Christmas Collection

Christmas Collection

by Carpenters
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Overview

Christmas Collection

In 1998, A&M released the original Carpenters' albums for the first time on CD. Along with the reissues, the label released Christmas Collection, a double-disc that combines Christmas Portrait and An Old Fashioned Christmas on one set. Neither album offers any surprises -- they sound exactly like you'd imagine a Carpenters Christmas album would sound like. Since the two albums are virtually interchangeable, relying on Richard's famously light, inoffensive arrangements and Karen's sweet, soaring vocals, they make for a terrific pairing. It is true that only hardcore fans will need this set, but they should be more than pleased by this definitive collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/1998
Label: A&M
UPC: 0731454060325
catalogNumber: 540603
Rank: 7349

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Pete Jolly   Keyboards
Richard Carpenter   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Dick Bolks   Conductor
Karen Carpenter   Vocals
Bob Messenger   Tenor Saxophone
Barry Morgan   Drums
Cubby O'Brien   Drums
Ron Tutt   Drums
Pete Morgan   Upright Bass
Robert Howes   Conductor

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Victor Herbert   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Peter Knight   Arranger,Adaptation
Irving Berlin   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Buck Ram   Composer
Phyllis Brown   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Karen Carpenter   Producer
Jack Daugherty   Producer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Dave Iveland   Engineer
Walter Kent   Composer
H. Smith   Composer
Eric Tomlinson   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Roger Young   Engineer
Paul Grein   Liner Notes
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Peter J. Wilhousky   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Howlett Peter Smith   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
John Mason Neale   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Thomas Conner   Composer
Pietro Yon   Composer
Mykola Leontovych   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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Christmas Collection 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It does not get any better than Karen Carpenter doing Ave Maria. This is a long time staple in my home and I listen to it the second the Christmas season comes, all the way through to New Year's Eve. Her velvety smooth voice is remarkable and washes over you like a cup of hot chocolate. Karen is arguably the greatest alto in recorded popular music. The songs on this collection are all classic Christmas tunes, religious and secular. They are all done in a refined, timeless fashion. I continue to highly recommend this outstanding collection. My favorite songs on this cd include: "Merry Christmas, Darling," a fantastic original Christmas tune, that has since become a classic. It brings tears to my eyes when I think of all the family and friends I wish I could be with during the holidays. I also adore "Ave Maria," there has never been a voice like Karen's to carry out the strong, beautiful, and yet quiet words of powerful prayer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that even though I'm only 15, I absolutely love the Carpenters! I have this album and I absolutely love it. My favorite song is merry christmas darling... it's lovely! You have to listen to it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love the sound of Karen Carpenter's voice, this is one collection you cannot afford to miss. Her readings of old standards like "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "The Christmas Song" are some of the best recorded. No one else could produce that warm, and yet plaintave, vocal quality as well as she did. Just about all your Christmas favorites are featured on these two discs. Richard's instrumental rendition of "My Favorite Things" is very nice. The two album's this collection represents are the ones that made Christmas albums fashionable again. This is a wonderful mixture of the sacred and the secular and well worth owning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the music on this cd never grows old. in my opinion it is without a doubt the best christmas cd ever released. karen carpenter has the voice of an angel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved the Carpenters Christmas Collection for years. In the days of cassette tapes, I must have had to purchase it three times over because I wore the tapes out from playing them so much. I'm now ordering my second CD set because mine got scratched. I especially love the Christmas Portrait CD. The arrangement of the music just flows seamlessly from one song to the next. The instrumentals are beautiful, and of course Karen's voice is incomparable - not to mention suitable for singing along with, a must in my book. I enjoy many other Christmas albums, but I always come back to this one. My three children all have their own copy so when they move away from home they'll still be able to enjoy the Christmas music they heard every year at home. Well actually, I play it all year round! You won't be sorry if you purchase this CD set.
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