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Complete Mercury Christmas Recordings
     

The Complete Mercury Christmas Recordings

by The Statler Brothers
 
Real Gone's 2014 compilation The Complete Mercury Christmas Recordings pairs the two holiday albums the Statler Brothers recorded for Mercury: 1978's Christmas Card and 1985's Christmas Present. There's a noticeable difference in production between the two albums -- the 1978 record is richer and warmer, the

Overview

Real Gone's 2014 compilation The Complete Mercury Christmas Recordings pairs the two holiday albums the Statler Brothers recorded for Mercury: 1978's Christmas Card and 1985's Christmas Present. There's a noticeable difference in production between the two albums -- the 1978 record is richer and warmer, the 1985 a bit bigger and colder, largely due to the introduction of many synthesizers -- but they're constructed in similar fashion, with classic carols balanced by new songs written by the group's songwriters Don Reid and Harold Reid. Half of each record is devoted to originals, while the group doesn't necessarily play it safe on the covers, devising a nifty harmony scheme for "Jingle Bells" and sounding invested in songs that have been performed many times before, a trick that's relatively difficult to achieve. Due to its warmth, Christmas Card is the better of the two records but there's good cheer to Christmas Present and it's nice to have both on one CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2014
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064003113
catalogNumber:
640031
Rank:
7207

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Statler Brothers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Lew DeWitt   Arranger,Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Walter Kent   Composer
Cam Mullins   String Arrangements
Tom Sparkman   Engineer
Bergen White   Arranger
D. Bergen White   String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Philip Balsley   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy Fortune   Composer
Don Reid   Arranger,Composer
Harold Reid   Arranger,Composer
Howard Smiley   Producer
Bill Crowley   Producer
John Rimel   Composer
Buddy Church   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Alexander   Liner Notes
Debo Reid   Composer

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