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Christmas Present [Vinyl]

Andy WilliamsVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Andy Williams began his amazing career in his hometown of Wall Lake, Iowa. It was there he began singing with his three brothers in a local Presbyterian church choir that was established by his parents. At the tender age of 8, Andy made his professional singing debut as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet. The brothers became regulars on radio station WHO's "Iowa Barn Dance ... Read more in Amazon's Andy Williams Store

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  • Vinyl (December 1, 1974)
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0002BGLT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Columbia 3C-33191: Christmas Present by Andy Williams

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANDY'S "CHRISTMAS PRESENT" IS JUST THAT.. December 11, 2001
By Phil
Format:Audio CD
Mid-December '60. I'm twelve and contentment reigns in my world because the living room is warm and Dad is in his chair-Ward Cleaver come to visit- reading the paper and sipping a brandy and the clanging and clinking coming from the kitchen tells me Mom is wrapping up, the dinner pans and dishes and glasses being directed to their designated spaces. The "Hi-Fi" is playing Christmas records. But wait! That isn't a "Hi-Fi!" That's two hundred pounds of solid cherry, encasing a brand new technological marvel: Separated sound, a sound the developers call "STEREO."
And so, within the security of this suburban holiday womb, I listen. I listen to Johnny Mathis ( his original Christmas album, the one where he's in that red sweater and holding the skis.) I listen to Bing and to Perry and to Nat and to Percy Faith. And I listen to Andy Williams.
Andy's first two Christmas albums have received insightful Amazon reviews. They remain classics. My father felt, however, in typical Ward fashion, that the secular side of the first album was too "wild." (His word. Thirty-eight years later, I still remember.) "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells" was the most egregious transgressor. I loved it. Of course, I eventually drifted away from Andy in the mid 60's and early 70's, inevitably relegating him to the trash heap of irrelevancy. ("Hey You, Get Off Of My Cloud!")
Despite periodic seasonal listenings granted to the first two albums, I had no intention of EVER buying another Williams recording. How can you do THAT when Meat Loaf and Kansas and Boston and Rush beckon? ("Rush: This Christmas Spent With You?" Gag!) And then one day, in the early 80's, I found "Christmas Present" residing on a truck stop cassette wheel, those shrines to the quick, impulse-driven 2.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Christmas Present"---Indeed this collection is November 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This wonderful album from 1974 perhaps conveys the "true" spirit of Christmas like no other recording ever has. Andy angelic Ave Maria is worth the price of admission alone. Interestingly enough, Keats Tyler (Andy's long time photographer) penned the title track "Christmas Present" and gives us another gift. Andy Williams has recorded at least eight original Chrsitmas albums (Christmas Album, 1963; Merry Christmas, 1965; Christmas with Williams Brothers, 1970; Christmas Present, 1974; Andy Williams CHristmas Show,1985; I Still Believe in Santa Clause, 1990; New Christmas Album Live, 1993; We Need a Little Christmas, 1996) over the years. All wonderful, but this is indeed the top of the list. THANK YOU ANDY!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present by Andy Wiiliams December 17, 2003
By larry
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best CHRISTMAS album I have ever heard. I have an LP and I am looking for it on CD. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME What else can I say.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best christmas song's ever sung or written! December 19, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
andy williams is the best! A CHRISTMAS PRESENT cd is the best christmas music ever recorded. if anyone is having a hard time getting into the christmas spirit just listen to this cd. i wish there was a way to tell andy williams just how many he has touched with his music!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Williams' overlooked 70's Christmas Masterpiece December 15, 2006
By Cory B.
Format:Audio CD
Andy Williams' first two Christmas albums from the 1960's are probably his best known holiday recordings. However, this excellent 1974 effort is another masterpiece that ranks alongside the finest Christmas albums ever made.

Christmas Present is a more mellow album than his first two Christmas recordings, and the 70's era arrangments and production sound a little more modern while still retaining the soothing, peaceful feel that made Andy's Christmas recordings of the 60's so great. The soft, angelic voice of Andy Williams only enhances the relaxing mood and the result is one of the most soothing and tranquil Christmas albums of all time.

Williams focuses on a great set of religious carols instead of the often-covered secular Christmas classics. Each one of these songs flows smooth and gentle, including "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Joy to the World" which are often bold and dramatic in other versions. "Christmas Bells" is the only song that picks up the tempo at all. "O come all ye Faithful", "O little town of Bethleham", "I heard the bells on Christmas Day", and "It came upon a midnight clear" are the most serene and relaxing versions of these standards I've ever heard.

If you are looking for a true "easy listening" Christmas CD that will ease your mind at Christmastime, this classic album belongs in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Voice of the Season October 13, 2012
By HerbVH1
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's ironic that I purchased this CD just a week or so before the passing of this musical giant.
Andy had a voice and a style that matched the songs of Christmas. There is a sincerity and warmth of delivery that is evocative of the season itself. It is no wonder that he was able to sustain such a tenure as one of the great artists of Christmas through his numerous Christmas albums, and his many Christmas TV shows and specials, and concerts. All of the songs on this album are sung with feeling and clarity, the trademark William's way. You can hear Andy's crescendo at the end of "The Lord's Prayer." The arrangements on all the tracks are rich and tasteful, and the interpretation by Andy of all these classics, is classic. "Christmas Present" the song, and the album itself, is a "gift from many year's ago."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present CD
Loved the quality of the compact disc, it didn't skip at all and it was just perfect to listen to!
Published 5 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this CD
I started out with this album in 1974, then got the cassette tape. I play it every year at Christmas time. It is one of my favorites. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DENISE GYENES
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Christmas albums.
Andy Williams was Christmas to me, growing up (I'm 60). I love the new stuff on this CD, especially "Christmas Presents" and the Ganoud "Ave Maria". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Slim Pickins
5.0 out of 5 stars My Wife Loves It
My wife loves Andy Williams. Bought it for her around Christmas. Brought back great memories for her. She loves it
Published 10 months ago by Spudly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album from a classic singer
A really nice Christmas album. And Andy is so smooth ... Holiday classics that are difficult not to like. Good album.
Published 11 months ago by Dylan
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Williams' Christmas Present
This title is my very favorite of Andy's Christmas Albums!!!! The arrangements of the songs selected are very lush and beautiful and beautifully sung by Andy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by janis spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brautiful
This is my favorite andy williams album.. It arrived in perfect xondition, timely, and has my favorite songs on it.
Published 18 months ago by Angel Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas CD'S
I was very satisfied with my purchase from Amazon! I had looked for these for a long time, and they are high quality and great customer service. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Debbie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Williams Christmas Present album
excellent album--every cut is good. Wonderful to listen to. His best holiday album.
Published on January 27, 2010 by Brian K. Dille
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony/Columbia - Please reissue this CD!!!
Quite simply one of the most beautiful and magically atmospheric Christmas albums ever made. The first Christmas album to be played late at night every Christmas Eve in my home,... Read more
Published on October 13, 2009 by J. Pauley
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