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Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather

Jo StaffordAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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listen14. Hanover Winter Song 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen18. Baby, It's Cold Outside 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Nearness of You 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Moonlight in Vermont 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Corinthian Records
  • ASIN: B00000K1IO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Legendary jazz vocalist Jo Stafford sings you all the way from Thanksgiving through Christmas (and even on into Valentines Day) on this remastered album from 1955. The singer is backed up by the orchestra of Paul Weston, as well as by The Starlighters.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspired collection - Merry Christmas October 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Please note that this review relates to the realease titled "Happy Jolidays / I love the winter winter weather" and not to the budget release "Happy holidays" that contains fewer tracks.

I see what some earlier reviewers have written, not always liking the resequencing of the tracks from the two LP's that make up this collection. As I normally prefer to keep Christmas music separate from other music, I had my doubts when I bought it - an essential purchase for me, as a huge fan of Jo's music. I needn't have worried - all the songs here are ideal for the Christmas season.

The non-Christmas songs about warmth, winter, moonlight and suchlike are masterpieces which sit comfortably alongside the standard Christmas songs. Baby it's cold outside has actually become commonplace on Christmas albums, even though it was never intended to be a Christmas song. I have heard many versions of this song, including the modern duet by Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews, as well as other duets starring Maggie Whiting, Dinah Shore and Petula. Jo's magnificent rendition (with the Starlighters) is as good as any of them. Maggie's version is (just) my favorite, but they are all lovely.

The Starlighters sing Hanover winter song without Jo - no doubt this was Jo's way of thanking them, allowing them the chance to show what they could do, but I would have preferred Jo to join in. Still, there's plenty of other tracks here and the Starlighters certainly give Jo great backing on these.

Jo's lovely, warm voice is well suited to these songs, which contain mostly familiar songs to appeal to casual buyers, while including just enough obscure stuff to appeal to Christmas music fans. The nature of this album, with it's unusual mix of songs, means that it's always one of the first Christmas CD's I listen to as the season comes round - it gets you into Christmas gradually.

Jo was a very special singer, as you will realise when listening to this wonderful CD.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful winter music November 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I grew up listening to Jo Stafford's album"Ski Trails". This CD is a wonderful blend of winter songs from that collection as well as some holiday songs. If you enjoy Ms. Stafford's husky voice singing melodies that will have you thinking of New England, snow, a roaring fire and happy memories, then this is a must for you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Christmas album in existence! SIX stars! December 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been waiting for "Ski Trails" to come out on CD ever since finding it on vinyl eight years ago, and what a pleasant surprise to discover even MORE holiday songs included here. This album is to Christmas music what "It's A Wonderful Life" is to Christmas movies -- quintessential. Adjectives that come to mind are: Romantic, jovial, sentimental, joyful, and SWINGING! Hearing "Babes in Toyland" and "Night Before Christmas" will evoke your best childhood memories, and Stafford's rendition of "Moonlight in Vermont" is easily the best version ever recorded. Most importantly, this isn't one of those Christmas albums you'll listen to each December and then put in storage. The selections from the original "Ski Trails" record are timeless standards appropriate for the WHOLE season. After the 25th, just program your CD player to skip the Christmas-specific titles and keep listening throughout the New Year!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete "Happy Holiday" & "Ski Trails" Albums January 10, 2010
By oxxo
Format:Audio CD
Two great Jo Stafford albums done with her husband Paul Weston and released by Columbia; "Happy Holiday" in 1955 & "Ski Trails" in 1956. The sound is excellent, and the Weston website verifies that the digital remastering was done using the original studio master tapes. Jo Stafford's voice was never better than at this point in her career.

"Happy Holiday" is a respectable set of Christmas/winter songs, done originally as a "suite" where each song segues into the next without the usual silence between tracks. This CD does not preserve that mix, so, for example, the chiming bells that connect "The Christmas Song" & "Let It Snow" are missing.

"Ski Trails" is a far superior album (minus the two recycled tracks from "Happy Holiday"), and in my opinion, the real reason to get this CD. Specifically, the version of "The Whiffenpoof Song" performed a cappella by Jo Stafford & The Norman Luboff Choir is sure to give you chills. Seriously. Other standouts are "Moonlight In Vermont", "It Happened In Sun Valley" & the truly brilliant "By The Fireside." (Jo's version of "June In January" is very nice, but can't compare to the superb version by Julie London on her "Calendar Girl" album, also released in 1956.)

This CD contains all of the tracks found on both of those Columbia LPs, however the track order has been--according to the Weston website--"re-sequenced to provide an entirely new listening experience." The original LP track listings are as follows:

"Happy Holiday"

Side A
1. Happy Holiday
2. Winter Weather
3. The Christmas Song
4. Let It Snow!*
5. Toyland
6. March Of The Toys

Side B
1. Jingle Bells/Winter Wonderland*
2. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
3. I Wonder As I Wander
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Voice Like Honey October 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If Barbra's voice is like "buttah", then Jo's is pure honey. I found the album, "Ski Trails", in a free bin at my local library 10 years ago and it's been among my most treasured records ever since. I happen to love winter music, and this is IT! Alas, when I tried to locate it on CD, "Ski Trails" was nowhere to be found. Finally, I found this album sandwiched together with Jo's holiday recordings and I was elated. There is no other album that warms my heart like this one, during the holidays or simply during the long winter. Absolute gems are "Moonlight in Vermont" (you won't find a better version anywhere), "The Nearness of You", "It Happened in Sun Valley", "Winter Weather", "Let it Snow" and "Winter Wonderland". Oh, but they're all good. Jo's holiday songs are as essential as "White Christmas" by Bing. This is the one album to play with a gathering of your loved ones, or alone by the fireside with a glass of lovely port, watching the snowfall. You can bet that's what I'll be doing every winter for the rest of my life, as this album is ingrained in my heart and represents everything good about the holiday season, and beyond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
This CD brings back memories of listening to my parents' collection of music. I love the variety of song styles. I also like the unique quality of Jo Stafford's voice. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JES
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This is a beautiful CD it arrived on time and we have really enjoyed it full marks for the best CD heard in ages..
Published 6 months ago by Trainman
4.0 out of 5 stars Jo Stafford Christmas
This Christmas CD is vintage Jo Stafford. Her distinctive voice was a joy to hear again. The singers from that era remain the best.
Published 9 months ago by Judith Knutson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jos Holidays
This is mostly a Christmas album but some of the later songs are holiday oriented. The Night Before Christmas was one of the best even though like most people she didn't do the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by christmas lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD in the Traditional Category
It is fairly hard to find Female artists for the Traditional Christmas Category. Most are Male like Bing and Dean and Nat King. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maicoman
5.0 out of 5 stars great album with Jo Stafford
I played it in my living room, and my mother was shocked that I had found her. She said that it was an excellent recording of her and sounded like when she heard her when she was... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Colin Upham
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Jo
I love Jo Stafford and this C.D. is a Christmas treat. The arrangemnts are wonderful,and there is plenty of vatiety in the song selections. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael Palermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Jo stafford's music is classic and to me still modern. When I listen to this, it reminds of when families got together and actually celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Read more
Published 13 months ago by RON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection!
Happy Holidays is an excellent collection of Holiday and Seasonal Music. It's obviously an "oldie", but the class and musicianship are top notch! Read more
Published 13 months ago by James Szarkowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cd
Now this is great music, wonderful singer and the big band sounds are outstanding!!! I would tell everyone to buy this cd and enjoy it any time of year not only at Christmas!!
Published 18 months ago by Pamela A. Bocek
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