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Forgotten Carols
     

The Forgotten Carols

by Michael McLean
 
From start to finish, The Forgotten Carols is a haunting album that stays in the mind of the listener for days afterward. Composer and storyteller Michael McLean tells the story behind a collection of carols about forgotten or overlooked supporting characters in the Biblical story of the Nativity. The stories are shared in a book

Overview

From start to finish, The Forgotten Carols is a haunting album that stays in the mind of the listener for days afterward. Composer and storyteller Michael McLean tells the story behind a collection of carols about forgotten or overlooked supporting characters in the Biblical story of the Nativity. The stories are shared in a book written for the purpose, while the songs are performed on an accompanying album. The album is best experienced with the book, or the songs may seem disjointed, as the musical styles are as different as the characters they represent. From the Innkeeper, voiced by Gene Moreford, through the nurse, voiced by Felicia Sorenson, who hears the stories behind the carols for the first time, the characters exhort the listener to believe in Jesus Christ. Musical support for the album is provided by a wide range of Latter Day Saints musical talent, including John Batdorf (voice), Michael Dowdle (guitars), Merrill Jenson (orchestral arrangements) and Jerry Williams (piano). The structure of the story lends itself to family reading and listening time over the course of several evenings in preparation for Christmas day. Families can discuss how the stories of these overlooked characters can relate to their own experiences in modern times. All said, a very family-friendly album with a poignant Christmas message. [Originally released in 1991 in a red cover with accompanying story and songbook, the album was repackaged in 1998 with a white cover. The original storybook included the sheet music bound into the book. The 1998 version eliminated the sheet music and was resized with a slot to hold the CD inside the back cover. As with the original, the album is available packaged with the book or alone.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
Label:
Mormon Tabernacle
UPC:
0783027505429
catalogNumber:
75054

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael McLean   Primary Artist,Synthesizer
Michael Dowdle   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Batstone   Vocals,Group
John Batdorf   Vocals,Group
Randy Crenshaw   Vocals,Group
Ken Evans   Choir, Chorus
Vince Frates   Piano
Rich Gibbons   Choir, Chorus,Vacuum Cleaner
Meredith Campbell   String Quartet
Joel Rosenberg   Viola,String Quartet
Ryan Selberg   Cello,String Quartet
Felicia Sorensen   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Todd Sorensen   Drums
Barry Gibbons   Choir, Chorus
Ken Hodges   Percussion
Gene Moreford   Vocals,Narrator,Group
Brett Raymond   Synthesizer Strings
Judd Maher   Choir, Chorus
Merrill Jenson   Cello,Conductor
Jerry Williams   Piano
Lucie Gibbons   Choir, Chorus
Cody Hale   Choir, Chorus
Melissa Pace   Choir, Chorus
Ron Williams   Choir, Chorus
Arlen Card   Choir, Chorus
Rich Logan   Vocals,Group

Technical Credits

Sam Cardon   Synthesizer String Arrangement
Michael Dowdle   rhythm arrangement,Guitar Arrangements
Mike Greene   Engineer
John Batdorf   Vocal Arrangements
Andy Waterman   Engineer
Judd Maher   Choir Arrangement
Loren Ashcroft   Engineer
Merrill Jenson   Composer,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements,Viola Arrangement
Michael McLean   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jerry Williams   Piano Arrangement

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