Waring, Fred & the Pennsylvanians

Waring, Fred & the Pennsylvanians: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas / Christmas Time

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Artist: Waring, Fred & the Pennsylvanians
Title: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas / Christmas Time
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

2017 holiday reissue. If there was ever a pair of Christmas albums crying for the twofer treatment, it would be these two 1955 Decca-label albums from Fred Waring and his band, The Pennsylvanians. Waring doesn't get his due these days, but the man was one of 20th century pop music's foremost innovators. Top it off with the fact that he launched the careers of Robert Shaw and Harry Simeone-and still found time to invent the Waring blender!-and it's no exaggeration to say that Fred Waring introduced the sound of a choir to pop music. That sound propelled many a pop hit, over 50 of 'em, in fact, but his most enduring recordings just might be the two Christmas albums he put out in 1955, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Christmas Time. Dubbed as "companion releases," their repertoire had been polished and perfected by Waring and the Pennsylvanians for over a decade, as Waring had recorded Christmas music under both of those titles for the 78 rpm format in the early '40s, then as a 10-inch 33 1/3rd releases before re-recording and adding new songs in the mid-'50s for these two full-length 12" releases. As befitting it's classic Norman Rockwell cover art, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is the more spritely of the two, with some of the greatest renditions of "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" on record, but Christmas Time is every bit as beguiling; together they make an irresistible pairing. In fact, the Christmas music website The Yule Log ranks them as the #5 and #6 greatest Christmas albums of all time, but neither of them has appeared on CD before; for this most momentous debut, we've enlisted Tom Pickles to write detailed liner notes and Mike Milchner to remaster. A must-have for any library of holiday music!

Tracks:
1.1 Jingle Bells
1.2 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
1.3 Santa Claus Is Comin? to Town
1.4 ?Twas the Night Before Christmas
1.5 Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
1.6 Beautiful Saviour
1.7 The First Nowell / O Little Town of Bethlehem / Carol of the Bells
1.8 Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)
1.9 Oh Gathering Clouds
1.10 Silent Night
1.11 When Angels Sang of Peace
1.12 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
1.13 Deck the Hall
1.14 Joy to the World
1.15 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
1.16 The Coventry Carol
1.17 A Musical Christmas Card: O Christmas Tree / the Sleigh
1.18 Kentucky Wassail Song / Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
1.19 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
1.20 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
1.21 Heigh Ho the Holly / See Amid the Winter?S Snow
1.22 Behold That Star / Carol of the Bells
1.23 Luther?S Cradle Hymn
1.24 Alleluia
1.25 Gloria in Excelsis

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