This album features Kate Smith of “God Bless America” fame singing a selection of Christmas carols and other things. I know, a day after saying that Robert Goulet’s Christmas album was too big, I’m giving a favorable review to Kate Smith’s.
However, the different between the two is a big voice and a big delivery. Although Kate Smith has a big voice, she’s singing these songs instead of belting them out. Additionally, she’s balanced well with the other musicians on the album, including other vocalists who help out and the instrument arrangements. Besides, Kate Smith is like your grandmother singing these things if your grandmother could sing.
The track list includes:
- Deck the Halls
- White Christmas
- Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
- The First Noel
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
- He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
- Joy To The World
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Moonlight In Vermont
- It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
- Silent Night
- Jingle Bells
The set includes a couple of interesting, non-Christmas specific songs (“He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” and “Moonlight in Vermont”) which tangentally touch on the theme. They’re nice enough interludes in the Christmas music to be welcome.
You can get this album in vinyl or MP3 on Amazon, but it looks to be a collection that the studios overlooked when releasing material on CD. I, of course, recommend the vinyl.
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