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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B005NSROV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deck the Halls
2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
3. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
4. Away in the Manger
5. Do You Hear What I Hear
6. Joy to the World
7. The Ballad of the Christmas Donkey
8. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
9. I Wonder as I Wander
10. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
11. The First Noel
12. The Prince of Peace (A Child Was Born)
13. See the Light
14. Silent Night
15. The Little Drummer Boy
16. O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel)
17. O Bambino (One Cold and Blessed Winter)
18. Little White Donkey (Carrying the Lord to Jerusalem)
19. Some Children See Him
20. The Lord s Prayer
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Ed Ames first gained notoriety as one of four siblings in the beloved '50s vocal group the Ames Brothers, but his star rose even higher when he split off for a solo career as an actor he starred as Chief Bromden opposite Kirk Douglas in the Broadway premiere production of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and, of course, as Mingo on the Daniel Boone television show and as a singer, recording some 20 albums for RCA throughout the '60s and early '70s. Though he scored a couple of big hits with "My Cup Runneth Over" and "Who Will Answer?," for many his two Christmas albums, Christmas with Ed Ames (featuring his beloved rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear?") and Christmas Is the Warmest Time of the Year, remain the high points of his recording career, perennial fixtures atop holiday music fans' wish lists. Real Gone Music's reissue of these Christmas favorites includes the original album artwork, liner notes and a remastering job that really brings out the rich tones of Ed's distinctive baritone.

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I am so glad someone finally did it.
Dandelion
I was thrilled to finally find it and I love it now as much as I did all those years ago.
Pam
Ed Ames has such a rich wonderful voice and is such a talent.
Rocco

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DSA on November 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This disc presents Ed Ames' two holiday albums on one disc: "Christmas with Ed Ames" (1967) and "Christmas is the Warmest Time of the Year" (1970). If you grew up with these records in the house, this reissue will be a sentimental treat. The first album, particularly, is the kind of record they don't make anymore: Ed's rich, sonorous baritone handles a collection of classic songs (and a couple of surprises) with warmth and intelligence, backed by full orchestrations and a choir. Hearing one of the songs again, the tear-jerking "The Ballad of the Christmas Donkey," brought instant Christmas flashbacks. "Christmas is the Warmest Time of the Year" features a production that is much more '70s-sounding (lots of soft-rock guitars), even though Ed's singing is as fine as always. His versions of "The Little Drummer Boy" and "O Holy Night" are truly stellar.

Released by a new reissue label, Real Gone Music, the disc features spectacular remastering -- the disc could have been recorded yesterday. It sounds that fresh. The booklet reproduces the original album covers, but unfortunately the original liner notes aren't included. There are new liner notes by Ed Osborne, but they're not particularly insightful or interesting. He spends far too much time rehashing the history of the Ames Brothers and relying on chart positions rather than telling us anything noteworthy about the music featured here. Even basic information (who produced and arranged these sessions?) isn't included. Perhaps an interview with Ed Ames himself could have been attempted, as he may have shed some light on the music.

Other than that quibble, it's a an outstanding release. Hopefully we may see more original Ed Ames' albums make their way to compact disc.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jane in Milwaukee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 13, 2012
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My folks' wedding dance was the Ames' Brothers "You, You, You." I grew up listening to their records and then to Ed's solo albums. On an LP (that would be "long playing" vinyl record album for you youngsters) from the 60's, Ed sang "Do You Hear What I Hear" and his rich baritone really boomed out the king's verse. I searched everywhere for that album on CD and am delighted to have found this Christmas album! Of just Ed! Who didn't love Mingo on the Daniel Boone TV show? The several episodes on which he sang are inspiring. I was so sad that he left after the 4th season and missed the final 2. The orchestration of the songs is sometimes "too 60's" but the quality of his voice beats out any complaints. Sigh.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric Barr on November 23, 2012
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By far and away the best two Christmas albums ever produced. So many of us grew up listening to Ed Ames. For nearly three decades, I've been stuck listening to an old cassette tape because these albums were no longer available. Now, all that is past and this combination CD is here for new listeners to hear the best Christmas music ever. How beautiful, wonderful and spectacular--it's made my Christmas this year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas on December 18, 2011
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I originally bought this in the 70's on 8 Track tape, thinking I wouldn't like it, to play in the car. But I loved it. Over the years I continued to listen to it in the car untill I got rid of 8 tracks. I've been looking for it on CD since CDs came out in the 80's but to no luck. A couple years back, I bought a Christmas compilation CD that had one of the songs on it, reminding me just how much I liked this album. So I picked up a couple copies in succession from eBay, trying to find a mint copy of the LP, but to no avail. Every one was scratched (eventhough they were adverised as VG or mint), and played with pops. Finally, this year here it is on CD. It's a great CD, great music, great sound/transfer (some CDs sound worse that the LP). By the way, my experience only refers to "Christmas with Ed Ames". I didn't even know about nor had ever heard about the second album "Warmest time of the year" untill I went shopping on eBay for the first!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rocco on December 18, 2011
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I tried to come up with an entertainer from today that could equal those from the 60's. They do not exist! Ed Ames has such a rich wonderful voice and is such a talent. The traditional songs are rich with emotion and the newer ones are so festive! My favorite is "Christmas Is The Warmest Time Of The Year" , what a great arrangement. Add this long awaited CD to your Christmas collection!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Couture on December 9, 2011
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I purchased this cd as a early Christmas gift for my myself and one for my mom. I had been counting down the days for the release date of this cd and I am delighted with it. I have played this cd at least twentyfive times in both my car and on my home sterio. I really hope other records will be released on cd. I will be first in line to purchase them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. on December 19, 2012
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Thirty years ago a friend gave me a home made cassette of this album since we couldn't find it in any stores. It became a yearly favorite. Last year I was unable to find it in digital format and gave up when I found a seller who had the original album in 33 1/3 format - but that made it hard to play in the car. I was delighted when Amazon notified me that it had been transferred to a double album CD. I love both albums now and couldn't be happier. There are many of the traditional songs, but there are some I've never heard anywhere else and those are my favorites. There just aren't artists of Ed Ames quality anymore and I'm so glad that his work is being put into the digital format.
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