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Christmas Present [Vinyl]
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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.Read more ›
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."
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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Love, love, love this Christmas album. My family owned this record when I was a child. Lots of good memories.Published 10 months ago by Teresa Kase
Loved the quality of the compact disc, it didn't skip at all and it was just perfect to listen to!Published on January 14, 2014 by Jenny
I started out with this album in 1974, then got the cassette tape. I play it every year at Christmas time. It is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by DENISE GYENES
Andy Williams was Christmas to me, growing up (I'm 60). I love the new stuff on this CD, especially "Christmas Presents" and the Ganoud "Ave Maria". Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Slim Pickins
My wife loves Andy Williams. Bought it for her around Christmas. Brought back great memories for her. She loves itPublished on August 26, 2013 by Spudly
A really nice Christmas album. And Andy is so smooth ... Holiday classics that are difficult not to like. Good album.Published on July 22, 2013 by Dylan