other words this quality of this disc is as low as it could possibly be!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. DeJulio on May 25, 2005
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There are literally dozens upon dozens of Mantovani Christmas CD's being sold these days with selections that are not Mantovani's music (I found one recently that actually featured the Canadian Brass). No wonder they are so reasonably priced when they really are new recordings of Christmas music audaciously and probably lucratively using the Mantovani name. This one, however, fairly recent in its issuance, is the CD version of the original 1953 release that was re-recorded in stereo in 1957 and stayed on the Billboard charts for years, reaching as high as Number 3 in 1958. This is the gold record with the original 14 tracks you want to purchase and hear, for it is album that enchanted holiday listeners for more than two decades and introduced the cathedral sound of Mantovani to legions of fans around the world who flocked to his concerts and purchased millions of his LPs to hear much more of his creative and luxurious musical arrangements.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Tate on December 23, 2009
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Growing up in the 70s and 80s I remember my parents playing Mantovani along with Percy Faith, Andre Kostelanetz and Eugene Ormandy every Christmas. The string sounds were so sugary they'd give you a tooth ache but Christmas isn't Christmas without them. In 1987 London Records released a CD called Mantovani's Christmas Favourites. It contained six tracks from this album but having grown up with it I always missed the songs that were not included. The rest of that CD was filled with tracks from the 1963 Christmas album which were quite good too (my favorite being a re-arrangement of Adeste Fideles called Christmas Bells). Finally, in 2009, we get those missing eight tracks on CD.

This CD sounds great. Even though the old London CD was actually quite nice this new release shows it to be slightly dull. I'm very happy to add this to my Christmas music playlists. It's great nostalgia and perfect for Christmas parties and family events. It never gets in the way but brings you back to childhood. Isn't that what this season is all about?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rnzn on December 22, 2009
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It was worth the wait! I have been waiting for this one for YEARS! The CD release almost didn't make it in time for Christmas 2009, but as I type I have it in my player now. This is the official CD debut of one of the best selling Christmas music albums of all time. This is the one to get!

The disc reviewed here contains the 1958 stereo recording, not the 1953 mono version. This 2009 release from Collector's Choice has excellent stereo sound. The music is clear and detailed with virtually no background hiss, which is impressive considering it was recorded over 50 years ago. The CD definitely sounds as if it was remastered from the original master tapes.

The stereo album has a slightly different track order and different performances than the 1953 mono version. I prefer the revised sequence. The sound of the Mantovani strings should only be heard in STEREO!

Collector's Choice did a good job with the graphics and packaging. They used the original album art, with a drawing of a Christmas tree ornament, although in a somewhat modified form. I don't like their ugly logo to the front cover, however. The 2009 release contains new liner notes, which are a nice addition. This CD was produced under license from Universal Music Group, who are the current owners of the original Decca/London recordings.

There was a HORRIBLE quality CD of the 1953 mono recording released in 2003. STAY AWAY from that disc! Believe me, you will be glad you did!!
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