Because It's Christmas
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||The Christmas Song||Barry Manilow||3:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Jingle Bells (with Exposé)||Barry Manilow||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Silent Night / I Guess There Ain't No Santa Claus||Barry Manilow||5:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The First Noel / When the Meadow Was Bloomin'||Barry Manilow||5:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Because It's Christmas (For All the Children) [Excerpt from Händel's Messiah - "For Unto Us a Child Is Born..."]||Barry Manilow||5:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Baby, It's Cold Outside (with K.T. Oslin)||Barry Manilow||5:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||White Christmas||Barry Manilow||1:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Carol of the Bells / The Bells of Christmas||Barry Manilow||4:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Medley: Joy to the World / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas||Barry Manilow||3:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||We Wish You a Merry Christmas / It's Just Another New Year's Eve||Barry Manilow||4:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Pretty much what you'd expect, as Manilow tackles the usual seasonal standards, accompanied on "Jingle Bells" by labelmates Expose, and on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by K.T. Oslin. If you like him, you'll like this; if not...
We used to listen to Barry all the time in the car with my mother. Swing Street and this Christmas album Because it's Christmas are his best albums. Now that I'm older I still love them! Definitely staples on my ipod :-P Buy it you won't regret it at all!
He Got It Right The First Time
This is Barry's first Christmas album and the concept is a non-stop listening experience. The whole album is crossfaded so listening to the tracks seperately will be abrupt. Barry chose a jazz theme not unlike his 2 a.m. Paradise Cafe effort. "Jingle Bells" a duet with the defunct girl group Expose is a note for note recreation of the Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recording. The title track "Because It's Christmas" would be re-recorded with Rosie O'Donnell for her Christmas album, the medleys, tracks 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, feature non-secular instrumental intros with Barry picking up the vocal for the second song. "When The Meadow Was Bloomin'" features lyric written by Johnny Mercer, this song would be revisited on the album produced by Barry for Nancy Wilson featuring almost the whole body of work of the Manilow/Mercer collaboration. "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a playful duet with country singer KT Oslin, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" features Barry accapella and multi-tracked. The album closes with an abbreivated version of the single "It's Just Another New Year's Eve." Overall as a continual listen because of the crossfading this is a good album but because it's sold track by track it'll be kind of annoying; too bad there isn't a custom iTunes version.
I am 22 years old and writing a review for Barry Manilow!!! Track 5, was like the official christmas song for me. lol. But it's a great album and i'm speaking for a lot of people when i say it brings back christmas memories :-)
Born: June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s