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Singers UnlimitedAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046J8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deck The Halls
2. Ah Bleak & Chill the Wintry Wind
3. Bright, Bright The Holly Berries
4. Jesu Parvule
5. Caroling, Caroling
6. What Are The Signs
7. Nigh Bethlehem
8. While By My Sheep
9. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
10. Silent Night
11. Joy To The World
12. Wassail Song
13. Carol Of The Russian Children
14. Good King Wenceslas
15. Coventry Carol
16. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
17. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas magic October 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The old 1972 LP has finally been reissued on CD. This became an instant classic when it was released 30 years ago, and for good reason. The Singers Unlimited were the best jazz vocal group of the day, but here they were -- singing Christmas carols. But not just singing straight from the hymnbook; the Gene Puerling arrangement and the Alfred Burt carols are gems, and right up the SU's jazzy alley.
First, the Burt carols. Alfred Burt was a jazz trumpeter in the Detroit area in the late 40's and early 50's. Over the course of about 6 years, he wrote 15 carols, many of which were sent as Christmas cards to family and friends. SU has chosen 6 of them, and does them extremely well -- Burt would be pleased.
As for the rest of the recording, SU did their usual inimitable magic with a dozen well-known carols. A few are done very straight, with little jazz adornments. Others, like Deck The Halls, Silent Night, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, are all dressed up in new jazz clothes. With the overdubbing they indulged in, the 4 members of the group at times are singing 6- and 8-part jazz harmonies.
Highly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Albums of Christmas November 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I thought long and hard about taking the time to review this album, since a "surfer" can already tell by the "average customer rating" that this is a much-beloved album, a real five-star classic. But here is a time when a vote really counts, and I want to be on the list of those who recognize a great album when they hear it.
My wife and I still have our original LP. Sometimes it's fun to listen to it, with the slight "pops and crackles" sounding like a fireplace. But, oh my! It's on CD!! And this album sounds glorious.
Read some of the other reviews for the history of the group, and for the sense of the artistic achievement of this album. Let me just add that this is a wonderful album to listen to, with only the tree lights on, and a real fire in the fireplace.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful Recording Ever Made October 16, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard of the Singers Unlimited in 1973 (In Tune With Oscar Peterson was my first encounter with them) and knew that the incomparable Hi-Los were the predecesser of this group. Within a couple of months I heard portions of the Christmas album, but it was a couple of years before I finally acquired it. Having listened to it now for 28 years, I can honestly say that it is simply the most beautiful recording I have ever heard. Not just of Christmas music, but of any kind. The harmonies are just incredible and the voices and the phrasing are perfect. One should listen to this album with absolutely no distractions in order to be able to hear each note of each chord. Although Gene Puerling wrote only four of the arrangements, every single one of the 17 is a gem. For anyone who wants to hear the ultimate beauty that music can offer, this cd is a must. One more little thing. I am Jewish.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God's favorite Christmas record. April 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is what happens when angels multitrack. If you ever get a chance to get it, do. In addition to the Puerling influence, it appears that the Alfred Burt carols are performed right off the cheap charts anyone can buy at the local purveyor of choral music. However, do not think that the local Methodist' are going to sound like Bonnie Herman et. al. Play this one for the choir, so they'll know what they are shooting for with dynamics, intonation, sychonization of target sounds, phrasing, etc. I listen to it several times a year, for about a week at a time. From all of us to the Singers Unlimited, peace to you too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good - why wait until Christmas? April 24, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Singers Unlimited to me are the most perfect vocal group in history. The voices sit so beautifully together, and the intonation is just flawless. The vocal arrangements by Gene Puerling leave you tingling all over - some of those chords simply cannot exist! Each year this album gets played a little earlier - this is one album that you will never ever tire of.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas All Year Long January 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
These talented artists, led by the gifted arrangements of Gene Peurling are not just for the Yule season. I have the windows down and volume up during the dog days of August. Without a doubt a classic for all time. How I wish my musical talents went beyond just playing the radio. My ears are thrilled at the magic of this magnificent group.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Perfect Christmas Music! November 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have loved this music since I received the record as a gift in 1972. My son sent me the CD last year and I have finally been able to hear the wonderful sounds again. The original record as well as the tape was scratchy and had skips! It made my Christmas! I love this CD and I'm ordering some for my friends this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Treasue August 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Singers Unlimited "Christmas" is an amazing blend of musical styles and heritages: secular and sacred, American and international, joyous and solemn. Their arrangements, intonation and all-around musicianship are awe-inspiring. One of the finest albums ever released in ANY genre. A real treasue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique group. Sorry, they aren't around any more.
Singers Unlimited made such beautiful music!
Published 1 month ago by Svend Williamsen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our all-time favotites
We have owned the cassette of this album since we were married almost 30 years ago. The Christmas season couldn't begin at our house without the opening strains of "Merry,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Sundt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Beautiful music! : ) Soundsl like this recording was made just yesterday! The quality is great and what a wonderful mix of voices bringing the Christmas message to life!
Published 8 months ago by R Sanborn
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not Christmas without the Singers Unlimited
I grew up listening to this album. It was always the first thing we turned on, and usually the last. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Erisa Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I grew up with this record in the 70's and 80's before I had a 'developed' idea of good vs bad music, and it always represented Christmas for our family, in the best of ways. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CW
5.0 out of 5 stars A special disc
This disc has nicely arranged versions of familiar Christmas songs, but what makes it special is the inclusion of half a dozen of the carols and Christmas songs of Alfred Burt.
Published 16 months ago by Elder Columbus Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas Album EVER!!
I was introduced to this group in High School by my Jazz choir teacher. The singers Unlimited are a jazz vocal group. The songs on this album are beyond words to describe. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cherston
5.0 out of 5 stars Arranged by a musical genius.
This is a fantastic CD. The message for the meaning of Christmas is there; moreover, the voices, and the harmony and
the phrasing makes the listener feel good. Read more
Published 18 months ago by George Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars How much can I say?
In 1957 I was at a Hi-Lo's concert in Boston. Since that time I've been eternally fascinated by the vocal arranging of Gene Puerling.
The Singer's Unlimited are just that. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roger Kellaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Not a problem, I love it and played it all through Christmas. I is a pain to have to do this.
Published 20 months ago by Susan C. Kaylor
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