The Christmas Song [+digital booklet]
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The Christmas Song [+digital booklet]

August 25, 2009

  Song Title Artist
Nat's Christmas Wishes Nat King Cole
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) Nat King Cole
Deck The Hall Nat King Cole
O Come All Ye Faithful Nat King Cole
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Nat King Cole
O Tannenbaum Nat King Cole
O Little Town Of Bethlehem Nat King Cole
I Saw Three Ships Nat King Cole
O Holy Night Nat King Cole
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Nat King Cole
A Cradle In Bethlehem Nat King Cole
Away In A Manger Nat King Cole
Joy To The World Nat King Cole
The First Noel Nat King Cole
Caroling, Caroling Nat King Cole
Silent Night Nat King Cole
Buon Natale Nat King Cole & Anthony Hamilton
All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) The King Cole Trio
The Happiest Christmas Tree Nat King Cole
The Christmas Song Nat King Cole Featuring Natalie Cole
Digital Booklet: The Christmas Song

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 42:45
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  • ASIN: B002L1D17A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,739 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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145 of 155 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Capitol, Can We Just Get Back To Basics? November 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Capitol, since a new version of this album is released practically every year and you still haven't gotten it right, how about doing this NEXT year? Restore the original 1963 album track order. Restore the original ambient echo effect that was on that LP (or just remaster the original'86 CD version). Scan and remaster the original '63 cover art (with Nat sitting by the fire) including the original "full dimensional stereo" banner. Then, commission Will Freidwald or another music historian to write a brief history of this album. You know, how it began as "The Magic Of Christmas" in 1960 and morphed into the "Christmas Song" version we all knew and loved for 30-some odd years before you began monkeying with it? Then, on the back of the booklet, scan and print the original "Magic Of Christmas" artwork with its corresponding stereo banner. Then, add "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Happy New Year" and the English outtake of "Adeste Fideles" as extras. Leave Natalie's duet, the Toys For Tots PSA and all the novelty x-mas tunes to another collection. THAT is how you do a re-release!

For some reason, Capitol has been BUTCHERING its holiday releases by Nat, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys just to name a few. In the 80's and 90's holiday CD's by each could be found with only slightly modified versions of the original album art and sound matching that of the LP master tapes. But in the past ten years, the Capitol art department has decided to give each album a complete makeover(several of them in fact)... all for the worse! Also, someone has decided to shuffle the track order, add a bunch of extra crap and dub it the "Ultimate Christmas Collection" (Beach Boys). Please, originality is best when it comes to re-issues, especially these sacred Christmas albums. Save the abstract art and marketing concepts for your NEW artist releases.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Christmas Song is indeed an expanded, remastered and repackaged version of Nat's CD entitled The Christmas Song from 1990, 2005 and more! If you have one or all of these albums already from the great Mr. Cole, your only true reason to buy this would be for the upgrade in sound quality although the improved remastering doesn't make a huge "night and day" difference when I hear it. If, however, you are a casual fan or a relative newcomer to Nat "King" Cole who has not yet purchased past releases of The Christmas Song CD, then go ahead and get this--although, for example, you will miss out tracks from the 2005 edition of this album including a version of "The Christmas Song" from 1946 by The King Cole Trio as well as tracks entitled "Toys for Tots" and "Happy New Year."

Of course, anyway you slice it Nat still sounds great on this album. There are religious holiday standards including "O Tannenbaum;" "O Little Town of Bethlehem;" "O Holy Night;" "The First Noel" and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." Nat performs these with panache and the lush musical arrangements greatly enhance the songs. They use a background choir on a few of these numbers but it's all done in good taste and the background singers never try to steal the spotlight for Nat "King" Cole.

Other terrific songs include more secular tunes such as "Caroling, Caroling;" "All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" by The King Cole Trio and the endlessly charming "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" which is done both in its 1961 glory and as a duet with Nat's daughter Natalie.

Overall, get this if you're a casual fan without previous editions of this CD--or a newcomer just discovering Nat's artistry who wants some fine holiday music by Nat "King" Cole.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday Classic, Pure Perfection! December 11, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nat King Cole should be rightly be crowned the 'King of Christmas' because this classic holiday CD will never go out of style. It's uniquely and wonderfully perfect. My wife and I could play it 1,000 times and never grow tired of it. Cole's smooth vocals coupled with traditional carols and a few modern offerings is the absolute perfect ambiance for any holiday occasion. A definite 'must-have' for any holiday CD collection!

'Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song' includes:

1. Nat's Christmas Wishes
2. The Christmas Song
3. Deck The Hall
4. O Come All Ye Faithful
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
6. O Tannenbaum
7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. I Saw Three Ships
9. O Holy Night
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11. A Cradle In Bethlehem
12. Away In A Manager
13. Joy To The World
14. The First Noel
15. Caroling, Caroling
16. Silent Night
17. Buon Natale
18. All I Want For Christmas
19. The Happiest Christmas Tree
20. The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole duet featuring Natalie Cole)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Merry Christmas February 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If I could only have 1 CD to listen to at Christmas time, I'd have to pick this one out of so many other great possibilities. The recording quality of this edition is excellent and Nat King Cole was never in better voice then when he recorded these songs -- and the arrangements dovetail with his singing so well that it's practically perfect in every way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smoothest voice ever November 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this Christmas album by Nat King Cole for a dear friend as a Christmas gift but of course, I've already had it delivered to her. Nat King Cole is her FAVORITE so I know she's going to play this to death once someone shows her how to use her new portable CD player which I also sent to her. My friend is 86yrs young and I doubt she's ever even SEEN a CD!!!!She's going to be sooooo excited!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS!!
What's not to like about Nat King Cole singing Classics? NIce to hear the classics sung well at Christmas time!
Published 1 month ago by Lori Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow voice
Hearing Nat's voice just brings back wonderful memories. Such a great sound. No one sounds like him. The Christmas Song with Natalie is amazing.
Published 2 months ago by Ruby Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars great old songs
Nat King Cole.Always a wonderful velvety experience. Reminds me of the albums my mom played during the holidays.Wonderful Christmas memories.
Published 2 months ago by shugrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I had recently bought two Christmas CD's from a store for cheap and thought i had gotten a deal.. When I played the CD I was eating spaghetti and when i heard it i literally spit... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Somebody
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas with Nat King Cole
This ia a great CD. When I was a child these songs played in my house at Christmas time. Having the CD brings those good feelings back to me.
Published 2 months ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic music you can't anywhere
I choose this rating because it was classic music that you can't find anyway these days. And I recommend it to anyone my age and older.
Published 3 months ago by Sylvia J Tarver
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental memories
I chose this for my Aunt Lily who will turn 95 in March. She didn't have a wedding when she was
young and so my Uncle and Aunt through a big party on their 50th wedding... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ellen baccari
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
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 3 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetie 4 Life
Oh My Goodness did I have a flash back. My dad was a Nat King Cole fanatic. Now i know why! I loved every melodic beat of this CD. Smooth, supreme, heavenly for the holidays. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joyce Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite oldies.
One of my personal favorites of Nat King Cole. I love all his music. Thank you for being able to make it available on line.
Published 3 months ago by Sheree Evans
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