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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)
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Columbia 3C-33191: Christmas Present by Andy Williams

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A must buy if you enjoy Christmas music.
Timothy ( xerxer69@yahoo.com)
The arrangements of the songs selected are very lush and beautiful and beautifully sung by Andy.
janis spencer
This is by far the best CHRISTMAS album I have ever heard.
larry

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Phil on December 11, 2001
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 By Kelly R. Mix on 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 By A Customer on December 18, 1998
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 By Cory B. on December 15, 2006
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By larry on December 16, 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Johnny Fever on November 10, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
The title says it all - it is a Christmas Present - Andy is in super-FINE voice - very smooth vocals; wonderful small orchestra arrangements; wonderful guitar, flute and musical quality is top-notch. This album is so much better than Andy's first two Christmas albums, in my opinion. Many of these songs start out very slowly, very softly with just a guitar and Andy's great voice then build into a spectacular song. Two great versions of Ave Maria to choose from. Little Town, O Come all Ye Faithful and Angels We Have Heard on High are really, really grand, and will be your favorites. I cannot say enough good things about this album. This is not your typical Las Vegas crooner LP, but a very classy, peaceful album. This is Andy's best album of all, and if you can only have one Andy Williams Christmas album, this is it. Merry Christmas everyone.
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