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listen  1. Bring a Torch / Little Drummer Boy 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Warmth from Within 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Zebra Productions, Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000YED4K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album has much to offer, with a delightful sense of humor. The musical style is a mix of pop, classical, and new age. Of the 14 tracks on Heart of the Holidays, 11 are instrumentals, showcasing acclaimed keyboardist Laurie's Z.'s amazing abilities. Two of the songs, Heart of the Holidays and Warmth From Within, are Laurie Z. originals - lovely songs that fit naturally among the well-known classics. Actor Jack Palance's narration of The Night Before Christmas is destined to become a classic! Alan Palmer - Saxophone Laurie Z. - Piano, Keyboards, Arranger, Producer Jesse Anderson - Cover Painting Albe Bonacci Drums - Jack Palance - Vocals, Narrator Michael Carter - Vocals, Producer, Executive Producer Paul Grupp - Mastering Engineer Laura Hunter - Choir, Chorus Todd Jasmin - Producer, Engineer

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Heart of the Holidays Laurie Z. 2001/Zebra Productions --Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Laurie Z.'s long-awaited new album is a delightful mixed bag of holiday goodies. The collection includes Jack Palance singing "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and reading "The Night Before Christmas", two Laurie Z. originals, two Chanukah songs, and warmly upbeat arrangements of familiar Christmas tunes. Palance's vocals on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" make it the Christmas novelty hit of the year. If this track doesn't bring a grin to your face, you are definitely in the "Scrooge" category! Palance hasn't sung for a recording in thirty years, so this is a sweet treat. Laurie's husband, Michael Carter, also returned to the microphone after thirty years to lend his wonderful voice to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and an incredible medley of John Lennon's "Imagine" and "Happy Christmas", which includes a children's choir. This track was recorded only a few days before the 9/11 attack, and the words, "a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, let's hope it's a good one, without any fear" take on such poignancy. "What Child is This?" is given a Latin rhythm that really works to modernize this ancient melody. "Carol of the Bells" is one of my favorite holiday songs, and I love Laurie's upbeat arrangement. "Sivivon" is the only really dark piece, but it is gorgeous and deeply felt. Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne Medley" is just as touching as an instrumental as it was as a vocal. There isn't a weak track on this CD, and the sense of fun and joy is a breath of fresh air. I start teaching Christmas music to my piano students in late October, and have reviewed a large number of Christmas CDs this year, and by early December, I'm usually sick to death of Christmas music. Here it is only a week before Christmas, and I'm still thoroughly enjoying "Heart of the Holidays". I give it a wholehearted recommendation! Laurie Z. is donating 10% of all proceeds from this CD to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disease Research at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.
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"Heart of the Holidays" has many fine moments.
Two of the instrumentals are Laurie Z. originals ("Heart of the Holidays" and
"Warmth from Within"). The new songs are lovely pieces that fit naturally among the well-known classics. The musical style is a mix of pop, classical, and new age,
with more than a dash of synthesizer action."
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