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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000VAHR4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
3. Please Come Home For Christmas
4. When You Wish Upon a Star
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. There's Still My Joy
7. White Christmas
8. Christmas Angel
9. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
10. Christmas Time Is Here
11. Cradle in Bethlehem

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There is a nice selection of music here!
"jagoco"
A welcome addition to anyone's holiday music collection.
terroh
"There's Still My Joy" is an amazing song.
Oscar J. Lopez

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"THERE'S STILL MY JOY" is a remarkable song and a remarkable peformance. "A CRADLE IN BETHELEM" is stunning in its beauty and simplicity - the best version of this song since Nat Cole's.
"WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR," "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS" and "PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" are also standouts.
This deserves to be in your Christmas collection, right next to those classic Christmas albums by Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand and Bing Crosby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Fenos on November 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd along with Roberta Flack's and Peabo Bryson's when Angel records, a subsid of Capital, released holiday cd's from these seasoned professionals at the same time in 1997 and each artist was between recording contracts so these albums is a one-off for each of them. Each cd is different, Peabo's leans more toward traditional, Roberta's r&b, and Melissa's a quiet jazz piece featuring small ensemble. Roberta and Peabo recorded a duet "As Long As There's Christmas" for a Disney project and the song ended up on both their cd's. Melissa wrote the beautiful "There's Still My Joy" and her version has a Celtic feel, Roberta covered it for her Christmas cd and her reading leans toward r&b. I had the pleasure of attending a holiday concert featuring both ladies touring to support their cd's and "There's Still My Joy" was one of the songs featured and Melissa stated the song takes on a life of it's own at each venue, not knowing in advance what the genre will be. The version I heard at that concert was a pop version, I much prefer Melissa's.
This album as a whole is beautiful vocal jazz, "When You Wish Upon A Star" is a surprise, stripped of it's sugary gloss and laid bare; a startling beauty. This entire album is an acoustic delight and Melissa's voice is complimented by her accompaniment and doesn't go into full voice which creates a laid back listening experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The only thing missing from this collection is her stunning version of SILENT NIGHT. Originals THERE'S STILL MY JOY & CHRISTMAS ANGEL are also stunning and noteworthy. Her jazz-tinged version of I'VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM, will, in fact, keep you warm! The overall feel is warm and intermit, and if that doesn't make you feel like a kid again, YOU'LL have to wish upon a star!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Russo on October 12, 2007
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Melissa's trademark has been big ballads. This Holiday collection is alot softer which shines with warmth. Each song flows nicely with the last. Melissa made this a unique holiday CD by adding the children's classic When You Wish Upon A Star and the standard I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (which is my favorite track!). There are also 2 originals. The stunning There's Still My Joy and the tasty jazz-tinged Christmas Angel (Reminds me Holly Cole's Christmas EP). Other highlights include Christmas Time Is Here from Charlie Brown Christmas, White Christmas, The Christmas Song and The Eagles made popular Please Come Home For Christmas. There is also a very rare video of the later song as well.

It has been 10 years since the original release of Joy in 1997 on Angel Records. Capitol picked it up shortly thereafter and now Koch does a great job at this re-issue. Everything is exactly as the original. The sound is even better! I am surprised that they did not include last years, My Christmas Song For You, which would have been a great opening song for this set. The other 3 songs missing from here are her awesome version of Silent Night (recorded in 1990). There is a slightly different version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Amy Grant's, Breath Of Heaven from The Colors Of Christmas released in 1998.

This is a classic holiday CD in the tradition of Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole and Doris Day or Tony Bennett.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Melissa Manchester's music is unknown in Britain, but I am grateful to an American reviewer for drawing my attention to this excellent Christmas album., which I classify as jazz-pop. Most tracks feature four or five instrumentalists, though one (When you wish upon a star) features just three, while another (There's still my joy) features seven.

Melissa co-wrote two original songs for the album (There's still my joy, Christmas angel) and also included the rarely-recorded Cradle in Bethlehem. Nat King Cole recorded this song and may well have been the first singer to record this song. Vince Gill also recorded this song for his second Christmas album Breath of heaven.

Charles Brown wrote and first recorded Please come home for Christmas, which received a massive popularity boost when the Eagles covered it, released it as a single and took it into the top 10 of the American pop charts. Actually, the first version of the song that I heard was John Schneider's country version on the multi-artist compilation Tennessee Christmas, but plenty of other artists have covered the song too although I`m always pleased to find it on a Christmas album as it doesn`t come round too frequently..

Vince Guaraldi first wrote and recorded Christmas time is here, which first appeared on A Charlie Brown Christmas. As far as I know, there is no connection between this album and Charles Brown who wrote Please come home for Christmas, but if there is one I expect somebody will post a comment explaining it. Many artists have since recorded this song, the other versions that I'm familiar with include those by Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan and Diana Krall. Again, this was a great choice by Melissa as far as I'm concerned.
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