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Merry Christmas

August 24, 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 34:53
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  • ASIN: B00138EWWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,483 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By CAM on July 10, 2005
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At Christmas I played this vinyl LP in the dining room of my family home over and over again. This is my favorite album of all time. My favorite song is the haunting "My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music--what a treasure! No one does the Christmas carols/songs like Andy Williams. Christmas would not be the same without him. His high baritone voice brings all these songs to life and adds a special warmth to the holidays. So many memories were rekindled when these updated versions were released. All you have to add are snowflakes. God bless you Andy Wiliams and Merry Christmas to all!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Not only is Andy Williams "Merry Christmas" album my favorite of all time in sheer nostalgia value,, it's also simply the best Christmas music ever made, in my humble opinion.

On a nostalgia scale, it is off the charts. My very first Christmas memory ever as a wee tyke was listening to this album while decorating the Christmas tree with my big brother and sister. I was about 3 years old. Every year we would get this out at Christmastime, and as a child my heart would beat with excitement almost beyond bearing, because it meant one thing: CHRISTMAS WAS HERE!!!

Today, when I get out this CD and share it with my own 3 kids -- I can see the same joy in their eyes. When the first strains of "Jing-a-ling, jing-jing-aling....just hear those sleigh bells ringin'..." ring out for the first time each season, I get a lump in my throat. Partially from sweet family memories (and new ones in the making), partially from the sheer Christmas cheer it brings.

I think I read once that Europeans refer to Williams as the "Emperor of Smooth", and that is quite an apt description. His smooth, gorgeous voice brings a powerful emotion to every Christmas song, joyous or deeply spiritual; his happiness is clearly evident with each verse he sings -- it is simply heart-warming to hear.

Well, I could go on and on....but I have certainly made my point. If I could recommend only one Christmas album, or if I had to contain myself to only one for the rest of my life (you see, I adore Christmas music!), it would be without a doubt Andy Williams "Merry Christmas". Over 30 years of listening, and I have never, ever gotten tired of it. It is timeless.....
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J.R. Samataro on December 8, 2004
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Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to

make the season bright, but the thing that makes my

season bright is arguably the greatest compilation of

holiday music to ever grace the human ear.

It is The Andy Williams Christmas Album. It's the

most wonderful music for the most wonderful time of

the year. Hands-down. No questions asked.

What makes this collection of festive melodic

delights so special? Where do I start? Perhaps the

most logical point would be with the man himself, Andy

Williams.

Williams' voice is dripping with holiday spirit on

this album, and that by Jove that spirit is

contagious. If Santa Claus was to hire a lounge

singer, it would without a doubt be Williams. His

rendition of "O Holy Night" is honestly spectacular.

After 16 Christmases, I still get the chills hearing

it. When Williams hits the highs on the word "divine",

I feel as though I have heard the voice of an angel,

who is coincidentally singing "O Holy Night" while

giving me a back rub.

The album came to life 40 years ago as the lovechild

of Williams, Producer Robert Mersey, and Columbia

Records. The music has been a mainstay come Christmas

time in my family, and as a young lad I quickly

learned to appreciate the man behind what came to be

known as the Samataro Soundtrack of Christmas.

Let us delve into the splendor of the recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rodney on October 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This christmas album, from 1965, is my favorite ANDY WILLIAMS christmas album. I like the 'red' one, THE ANDY WILLAIMS CHRISTMAS ALBUM, too, but this 'green' one, MERRY CHRISTMAS, has a little more christmas spark in it for me which doesn't really make sense with how christmasy the 'red' one is (seriously, though, you should get both since they are christmas classics in the easy listening/crooner style and as at least one other reviewer mentioned, both albums flow nicely from one to the other so that if you like one, you'll probably like the other as their styles are very similar).

A great orchestra and chorus back ANDY WILLIAMS on the songs here making great to even classic versions of songs such as WINTER WONDERLAND (one of my favorite versions ever), LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW (another one of my favorite versions ever), HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, SLEIGHRIDE, and a fabulous new song, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, that I'm surprised didn't become a christmas standard as ANDY's actual christmas standard came to be just that (from the 1963 red album, IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR). CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY is a very upbeat and fun song that deals out the 'christmas mood' as much as any christmas standard.

Another song to mention is MARY'S BOY CHILD that is very beautiful and moving. Also, MY FAVORITE THINGS is done ezxcellent here.

If you like the old 'crooner' christmas music of yesteryear (1950's - 1960's) and probably that if you like the christmas albums of JOHNNY MATHIS and JACK JONES, this is a definite must have, at least as far as I'm concerned.
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