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It's impossible to say enough about this set.
on November 21, 2002
Okay, I always...well, almost always...try to realize that not everyone agrees with my opinion and I try to write my reviews with all listeners in mind, not just those who agree with me. Yeah, well, I apologize, but I'm not even going to try to consider that there might be people who wouldn't like this album.
Anne Murray has one of the most notably warm, clear-cut, and versatile voices around. She's capable of expressing whatever the song calls for, and she does it. There's no excessive volume, exaggerated breathiness, etc. here. She is accepted by the country music fans, but I don't think there's anyone of those who dislike country who dislike Anne Murray.
This two record set consists primarily of the traditional and familiar with some notable exceptions. However, it is the traditional and the familiar sung to perfection. The secular and spiritually based songs are interspersed rather than grouped together. And with her delivery, it works out well.
The first CD starts out with "Joy To The World", close to my favorite if not favorite rendition of this carol, concluding with "I'll Be Home for Christmas"; the second starts out with a medley of Santa songs, and concludes with "Silent Night". As I have said elsewhere, I consider her "Silent Night" easily one of the ten best recordings of the song.
If a person decided to have one and only one Christmas record (and was open to it's actually being a two record set) and asked me for my recommendation...I'm pretty sure this would be it.