This is THE Christmas Album. Johnny Mathis with the Percy Faith Orchestra is a staple of my holiday music listening, and one that I could not do without. Others albums are essential listening, but this is on the top of the list. Johnny's voice and the Percy Faith arrangements are a perfect match. The download version is only available on iTunes.
Released in 1956, this LP is a great choral album with all of the standard holiday favorite tunes. Of course the album is not in stereo, but the sound is fine and the performances show why this was a Christmas favorite for years. The artwork is new, but this is the original LP. Several of these tracks were featured on Goodyear Volumes 1-2-3.
Joel Cohen and the Boston Camerata recorded this Christmas LP in 1975. A great mixture of ancient texts and melodies.
From the album notes:
The midwinter date of the festival of Christ's nativity coincides with many pagan celebrations of the winter solstice, and most particularly with the Roman Dies sol invictus ("the day of the unconquered sun"), December 25. Certain pre-Christmas forms and practices survived and intermingled with the Christian holiday, and elements of the Roman Saturnalia, a year-end bacchanal, are still present in our holiday merrymaking at Christmastime. But the specific themes of Annunciation, Advent, and Nativity make Christmas a celebration unique among mankind's other midwinter rites. By the 6th century, most elements of the medieval celebration of Christmas were in place.
Read more of the notes here: http://www.bostoncamerata.com/amedievalxmas.html
Album at Amazon: http://amzn.com/B000005IVR/?tag=chasncom
Download at iTunes: http://a.basicrep.com/chr-cohen
Noticed some of the links are no longer working on some of the LP pages, will be dusting those off and rewrapping them for the holidays!