Monday, November 12, 2007
Fred Waring's The Meaning of Christmas
Yes, it's my first album sharity, and it's a doozy.
Fred Waring came up with a non-rock 'n' roll concept album for Christmas. (Psst: it is not a secular album, for all of you who come here for my atheistic snottiness, but it is a fantastic album.) There are undoubtedly many songs here that most of you have never heard. And that's something. The style is, if you aren't aware of Fred Waring's sound in the mid sixties, what they used to call Light Classical. Not "light classical" in the sense of digital music services today who think light classical means Handel and Mozart. Who are they, anyhow? Light Classical is Andre Kostelanetz. 101 Strings, before they tried to go psychedelic. Mantovani (mostly). Rich orchestration, traditional choral arrangements, and heavy on the fantasia. Want a short taste?
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BTW, on this album, you get to hear ol' Fred himself, explaining what Christmas means. What a treat!
A Musical Christmas Card
Carol of the Bells
Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow
The Echo Carol
Medley: Toyland/March of the Toys/Toyland
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
The Song of Christmas
...and, for those of you who desire a pure musical, lying-on-the-carpet -in-front-of-the-Magnovox-Hi-Fi-console experience, with no fadeouts:
Side 1 ( the first twelve songs)
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians: The Meaning of Christmas zipfile on YouSendIt
(Go ahead and request a re-post if you missed it.)
PS: If anyone has this one before I can dig the cover out of storage, slip me the liner notes, if you can.