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Christmas at the Biltmore Estate
     

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate

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by Judy Collins
 

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Judy Collins was 33 years into her recording career before releasing her first formal holiday album, Come Rejoice! A Judy Collins Christmas, in 1994. It has only taken her three years to issue another. Christmas at the Biltmore Estate, recorded live, is the audio complement to her cable-TV special, which finds her fronting her band and the Charlotte

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Judy Collins was 33 years into her recording career before releasing her first formal holiday album, Come Rejoice! A Judy Collins Christmas, in 1994. It has only taken her three years to issue another. Christmas at the Biltmore Estate, recorded live, is the audio complement to her cable-TV special, which finds her fronting her band and the Charlotte Children's Choir. Collins repeats her seasonal original compositions, "Come Rejoice" and "All on a Wintry Night," from her previous Christmas album and adds her own new material to "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and a musical setting of "The Night Before Christmas." Since publishing her autobiography, Trust Your Heart, in 1987, the singer has tended to imbue her work with personal references, and never more so than here, as, in her stage remarks, she paints a detailed portrait of her own childhood Christmases with her parents and four siblings in Colorado. These reminiscences provide a context for the set of mostly traditional, and traditionally rendered, seasonal fare, with the choir joining in. As ever, Collins' chief attribute is her beautiful voice, which is particularly well suited to this sort of material. Like her previous holiday album, this one is a bit on the formal side, even in the live setting, but it is given a more intimate tone by all the warm memories she evokes, even if they sound rehearsed. [In its original release, the album marked Collins' one-off return to her old association with Elektra Records. The 2010 reissue by Collectors' Choice Music includes new liner notes by Richie Unterberger that benefit from an interview with Collins.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742212525
catalogNumber:
21252

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano
Ron Clearfield   Cello
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Russell Walden   Piano,Keyboards
Byron Hedgepath   Percussion
Liesl Whitaker   Trumpet
Ken Bichel   Keyboards
Sandy Holland   Choir Director

Technical Credits

George Frideric Handel   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Judy Collins   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Clement C. Moore   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Joseph Joubert   Choir Arrangement
Jay Livingston   Composer
Alan Silverman   Producer,Engineer
Russell Walden   Orchestration,Musical Director
David Willcocks   Composer
George Williamson   Sound Production
Jim De Barros   Art Direction
Sara Rotman   Art Direction
Richie Unterberger   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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