What a Wonderful Christmas

What a Wonderful Christmas

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by Anne Murray
     
 
Anne Murray's caramel vocals wrapped around chestnuts like "Winter Wonderland" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" make for a sweet holiday treat, indeed. What a Wonderful Christmas is a two-CD set encompassing more than 30 holiday treasures, which means that Murray traverses a lot of tinsel-covered ground here. Among the more unusual contributions are the

Overview

Anne Murray's caramel vocals wrapped around chestnuts like "Winter Wonderland" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" make for a sweet holiday treat, indeed. What a Wonderful Christmas is a two-CD set encompassing more than 30 holiday treasures, which means that Murray traverses a lot of tinsel-covered ground here. Among the more unusual contributions are the kitschy "Christmas in Killarney," a heartfelt "The Season Will Never Grow Old," and the countryfied "Mary's Boy Child." Murray fans have a reason to rejoice.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Canadian songbird Anne Murray has always had success with her gentle, traditional approach to Christmas and holiday music, and "What a Wonderful Christmas" is no exception. The majority of the songs on this two-CD set are faithful Christmas chestnuts ("Joy to the World," "Away in a Manger," "O Holy Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"), with a few lesser-known, non-traditional numbers ("This Season Will Never Grow Old," "Christmas Wishes," "Sweet Little Jesus Boy"). All of the songs are delivered in a warm acoustic setting, with a handful featuring tasteful string and brass sections and a small backing choir. Anne Murray's music always seems most appropriate in the winter, and a collection of holiday songs fits that bill nicely.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Straight Way
UPC:
0724382033523
catalogNumber:
20335

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Joy to the World
  2. The Coventry Carol/White Christmas
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  5. Winter Wonderland
  6. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  7. The Coventry Carol /Christmas in Killarney]
  8. This Season Will Never Grow Old
  9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  10. O Come All Ye Faithful
  11. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  12. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  13. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  14. I'll Be Home for Christmas

Disc 2

  1. The Santa Medley: Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Frosty the Snowman
  3. Away in a Manger
  4. We Three Kings
  5. Silver Bells
  6. The Little Drummer Boy
  7. The First Noël
  8. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  9. Christmas Wishes
  10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  11. Mary's Little Boy Child/Oh My Lord
  12. O Holy Night
  13. The Coventry Carol /The Christmas Song]
  14. Silent Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anne Murray   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Blamires   Background Vocals
Canadian Brass   Horn Ensemble
Shirley Eikhard   Background Vocals
Doug Riley   Organ,Piano
Vicki Richards   Strings
Adele Armin   Strings
Peter Bleakney   Bass
Laurie Bower   Background Vocals
Peter Cardinali   Conductor
Gary Craig   Drums
Vern Dorge   Alto Saxophone
Michael Francis   Guitar
Brian Gatto   Electric Piano
Gerard Kantarjian   Strings
Barry Keane   Drums
Vern Kennedy   Background Vocals
Jack Lenz   Piano,Keyboards
Bob Lucier   Steel Guitar
Bob Mann   Acoustic Guitar
Colina Phillips   Background Vocals
Bill Richards   Concert Master
Steve Sexton   Keyboards
Tom Szczesniak   Bass
Vera Tarnowsky   Strings
Rick Wilkins   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Vivian Williams   Background Vocals
Laurie Hood   Background Vocals
Tommy Ambrose   Background Vocals
Paul Widner   Strings
Debbie Schaal Ankeny   Background Vocals
Bob Hamper   Background Vocals
Judy Marchak   Background Vocals
Judith Taite   Background Vocals
Patty Vanevera   Background Vocals
Aidan Mason   Guitar
Debbie Kirshner   Strings
Brian Barlow   Percussion
Jamie Rae   Background Vocals
Norman Hathaway   Strings

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Anne Murray   Arranger,Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Tommy West   Arranger,Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Peter Cardinali   Arranger
Katherine Davis   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Ken Friesen   Engineer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jack Lenz   Arranger
Jay Livingston   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jim Ed Norman   Arranger,Producer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Steve Sexton   Arranger,Producer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Rick Wilkins   Arranger
Meredith Willson   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Lowell Mason   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
L. Stuart Young   Engineer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
Robert MacGimsey   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Dick Carter   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
John W. Work   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer

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What a Wonderful Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
of all ANNE MURRAYS holiday albums this one is the BEST. I have her other holiday albums but this one is the BEST no one sounds better then Anne Murray when she sings O holy night she lights up the room no other singer sings it better It is my favority chrstmas song I listen to this album drinking eggnog putting lights on the tree in the car looking christmas lights another favority is sliver bells and I'll be home for christmas and Anne's own christmas hit christmas wishes I listen to that song on christmas eve before I go to bed If you love Anne Murray you already have this this album if you are thinking of getting it go for it it is worth it I have other ANNE MURRAYS album I have been listen to ANNE MURRAY for 35 years and I never got tired or bored she is simply the best female singer out there no one will ever be like ANNE MURRAY she is like land o lakes butter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago