Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

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If you only want one CHRISTMAS cd in your collection, you simply must choose this one. NAT and CHRISTMAS are linked together.This cd was beautifully remastered in 1999 and will pass the test of time forever.You may have listened to many CHRISTMAS albums in your lifetime,but very few have this overall quality of singing with a nice display of harmony behind it.What distinguished NAT is his great sensibility that always transpired in his best recordings.You’ll want to comeback to it year after year.Only FRANK SINATRA’s 1957 offering comes close in matching this classic for the ages.A big mistake for you would be to listen to it alone after many drinks.The tears just might come to you.

Singing traditional Christmas songs with dignity and feeling, this Nat King Cole holiday album gloriously captures the spirit of the season. Without fireworks, improvisations, catchy rhythms, or unusual variations, Cole gives us songs full of love in his relaxed and unpretentious style. Accompanied by two orchestras and choruses, which are directed by Ralph Carmichael, Cole still manages to keep his style simple and the songs “clean,” sometimes slowing the lyrics in order to make them more expressive of the meaning.

The Christmas Song” written by Mel Torme has always been Cole’s biggest Christmas hit, beautifully sung to an accompaniment of piano and strings. “O Holy Night“, with a 27-string orchestra, maintains its sense of quiet awe, instead of becoming loudly triumphant (as it is in many other recordings), while “Adeste Fidelis“, sung partly in Latin, speaks to the listener on a personal level and invites him/her to “come, let us adore him,” instead of demanding it. The jaunty “I Saw Three Ships” and “The First Noel” are sung with an a capella chorus, and two less-recorded songs, “A Cradle in Bethlehem” from England, and “Caroling, Caroling” written in the US by A. E. Burt add new songs to the Christmas repertoire.

The orchestra and choruses here, while large, are used to highlight Nat King Cole’s vocal interpretations, instead of making their own statements, and the use of bells, bell lyre, flutes, and harp often add depth to the background while adding emphasis to the lyrics. Traditional and restrained, Cole’s album honors the season and its message, an album one could listen to all day without tiring. Mary Whipple.

 

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13 Comments
  • George
    Posted at 22:25h, 23 December 2013 Reply

    Thank you. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  • Adam
    Posted at 05:01h, 24 December 2013 Reply

    Thanks. I’ll enjoy this. Merry Christmas

  • Lester
    Posted at 10:28h, 24 December 2013 Reply

    This is great listening music for Christmas…

  • Julian
    Posted at 19:44h, 24 December 2013 Reply

    one of the most captivating christmas songs 

  • Kevin
    Posted at 19:45h, 24 December 2013 Reply

    A Timeless Classic – Pure Class!

  • Jon
    Posted at 20:13h, 24 December 2013 Reply

    The perfect angelic voice to give you that warm, cozy, Christmas-like feeling!

  • Esther
    Posted at 20:38h, 24 December 2013 Reply

    Merry Christmas, from Indonesia

  • whoknows
    Posted at 03:16h, 26 December 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the x-mas tunes Nikos! A merry x-mas to all and a happy healthy new year!

  • Anita
    Posted at 11:03h, 28 December 2013 Reply

    Happy New Year family and visitors.

  • Ronald
    Posted at 20:37h, 28 December 2013 Reply

    Christmas with Class

  • Sara
    Posted at 20:40h, 28 December 2013 Reply

    What a wonderful album to listen to on Christmas! Love it!

  • Helen
    Posted at 15:44h, 31 December 2013 Reply

    Happy new year 2014.

  • Piaggio
    Posted at 10:09h, 22 December 2015 Reply

    My very favorite of all time, it just feels like a warm hug.

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