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The Andy Williams Christmas Album

Andy WilliamsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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Andy Williams began his amazing career in his hometown of Wall Lake, Iowa. It was there he began singing with his three brothers in a local Presbyterian church choir that was established by his parents. At the tender age of 8, Andy made his professional singing debut as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet. The brothers became regulars on radio station WHO's "Iowa Barn Dance ... Read more in Amazon's Andy Williams Store

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: July 15, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000024RX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Christmas
2. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season
3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
4. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
5. A Song And A Christmas Tree (The Twelve Days of Christmas)
6. Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells
7. The First Noel
8. O Holy Night
9. Away In A Manger
10. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
11. The Little Drummer Boy
12. Silent Night, Holy Night

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This was one of the best-selling Christmas records of the 1960s, and with good cause! Somehow, without the fatherly image of Bing Crosby, or the svelte croon of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett, or even the reverent innocence of Perry Como, Andy Williams managed to make a holiday institution! This collection of Christmas songs is full of standards normally identified with other artists, but armed with an average tenor and lots of exuberance, Andy Williams made them his own. His "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is the most exhilarating version of the song there is, and even his "White Christmas" and "O Holy Night" are more than just passable. This is not only Williams's best Christmas collection, this is one that should be in every holiday music collection. --Steve Gdula

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Classic for the Ages November 7, 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I grew up listening to this album, and the familiar grin of Andy from the lower left corner of the cover brings back many memories. But, unlike many Christmas albums that make one nostalgic, this album has withstood the test of time and emerged a classic.

Like many holiday LPs of the era, Andy's eponymous ablum was divided by sides. Side One conjures the secular fun of the holiday while Side Two dedicates itself to the carols of the season. What this ends up as for the contemporary listener is a wonderful musical journey that is full of delights.

The first track is Andy's soothing rendition of "White Christmas," which is mellower than Bing's--and a perfect way to kick off the album. From there, "Happy Holiday-The Holiday Season" shows what Andy will be leaning toward as the album progresses--some fun, swinging numbers. This track was so good that the Manhattan Transfer virtually duplicated it on their own Christmas album 30 years later. The classic "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" debuted here, which helps explain why Andy's version is still the definitive one. (On a side note, one of the co-writers of the tune is more famous as the composer behind the "Gilligan's Island" theme.)

"The Christmas Song" is beautiful--especially when Andy soars into the final chorus. I prefer it to Nat King Cole's original recording for sheer beauty. Andy's version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (A Song and a Christmas Tree) takes the song to wonderful heights of 60's-era stereo tricks, while "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells" (arranged by the lady more famous as the author of the "Eloise" books) kicks the end of Side One into the stratosphere. Absolutely amazing arrangement that swings with the best of the psychedelic 60's.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Incredible Christmas Album of All December 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. 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 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 love-child 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 to Christmas.

The release itself is a perfect balance of fun and upbeat ditties like "Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season," sacred Christmas hymns such as "Away in a Manger," tender treasures including "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," and even a few tunes with a Williams spin on them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have Christmas CD November 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I admit, I'm a bit of a prude when it comes to Christmas music. I don't care for any of the modern day artists rocking and popping up traditional songs, most of the time they are just cheesy and awful. Having grown up listening to this album it pleases any audience, the first half are the fun songs and the second half are the more traditional songs. Andy Williams voice is so easy to listen to and it will warm your heart. For years I only had this on tape but was very happy to see it finally on CD! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Just Not Christmas Time without Hearing Andy Williams September 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a perfectly crafted collection of songs reflecting the emotions of Christmas, wisely dividing holiday cupcakes like "It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year," and "Happy Holiday," with solemn hymns like "O Holy Night" and "Sweet Little Jesus Boy." It is THE album to listen to while doing your holiday shopping, cleaning, tree trimming; it'll put a nip in the air regardless of your climate.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Christmas album December 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Andy Williams albums from the 60's and 70's tend to pretty surprising and this one is no exception. While you might expect "traditional" readings of holiday favorites, and Williams sports a conservative image, there is exceptional energy and daring in several of these interpretations and arrangements. My personal favorite is "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells", a breakneck pop/rock variation on a worn-out theme featuring Williams climbing the scales (as he tends to do) and some welcome alternate lyrics. "Happy Holiday/the Holiday Season" is an upbeat anthem that finds Williams sounding particularly bouyant, and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is perhaps the most celebratory holiday song ever recorded. This is a sincere album featuring a very versatile and talented vocalist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
The ultimate Christmas voice! And Frankie Sinatra as well. I think its a must have for all Christmas lovers and for the money, its a great deal and good addition to my CD library!
Published 1 month ago by Matthew F. Kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Had this from years ago but lost it. Great album. Love the songs. One of the best Christmas albums made.
Published 2 months ago by kay hibbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Andy Williams - But Digital Recording Pushed To Far
Andy Williams is great ! No other way around it ! The only complaint I have about recordings are those that come from digital sources ( cd's mainly ). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nick Mundo
5.0 out of 5 stars let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
I ordered this CD because my mother had the LP when it first came out a longtime ago, and it brought back lots of good memories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite
This is one of my favorite Christmas CD's so was very happy to have received in a timely manner to still enjoy for the holidays.
Published 2 months ago by A. Scherer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Andy Williams Christmas Album
Andy Williams was one of the greatest mucians of our time. I enjoyed the album very much. I hope to order more of Andy Williams in the future. Thanks again.
Published 2 months ago by Raymond Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love every song in this album! Christmas is the best season!! And the price for this CD is way better than an in store price!
Published 2 months ago by Justin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
Andy Williams presents a warm and happy Christmas album. Especially noteworthy are "Happy Holiday/The Christmas Season" and "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Garvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Williams Christmas
I love this CD. It's my second one, the other was badly scratched. It reminds me of my childhood and my parents dancing to it at Christmas time.
Published 3 months ago by Francine Kearns
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas Album
I have listened to this album for years. I didn't have a copy when I got divorced, so I had to get one for myself.
Published 3 months ago by Hedy Rodarte
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