Christmas Album

Christmas Album

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by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
     
 

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Herb Alpert turned to jazz's Shorty Rogers -- then toiling in the L.A. film and TV studios -- for voice and string arrangements on his Christmas album, and Rogers in turn went all out for schmaltz. Rogers' cooing voices introduce several of the tunes, whereupon the Tijuana Brass do their mostly unrelated Ameriachi thing familiar from past albums. Indeed, "Las…  See more details below

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Herb Alpert turned to jazz's Shorty Rogers -- then toiling in the L.A. film and TV studios -- for voice and string arrangements on his Christmas album, and Rogers in turn went all out for schmaltz. Rogers' cooing voices introduce several of the tunes, whereupon the Tijuana Brass do their mostly unrelated Ameriachi thing familiar from past albums. Indeed, "Las Mananitas" seems to have been lifted from an obscure B-side of a 45 and overdubbed with the Rogers treatment. Jingling bells is a recurring song theme -- first with "Jingle Bells," then the cloying "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle," and ultimately "Jingle Bell Rock." For the first time in a long time, Alpert's sense of pacing occasionally goes awry; "My Favorite Things" nearly comes apart in the silences and piano/vocal interlude between the TJB grooves, and "Sleigh Ride" screeches to a dead halt. And yet time and further exposure has revealed this record's homey charms, which no doubt is one reason why it continues to be available on CD where other TJB best-sellers have fallen by the wayside.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663441123
catalogNumber:
34411

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Herb Alpert   Indexed Contributor,Primary Artist,Horn,Track Performer
Shorty Rogers   Vocals
Nick Ceroli   Horn
Bob Edmondson   Horn
John Pisano   Horn
Pat Senatore   Horn
Tonni Kalash   Horn
Lou Pagani   Horn

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Julius Wechter   Arranger
Shorty Rogers   Arranger,String Arrangements
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Larry Levine   Engineer
Jerry Moss   Producer,Audio Production
John Pisano   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Gene Sculatti   Liner Notes
Tom Wilkes   Art Direction
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
John Roberts   Artwork
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Chuck Beesen   Art Direction
James Ross Boothe   Composer
Larry Kusik   Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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Christmas Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom and dad had this album when I was growing up. I've been trying to find it on CD for several Christmases. It brings joy to my heart and brings back memories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this cassette and always get very nostalgic when hearing it. For the past 5 or 6 years, I have been purchasing the Christmas music I listened to as a child and this album, my absolute favorite, has not been available on CD. Imagine my surprize when I checked and saw that it would be released this year! I purchased enough copies so that I could give it to my brothers and sisters for Christmas as well as give my children their own copy. Everyone enjoys "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" and it's easy for children to learn. This album has been a tradition in my family since it was released in 1968 and I am so glad that I can share it with a whole new generation.