domingo, 18 de dezembro de 2011

Jackie Gleason - Merry Christmas

  1. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  2. Christmas In Paris
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. White Christmas
  5. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  7. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  8. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  9. Snowfall
  10. By The Fireside
  11. Home (When Shadows Fall)
  12. Happy Holiday
  13. Winter Wonderland
  14. The Story Of a Starry Night
Here is warming, fireside holiday music of a kind that is meant for those precious hours when evening reaches toward dawn and thoughts drift into dreams of holidays gone by, and of those yet to come.

The mood is soft with the glow of Christmas lights seen through a snowfall, and gay with the stir of a tree-trimming party.

The melodies are familiar ones, but their settings most certainly are not, for even Jingle Bells emerges as a lovely, almost haunting thing in the hands of Jackie Gleason, the show-man who so deftly turns listening into a constantly fresh and memorable event.

The arrangements in this album are unique ones, for Jackie Gleason has augmented his large orchestra with an electric celeste, whose fragile sound adds a new dimension to songs well-loved. Plating it is Hercules, an outstanding master of the instrument. Completing these orchestral arrangements are the Keith Textor Singers with vocalise performances that indeed express the mood of a Merry, Merry Christmas.

(from the original liner notes)

Merry Christmas

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