Christmas with Judy Collins

Christmas with Judy Collins

by Judy CollinsJudy Collins

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Overview

Building on her well-represented holiday catalog, Christmas with Judy Collins is essentially a reissue of the folk artist's 2000 release All on a Wintry Night, padded with two additional songs. All 14 tracks from Wintry Night are featured here in their original sequence with the addition of a new single, the western-tinged "Angels in the Snow" leading off the album, and a stirring, largely a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" closing it out. Fans of Collins' rich, warm voice will enjoy some of the more stripped-down arrangements, which feature her singing to a simple piano accompaniment on lesser-known carols like "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Cherry Tree Carol." On the other hand, the dated synthesizer sounds on tracks like "Come Rejoice" and "Good King Wenceslas" sound rather homogenous and the spoken intro over the faux-strings of "Away in a Manger" is far too heavy-handed to take seriously. Fortunately, the bulk of the album's 16 tracks favor the more minimalist arrangements keeping Collins' lovely voice at the forefront without much distraction.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157092424
catalogNumber: 924

Tracks

  1. Angels In the Snow
  2. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  3. Come Rejoice
  4. Away In a Manger
  5. Joy To the World
  6. In the Bleak Mid Winter
  7. Song For Sarajevo (I Dream of Peace)
  8. Good King Wenceslas
  9. All On a Wintry Night
  10. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  11. Silent Night
  12. A Christmas Carol
  13. Cherry Tree Carol
  14. The Blizzard
  15. The Wexford Carol
  16. Amazing Grace

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Ned Rorem   Piano
Gerre Hancock   Conductor
Joseph Joubert   Keyboards
Steve Skinner   Keyboards
St. Thomas Boys Choir   Vocals
Russell Walden   Keyboards
Tyne Daly   Vocals
Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ned Rorem   Composer
Judy Collins   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Alan Silverman   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Bassi   Choir Arrangement
Johnson Flucker   Director
John Joubert   Arranger

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