quinta-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2009

Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers - We Wish You a Merry Christmas

  1. Medley: Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  2. The Little Drummer Boy
  3. Medley: O Holy Night
  4. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  5. Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly
  6. Ring Christmas Bells
  7. Medley: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It snow!
  8. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
  9. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  10. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  11. Medley: The First Noel
  12. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  13. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  14. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Reprise)
Merry Christmas
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is a sparkling, rhythmic, irresistible holiday greeting from Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers. As in his previous, immensely successful Christmas album, "Christmas With Conniff" Ray has gained special inspiration from the seasonal character of the program he has arranged for his singers.

In his new collection, Ray has grouped most of the songs into medleys which tell a musical story about this holiday of holidays. Christmas chimes introduce an exuberant address to 'Jolly Old St. Nicholas', and a request to "give little Billy a drum this year" blends into a tender song about 'The Little Drummer Boy' (played by Frank Flynn) whose only gift for the baby Jesus was to play on his drum for Him. The next medley starts with a soft, interesting rhythmic background to 'O Holy Night' followed by a slightly brighter 'We Three Kings of Orient Are', and concludes with a real happy get-together of the twenty-five Ray Conniff Singers as they 'Deck the Hall With Boughs of Holly'. Then, in a stirring finale of bells, rhythm and song, the men and girls "tell all the world Jesus is King" in 'Ring Christmas Bells'.

Side Two begins with a clever blending of 'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Count Your Blessings' and the first personal greeting from the chorus as they sing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'. 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' has a rhythm sound that is one of the album's particular delights, and the chorus takes full advantage of the unusual alternating 4/4-3/4 beat, as they swing along through this old traditional Christmas story of the gifts "my true love sent to me".

In Ray's own words the final medley is "a masterpiece of performance by the singers". It builds from a slow, slightly Spanish-flavored rhythm on 'The First Noel' to an exciting, infectious crescendo of rhythm and song as the chorus finishes this great album with a stirring 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' and one last, final, sincere greeting: WE WISH YOU A MERRY CRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

(From original liner notes)

Produced by Rann Productions
Production Coordinator: Ernie Altschuler
Recording Sessions Supervised by Bob Ballard

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