The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
A cappella recordings are the exception rather than the rule in Christmas music -- for that matter, they are the exception rather than the rule in most areas of music -- but an absence of instruments can serve Christmas music well if it is done right. In fact, the a cappella approach yields enjoyable results for Take 6 on 2010's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which is their first Christmas album since 1999's We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Only on a performance of pianist Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" which features pianist/singer Shelea Frazier as a guest does this 33-minute CD use any type of instrument; the rest of the album is strictly a cappella, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
A cappella recordings are the exception rather than the rule in Christmas music -- for that matter, they are the exception rather than the rule in most areas of music -- but an absence of instruments can serve Christmas music well if it is done right. In fact, the a cappella approach yields enjoyable results for Take 6 on 2010's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which is their first Christmas album since 1999's We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Only on a performance of pianist Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" which features pianist/singer Shelea Frazier as a guest does this 33-minute CD use any type of instrument; the rest of the album is strictly a cappella, and that's a good thing because the lack of instruments really makes Take 6's delightful vocal harmonies jump out at the listener. Those harmonies are as captivating on arrangements of 20th century Christmas pop standards including "Sleigh Ride," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," and the title track as they are on some pre-20th century European carols among them, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "I Saw Three Ships". And Take 6 have a lot of fun with "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," which is easily the disc's most humorous offering. Listeners who acquired We Wish You a Merry Christmas when it first came out back in 1999 will find that The Most Wonderful Time of the Year isn't any less appealing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 053361315825
  • Catalog Number: 3158
  • Sales rank: 64,146

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Take 6 Primary Artist
Sheléa Frazier Piano, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Cedric Dent Arranger, Producer
Kim Gannon Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Mark Kibble Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Tony Shepperd Engineer
George Wyle Composer
Dr. Seuss Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Lee Mendelson Composer
Richard Storrs Willis Composer
Albert Hague Composer
David Thomas Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Sheléa Frazier Arranger, Producer
Edmund Sears Composer
James Pierpont Composer
Eddie Pola Composer
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