It's A Wonderful Christmas

October 16, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Label: Reunion Records
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  • Total Length: 39:46
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  • ASIN: B00138H7IQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,294 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Michael W. Smith has released two previous Christmas CDs, and they are staples of my December. This new release will be taking an honored place beside them in my December rotation.

This release is a combination of his two previous releases. It mixes the choral feeling of the first one with the pop of the second one. And, as something new, he mixes in lots of instrumental pieces. 5 of the 11 songs are fully instrumental. But the orchestra sounds wonderful.

What is truly amazing is that this release sounds Christmassy from start to finish from the very first listen. Only one track, "What Child is This" is a traditional piece. Michael wrote or co-wrote everything else. Yet everything feels like an old familiar friend.

Some of the instrumental tracks sound like the soundtrack to a movie. And one feels like a missing piece from the Nutcracker.

Of the other songs, most focus on the birth of Christ. They are wonderful choir pieces. "Christmas Day" focuses on our modern Christmas celebration, and it brings a smile to my face as I think about all the traditions. Finally, the disc closes with "All Year Long," a quiet song that wishes us the happiness of Christmas the rest of the year.

This is a great release. Buy it and enjoy it for Christmases to come.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jay C on October 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's A Wonderful Christmas WOW!! Well worth the wait. It has been almost 10 years since Michael W. Smith released "Christmas time". Michael's previous releases "Christmas" (in 1989) and "Christmastime" (in 1998) are standard Christmas music during Tree decorating and present wrapping at my home.

Both his previous releases are in my opinion are modern masterpieces. His new release does not disappoint. This release is a more epic,classical work with four amazing choirs, among them a 100-voice choir and also a 16-member London boy's choir directed by John Tobin, and a 67-piece orchestra at London's Abbey Road studios.

John Williams is one of Michael's hero's and it really comes though. The album has a "John Williams" feel interwoven in the tracks. In preparing for his new Christmas collection, he wanted to create an album with the lush arrangements and powerful orchestral sounds that he heard listening to his favorite Christmas records as a child. I have to agree, as I listen to this cd I am reminded of many Christmas memories and Imagery of the Christmas season.

Michael a master of blending and reinventing music to bring something new. I also appreciate the way he gives Christmas music profound reverence and respect. Tops most Christmas releases because of Michael's passion for music,giving it that Christmas feeling and epic sound. Michael has captured the Christmas spirit in this one!

The Album features 11 songs with nine original tracks.

"Christmas Day" featuring a duet with American Idol's Mandisa is amazing!
"What Child Is This" absolutely Beautiful!!
"All Year Long" another fantastic track!!

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This may be the best 2007 Christmas release. 9 of the 10 songs on this CD are brand new and I suspect we'll be hearing a lot of these for the next few years. The songs with vocals have a great choral feel. The five instrumentals are beautifully orchestrated. Overall, this is a wonderfully listenable CD--even if you love the classic Christmas songs, these new ones feel as comfortable as my favorite slippers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose H. Shevchik on February 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I found this album by accident. I went to Stars on Ice and one of the
skaters used Song for the King. I thought it was such a beautiful piece
of music I searched on Amazon and found this cd. After listening to the
samples, I knew I had to add it to my Christmas cd collection even if
it was several weeks after the holiday.
I will enjoy this music for many years to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. CUNNINGHAM on December 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There is nothing not to love about Michael W. Smith's "It's a Wonderful Christmas." You should be aware that Smitty does not sing on every track; some tracks are instrumental. You also hear a lot of choir. But don't let that stop you from getting this worshipful, splendid CD. With the exception of "What Child is This," all the pieces are original compositions by Michael W. Smith and company. His duet with American Idol's Mandisa is lovely.
I know I'll be listening to this CD for many, many Christmases to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
"IT'S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS" CD is...well...it's a wonderful Christmas CD.
11 powerful songs all written by Michael W. Smith, with one exception; which is a traditional carol arranged by MWS. And I really liked this arrangement with him at piano and teamed with Skip Cleavinger on the pennywhistle giving it a Celtic flavor.
A second song, #6 "A Highland Carol", also had the pennywhistle AND HIGHLAND BAGPIPES, that makes that song 'out of this world' when the volume is cranked.

This CD set is Orchestra, Choirs, and vocalists. Some solos, 5 instrumentals, and vocal groups. Everything needed for a worshipful, big sound but reverend feel of Christmas. It's delightful. Like spiced cranberry cider, hot, in the mug. By candlelight.

Did I mention the bagpipes and pennywhistle?
Not new at this review time--but then the music is timeless. You'll play it often, and for years to come. Cheap enough for stocking stuffing.
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