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  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • ASIN: B0041QSZJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Christmas, Part 1
2. White Christmas, Part 2 (Feat. Saori Yuki)
3. Schedryk
4. Santa Baby
5. Elohai, N' Tzor
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. Congratulations (Happy New Year)
8. Do You Hear What I Hear
9. La Vergine Degli Angeli
10. We Three Kings
11. A Snow Globe Christmas
12. Ocho Kandelikas
13. Silent Night
14. Auld Lang Syne

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Traditional holiday favorites alongside gorgeous,
lesser-known discoveries, all imbued with Pink
Martini s signature little orchestra sound!
Features an array of guests, including Japanese pop
star Saori Yuki and NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro,
backed by a fabulous gathering of Portland choirs.
This new CD features gorgeous 3-D packaging each
layer of buildings will be a separate flap, giving the
city four layers of die-cut depth. The digipak will
be covered by a clear plastic panel, on which the
album title will be printed, along with delicate white
snowflakes that will appear to float in front of the city.

Review

[A] wondrously eclectic tapestry of foreign textures,
sounds, and cultures. --Boston Globe

This is rich, hugely approachable music,
utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious. --Washington Post

This is rich, hugely approachable music,
utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious. --Washington Post

Customer Reviews

It had traditional music mixed in with something different.
Joe
I highly recommend it to Pink Martini fans and anyone else who enjoys fine music.
Sid Moore
If you only buy one holiday album this year- pick this one!!
Michael E. Lawshe

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Exguyparis on November 16, 2010
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Those who know and love Pink Martini easily could predict that their Christmas album would be unique, multi-cultural, and tremendous fun. The first track is a traditional, mellow version of "White Christmas" with a poignant solo guitar accompanying China Forbes' lovely vocals. China treats us to the often-amputated intro "The sun is shining; the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway; there's never been such a day in Beverly Hills L. A.; but it's December the 24th and I'm longing to be up north."

In a major plot twist, the song is then sung in Japanese, by guest vocalist Saori Yuki, with a celestial choir. The haunting, nostalgic arrangement reminds me of the wonderful Jackie Gleason Christmas album my parents used to play when we were kids a long time ago.

Track three, "Shchedryk (Ukranian Bell Carol)" a.k.a. "Carol of the Bells" by Ukrainian composer Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych, is performed in its original language, with a bit of percussion (and of course some bells) backing the Pacific Youth Choir. After a tongue-in-cheek take of "Santa Baby" we are treated to Danny Masang's beautiful "Elohai, N'tzor" on which guest vocalists Ida Rae Cahana and Ari Shapiro join China Forbes for a touching, harmonic, Hebrew interlude. Next, "Little Drummer Boy" showcases the percussion, brass, bass, and piano talents of the group.

We then jump to China (the country) for "Congratulations - A Happy New Year Song" sung in Chinese by Timothy Nishimoto and China Forbes, followed by the Cuban Missile Crisis era "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Next, in Italian, a leap back 100 years for "La Vergine Degli Angeli" from Verdi's "La Forza Del Destino" : majestic and moving. "We Three Kings" gets a somewhat funky/jazzy coat of paint, which works surprisingly well.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D-T-D on November 17, 2010
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At the end of the year, we'll usually see Christmas CDs out in the market. Most of them are cliché and sounded just about the same of those we purchased several years ago.

But not this one!

Sure, only 1 out of 14 tracks is Pink Martini original, but Pink Martini's interpretation of the other 13 are unique & beautifully arranged. In addition to the "white Christmas" feeling kind of songs, I was surprised to hear "Congratulations - A Happy New Year Song", a Chinese New Year tunes from 1946, sung beautifully by China and Timothy. Another one is "Auld Lang Syne" sung in 3 languages with carnival theme & cavaquinho/ukelele in the background. The most "fun" Auld Lang Syne I've ever listened to.

This is not a typical cliché Christmas CD, but a collection of unique & beautifully arranged new year songs. If this is what you have been looking for, your search is over.

For those considering MP3/digital purchase, don't do it. Like other Pink Martini albums, many songs are sung in foreign languages. Those who don't speak French, Hebrew, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, German, Ladino(Ocho kandelikas) and Ukranian (yes, those languages are in this CD), might not be able to fully appreciate the music with out a booklet with all original lyrics & translations that comes with the CD.

Get one for yourself, get several more for your friends & family. Spread the joy.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By triskaidekaphilia on November 24, 2010
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Pink Martini's "Joy To The World" is easily the best Christmas album I've ever bought. All the tracks are great listening, but the absolute best tracks are those that use China Forbes' wonderful voice to best effect. In my opinion those tracks are #5, Elohai, N' Tzor, and #9, La Vergine Degli Angeli, both of which give the listener a hint of the depth of Ms. Forbes' vocal talents; #8 Do You Hear What I Hear?, which is both hopeful and sad; and #4, Santa Baby (which I've always disliked for its adult encroachment on a children's tradition) is, in Ms. Forbes interpretation, playful and sweet and not at all offensive.

All of the songs are fresh and bring something new to the listener. The one original track on the CD, #11, A Snow Globe Christmas, works very well and compares favorably with the better original songs on Pink Martini's other CDs.

I also have to comment on the quality of the recording - it's excellent! One feels as if one were in the room with the band as they performed each song.

My challenge will be to avoid over-playing this CD during the holidays!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bluetwilight on November 16, 2010
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This is a unique Christmas album from a lovely band that does everything from 60's lounge to 90's jazz and writes their own lyrics in several languages. The lead singer has a very beautiful voice. But I digress. This album has some real gems, like "Do You Hear What I Hear?" originally on last year's Starbucks Christmas album. This is one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time now.

"A Snow Globe Christmas" has an island feel to it and "White Christmas: Part 1" is a beautiful, slow rendition that brings the singer's voice to the surface. They do lively versions of Santa Baby and Auld Lang Syne. I definitely recommend if you like jazzy Christmas music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tryon on November 19, 2010
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Here's Christmas music that doesn't make me want to small the MP3 (or CD) player. There are so many saccharine arrangements of music for the "most wonderful time of the year" that in recent years I've simply stopped buying. But any new album by Pink Martini is an occasion to celebrate and this is no exception.

Simplicity, restraint, musicality, and eclecticism (but not eccentricity) mark this collection. It includes songs I've always considered downright campy such as "Do You Hear What I Hear?", which from Pink Martini I hear as fresh, relaxing, and completely listen-able. A standard like White Christmas, first played in the dire days of 1942, slides beautifully into 2010.

China Forbes' superb voice and Thomas Lauderdale's arrangements are in fine form. Pink Martini's hallmark percussion and Lauderdale's classical-turned-jazzy piano pack a pleasing modernity. Some Christmas albums sound almost as if a top forty musician decided to phone in a Christmas mix. Here you'll hear Pink Martini, if you are familiar with them, but mostly you'll hear December and the New Year. This band makes it all about the music. Concept.

The carols are new again, even shiny, as befits Christmas. The album includes some songs that might be your new favorites, such as "La Vergine Degli Angeli" and "Ocho Kandelikas", but not so many that old favorites are crowded out.

If you love some old Christmas albums, as I do, this one will fit into the queue and yet will stand apart as sparkling innovation. In mid-November, it pulls me back from incipient grinch-ness to preparing for the Season with a smile on my face. If you love the season, no matter what the rest of us complain too loudly about, I feel certain that you, too, will love this collection. I think it might just work magic on my holiday mood for years to come.
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