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What a Wonderful Christmas (2 CDs)
Genres: Country, Miscellaneous, Pop, Classical
Nobody likes Christmas more than Canadian singer Anne Murray, who first came into the public eye back in 1970 with the million-selling crossover single "Snowbird." Since that time, Murray has recorded three Christmas albu... more »
Nobody likes Christmas more than Canadian singer Anne Murray, who first came into the public eye back in 1970 with the million-selling crossover single "Snowbird." Since that time, Murray has recorded three Christmas albums, each soothing, unassuming celebrations of the holiday. For this two-CD collection, Murray has gone back into her own vaults and dusted off some of her personal favorites from past albums and tied them up in tinsel and a big red bow. But she didn't just rely on her existing catalog, instead heading into the studio to record some new material, giving old standards like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "Let It Snow," and a well-chosen medley of children's holiday songs her same straightforward approach. While there are few surprises under this tree, it's nice to have some traditions that you can count on, and Murray's warm heart and steady voice is one of them. Also on board for this sleigh ride is the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra, which is featured on six songs, including "Silent Night," "Away in the Manger," and "Winter Wonderland." --Jaan Uhelszki
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Samuel C. from GASTONIA, NC
Reviewed on 7/21/2011...
Wow, no reviews. Well let me tell ya if you like ol' fashioned Christmas songs these two albums are for you! Anne Murray is a favorite in our home and these get played lots in November and December. Hell, I've played them in July.
Neal C. Reynolds | 10/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This new album collects almost all of Anne's Christmas recordings from today and yesterday and refashions them into a truly sparkling holiday package. All the music on this album is splendidly presented with sparkling vocals and highly varied accompaniment. Anne mixes just what you'd expect from a Christmas album with a lot you might not. She's great at taking the traditional, the surprising and the eye-winking and blending it all into a great big musical plum pudding. This album will fly off the shelves as fast as Santa's sled and become one of the biggest Christmas sellers in history. You will LOVE it."
It's impossible to say enough about this set.
Neal C. Reynolds | Indianapolis, Indiana | 11/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I always...well, almost always...try to realize that not everyone agrees with my opinion and I try to write my reviews with all listeners in mind, not just those who agree with me. Yeah, well, I apologize, but I'm not even going to try to consider that there might be people who wouldn't like this album.Anne Murray has one of the most notably warm, clear-cut, and versatile voices around. She's capable of expressing whatever the song calls for, and she does it. There's no excessive volume, exaggerated breathiness, etc. here. She is accepted by the country music fans, but I don't think there's anyone of those who dislike country who dislike Anne Murray. This two record set consists primarily of the traditional and familiar with some notable exceptions. However, it is the traditional and the familiar sung to perfection. The secular and spiritually based songs are interspersed rather than grouped together. And with her delivery, it works out well.The first CD starts out with "Joy To The World", close to my favorite if not favorite rendition of this carol, concluding with "I'll Be Home for Christmas"; the second starts out with a medley of Santa songs, and concludes with "Silent Night". As I have said elsewhere, I consider her "Silent Night" easily one of the ten best recordings of the song.If a person decided to have one and only one Christmas record (and was open to it's actually being a two record set) and asked me for my recommendation...I'm pretty sure this would be it."