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on December 12, 2004
"Music Of Christmas" by Percy Faith and his Orchestra is one of the best "old-fashioned" Christmas albums you're likely to run across -- today or any other day.

In my opinion, Percy and his orchestra are among the few artists that emit that certain old-time "traditional" feeling of Christmas every time you cue up one of their records. Perry Como and Ray Conniff are a couple of others in this category; they, too, have that certain "Christmas quality" that emanates from each of their holiday recordings. These artists have a knack of putting the listener into the perfect holiday mood with each selection, whether it be a vocal rendition of a Christmas favorite or an instrumental version.

This Compact Disc version of Percy's outstanding "Music Of Christmas" album is required listening each and every December. The Percy Faith "Christmas Is..." CD is also worthy of similar praise and annual Christmas-time attention.

This CD brings to mind everything warm and cheery and Norman Rockwell-esque about Christmas-time -- sleigh bells, a candle in each window, the unbroken snow glistening in the moonlight, and those great-big Christmas lights we strung around the outside of the house years ago. (Not to mention those big round mint-flavored candies with the green Christmas tree in the center that I can't seem to find anymore in grocery stores. LOL!)

This CD also reminds me of yet another quintessential "old-fashioned" style Christmas album, that being the 1963 LP recording by "The Living Strings", entitled "The Spirit Of Christmas".

That "Spirit" album, in fact, is my all-time favorite collection of Christmas tunes. That one really evokes lots of memories of Christmases past. Just one glance at that album's festive-looking front cover immediately puts you in a joyful holiday mood.

The Christmas recordings by "The Living Strings" had qualities very similar to those we hear in the Percy Faith holiday albums, which are qualities that offer a true sense of what classic Christmas music should really sound like.

But, even if you don't own that treasured "Living Strings" album, and you have a desire to listen to some of the best Yuletide music ever recorded, then this "Music Of Christmas" CD by Percy Faith and Orchestra is a can't-miss selection.
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