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2009 holiday release from the greatest showman of our time. In The Swing Of Christmas is a special album of holiday favorites, old and new. 12 tracks including 'Silver Bells', 'Carol Of The Bells/Jingle Bells', 'Toyland', 'Christmas Time Is Here', 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer' and many others.

1. Silver Bells
2. Carol Of The Bells / Jingle Bells
3. Joy To The World / It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Violets For Your Furs
6. O Tannenbaum / Winter Wonderland
7. Christmas Time is Here
8. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire) 9. Toyland
9. Count Your Blessings
10. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
11. Christmas Is Just Around The Corner (From "A Cranberry Christmas")

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B002LLDT9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Deanna S. Neeley on November 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you want Christmas music with a different color, this album really swings. I wish I could figure out how Manilow is able to take traditional songs and manipulate them into magic pieces that demands attention to arrangement structure. I know the titles speak the same traditional Christmas music, but believe me, it's Manilow Magic again that recreates traditional into something new and exciting. I want more!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow! High-powered beauty PLUS creative jazz! I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT!!! This is the previously released 2007 Hallmark Christmas CD by Barry, now re-released with 2 additional tracks added.

There are 12 tracks in all now, between a half hour and 45 minutes in total. Yes, I wish it was longer, but it's still great. These are mainly traditional Christmas songs. Yes! I said CHRISTMAS!!! And I'm proud of it! I get tired of all this "HOLIDAY" stuff. Christmas is Christmas. If you don't like the word, don't celebrate it!

OK. I'm off my soapbox now. Anyway, the songs are:

1)Silver Bells (all 5 or 6 tracks done by Barry overlaying each other)
2)Carol of the Bells/Jingle Bells (verrrrry jazzzzzy) (I love those J-I-N-G-L-E B-E-double L-S U-C)
3)Joy to the World/It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
4)Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5)Violets for Your Furs (slow--very pretty--about winter in Manhattan and a guy buying violets for his girl's furs)
6)O Tannenbaum/Winter Wonderland (a bit jazzy on Winter Wonderland)
7)Christmas Time is Here (the song you hear on the Snoopy cartoon Christmas special)
8)The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
9)Toyland
10)Count Your Blessings
Bonus Tracks (added to the 2009 version):
11)Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
12)Christmas is Just Around the Corner

Like I said, these are Christmas standards and you already know what they sound like. He stayed fairly straight on most of them, keeping the original beauty. Of course, you know what Toyland sounds like and I love it. It always makes me think of the special times watching children play at Christmas time.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Park on October 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a rereales of the 2007 one that Hallmark put out. The rereales puts two new songs on it at the end. It just adds to a really great one.
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Barry Manilow gives us yet another great album with this release of holiday music! His voice is in excellent form, as always; and he makes it seem all so easy, too. The arrangements are very well done and well thought out; and this is definitely a must-have for his fans and lovers of Christmas music everywhere. The quality of the sound is very good and I really like that artwork.

The album starts off with Barry performing "Silver Bells;" Barry makes this special by having his voice play over itself at very slightly different, layered times to create a stunning backup vocals effect. I love it! The melody is easy on the ear and they all play a little with the tempo and keys so that Barry can put his own stamp on this classic ballad. There's also a fine and jazzy medley of "Carol of the Bells" and "Jingle Bells;" Barry delivers this with all his heart and soul and just one listen proves it! "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," a number first sung by Judy Garland in "Meet Me in Saint Louis," gets the royal treatment from Barry who sings this to perfection--and beyond! "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is beautiful and it's easily a major highlight of this album.

"Violets for Your Furs" has a lovely piano arrangement as Barry sings this with great sensitivity; it's quite a romantic number and I think you'll like it. The medley of "O Tannenbaum" and "Winter Wonderland" charms me with its natural beauty; Barry sings this without ever letting go of a single superfluous note! "Christmas Time is Here," a number written for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" television special back in the 1960s, is very sweet; and I enjoy hearing Barry doing a superb job on "The Christmas Song." "The Christmas Song" is absolutely gorgeous; and there's yet another gem in "Count Your Blessings.
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If you like timeless, classic Christmas music, Barry captures it all...from the wonderful a capella rendition of "Silver Bells" to "Christmas Time is Here" that pays wonderful musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi's "Peanuts" Christmas CD, you can't help but smile when you listen to this CD. Put this music on as you decorate your tree or start a fun session of baking with your children...you will definitely be caught up in the Christmas spirit! I would consider this one of the better CD's in my collection, and look forward to hearing it each December! Barry's voice is still intact, and hearing "Winter Wonderland" and "The Christmas Song" has me dreamily anticipating the wonderful days leading up to Christmas Day. Thanks, Barry, for capturing the music I listened to (often!) as a child....it brings back wonderful memories of Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, all with your personal signature style!
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Format: Audio CD
I bought this for a ridiculously low price at a Borders store going out of business. Barry has become one of those singers whose done multiple Christmas albums, a la Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Kenny Rogers and Harry Connick Jr. This particular CD is done mostly in "swing time." It works better for some songs than for others. Barry does a completely new song, Violets For Your Furs. It's okay but I don't know if it will become a standard. Other songs I like are Toyland, Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas, Christmas Time is Here (from the Charlie Brown TV special), Count Your Blessings, Rudolph the Reindeer and Christmas is Just Around The Corner, another new song. The songs will keep your toes tapping and fingers snapping.
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