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"The Christmas Album", in spite of its relative brevity, manages to offer something for every Xmas palate: from the sleigh ride bounce of "Frosty the Snowman" to the classic religiosity of "Away in a Manger" to the near ethereal romance of a "A Christmas Love Song" and the medley "Snowfall/Christmas Time is Here." Like most of Mathis' music, this Christmas album should endure as one of his best efforts yet.
Among the highlights are swinging renditions of "Frosty The Snowman" (arrangement inspired by Ella Fitzgeraldís classic recording), Irving Berlinís "Iíve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," "Holly Jolly Christmas" (from Burl Ivesís much loved TV special "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"), "Christmas Time Is Here" (Vince Guaraldiís modern jazz standard from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" TV special), "Merry Christmas" (originally recorded by Judy Garland) and a heart-stirring arrangement of "Joy To The World."
Plus, "Heavenly Peace," which was specially written for this album by noted pop composers Dean Pitchford ("Fame," "Footloose") and Tom Snow ("Heís So Shy," "Donít Know Much," "After All").
The Christmas Album was produced by Robbie
Buchanan (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion/Peabo
Bryson, Bette Midler). Executive producer Jay
Landers (Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Julio
Iglesias, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion/Peabo Bryson).
1. Joy To The World
2. Heavenly Peace
3. Away In A Manger
4. A Christmas Love Song
5. Frosty The Snowman
6. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. Iíve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
9. Snowfall/Christmas Time Is Here
10. Merry Christmas