HE CAN TURN THE TIDES AND CALM THE ANGRY SEA...!
Scott F. Rogers | Columbus, Indiana United States | 06/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a supurb and expanded version of Jerry Vales original Christmas Album titled "Christmas Greetings", these songs were hand picked for this CD by Vale himself! If you could pick one album to represent an old fashion American Christmas, this would be the one. Reminiscent of a Perry Como Christmas album, Jerry's vocals are flawless as he effortlessly croons out some smooth and beautifully arranged high notes, complimented by the fantastic orchestration, and the better-than-average backup singers and choir. Vale's "I'll Be Home For Christmas", is the best version I've ever heard, the choir and Vale bonding together in a fantastic display of harmonies and soaring notes. All the songs are excellently done, but my favorite on this CD is "He". Recorded in 1972, and formally released on the vinyl LP "Alone Again Naturally", "He" is a full-bodied, full-choired, fully-orchestrated and lengthy musical extravaganza that only Jerry Vale could pull off with such panache. It's a rare spiritually treat from the master of "croon" that you'll find yourself playing over and over again. Another treat is the rare and cute "Santa Mouse" which was previously only available on a 45 single. I give this CD AAAAAAA+++++++ and recommend it to newcomers, collectors, and everyone looking for the perfect Christmas music collection. Hopefully it's more readily available during the Christmas season."
Amazing singing, but flawed production of the CD.
(2 out of 5 stars)
"While the singing on this CD is fantastic, only one track had the correct track labeling. I don't know if this one CD I purchased was a fluke (and Amazon.com needs to replace it) or it is a general production flaw. Amazing singing, but flawed production of the CD."