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An Evening in December


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  • Audio CD (September 15, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Entertain
  • ASIN: B00000DSGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beautifully blended voices and full harmonies.
"mnitou"
I heard an audio tape of this in 1990 - 20 years later it's still my favorite Christmas CD.
Michael Nazareth
This is one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time.
DELILAH GRACE V. MAGTOLIS

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John R. Call on December 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's been at least 10 years since I first heard this CD, but it is still the first one I get out each Christmas season and the last one I put away. The opening tune never fails to choke me up - it is just SO beautiful and poignant. I have sung in choirs and barbershop quartets over the years, and this CD simply blows me away with the AWESOME breath control, dynamics, and tight, tight harmonies. This CD is totally a capella, but you would swear their was instrumentation because of the depth and intricacies of the harmonic vocal accompaniments. Some of the arrangements are the best I have ever heard of these traditional carols. I have never loaned this CD to someone without receiving a frantic request to know where they can get their own copy. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is the most astounding example of voice control I have ever heard. The final phrase of this song amazes me every time I hear it. There is nothing pretentious or strained about this CD. Simply the most wonderful, beautiful blending of voices singing the best arrangements of Christmas songs you will ever hear. This CD is PERFECT!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roy R. Burch on November 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I found this album years ago and its the first one i bring out at Christmas and the last i put away when the holidays are over. If you are a lover of close harmony,madrical approaches to music and yet almost a touch of the Four Freshmen then this is a disc for you for the holidays.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mnitou" on November 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is truly the "must have" of any Christmas library. It satisfies your Popular, Classical and Crooner styles perfectly. The most cherished songs in the most enjoyable arrangments. Beautifully blended voices and full harmonies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William R. Anglin on April 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Of all the Christmas c.d.'s I own (and as a certified "Christmas-a-holic", my collection is probably near 200 <G>), this incomparable c.d. would undoubtedly be in my Top 5. It's become such a tradition, that I don't consider my Christmas Eve complete without a listen to the title track. In fact, if the title song doesn't bring tears of nostalgia to your eyes, nothing will!
The remarkable thing about this c.d. is that every little bit of it consists of some of the most amazing acappella singing that you'll ever hear. The harmonies are so intricately layered that you NEVER miss the instruments. In fact, quite often, many of the backing vocals are arranged to even -sound- like musical instruments as they back up the lead soloist or other harmonies. Simply astounding.
Add to this a wonderful array of some stellar soloists such as the incomparable Cynthia Clawson, Larnelle Harris and Wayne Watson....and you have a c.d. that is simply one of the best Christmas c.d.'s ever recorded. It says a lot about the Christian music industry that they've let titles such as these go out of print. So expect to pay a little more than you would for an average c.d. for this one (the vol. 2 collection is also amazing, though not quite up to the original).
To say that this is a "perfect" c.d. is not quite true, since I definitely don't love all of the tracks "equally". But even the weaker moments are counterbalanced by the brilliance of the arranging and singing. Favorites are the aforementioned title track, "Starlight", all of the carols and the brilliant "12 Days of Christmas" (the best arrangement of this song EVER, bar none).
I was able to meet the original members of First Call several years ago during a reunion tour and took THIS c.d. for them to autograph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meus Kaveny on October 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Christmas album of all. The vocal arrangements and its performance is just perfect. I've had this album for over 10 years now and it has never ceased to bring me and my family lots of Christmas joy every year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The lush chords and thick harmonies in David Maddox's arrangements are irresistable. Arrangers like Gene Peurling and Phil Mattson comment on the beauty and power of his peices. I've sung in choirs that have performed some of these songs and you can't help but to shed a tear and shiver with joy. I will, undoubtedly, listen to this all year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas alone is worth the full purchase price of the CD.
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Format: Audio CD
A friend who knew I was involved in choral music was kind enough to loan me this CD over the holidays. I had never heard of First Call before, but given my friend's religious convictions, I was not surprised to learn that they were a Christian vocal group. Like a good deal of contemporary Christian music (and I use the term "contemporary" in the braodest sense, since it appear this recording dates back to the mid-80s), there is little that is overtly evangelistic, and in fact, largely secular holiday songs like "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" are given prominence (although--not surprisingly--they alter the line "if the fates allow" to "if the Lord allows," which is--as the Amazon reviewer above noted-- kind of "religious correctness" but certainly understandable, given the artists' convictions, and really should not bother anyone but the most die-hard secularists.

Although the core group consists of just three singers, there are several guests artists on board to help flesh out the selections. It would also appear that all the singers are, at least some of the time, multi-tracked. The effect is more fully "choral" than the three-part harmony you might expect. In fact,the record reminded me of the kind of stylized vocal ensembles so popular in the 50s and early 60s, such as the Ray Coniff Singers or Mitch Miller's troupe or any number of such vocal groups who used to pop up regularly on the television variety shows of the era.

That kind of sound is largely considered passe these days, at least for the "secular" market, but there was real musicality and skill to such projects, and it's nice to see that the largely Christian market is helping to keep the genre afloat.
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