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This Time of Year

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The weather is usually cold at Christmastime, but here's a way to make it cool...very cool! June Christy's 1961 release This Time of Year was a different kind of Christmas album, a complex, adult look at the mixed emotions the holiday season can provoke, with master arranger Pete Rugolo composing intricate, tasteful charts to support June's always immaculate phrasing. Never before on CD, this album offers a bracing antidote to the treacly sentimentality of most holiday releases...the Christmas blues never sounded so good!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000BO0LCW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Gunning on December 4, 2005
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On a couple of Capitol Christmas collections of various artists from the 1940s through the 1960s, I was introduced to June Christy. The first three tracks from the superior album THIS TIME OF YEAR were included on those Capitol collections (in there with Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Nancy Wilson, The Lettermen, and Tex Beneke, to name a few...) June's contributions were standouts: tuneful, familiar yet unusual, and most of all, haunting. It's amazing that songs like "Christmas Heart" which opens the THIS TIME OF YEAR album, followed by the breathtaking showstopper "Ring A Merry Bell," aren't standards for the season. Listening to these songs (and "Hang Them On The Tree" a sobering review of a year's wrongs) I fell in love with June Christy's voice, as well as these few wonderful songs. In time, I'd discovered many of June Christy's recordings, including her seminal SOMETHING COOL. I learned of June Christy's legacy and the enduring THIS TIME OF YEAR record album, and, after searching, and hunting, and being outbid more than once, I finally found an LP in an online auction. Though my great old turntable is long gone, I do have a record player...mainly to play THIS TIME OF YEAR, and I was not disappointed to find the whole album a stunningly straightforward, artful and evocative record. Now we have the CD !! This record is for music lovers who love Christmas music, but hunger for something different; something with history, substance, mood, great song writing, and just plain great music (in short supply these days in so many holiday recordings). Pete Rugolo arranged and conducted impeccably, Arnold and Connie Pearce Miller wrote the songs, each one of them a gem.Read more ›
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I ran across the LP shortly after moving to Chicago in 1964. I, who had everything June had ever recorded, had no idea such an album existed. I in fact got a disc jockey copy. Only Capitol recorded albums of entirely new material with its traditional pop artists, most notably Nat King Cole's "Wild Is Love" later recorded by Patti Drew, and Judy Garland's "The Letter" with Gordon Jenkins. June's Christmas album was a hidden treasure. Such mature, wistful, melancholy and wise holiday music was seldom attempted by any artist and the songwriters who fashioned this album found the perfect voice to interpret it in their friend Shirley Luster Cooper. Everything here is amazing, from the vocals to the arrangements to the songs themselves. I can't think of another Christmas album like it. And now here it is finally, an unexpectedly, on compact disc to enjoy Christmas after Christmas and all yearround. You really must hear it to realize what a work of genius this album is.
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I bought this CD after purchasing "Something Cool" and then wanting more of June's music purchased "Misty Miss Christy" and "June's Got Rhythm" along with "This Time Of Year". Everyone a gem. I'm beginning to wonder if June ever put out a bad album. This album is superb and I have been playing it nonstop. I'm glad it's on CD as I'm sure I would be needing a second copy by now from wearing out the first one.

There isn't a bad selection on this album. Every song touches a different emotion. The arrangements are wonderful and melodies are indeed haunting. It makes a nice addition to your Christmas music library as the songs are all unique and is a must have for your June Christy collection. Although I have only owned my copy for a couple of weeks I have a feeling I'll be playing it long past the Christmas season.
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It was great to finally see some of the old great recordings come out on cd now. Being a collector of holiday music, & a fan of Christy's, had me jump at the purchase of this disc. Nice to have refreshing & origional holiday songs instead of the same ones year after year. I had several of these songs on about 6 different cd's, but to have them all together on one is great. Hopefully more of this style of great music will be re-released in the future? You can't go wrong with this one.
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Does the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season make you more than a little blue? Have you decked the halls and trimmed the tree yet still don't feel the warm glow of the holidays? Do all the incessantly cheerful carols and timeworn standards make you want to pull your hair out this time of year? If so, then June Christy's 1961 holiday album should be just the gift you never knew you wanted!

I've been a fan of June's for quite some time now, and when I read that Collectors' Choice Music was re-issuing "This Time of Year," I immediately ordered a copy. My only familiarity with the album was her hit song, "The Merriest" which was included on some other Christmas compilation CD I already owned. I knew nothing of the other songs - production style, lyrical content, vocal styling - and was a bit worried about the lack of traditional fare on "This Time of Year." Would I dig a seemingly non-holiday Christmas album? The short answer to that question is a resounding "YES!" Despite the omissions of "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland," among other holiday chestnuts, "This Time of Year" sparkles with the spirit of the season in such songs as "The Little Star," "Hang Them on the Tree," and "The Merriest." June's voice echoes the sentiments that the holidays are not the same wonderful occasion for everyone and provides the flip side to each beloved Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, and Dean Martin carol piped incessantly throughout shopping malls from Thanksgiving till December 24th!

June sums up the theme of "This Time of Year" on the final track, "Winter's Got Spring Up its Sleeve," when she sings:

"So the season makes you sad and sentimental/Memories it brings to mind are things you'd rather leave behind.
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