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Christmas Collection

CarpentersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. O Come O Come Emmanuel (Album Version)0:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Overture (Christmas Portrait) (Album Version) 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Christmas Waltz (Album Version) 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sleigh Ride (Album Version) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. It's Christmas Time / Sleep Well, Little Children (Album Version) 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Album Version) 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Album Version) 1:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Album Version) 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Silent Night (Album Version) 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jingle Bells (Album Version) 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The First Snowfall / Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Album Version) 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Carol Of The Bells (Album Version) 1:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Merry Christmas Darling (Album Version/Remix) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. I'll Be Home For Christmas (Album Version) 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Christ Is Born (Album Version) 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Medley: Winter Wonderland/Silver Bells/White Christmas (Album Version) 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ave Maria (Album Version) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Album Version)0:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Overture (An Old Fashioned Christmas) (Album Version) 8:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. An Old Fashioned Christmas (Album Version) 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. O Holy Night (Album Version) 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays (Album Version) 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Medley: Here Comes Santa Claus/Frosty The Snowman/Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/Good King Wenceslas (Album Version) 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Little Altar Boy (Album Version) 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Do You Hear What I Hear (Album Version) 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. My Favorite Things (Album Version) 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. He Came Here For Me (Album Version) 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Single Version) 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (Album Version) 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Selections From "Nutcracker" 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Album Version) 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000007XUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Rainy days and Mondays always made Karen Carpenter blue. Maybe she should have played her two Christmas records, Christmas Portrait and An Old Fashioned Christmas. Both are combined in this 31-piece collection, a great value for fans of this brother-sister duo who captured the pop airwaves during the early to mid-'70s. A number of good performances mark the collection, which includes songs from their Christmas TV special, numerous cuts backed by full orchestra that prove the duo could extend their pop sensibilities to timeless holiday fare, and singular works such as "Little Altar Boy," a song that Richard Carpenter feels was among his sister's greatest performances. --Martin Keller

Product Description

How about snowy days and Mondays? The soft, soothing sounds of Karen and Richard Carpenter are perfectly suited to a white Christmas with a crackling fire; here are their Christmas Portrait ('78) and An Old Fashioned Christmas ('84) LPs, together in one 2-CD set: It Came upon a Midnight Clear; O Holy Night; Christmas Waltz; Sleigh Ride; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; Ave Maria; Carol of the Bells; My Favorite Things; Do You Hear What I Hear; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town , and more!

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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Carpenters album ever! December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
First, a warning: the song list on Amazon is incorrect and incomplete. The correct list is:
CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT (Their first Christmas disc)
1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Overture: Deck The Halls/I Saw Three Ships/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas/God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/Away In a Manger/What Child Is This?/Carol Of The Bells/O Come All Ye Faithful
3. Christmas Waltz
4. Sleigh Ride
5. It's Christmas Time/Sleep Well, Little Children
6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
8. Christmas Song (Chestnuts)
9. Silent Night
10. Jingle Bells
11. First Snowfall/Let It Snow
12. Carol Of The Bells
13. Merry Christmas Darling
14. I'll Be Home For Christmas
15. Christ Is Born
16. Winter WonderLand/Silver Bells/White Christmas
17. Ave Maria
AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS (Their 2nd Christmas disc)
1. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
2. Overture: Happy Holiday/The First Noel/March Of The Toys/Little Jesus/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/O Little Town Of Bethlehem/In Dulce Jubilo/Gesu Bambino/Angels We Have Heard On High
3. An Old-Fashioned Christmas
4. O Holy Night
5. Home For The Holidays
6. Here Comes Santa Claus/Frosty The Snowman/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/Good King Wenceslas
7. Little Altar Boy
8. Do You Hear What I Hear?
9. My Favorite Things
10. He Came Here For Me
11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
12. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
13. Selections From "The Nutcracker": Overture Miniature/Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy/Trepak/Valse Des Fleurs
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas isn't Christmas without the Carpenters!!! October 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Since so many people have already reviewed this I will keep my comments short. In one word: MAGNIFICENT! INCREDIBLE! AMAZING! (Ooops, that's more than one word, isn't it...) My family has gone through two sets of these albums on vinyl and I'm on my second set of cassettes. I'm very excited about them finally being on CD. CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT (CD 1) was the Carpenters' first Christmas album, and its awe-inspiring beauty does not let up for even one second. Karen's vocal talents shine for all to hear as do Richard's wonderful gifts of arranging and playing. His "one person chorus" on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is a powerful opening. It is an equal match to the beauty of Karen's closing "Ave Maria". AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS (CD 2), which was put together after Karen's tragic death, is a wonderful companion to the first. Although the circumstances which made it possible are very sad, this album necessarily gives a greater amount of the spotlight to Richard's genius. His performance of works like "O Holy Night" and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's NUTCRACKER ballet are brilliant examples of his amazing talent. Both of these albums are standards of excellence as to what Christmas albums should be. Even what were less-known works have become staples of the season because of the "Carpenters' touch" they received on these albums. What more can I say other than this: GO GET THESE IMMEDIATELY--IF NOT SOONER!!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Many artists cut a Christmas album to cash-in on their popularity. Unfortunately, too many take a very casual approach to their Christmas albums, not perfecting the sound as they would a regular album. Fortunately, this is not true where the Carpenters are concerned. Richard Carpenter had the Carpenter's Christman album pictured the way he wanted it, and then took the time to get it right. The result is a lush, beautifully arranged sound with every effort made to make each song special. In essence, the Carpenters created Christmas music that defines what Christmas music should sound like.

This album is actually the "best" of two Christmas albums that Richard and Karen previously released. "Christmas Portrait", their first Christmas album was released in 1978, and An Old-Fashioned Christmas, released in 1984 after Karen's tragic death. When the first Christmas album was conceived, Karen and Richard recorded so much Christmas material that they almost released a double album. Instead, they released a full single disk, (Christmas Portrait, 1978) but packed it with nearly 50 minutes of music - which was pushing the limits back in the days of vinyl LPS. Christmas Portrait went platinum in the U.S. and became a hit all over the world, and it continues to do well. It is one of the few albums that has been a Top 10 hit on the Christmas charts in the `70s, `80s, and `90s. These are the songs you hear played in department stores and on the radio every Christmas season. In 1984, A&M released the second Carpenter's Christmas album, "An Old-Fashioned Christmas". The album features the best of the overflow from the Christmas Portrait sessions as well as some newly recorded pieces.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly special Christmas,with The Carpenters August 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Christmas is always special,especially when you hear these unforgettable holiday classics by The Carpenters. This collection features their classic,original 1978 Christmas album,"Christmas Portrait",which is one of my all-time favorite Christmas albums.Their wonderful renditions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas","The Christmas song",and their own holiday classic,"Merry Christmas,Darling",are truly legendary Christmas gems! The second CD,which is their 1984 posthumous holiday album,"An Old-Fashined Christmas",contains more great stuff,including wonderful versions of "Home For the Holidays","Little Altar Boy",and,"What Are you doing New Year's Eve?'however,"O Holy Night",and a couple of others,make me sad. Overall,this truly is a fantastic collection,by a legendary musical duo,and your Christmas music collection,would not be complete without it. You will definitely enjoy spending Christmas with The Carpenters!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good If You Like The Carpenters
I'm not really a Carpenter's fan, but there were two songs I wanted for variety around Christmastime, and they are both on this CD.
Published 20 hours ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected
Its both Christmas albums from the Carpenters. Just set this up for repeat play and your Christmas music needs are met. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jeffery W Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
some good old Christmas music, you can never have enough Christmas music. The Carpenters sound very well. Enjoy the easy download.
Published 20 days ago by Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
I must not have read the description very well. There was no singing by Karen Carpenter. Big disappointment.
Will pay better attention next time.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars The children love this one...
This is the definitive collection for those who loved the Carpenters and their Christmas albums. It combines the best of all.
Published 1 month ago by Whit Buckhiester
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas Collection Ever
I would recommend this collection of Christmas music to anyone and everyone. The rich tones of Karen Carpenter live on through this CD. Nobody can sing Ava Maria like Karen does. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shirley Barrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas music.
Was a great Christmas this year. My wife wore out our old cds. It was wonderful to find the set had both Christmas cds in it. Many years to come of great songs.
Published 1 month ago by Greg Shields
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
I love this music! How wonderful to hear the Carpenters! The Christmas songs/carols are familiar and fun to sing along with! The instrumentals are fantastic!
Published 1 month ago by Alison Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I could not find this cd for a long time, was totally excited when I saw it. I ordered it as a Christmas present and the person loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Carpenters??? Then you MUST get this!
"Merry Christmas Darling" and many more beautiful holiday favorites. This collection will warm your heart at home, on the road, and at your next holiday gathering.
Published 2 months ago by Maurice J. Best
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