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Christmas Present [Vinyl]

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Columbia 3C-33191: Christmas Present by Andy Williams

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  • Vinyl (December 1, 1974)
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0002BGLT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mid-December '60. I'm twelve and contentment reigns in my world because the living room is warm and Dad is in his chair-Ward Cleaver come to visit- reading the paper and sipping a brandy and the clanging and clinking coming from the kitchen tells me Mom is wrapping up, the dinner pans and dishes and glasses being directed to their designated spaces. The "Hi-Fi" is playing Christmas records. But wait! That isn't a "Hi-Fi!" That's two hundred pounds of solid cherry, encasing a brand new technological marvel: Separated sound, a sound the developers call "STEREO."
And so, within the security of this suburban holiday womb, I listen. I listen to Johnny Mathis ( his original Christmas album, the one where he's in that red sweater and holding the skis.) I listen to Bing and to Perry and to Nat and to Percy Faith. And I listen to Andy Williams.
Andy's first two Christmas albums have received insightful Amazon reviews. They remain classics. My father felt, however, in typical Ward fashion, that the secular side of the first album was too "wild." (His word. Thirty-eight years later, I still remember.) "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells" was the most egregious transgressor. I loved it. Of course, I eventually drifted away from Andy in the mid 60's and early 70's, inevitably relegating him to the trash heap of irrelevancy. ("Hey You, Get Off Of My Cloud!")
Despite periodic seasonal listenings granted to the first two albums, I had no intention of EVER buying another Williams recording. How can you do THAT when Meat Loaf and Kansas and Boston and Rush beckon? ("Rush: This Christmas Spent With You?" Gag!) And then one day, in the early 80's, I found "Christmas Present" residing on a truck stop cassette wheel, those shrines to the quick, impulse-driven 2.
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This wonderful album from 1974 perhaps conveys the "true" spirit of Christmas like no other recording ever has. Andy angelic Ave Maria is worth the price of admission alone. Interestingly enough, Keats Tyler (Andy's long time photographer) penned the title track "Christmas Present" and gives us another gift. Andy Williams has recorded at least eight original Chrsitmas albums (Christmas Album, 1963; Merry Christmas, 1965; Christmas with Williams Brothers, 1970; Christmas Present, 1974; Andy Williams CHristmas Show,1985; I Still Believe in Santa Clause, 1990; New Christmas Album Live, 1993; We Need a Little Christmas, 1996) over the years. All wonderful, but this is indeed the top of the list. THANK YOU ANDY!!!
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The title cut from on of Willaims' last original Christmas albums is worth it all. An original gospel song with lyrics that capture the essence of Christmas. But the arrangement is anything but a "gospel" sound. It's lush and gently sung by Williams. In fact, it's the arrangements on the entire album that make it special. The balance of songs are traditional hymns and carols, but it is hard to guess what the song is until Williams begins singing after these uniquely arranged opening bars. The songs are treated with tenderness and one might accuse the tempo of being a bit to slow on a few. Truthfully, you get the feeling Williams wants to soak in the season thoroughly and make it last. Chill out and enjoy the voice of joy!
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It's ironic that I purchased this CD just a week or so before the passing of this musical giant.
Andy had a voice and a style that matched the songs of Christmas. There is a sincerity and warmth of delivery that is evocative of the season itself. It is no wonder that he was able to sustain such a tenure as one of the great artists of Christmas through his numerous Christmas albums, and his many Christmas TV shows and specials, and concerts. All of the songs on this album are sung with feeling and clarity, the trademark William's way. You can hear Andy's crescendo at the end of "The Lord's Prayer." The arrangements on all the tracks are rich and tasteful, and the interpretation by Andy of all these classics, is classic. "Christmas Present" the song, and the album itself, is a "gift from many year's ago."
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andy williams is the best! A CHRISTMAS PRESENT cd is the best christmas music ever recorded. if anyone is having a hard time getting into the christmas spirit just listen to this cd. i wish there was a way to tell andy williams just how many he has touched with his music!
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This title is my very favorite of Andy's Christmas Albums!!!! The arrangements of the songs selected are very lush and beautiful and beautifully sung by Andy. Really conveys the true spirit of Christmas - especially the first track and title song "Christmas Present" - possibly my favorite Andy Williams holiday song ever!!!! Also, the two different versions of "Ave Maria" are so very beautiful, as well as "The Lord's Prayer. Clearly his most spiritual holiday album!!!! It really conveys the spirit and meaning of the season!!!!! Just beautiful - an album I'll always treasure!!!!
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Andy Williams' first two Christmas albums from the 1960's are probably his best known holiday recordings. However, this excellent 1974 effort is another masterpiece that ranks alongside the finest Christmas albums ever made.

Christmas Present is a more mellow album than his first two Christmas recordings, and the 70's era arrangments and production sound a little more modern while still retaining the soothing, peaceful feel that made Andy's Christmas recordings of the 60's so great. The soft, angelic voice of Andy Williams only enhances the relaxing mood and the result is one of the most soothing and tranquil Christmas albums of all time.

Williams focuses on a great set of religious carols instead of the often-covered secular Christmas classics. Each one of these songs flows smooth and gentle, including "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Joy to the World" which are often bold and dramatic in other versions. "Christmas Bells" is the only song that picks up the tempo at all. "O come all ye Faithful", "O little town of Bethleham", "I heard the bells on Christmas Day", and "It came upon a midnight clear" are the most serene and relaxing versions of these standards I've ever heard.

If you are looking for a true "easy listening" Christmas CD that will ease your mind at Christmastime, this classic album belongs in your collection.
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