Count Your Blessings

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barbara Cook addresses seasonal music in a variety of moods and settings on Count Your Blessings. The Broadway Inspiration Voices, a 12-member, male chorus, joins her on the title song, "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and the late-'50s McGuire Sisters song "May You Always," adding a reverent tone to the religious songs and a jovial one to the pop tunes. "I Wonder as I Wonder," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," and the album-closing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" employ a spare accompaniment of one or two instruments or are rendered a cappella, giving them an intimate feel. Otherwise, Cook is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barbara Cook addresses seasonal music in a variety of moods and settings on Count Your Blessings. The Broadway Inspiration Voices, a 12-member, male chorus, joins her on the title song, "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and the late-'50s McGuire Sisters song "May You Always," adding a reverent tone to the religious songs and a jovial one to the pop tunes. "I Wonder as I Wonder," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," and the album-closing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" employ a spare accompaniment of one or two instruments or are rendered a cappella, giving them an intimate feel. Otherwise, Cook is backed by an orchestra in detailed orchestrations by Larry Blank that support her voice well. It is that easily identifiable voice of hers that is the album's major asset, however. Cook's warmth and sincerity as a singer as well as her sense of fun make her an ideal performer of Christmas music, be it sacred or secular. She is particularly affecting on the several songs that date from the 1940s and '50s a golden age of Christmas songs, particularly "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," imparting the bittersweet tone of the original which appeared during the war years. She joins in on a recent trend in holiday collections, incorporating songs that aren't really Christmas tunes, but that fit the mood of the season, such as "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," "May You Always," and even "Count Your Blessings" which, although used in the 1954 film White Christmas, does not refer to the holidays directly. But that doesn't harm the overall impact of the album, which is one of the better Christmas discs of the early 21st century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471147926
  • Catalog Number: 91479
  • Sales rank: 120,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Count Your Blessings - Broadway Inspirational Voices (3:51)
  2. 2 Winter Wonderland (2:59)
  3. 3 There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas (2:22)
  4. 4 O Holy Night - Broadway Inspirational Voices (4:24)
  5. 5 The Christmas Song (3:39)
  6. 6 I Wonder as I Wander (2:00)
  7. 7 He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Jay Berliner (3:03)
  8. 8 Away in a Manger (2:51)
  9. 9 O Little Town of Bethleham - Susan Jolles (2:55)
  10. 10 Silent Night (4:04)
  11. 11 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (3:21)
  12. 12 White Christmas (2:55)
  13. 13 Breath of Heaven - Wally Harper (4:53)
  14. 14 May You Always - Broadway Inspirational Voices (3:02)
  15. 15 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Jay Berliner (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbara Cook Primary Artist
William Galison Harmonica
Jay Berliner Banjo, Guitar
John Beal Acoustic Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto Trombone
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Paul Faulise Trombone
Melanie Feld English Horn, Oboe
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Flute
Barry Finclair Violin
Jack Gale Trombone
Howard Howard French Horn
Rebekah Johnson Violin
Susan Jolles Harp
Sharon Moe French Horn
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Destin Owens Vocals, Group Member
Michael Parloff Flute, Alto Flute
Seymour Red Press Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Clay Ruede Cello
Russ Rizner-French French Horn
Jim Saporito Percussion
Laura Seaton Violin
Richard Sortomme Violin
Bruce Wang Cello
Roger Wendt French Horn
Mineko Yajima Violin
James Pugh Trombone
Richard Brice Viola
Paul Woodiel Violin
David Blinn Viola
Maura Giannini Violin
Scott Ballantyne Cello
Wally Harper Piano, Conductor
Billy Porter Vocals, Group Member
Belinda Whitney Concert Mistress
Erik Charleston Percussion
Michael Washington Group Member
Darius de Haas Vocals, Group Member
Lisa Matricardi Violin
Robert Fowler Vocals, Group Member
Michael McElroy Leader, Group Member
Norm Lewis Vocals, Group Member
Scott Cady Piano
John Parker Vocals
Eliseo Román Vocals, Group Member
Dennis Stowe Vocals, Group Member
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Kristina Musser Violin
Bruce Bonvisutto Trombone
Robert Zubricki Violin
Bradley Dean Vocals
Rebekah Johnson Violin
Kent Monroe Vocals
Jary Berliner Guitar
James Saporito Percussion
Michael Washington Vocals
Lanny Paykin Cello
Seymour "Red" Press Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Howard T. Howard French Horn
Technical Credits
John Jacob Niles Composer
Amy Grant Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Barbara Cook Liner Notes
Mel Tormé Composer
Chris Eaton Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Hugh Fordin Producer, Audio Production
Hugh Martin Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Larry Blank Orchestration
Dick Charles Composer
Wally Harper Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Ralph Blane Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Phillip Brooks Composer
Larry Markes Composer
Traditional Composer
LuAnn Graffeo Blonkowski Art Direction
Lewis Redner Composer
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