Manson Grant has been making music since the late sixties and I became aware of him sometime in the late seventies or early eighties, but I never bought any of his music until I bought this Christmas album in 2009. On this album, he sounds in fine voice although he doesn't have a strong Scottish accent. Backed by the Dynamos, he sings many famous Christmas songs and a few rarely heard songs.
Some of the songs are strung together as medleys, of which I particularly like the first (sad) medley of An old Christmas card / Blue Christmas / What a merry Christmas this could be. The last of these three songs was recorded by Willie Nelson back in the sixties and later revived by George Strait on his fist Christmas album Merry Christmas Strait to You. Putting the three songs together in this medley is a great idea that works well. The second medley is an up-tempo romp of Jingle bells / Good King Wenceslas / Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. The final medley presents the carols Hark the herald angels sing / First Noel / Away in a manger / Ding dong merrily on high.
Of the eleven songs that aren't parts of medleys, Merry Christmas everyone (made famous by Shakin' Stevens) will be very familiar to British listeners, though maybe not to American listeners. Country fans may recognize Country Christmas (Loretta Lynn, from her album 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Loretta Lynn) and Christmas long ago (Ricky Van Shelton, from his album Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas [CD on Demand]) but while I have the originals of both these songs, I don't know of anybody else ever having covered these songs. Christmas polka used to be popular in the forties and fifties, but it's rare that anybody records the song these days. The title track is one of my favorite Christmas songs. First recorded in 1983 by Lee Greenwood on Christmas To Christmas, a year later Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton recorded the song on Once upon a Christmas and their version remains my favorite, but I'm always pleased to hear other versions of this song. The remaining full-length songs (Winter wonderland, Silver bells, White Christmas, Silent night, Mary's boy child, Frosty the snowman) are all famous.
This is an easy listening country Christmas album that will please country fans in particular, but should appeal to a more general easy listening audience. The music is generally upbeat and would make excellent party music for a gathering of country music fans.