Get into the holiday spirit with James Taylor at Christmas, a collection of 14 holiday favorites recorded by Taylor throughout the years, including his brand new track "Mon Beau Sapin," a French rendition of "O Christmas Tree," which is only available on this collection. James Taylor at Christmas also features his jazzy renditions of "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Taylor's unique take on "Jingle Bells," a heartwarming rendition of "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), and a moving version of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" which Taylor recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Other tracks include his playful duet with Natalie Cole ("Baby, It's Cold Outside"), a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River," his take on the spiritual "Go Tell It On the Mountain", and to cap off the year, the New Year's classic "Auld Lang Syne."
Brand: Inspire Entertainment
James Taylor was the archetype for the gentle, inward-looking singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s. The easy lilt and timbre of Taylor's voice belies the complex emotional content of his songs, which aren't merely carefree folk-based odes, but instead look unflinchingly at a flawed man's journey through life. It's a tribute to his knack for making great pop records that he managed a long, decade-plus string of big hits. Looking for a smart, never-out-of-style singer who turns in a perfectly solid collection of Christmas songs, including a few surprises? J.T. is your man on James Taylor at Christmas, which is nicely balanced between pop and jazz selections, with more stately hymn-like fare and balladry. Always fine in his charmingly understated voice, Taylor and company try out the old gospel standard "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and the memorable "Some Children See Him." He smoothly cuts through "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with a bit of jazz flavor, and reprises Joni Mitchell's increasingly popular Christmas song (even though it's about getting away from the holiday), "River." One of the album's most satisfying delights is Taylor's funky version of "Jingle Bells," sung in a kind of barroom stomp with the most intriguing phrasing since Barbra Streisand sang it in the '60s. Soulful and bright and moody as well (when Taylor sings "In the Bleak Midwinter," you believe it's indeed rough), there's barely a clinker here. -- Martin Keller James's Christmas Album Â Â Â More from James Taylor The Best of James Taylor Sweet Baby James James Taylor New Moon Shine JT James Taylor (Live)
Manufacturer: Universal Music Group
Brand: Universal Music Group
The Essential NOW That's What I Call Christmas is the 2008 Christmas-themed release from the hugely successful NOW That's What I Call Music! series of compilation albums, which have collectively scanned over 70-million units in the U.S. in the last 10 years. This CD presents 25 of the most beloved holiday favorites from some of the greatest music artists of all-time, all on one CD.NOW has sold more than 70 million copies in the US! The three previously-released volumes of NOW That's What I Call Christmas have scanned nearly 6-million units combined! National TV Advertising Campaign targets a wide variety of tween, teen and family skewing networks and programming.
Brand: SOMERSET ENTERTAINMENT
The long awaited follow up to the platinum selling The Christmas Attic, The Lost Christmas Eve features their trademark symphonic rock, which fuses elements of hard rock, Broadway, R&B, and classical music into a unique and distinctive blend of original compositions, symphony excerpts and holiday standards. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary for the season, The Lost Christmas Eve is for you. This final entry in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's rock opera trilogy is perhaps their most ambitious and complex in the series. Like its predecessors, The Lost Christmas Eve tells the story of heaven's youngest angel called back to earth to continue Jesus' unfinished work. This time he lands in New York City to help redeem not only Christmas, but the soul of humankind itself with a story line that rivals anything Frank Capra ever dreamt up for the big screen. Conceived and composed by Aerosmith and Savatage producer Paul O'Neill, most of the song were penned O'Neill, Robert Kinkle, and Savatage founder and keyboardist Jon Oliva, and features the rest of the seminal Florida metal band on the record. While not as bombastic as Savatage's fourteen rock epics which touch on topics as diverse as the Russian Revolution, the 15th century explorer Ferdinand Magellan's descendants, and Beethoven's last night, the record still has a grandiose, almost over-arching baroque feel, with its prog-rock organ swells and electronic alchemy. The best moments are during the soaring instrumentals, on tracks like the "Wisdom of Snow," "Wish Litz," "Christmas Bells, Carousels & Time," and the majestic rendering of "O Come All Ye Faithful." --Jaan Uhelszki
Manufacturer: Blue Note
Brand: CELTIC WOMAN
Celtic Woman Warms up Winter with 'A Christmas Celebration'. Featuring singers ChloI Agnew, Orla Fallon, Lisa Kelly and Meav NI Mhaolchatha, and fiddler MairEad Nesbitt, the album is a joyous celebration of the Christmas season, performed by this Irish supergroup that has captured the imagination of fans across America. One of the more impressive things about A Christmas Celebration is its glowing immediacy. The record's rich vocals and colorful instrumentals create a concert-like setting, reprising the season's most loved hymns, carols, and pop standards, along with a Gaelic version of "That Night in Bethlehem." Unexpected numbers such as "Christmas Pipes" and "Carol of the Bells" (here led by the spirited fiddling of Mariread Nesbitt) only enhance an already engaging disc that finely weaves between the piety of classical music and the playfulness of pop. Chloe Agnew, Orla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, and Meav Ni Mhaolchatha combine their Celtic voices against orchestral arrangements and sparser settings--spiked with the traditional Irish fare of uilleann pipes, harp, and ancient choral harmony--to deliver an assortment of reverent but lively arrangements that wouldn't be out of place at a church, concert hall, or good Irish celli. --Martin Keller
Buon Natale The Christmas Album is Il Volo s 3rd full length studio album. It includes several popular Christmas favorites including I ll Be Home For Christmas, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, O Holy Night and more.
16 holiday songs from Celine Dion ft R. Kelly & Andrea Bocelli It's almost impossible to believe it didn't already exist, but now that it does, you can bet the sure-to-go-platinum These Are Special Times will turn up under many a Christmas tree this year (the perfect gift for the person who has everything?). The prolific princess of pop has thrown together a mixture of contemporary and traditional holiday favorites, bordering on too-cute and kitschy only on the intro to "Feliz Navidad." For many, Dion is an acquired taste, but even naysayers may enjoy her rare moments of restraint on a smoky version of "Blue Christmas." "The Prayer," a duet with Andrea Bocelli, is set to become this season's "Time to Say Goodbye," but it will have to battle it out with the R. Kelly duet, "I'm Your Angel," first. --Rebecca Wallwork
used-excellent cond If you thrill to the soaring operatic voices of The Three Tenors (and imagine every Christmas comes with its own orchestral majesty), Il Divo has made this disc for you. The four GQ-handsome male singers were handpicked by American Idol's Simon Cowell for what seems to be their ability to sing opera and classical music with the hint of a pop sensibility. Their Christmas Collection features 10 standards (although the last time Santa looked, he wasn't quite sure "Over the Rainbow" and "The Lord's Prayer" were part of the Christmas canon). Still, it' hard not to imagine these emotionally stirring renditions as part and parcel of the reverential treatment the four finely sculpted voices bring to more exact seasonal fare such as "O Holy Night," "Ave Maria," "Panis Angelicus" and even "White Christmas." Dave Arch's predictable choral and orchestral arrangements are aimed right at the sweet spot where sophisticated church choir music and traditional classical music meet, with few surprises other than the dash of Irish folk music that colors "When A Child Is Born." In the end, for people who have never heard of Cowell and his cohosts (would Paula Abdul really have picked the tenor guy for this group?!), this collection will prove just as rewarding for them as the best-selling Idol records are for fans of the TV stars. --Martin Keller
After three seasons of radio and sales success with Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents the second installment of a planned trilogy. The Christmas Attic is told through a blend of symphonic and rock music.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRATitle: CHRISTMAS ATTICStreet Release Date: 10/13/1998