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The Andy Williams Christmas Album

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Album Review

Popular songs are often associated with the vocalists that made them famous but few artists actually have the distinction of having a "theme" song along the lines of Bob Hope with "Thanks for the Memories." Even fewer can claim to have two theme songs attached to them and Andy Williams is one of those fortunate stars. After "Moon River" became forever linked to Williams, he recorded a holiday song for his first Christmas album that gave him a yuletide hit and theme song. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" was the right song at the right time for Williams when he began to perform it on his highly successful NBC Christmas specials that featured the whole Williams clan. Both the song and the television specials were so memorable, it wasn't long before Williams was crowned "Mr. Christmas." Of course having a full album of wonderful holiday songs perfectly performed doesn't hurt either and the Andy Williams Christmas Album was an instant hit when released in 1963 and has since become a traditional classic. Along with "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Williams cheerfully celebrates with the spirited medley "Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season" and is at his playful best on the irresistibly raucous "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells." He also wraps his voice around chestnuts like "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song" with all the warmth of a favorite blanket, while a soaring version of "O Holy Night" is both enchanting and moving. His tender reading of the lesser-known "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" is as beautiful and serene as a crystal clear winter's night, but it is the instantly catchy opening line of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" that people remember the most. It is a fitting theme song not only for Andy "Mr.Christmas" Williams, but for the season as well and a sparkling highlight from a classic holiday album.

Customer Reviews

Trip down memory lane!!

I remember my mum listening to this on vinyl! when I was a small girl. And I always LOVED Andy Williams Christmas Album up until the day it got left near a radiator and that was the end of poor Andy:( Being a Christmas song freak, and getting my kids into the spirit of things, I looked for this Album on itunes, and I was overjoyed that it was here..... thank you itunes!!! Great Songs for all the family to sing to, either wrapping presents, putting up the christmas tree, or just chilling out with a glass of wine, it will be sure to please whatever the scene. :)

Listen to both versions! They're both amazing!

This is such a great track, the original is an absolute classic but the new version featured in the Marks and Spencer advert is just incredible! Make sure you listen to them both, you won't be dissapointed!

A perfect 'traditional' Christmas album.

Now I must admit I'm a little biased as I grew up with my Mum playing this on vinyl each Christmas but for me, this is a beautiful, traditional and well sung collection of great songs. I've found that many of the more modern compilations contain so many 'jazzy' tracks, which while fine in their own sphere, do not make me feel like Christmas is coming quite like this album. While I'm a little young to remember anything else Andy Williams has done, his voice is crisp, strong and uplifting. If you're looking for a bit of a traditional album to play to your family and children, to remind them of a few classic songs, then I'd highly recommend this album. 5 stars from me. Merry Christmas everyone :)

Biography

Born: 03 December 1928 in Wall Lake, IA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An engaging crooner, TV personality, and entrepreneur, Andy Williams was one of the most bankable and popular singers of his era. With his laid-back delivery, supple voice, and amiable charm, Williams rode a wave of success that took him from a childhood vocal act with his brothers to worldwide fame as a solo artist, eventually finding latter-day success as a theater impresario in Branson, Missouri. Though he started out as a crooner in the post-Frank Sinatra style, his wide-ranging taste in music...
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