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Media Type: CD
Artist: JACKSON,MAHALIA
Title: MAHALIA SINGS SONGS OF CHRISTM
Street Release Date: 10/01/2000
Domestic
Genre: XMAS VOCAL

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy/Columbia
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002AAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Jackson was a truly idioscyncratic singer, dropping consonnants, sluring vowels, and breathing in the dead center of words--a style that suited her amazing gospel sound but which would seem at odds with the formality of many classic Christmas carols. But in 1955, 1962, and 1968 she went into the studio to record favorites of the season. The result is this truly miraculous compilation, which shows her at her very best from start to finish.
Opening with a very formal arrangement of the extremely difficult "O Holy Night," Jackson shows her amazing range in both voice and material--but the rigidity of the arrangement holds her voice just a shade too tightly for complete comfort. But with "What Child is This," a true magic rings out, and it remains a constant from the popular "Silver Bells" to the gospel-inflected "No Room at the Inn" and the low-key and spine chilling "Silent Night," the latter of which may well be one of the single finest recordings ever made of that classic.
Indeed, much the same may be said for many of the songs here; after hearing Jackson's "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "The First Noel," and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," it becomes difficult to think of many singers who could take such frequently-heard songs and make them seem theirs alone. And her unshakeable faith in God gives a power to these carols that recordings by other artists seem to lack. It is a conviction and belief that radiates through every note, every breath. Surely, as the liner notes state, it seems like Mahalia Jackson went to heaven and then came back to sing about it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JoJo on December 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have many Christmas CDs, from classics by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nana Mouskouri and Bing Crosby to modern jems by Jewel, Toni Braxton and Chris Isaak and modern atrocities by Christina Aguilera and Destiny's Child---and this one stands heads and shoulders above the rest. Her religious conviction, the timeless, traditional songs, the power of her voice and the classic, tasteful arrangements come together and deliver a CD that truly, truly, truly captures the essence of Christmas. Wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonya M. Owens on December 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD just for Mahalia's version of O Holy Night. I heard it when I was a child, and it became my favorite Christmas song. I finally found this. By far, Mahalia's version of O Holy Night is the best I have ever heard. Some of the other songs on here are good, but a little slow for my liking. She tends to sing very slow on all of her songs, including Go Tell It On The Mountain, which I remember as being a fast paced song. I do rate this 4 stars!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I love Mahalia jackson,she was an awesome gospel singer with an unique and distictive voice that made her stand out from the rest.Her Christmas songs are truly classics like;Joy to the World,Go tell It on the Mountain,Sweet Little Jesus Boy,Hark The Herald Angels Sing and many others.If you are a true Mahalia Jackson fan you must and I mean must get this tape!Case closed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Thorn on October 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is an awesome CD!! This is the 5th copy I have purchased for friends. Her rendition of "Silver Bells" is the best I have heard. I remember as a child, my parents playing this song on christmas eve. Mom was baking cookies and Dad was staying out of her way!! Pick this one up, you won't will not be sorry!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Erses on January 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mahalia's voice is beautiful and the whole CD has expertly showcased her unique vocal style. I absolutely love this CD and will readily recommend it to all her fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridget M. Wilard on December 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I love her rendition of Sweet Little Jesus Boy... the CD is worth it just for that. From a Mahlia fan.... bridget
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. T. Peterson on July 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Her O Holy Night is one of the best I've heard. But I bought the entire album and honestly I had trouble with most of her other renditions of American favorite Christmas Chorals. Some she and the band just didn't seem to get the right tempo. I found myself thinking come on Mahalia . . . speed it up . . . come on. . . get it going. But throughout the entire song she didn't. Same slow awkward tempo. And maybe the digital enhancement made it audible but sometimes Mahalia appeared to have an African American accent or lisp or something that sounded a little odd and distracted me from the song. ANyway, if anything, download O Holy Night. She does it the best I've heard.
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