Rosemary Clooney - White Christmas - 1996 Jazz Xmas 180 Grm LP

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Rosemary Clooney - White Christmas

Concord Jazz Records
180 Grm Vinyl LP
This Issue: 2014
Originally Released: 1996

Side A

The Christmas Song 3:47
Let It Snow 3:08
I'll Be Home For Christmas 3:27
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 2:19
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 3:28
Winter Wonderland 2:43

Side B

Christmas Time Is Here 3:08
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Hey Kris Kringle 2:37
Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep) 3:22
The Christmas Waltz 3:31
White Christmas 3:31
Sleep Well, Little Children 2:11
Don't Wait Till The Night Before Christmas 1:24

Concord Jazz is proud to present Rosie's very first official Christmas album - "White Christmas", as she always wanted to record one, but was never asked. Well, this has been long over due, uniquely arranged Christmas melodies with Rosie's warmth and charm shining through.

Rosemary, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye starred in the film - "White Christmas" (1954) this Holiday film has become a big favorite with old and new fans alike at Christmas-Time. This film was originally considered Bing's film, but if you see this film today you'll agree, it is very much Rosie's film too.

This collection of twenty-one Christmas songs with guest vocalists - Nick Clooney and Michael Feinstein, featuring the Peter Matz Orchestra and the Earl Brown Singers...Rosie's performance is warm, tender and a multi-layered celebration of your favorite-time of the year a - WHITE CHRISTMAS!

Rosemary is truly one of the greatest interpreters of modern song. She has the ability to capture the spirit of a song and to communicate it like no other. With this record, she uses her ability to tell us, in her own way, about the spirit of Christmas. She will always be a part of the legendary film. But this record is all hers. This is Rosemary Clooney's "White Christmas." ~ Glen Barros, President - Concord Records, 1996 ~

"Here's a multi-layered celebration of the holiday we can't get enough of from a singer who can transport us a few ever could - to a place where a newborn can help us believe again that all things are possible. Where hope is a renewable resource. Where " ... through the years we all can be together..." If that's not worth celebrating, what is?" ~ Nick Clooney ~

I agree with Rosemary Clooney's brother, Nick Clooney, on what he said about hope, about believing and about its possibilities.

This Christmas album was recorded in 1996 when Rosemary Clooney's vocal artistry was not at its prime, but she still renders these Christmas songs so beautifully with such affection and respect to the real essence of each and every song. The arrangements are beautifully and superbly done. There are twenty-one great performances from one of the greatest singers of all-time. She is backed by an orchestra conducted by Peter Matz, and some of the skilled musicians Gary Foster, Dan Higgins, Warren Luening, John Oddo and Chuck Berghofer, to mention a few. She starts off with a glowing rendition of "The Christmas Song," which features saxophonists Gary Foster (alto) and Dan Higgins (tenor).

The Earl Brown Singers sung shortened versions of the best-loved traditional Christmas carols of all-time, "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Joy To The World," "Silent Night" "The First Noel" and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer."

One of my highlights is a wonderful medley of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Hey Kris Kringle." She is joined by another great singer, Michael Feinstein, who's a very close friend of Ms. Clooney. You'll hear that fascinating accordion from soloist Frank Morocco on the intro and all throughout this song, and George Robert's nice trombone playing as well.

She sings with such grace in "Winter Wonderland" with soloists Gary Foster and Warren Luening on sax and trumpet, respectively. There's that special glow in her voice as she sings Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's "The Christmas Waltz" and "Let It Snow" with that beautiful piano solo by John Oddo. "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

Two of the highlights are Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings" and "White Christmas" from the movie of the same title, which stars Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, who sings this carol with warmth and love. And as "she dreams of a White Christmas, she wishes everyone's Christmas to be white."

Rosemary Clooney - Christmas Waltz

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Rosemary Clooney - The Christmas Song (1965 not this version ours is from 1996 )

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Rosemary Clooney - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Rosemary Clooney - Count Your Blessings

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Rosemary Clooney - Santa Claus is Coming to Town / Hey Kris Kringle

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Concord Jazz
Color Black