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This 17-track comp combines classic Andrews Christmas performances with standards she sang early in her career. She delivers elegant renditions of Joy to the World; Greensleeves; Wexford Carol; Irish Carol; Jingle Bells; Cheek to Cheek; It Might As Well Be Spring , and more!

1. Joy To The World
2. Irish Carol
3. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
4. Deck The Halls
5. Angels From The Realms Of Glory
6. The Lamb Of God
7. Away In A Manger
8. Sunny Bank
9. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
10. Greensleeves
11. The Bells Of Christmas
12. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
13. Wexford Carol
14. Jingle Bells
15. It Might As Well Be Spring
16. Falling In Love With Love
17. Cheek To Cheek

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B003O5MOLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Love the arrangements and the traditional songs.
Jordan Rhodes
I bought this for a friend who is a huge Julie Andrews fan and she loved it and was so surprised.
Valerie Newgard
Julie Andrews is in fine voice, and the orchestra backs her beautifully.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sara Stromseth on November 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Greatest Christmas Songs" is essentially a remastered collection of the Julie Andrews/Andre Previn holiday album "A Christmas Treasure," originally recorded in 1966. The remastered sound on this CD is wonderful and showcases the sophistication and grandeur these arrangments have so well captured and maintained over the years. Julie Andrews brings her gorgeous soprano to Previn's lush, expansive orchestral arrangments, and the two compliment each other perfectly. Whether it be the joyful opening number, "Joy To the World," or the haunting "Wexford Carol," or the tender reading of "Irish Carol," this collection showcases Christmas music in a grand and memorable fashion. Of particular interest is the lilting, refreshing alternative melody Andrews provides for "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear." Even after all of these years, this album still sounds fresh. This album has special meaning to me, as my grandfather (a band director for many years) dubbed it and the Robert Shaw Christmas collection for us years ago. Until just recently, I was only able to listen to this magical collection on our old reel-to-reel recording (which took from the LP version of "A Christmas Treasure."). Hearing the remastered CD version was wonderful, and this collection of music remains far and away not only a sentimental favorite, but also, on a musical level, a timeless collection of holiday music. Please make it a part of your holiday listening tradition...it's well worth your investment!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Roberts on October 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is essentially a re-release of the Julie Andrews-Andre Previn collaboration "A Christmas Treasury" (with some surprisinging non-Christmas selections tacked to the end, on which I shall not comment). For years I was forced to listen to an old, scratched LP version; then it was released on CD, only to vanish. Grab it now before it disappears again. Of my rather large collection of Christmas CDs, this is definitely what I would choose if forced to choose only one. Recorded in the early 1960s, Ms. Andrews's voice is at its peak of perfection. But beyond that, the selections and the arrangements perfectly present the kind of pomp and grandeur we associate with the idealized British Christmas celebration, without ever being in any way stuffy or pretentious. Imagine a symphonic version of wine-red silk velvet. The opening "Joy to the World" is glorious, expansive, rich. The closing "Jingle Bells" is lighthearted yet classy in the quintessential Julie Andrews tradtion. Every song in between is a perfect gem. I cannot imagine the Christmas season without this CD.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Candace Mercer on November 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've heard a joke about somebody going into a bank that advertised "Six Month CDs" and saying, "Gee, I don't see how they can really get that much music on one disc!" Well, here's a CD that would need to be almost that long to make all its songs timely, as I'll shortly explain. I came into the world just in time for THE SOUND OF MUSIC to be one of my earliest formative movie experiences, and it got some of those of my generation started off thinking of Julie Andrews as someone who could probably walk on water or something. Naturally when my earliest remembered Christmas came back around then, I really wanted the new Firestone record of Julie Andrews singing Christmas songs. That's why I was most pleased as a grownup just a year ot two ago to find this CD. It has all the songs on that old Firestone vinyl record, and then some bonus tracks. I had grown to love these songs and make them an integral part of my Christmas experience from way back in those childhood days. At first some of them may be not quite what you expect, but they grow on you. It was this collection that first taught me new tunes to "Away In A Manger" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear". At first I missed hearing Julie sing the more familiar tunes that I expected here, but since I've come to love these previously unfamiliar tunes as at least as beautiful. But the most unique song in the collection must be "The Bells of Christmas" a song I've never known to be recorded before or since this one recording by Julie Andrews. It is a beautiful song, and I don't know why it has never seemed to become popular.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Pencil on November 6, 2000
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This is a great album and sounds better than ever. It is a re release of "A Christmas Treasure" that Julie recorded with the orchestra and arrangements of Andre Previn. All the selections have been re mixed for this CD release. The sound quality is fifty times better than it's previous release on CD in 1990. The orchestra sounds wonderful as does Julie's crystal clear vocals. So glad this release finally got the treatment it deserves. Nice package design too. Pretty photos throughout and classy art on the disc itself.
These are truly grand recordings. It gives you the feeling that you are at a very fine Christmas celebration. Who better than Julie to perform these glorious arrangements. "Deck the Halls" and "Joy to the World" are quite an experience, and the "Wexford Carol" is absolutely beautiful. What a treasure from one of our greatest entertainers. This is the first of three amazing Christmas albums Julie recorded. Hopefully her other two, "Christmas with Julie Andrews" (a.k.a. the Secret of Christmas) and "The Sounds of Christmas", will be re released in time as well. They are exquisite.
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