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Merry Little Christmas

Linda RonstadtAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)


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With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the '70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the '80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave ... Read more in Amazon's Linda Ronstadt Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00004Y6NB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Linda Ronstadt's A Merry Little Christmas plays, in part, like an old Nat King Cole Christmas record, with orchestrated versions of classics and a knowing vocal command at work on every track. Where Ronstadt makes her departure is midway through the 14-song set, when the CD suddenly becomes an album of sacred music, complete with "The Welsh Carol," "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming," the lesser-known "O Magnum Mysterium," and "Past Three O'Clock." Ronstadt's record also features two producers and two respectable choirs, one from Tucson, Arizona, and the other from Los Angeles, and she works well with them and as a soloist, including her take on what may be this year's most covered song, Joni Mitchell's bittersweet lament, "River." --Martin Keller

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Linda's warm, sweet voice delivers 14 Christmas favorites-including traditional English and Welsh songs-on this wonderful 2000 album. White Christmas with Rosemary Clooney joins The Christmas Song; Silent Night; Welsh Carol; Away in a Manger; O Magnum Mysterium; Past Three O'Clock , and more!

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sharing the spotlight October 26, 2000
By larry
Format:Audio CD
This cd features beautiful singing by Linda Ronstadt throughout, but be aware that after track five, (with the exception of I Wonder As I Wander) the voice that you may be used to - warm, big and belty, disappears. From that point on Linda steps out of the spotlight and displays her soprano as an understated member of the choir. The musical selections and arrangements are inspired and the vocals are flawless, but if you're expecting Silent Night with an acoustic guitar and three part harmony you might be surprised. She does serve up some tasty "Nelson Riddle style" treats on the first half of the cd, including a gentle duet with Rosemary Clooney on "White Christmas" and a powerful version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". Joni Mitchell's classic "River" gets a pretty treatment, but stays too close to the surface for my taste . All in all, the generous talents of Linda Ronstadt are on full display and that will certainly "help to make the season bright".
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovingly crafted holiday keeper October 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a lovely Christmas album with beautiful singing throughout. Be prepared for the fact that its a rather schizoid album, though, with different styles throughout (much like Ronstadt's career, as a matter of fact!)
The first four songs are arranged much like Linda's Nelson Riddle albums and shine beautifully - the duet with Rosemary Clooney on "White Christmas" especially glows. Only "Have Yourself A Merry Christmas" jarred a bit, with Ronstadt turning up the volume and belting a bit too strenuously on a tune that doesn't really need it that much.
Joni Mitchell's "River" is included - its got a Christmas-time background, but isn't really a Christmas song. I'm glad its included, though, both because I've always loved it, and because Ronstadt does such a fine, assured job with it. First-class!
The real reason to buy the cd in my opinion is the concluding section, though. Ronstadt does a version of "I Wonder As I Wander" that sent shivers up my spine, and they stayed there for the rest of the cd, as one exquisite example of choral singing followed another. Linda sort of retreats into the background and blends in with the chorus, but the sheer beauty of the singing will leave you stunned. I was a bit disappointed with one thing: an early pre-release listing of the songs I saw included "In the Bleak Midwinter", one of my very favorite Christmas carols, and its unfortunately nowhere to be found. I'd looked forward to it, but its a small disappointment with what would be a wonderful addition to anyone's collection of holiday music. Great job, Linda!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Holiday Recording! October 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Linda Ronstadt has been something of a musical chemeleon over the course of her 20+ year career: she has done everything from operetta ("The Pirates of Penzance") to traditional Mexican music, from country-rock to light standards. With the release of a holiday album, Ronstadt brings her clear, rich soprano to popular Christmas standards and haunting, lesser-known choral pieces. The results, of course, are brilliant. Whether the heartwarming duet with the legendary Rosemary Clooney on "White Christmas" or Ronstadt's confident stride up her high register with "Lo How A Rose 'Ere Blooming," this recording showcases the versatility of a voice that has never been afraid to tackle the road less traveled. Listen to the beautiful duet between Ronstadt (on soprano) and an alto on the affecting "Xicochi Xicochi," and the haunting "Welsh Carol," in which Ronstadt takes a solo mid-way through. It is interesting to note that, throughout the chorale pieces, Ronstadt takes the soprano parts, hitting notes that most of her contemporaries in popular music would shy away from. This ability is a showcase for Ronstadt's boundry-crossing talent in any type of music she chooses. The beautiful renditions of these songs separate and elevate her musicality from that of so many popular singers, who too often choose dramatic embellishment to cover their own limitations. Rondstadt seems to have no musical limitations, and her heartfelt rendering of these pieces, illuminated with the clear power of her vocals, is refreshing and worth a permanent spot in anyone's Christmas music collection.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a surprise November 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first song, "The Christmas Song" starts out with an orchestral sound, switches to a light jazzy lounge sound with a breathy Linda Ronstadt singing. It switches back to an orchestral ending. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are orchestral and Linda still sounds a little breathy. The third song is the duet with Rosemary Clooney. Quite a bit of it is sung by backup vocalists, but this song is really worthwhile. "River" is a beautiful song. The music is mostly simpler, with mainly strings and piano. I liked this selection quite well.
Now for something completely different! This must be the beginning of the work of the second producer. It's as if I changed the CD. "O Come O Come Emmanuel", "Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming", "Welsh Carol", Past Three O'Clock", "O Magnum Mysterium", and "Silent Night" are a cappella choral music. Linda's voice blends in completely with the choir. These are nice songs, done in a traditional choral way. The seventh song "Xicochi, Xichoci" is a lovely lullaby that translates: "Go to sleep, little baby, Surely the angels will carry you on your path, little green one." You can clearly hear Linda's breathy voice on "I Wonder As I Wander". The background is cello, harp, bass, and backup vocals. I liked "Away In A Manager" with Cookie Rankin singing beautifully.
I've read the reviews here and tried to sort out what's happening. I think that if you like a Christmas CD to create a mood or "hang together" somehow, then you may not like this CD. If you're still listening to Linda's classic "Blue Bayou", this CD could be a disappointment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Love the mix of styles in this Chrismas classic.
Very poignant in that Linda's angelic soprano will be greatly missed...
Published 2 months ago by Diane Corbyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Merry Little Christmas
Linda has a great voice and I was kind of disappointed she did not do more Christmas standards and only really sang a few of the songs on the disc
Published 3 months ago by Karen Brostek
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ronstadt in Red and Green
A nice addition to any Christmas music collection. Contains great renditions of classic carols and several of the more obscure that you don't hear very often, which is great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Soundcheck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I was looking for a Christmas CD specifically with Oh Come Emmanuel on it and I ordered this. The first few songs are standard Christmas songs, but the last several with the choir... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patty
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Linda's voice, wish more tracks had it.
Love Linda's voice, wish more tracks had it. Most of the latter tracks were choir songs. Great price and of course great download service.
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey R Cohen
1.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED
NOT HER BEST EFFORT- POOR CHOICE OF SONGS ALL DREARY AND SAD.
NOT WHAT I WOULD CHOOSE FOR CHRISTMAS CHEER
Published 3 months ago by JOAN P THEILACKER
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!
Check out Oh Come, Oh Come Emanuel. It is absolutely the best recording of this piece that I have ever heard. Linda sings it without accompaniment in a cathedral setting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Ayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great singer, great album.
Linda Ronstadt sings a variety of styles, all well and with authenticity. Here she - and her arrangers, producers and engineers - have put together an album of mostly familiar... Read more
Published 4 months ago by nonpareil
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite.
I love Linda Ronstadt, and grew up listening to her music. However, this is not a cd that I often pull out come Christmas time.
I can't recommend this from my own tastes.
Published 15 months ago by carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely to hear...
Would have given 5 stars but part of this CD is not as desirable as the other part. Typical Christmas tunes belted out by Ronstadt are nice, but can be sung by anyone who likes to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lady Blue
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