Verve Unmixed Christmas

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Verve Records had several producers and DJs remix a set of classic holiday songs from the label's impressive back catalog and the result was the album called Verve Remixed Christmas, and this set serves as a companion to that volume, containing the untouched mixes of the songs in their original versions. Remixed or no, there are some pleasant treats here, including Jimmy Smith's funky big-band soul-jazz approach to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Nina Simone's stunningly intimate phrasing on "I Am Blessed," and Louis Armstrong's classic "What a Wonderful World" (is this really a Christmas song? No matter, it's great.) One could argue that none of these sides really needed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Verve Records had several producers and DJs remix a set of classic holiday songs from the label's impressive back catalog and the result was the album called Verve Remixed Christmas, and this set serves as a companion to that volume, containing the untouched mixes of the songs in their original versions. Remixed or no, there are some pleasant treats here, including Jimmy Smith's funky big-band soul-jazz approach to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Nina Simone's stunningly intimate phrasing on "I Am Blessed," and Louis Armstrong's classic "What a Wonderful World" (is this really a Christmas song? No matter, it's great.) One could argue that none of these sides really needed to be remixed, and the proof of that is certainly here, but listening to this set in conjunction with the remixed versions is a lot of fun, and quite fascinating at points.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517835573
  • Catalog Number: 001198202
  • Sales rank: 393,715

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Morning Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (3:16)
  2. 2 'Zat You Santa Claus? - Louis Armstrong (2:50)
  3. 3 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Ella Fitzgerald (3:36)
  4. 4 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday (3:59)
  5. 5 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:19)
  6. 6 Winder Wonderland - Shirley Horn (4:10)
  7. 7 God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Jimmy Smith (4:21)
  8. 8 I Am Blessed - Nina Simone (2:58)
  9. 9 Silent Night - Dinah Washington (2:25)
  10. 10 The Christmas Song - Mel Tormé (2:47)
  11. 11 Chilly Winds Don't Blow - Nina Simone (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Piano, Vocals
Count Basie Piano
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Shirley Horn Vocals
Mel Tormé Vocals
Dinah Washington Vocals
Frank deVol Conductor
Louis Armstrong Vocals
Billie Holiday Vocals
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra Conductor
Jimmy Allen Smith Organ, Leader
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Jimmy Rushing Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Don Sickler Producer, Audio Production
Hal Mooney Producer, Audio Production
Frank deVol Arranger
Frank Loesser Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Norman Granz Producer, Audio Production
Eddie Durham Composer
Milt Gabler Producer, Audio Production
Mack Gordon Composer
Hecky Krasnow Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Bob Shad Producer
Jimmy Smith Audio Production
Bob Thiele Composer, Producer, Audio Production
George David Weiss Composer
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra Arranger
Hollis King Art Direction
Sol Marcus Composer
Traditional Composer
James Fox Composer
Dahlia Ambach Caplin Producer
Sachico Asano Graphic Design
William Lovelock Composer
Todd C. Roberts Producer
Jimmy Allen Smith Arranger
Mikal Hameed Sculpture
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