This album comes from early in Goulet’s career; in 1960, he got his big break in the musical Camelot, and three years later this album was out. You can tell that Goulet’s got a musical theatre background from this album, as he’s not so much singing these songs in a recording studio as he’s booming these songs out so you can hear them in the cheap seats.
The track list includes:
- This Christmas I Spend With You
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- December Time
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
- The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
- Silver Bells
- Winter Wonderland
- White Christmas
- O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
- Panis Angelicus
- Ave Maria
- O Come, All Ye Faithful
Given the booming presentation of each, this record does not get a lot of play. I think I hit it once last year (the first year we owned it), and I played side one this year. And that might be enough. It’s not mood music, and it’s not background music. It’s like a recording of a concert, and I’m not into live albums.
But if you’re into musical theatre or to an over the top style, perhaps it would be to your liking.
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