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Merry Mancini Christmas [Original recording remastered]

Henry ManciniAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  1. The Little Drummer BoyHenry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. MedleyHenry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)Henry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Medley:Henry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Medley:Henry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. White ChristmasHenry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Carol for Another ChristmasHenry Mancini & His Orchestra 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Medley:Henry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Medley:Henry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Medley:Henry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. MedleyHenry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002W4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Like his good friend Esquivel, Henry Mancini mixed some mean orchestral Christmas cocktails. But where Esquivel was possessed by wackiness and whimsy, Mancini played things fairly straight and still managed to create a sound that defined his career and an era. Sadly, the selections here are pedestrian, even by the well-trodden holiday boulevard standards. "White Christmas," "The Little Drummer Boy," and "The Christmas Song" all benefit nonetheless from Mancini's genius for timing and dynamics. Even the mundane "Frosty the Snowman" gets some new life breathed into him thanks to Mancini's arrangement, and "Carols for Another Christmas" is a good example of Mancini's hip restraint. Merry Mancini Christmas, while not the maestro at his best, still imparts some of that madcap, martini-era holiday spirit as only Mancini knew. --Steve Gdula

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 09/23/1997

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mancini is Magical December 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I come from a very large family and since the mid-sixties when my parents bought it we'd play this album during the holidays. We played it until you could hardly hear some of the songs without the crackling and skipping the LP's were notorious for. By the time it was totally inaudible the LP wasn't being made any longer. We were all crushed because our Christmas mainstay album was gone. (Particularly because we lost both parents some years ago within 2 months of each other and we always listened as a family to this album.) When the CD came out we were overjoyed to say the least. I ALWAYS cry as do all of us in my family when "Carol for Another Christmas" plays because it holds such dear memories of my parents listening to us massacre that song on our instruments EVERY SINGLE CHRISTMAS!!! But they always swore we played beautifully.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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You notice the Christmas songs first. Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, blared from mall sound systems and car radios (and hopefully, churches), heard over TV specials and commercials. Regardless of when stores dress for the holidays, the seasonal music signals us to prepare and cheers us while we do. The songs are so beloved and familiar even to casual listeners that any singer or instrumentalist need only keep them anchored to the season's sentiments to render them successfully. In other words, remember what the songs mean and don't get cute.
"A Merry Mancini Christmas" is neither the best Henry Mancini nor traditional Christmas album, but is a tasteful addition for collectors of either style. The legendary composer and arranger plays it straight on the Christmas hymns, delivering tasteful, expansive medleys featuring the beloved "O Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (which falls beneath Ray Conniff's version).
Despite vocals straight from traditional easy listening (Anita Kerr, Living Voices, Ray Charles Singers), Mancini is more playful on the holiday songs. He smoothes and quickens the tempo of "Little Drummer Boy" takes time wandering through "Winter Wonderland," and adds some jazzy horns to "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer."
Those wanting their Christmas music stringier and schmaltzier are directed to Mantovani and Jackie Gleason's Christmas albums. Their orchestras deliver holiday renditions as over-the-top as a January blizzard. Here, however, a little restraint and a touch of jazz makes a Henry Mancini "Christmas" a brief, merry, and recommended one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic July 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Tasteful, traditional orchestral Christmas music. More importantly, "Carol for Another Christmas" may be the most beautiful Christmas composition of the 20th Century.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christmas as you remember it October 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is for all those baby boomers out there who grew up listening to the great Mancini. Someone said this album was pedestrian. They couldn't have been farther from the truth! This will rekindle childhood memories of Christmas like it used to be. Pull up a chair by the fire, grab that warm apple cider, turn the Christmas lights on and enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Christmas Memories November 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To me, this album represents one the best part of Christmas - Childhood. Although most of the songs are very familiar, the arrangements, even when I was a young girl, stayed in my mind as special. The track "Carol For Another Christmas" was so beautiful and opened our fresh minds to the idea that the birth of Jesus meant different things to different cultures. I remember we danced a clumsy ballet to it, thinking that we were as good as any professional. My whole family knows every nuance to this album and I'm looking so forward to seeing their faces when they unwrap this present from us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
RCA VICTOR's original 1966 black label LP of A VERY MANCINI CHRISTMAS (LPM/LSP-3612) has a cover photo of Henry Mancini, his wife and three teen kids. That company's early '70s yellow label Dynaflex reissue is decorated with a snowflake made of various sized translucent and clear glass balls.

Hank was at the top of his game when this album was issued. One can recognize among the Mancini chorus, voices clearly heard on top-charting singles "The Sweetheart Tree," "Dear Heart," "Moon River" and others. Also obvious throughout are jazzy little flourishes that instantly stamp these recordings as genuine Mancinis. As might be expected from his first-ever holiday album, all here are of the finest quality.

"Jingle Bells/Sleigh Ride" is a jazz swinger that features flute punctuations by Arthur Gleghorn, plus some cool walking bass. Vincent De Rosa's French horn and tasty vibe fills open "Christmas Song." Mancini's strings lend gorgeous support on "Winter Wonderland" to a chorus that's heavily echo-draped. There's plenty of punching brass on "Rudolph."

"Carol for Another Christmas," a Hank original, is a serene neo-classical piece that features Arthur Koblentz on oboe. De Rosa returns to open "Silent Night." He's joined by guitarist Laurindo Almeida (on loan from CAPITOL) before the subdued chorus enters. Harpsichordist Pearl Kaufman, plus Koblentz (oboe) commence the three song "Kings/Faithful/Joy" medley, with De Rosa introing the second carol.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
great music not only for Christmas but for anytime
Published 2 months ago by JimMarch
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Love It!
For traditional Christmas music, it's hard to beat the wonderful Henry Mancini with his orchestra and singers. It will definitely put you in the holiday mood!
Published 7 months ago by DM Tucson
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Mancini Christmas
Great Christmas album. The only mistake I made was I thought the song "Snowfall" would be on it but it wasn't. Other than that, I have no complaints.
Published 8 months ago by Gabriel J Petrecca Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Mancini
This was a terrific purchase. My husband & I love Pink Panther Movies and love that Mancini sound. He immediately put this CD in his car for the 1.5 hour drive to work. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CiggyRN
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic from childhood
So happy to have found this on CD. This was a classic from childhood. One track, Carol for Another Christmas, still gives me chills.
Published 8 months ago by across the pond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD!!!
One of the greatest Christmas CD's of all time!

I strongly recommend it if you are a Christmas fan and want to remember previous holidays!. Read more
Published 9 months ago by juan ruben lopez alfaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific classic Christmas album
This is truly a masterwork of Christmas classics, as put together by Henry Mancini. I had heard bits and pieces of this album over the years, but listening to the songs as part of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars music cd
It reminded me of Christmases back in the 60`s All the melodies and instruments it sounded wonderful would recommend to anyone
Published 19 months ago by diane gutgesell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories.
Great music for the holidays. Tasteful and classic without being stilted. I had this record as a child and was excited to get the CD.
Published 19 months ago by Drury Fulcher
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
I think this Cd is Wonderful!! Enjoy so much listening to this in my car and home around the christmas season!
Published 20 months ago by Susan Lott Clark
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