Joy to the World

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Just when it feels like every possible version of every possible holiday song has been recorded already, Pink Martini's Joy to the World finds ways to revive holiday spirits. While the band could very easily do a swanky lounge-pop album of the season's songs, this globally minded collection is traditional and unpredictable at the same time. Pink Martini begins Joy to the World with an intimate rendition of "White Christmas" that's so faithful to the original that it features the sunny California prelude that was included when it debuted in the film Holiday Inn, then they follow it with a lush orchestral rendition -- sung in Japanese. Yet quirks like these don't feel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Just when it feels like every possible version of every possible holiday song has been recorded already, Pink Martini's Joy to the World finds ways to revive holiday spirits. While the band could very easily do a swanky lounge-pop album of the season's songs, this globally minded collection is traditional and unpredictable at the same time. Pink Martini begins Joy to the World with an intimate rendition of "White Christmas" that's so faithful to the original that it features the sunny California prelude that was included when it debuted in the film Holiday Inn, then they follow it with a lush orchestral rendition -- sung in Japanese. Yet quirks like these don't feel kitschy; aside from "Santa Baby," Joy to the World's lone indulgence in camp, the album sings of peace and celebration in many tongues. Whether they give "Little Drummer Boy"'s arrangement a Middle Eastern-meets-lounge twist or sing "Silent Night" in German, Arabic, and English, Pink Martini ensures this is truly a multicultural party. The group even makes fresh choices for Hanukkah and New Year's, presenting the conclusion of the Amidah prayer set to music ("Elohai, N'tzor") and "Ocho Kandelikas," a Sephardic song sung in Ladino. "Congratulations," a song for the Chinese New Year, is such a breath of fresh air compared to "Auld Lang Syne" that it's easy to forget that this song would normally be heard in late January or early February instead of the end of December. And when "Auld Lang Syne" arrives with an arrangement inspired by Brazilian Carnaval music, it sends off the album, and the year, with a huge celebration. A near-perfect blend of spirituality and festivity, Joy to the World lets listeners hear the holidays with new ears, and maybe see it with fresh eyes, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • UPC: 723721506452
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 107,579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Christmas (2:11)
  2. 2 White Christmas, Pt. 2 - Saori Yuki (3:32)
  3. 3 Shchedryk (Ukrainian Bell Carol) - The Pacific Youth Choir (3:00)
  4. 4 Santa Baby (2:37)
  5. 5 Elohai, N'tzor (3:20)
  6. 6 Little Drummer Boy (3:48)
  7. 7 Congratulations (A Happy New Year Song) (2:53)
  8. 8 Do You Hear What I Hear? (3:58)
  9. 9 La Vergine Degli Angeli - The Pacific Youth Choir (3:11)
  10. 10 We Three Kings (5:07)
  11. 11 A Snowglobe Christmas (3:36)
  12. 12 Ocho Kandelikas (2:17)
  13. 13 Silent Night - Portland Boychoir (3:38)
  14. 14 Auld Lang Syne - The Pacific Choir (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Martini Primary Artist
Phil Baker Upright Bass
China Forbes Vocals
Dan Faehnle Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gavin Bondy Trumpet
Thomas Lauderdale Piano, Celeste
David Gerow Mandolin
Martin Zarzar Percussion, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Tambourine, Triangle, Chekere, Shaker, sleigh bells
Brian Davis Percussion, Conga, Surdo, Chekere, Cuica, sleigh bells, Repenique
Ben Landsverk Background Vocals
Timothy Jensen Clarinet, Flute, Guest Appearance
Maureen Love Harp
Timothy Nishimoto Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Shaker, cowbell
Derek Rieth Percussion, Conga, Chekere, cowbell
Saori Yuki Vocals, Guest Appearance
Taylor Johnson Choir, Chorus
Daniel Dempsey Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Crosa Violin
Esteban Diaz Caixa
Ida Rae Cahana Vocals, Guest Appearance
Carl Halvorson Background Vocals
Robert Taylor Trombone
Pansy Chang Cello
Fairouz Vocals
Adam Johnson Choir, Chorus
Stephen Marc Beaudoin Background Vocals
Tim Cooper Surdo
Kathleen Hunt Caixa
Sue Smith Choir, Chorus
Michael Kepler Meo Choir, Chorus
Nathan LaRiviere-Koempel Choir, Chorus
Patricia Costa Kim Accordion, Guest Appearance
John Meo Choir, Chorus
Don Henson Marimbas, Xylophone
Jamie Klein Choir, Chorus
Jeremy Gordon Surdo
Lusi Candido Cavaquinho
Eric Asakawa Choir, Chorus
Calvin Multanen Choir, Chorus
Will Marsh Choir, Chorus
John Jenness Caixa
Jay Mower Tamborim
Yumi Torimaru Tamborim
Ara Nelson Tamborim
Ari Bluffstone Choir, Chorus
Russ Blake Slide Guitar
Stephen Ecklemann Choir, Chorus
Lauren Searls Choir, Chorus
Devin Van Hine Choir, Chorus
David Gerhards Choir, Chorus
Duncan Tuomi Choir, Chorus
Karen Early sleigh bells, Guest Appearance
Pauline Serrano Chocalhos
Paxton Woods-Eliot Choir, Chorus
Jayson Thoming-Gale Tamborim
Nate Overmeyer Background Vocals
Audrey Overby Choir, Chorus
Chelsea Plaskitt Choir, Chorus
Glen Hascall Choir, Chorus
Ari Shapiro Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jim Troisi Choir, Chorus
Yestin Harrison Choir, Chorus
Noah Gladen-Kolarsky Choir, Chorus
Drew Danin Tamborim
Jessica Wasko Choir, Chorus
Brandyn Callahan Choir, Chorus
Jeramie Gajan Choir, Chorus
Noah Cotter Choir, Chorus
Elena Hess Choir, Chorus
Lauren Berg Choir, Chorus
Kassandra Haddock Choir, Chorus
Cindy Gronbach Choir, Chorus
Sarah Breckenridge Choir, Chorus
Brian Parrott Choir, Chorus
Debbie Ivanov Choir, Chorus
Matthew Krane Choir, Chorus
Forrest Gamba Choir, Chorus
Luke Multanen Choir, Chorus
Grace Fong Piano, Celeste, Guest Appearance
The Pacific Youth Choir Choir, Chorus
Randall Givens Caixa
Technical Credits
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Flory Jagoda Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Dave Friedlander Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Henry Onorati Composer
Tatsuro Yamashita Composer
Philip Springer Composer
China Forbes Composer
Mike King Layout
Pink Martini Producer
Noel Regney Composer
Thomas Lauderdale Composer, Producer
Traditional Composer
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Composer
Brian Davis Direction
Robert Burns Composer
Danny Maseng Composer
Francesco Maria Piave Composer
David York Direction
Chen Ge Xin Composer
Mykola Leontovych Composer
Joan Javits Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker Composer
Josef Mohr Composer
Stephen Taylor Orchestration
Mia Hall Savage Director, Direction
Dr. Dirgham Sbait Composer, Adaptation, translation
Jacques Sevin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    It's already on my all time favorites list!

    I love the mix of styles and languages! It really embodies the spirit of the season. I have a HUGE Holiday music collection, and this whole cd is a pleasure. The kids and I love the Congratulations song, and the version of Silent Night in German, English, and Arabic is beautiful.

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