Carpenters - Christmas Portrait (CD)

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Categories
ChristmasMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Christmas
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Christmas Portrait
Media
CD
BarCode
075021517325
Country of Origin
USA
Label
A&M
Distributor
Universal Distribution
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
075021517325
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Overture: Happy Holiday / The First Noel / March Of The Toys / Little Jesus / I Saw Mommy Kissing...
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Old-fashioned Christmas, An
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Christmas Waltz
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Sleigh Ride
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] It's Christmas Time
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Christmas Song, The (chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Carol Of The Bells
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Merry Christmas Darling
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Christ Is Born
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] O Holy Night
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Home For The Holidays
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Here Comes Santa Claus / Frosty The Snowman / Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer / Good King Wenceslas
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Ave Maria
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Overture Miniature / Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies / Valse Des Fleurs
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Little Altar Boy
  20. [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] I'll Be Home For Christmas
  21. [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Silent Night
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Overture: Happy Holiday / The First Noel / March Of The Toys / Little Jesus / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / O Little Town of Bethlehem / In Dulce Jubilo / Gesu Bambino / Angels We Have Heard On High
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Old-Fashioned Christmas, An
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Christmas Waltz
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Sleigh Ride
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] It's Christmas Time
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Carol of the Bells
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Merry Christmas Darling
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Christ Is Born
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] O Holy Night
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Home For the Holidays
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Here Comes Santa Claus / Frosty The Snowman / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Good King Wenceslas
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Ave Maria
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Overture Miniature / Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies / Valse Des Fleurs
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Little Altar Boy
  20. [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] I'll Be Home For Christmas
  21. [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Silent Night
Genre
Christmas
Country
South Africa
Notes

The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter (vocals); Richard Carpenter (keyboards).
Additional personnel includes: Bob Messenger (tenor saxophone); Pete Morgan (acoustic bass); Joe Osborn (electric bass); Ron Tutt, Barry Morgan, Cubby O'Brien (drums).
The Carpenters were just about the last adult pop outfit of their era with anything resembling rock credibility (they did have a little of the latter in the early days, and weren't a kid act like the Osmonds) who could have pulled off a straight Christmas album. And they did it in superb style here, illuminated throughout by the delightful, complex, often playful arrangements, courtesy of Peter Knight, Richard Carpenter, and Billy May. Actually, for a change on a Carpenters album, Richard is the dominant personality on display across this record, as both co-arranger and producer, as well as the mastermind behind the project; Karen Carpenter's voice is also prominent, to be sure, most notably on "Merry Christmas, Darling" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and she threw herself into this next-to-last completed project (and their final release before a two-year hiatus), but it's Richard who comes to the fore everywhere here, in ways that are impossible to ignore. And the results are mightily impressive, as the mood never slackens in what amounts to a wall-to-wall celebration of the Christmas holiday. After a suitably festive introductory section, Karen Carpenter's solo voice comes up on the "Christmas Waltz" and the proceedings really take off, carrying us into the most engaging rendition of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" that has come down in many a year, and it only gets better from there, through a brace of holiday staples that end up sounding fresh in her voice and his arrangements. There's not a slack moment on this album, which is also, curiously, one of the few Carpenters' albums that managed to sound good in every CD edition so far released on it (most of the others needed to be upgraded). ~ Bruce Eder

Date Released
2004-05-24 03:43:15
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Carpenters
Producer
Richard Carpenter
Artists
  1. Carpenters
Duration
69m 0s

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