Tuesday, September 24, 2013



Johnny's first collection of new seasonal recordings since the release of The Christmas Album in 2002, Sending You A Little Christmas is the artist's first holiday duets album (and first duets album since 1991's Better Together) and finds the singer sharing the Yuletide spirit with a number of special guest artists including Susan Boyle ("Do You Hear What I Hear"), Jim Brickman ("Sending You a Little Christmas"), Natalie Cole ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"), Gloria Estefan ("Mary's Boy Child"), Vince Gill and Amy Grant ("I'll Be Home for Christmas"/"White Christmas"), Billy Joel ("The Christmas Song"), and The Jordanaires ("Home For The Holidays"). Sending You A Little Christmas is the artist's sixth album of newly recorded seasonal sounds since Merry Christmas, his 1958 perennial, established Mathis as a warm and familiar holiday presence on home and car radios around the world.  Few recording artists are more associated with the sound and spirit of the Christmas season than Johnny Mathis.  On Sending You A Little Christmas, Mathis lends his incomparable vocal stylings to a rich selection of Christmas standards and future yuletide classics. Sending You A Little Christmas was produced by Fred Mollin, who first collaborated with Johnny on 2010's Grammy Award nominated Let It Be Me: Mathis In Nashville. Johnny Mathis' million-selling previous holiday albums have included Merry Christmas (1958), The Sounds of Christmas (1963), Give Me Your Love For Christmas (1969), Johnny Mathis For Christmas (1984), and Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis (1986).

Johnny Mathis - Sending You A Little Christmas tracklisting: 1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (Duet with Billy Joel) / 2.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Duet with Natalie Cole) / 3. This Christmas / 4. Sending You a Little Christmas (Duet with Jim Brickman) / 5. Mary's Boy Child (Duet with Gloria Estefan) / 6. This Is A Time For Love / 7. Do You Hear What I Hear (Duet with Susan Boyle) / 8. Home for the Holidays (featuring The Jordanaires) / 9. Merry Christmas Darling / 10. Decorate the Night / 11. I'll Be Home for Christmas / White Christmas (Duet with Vince Gill and Amy Grant) / 12. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)


Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Mary J. Blige has teamed up with the best musical talents in the business. Blige, for Matriarch Records/Verve Records/Interscope Records has completed her first-ever holiday album titled, A Mary Christmas making it the first album collaboration between Blige and legendary producer and Chairman of The Verve Music Group, David Foster. "The past few months have been such an amazing time for me, the highlight being my work with David Foster.  I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to make this soulful and classic Christmas album with David. David's music has touched so many talented artists and I am grateful to be a part of this collaboration.  I am so proud of what we created and I believe my fans will love the album as much as I do," says Mary J. Blige. A Mary Christmas features Blige's soulful interpretation of classic holiday tunes including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and "The Christmas Song." Blige is joined by a number of A-list guests, starting with Barbra Streisand, who duets with Blige on "When You Wish Upon A Star," along with Jessie J on "Do You Hear What I Hear" The Clark Sisters join Blige on "The First Noel" and "Noche de Paz," is a Spanish collaboration with Mark Anthony. Other highlights on the album include "Little Drummer Boy," "My Favorite Things," "This Christmas," "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," and Tino Rossi's "Petit Papa Noel." Track Listing: Little Drummer Boy, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, My Favorite Things,.This Christmas,.The Christmas Song, Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, and When You Wish Upon A Star – Duet with Barbra Streisand. 


Andy Williams didn’t gain the nickname “Mr. Christmas” for nothing. His first Christmas album, 1963’s The Andy Williams Christmas Album, remains one of the most popular holiday releases of all time, vaulting to #1 on the charts and staying there for nine weeks, and re-entering the Christmas charts 10 straight years after that, twice at #1! It also spawned a #1 holiday hit with his rendition of “White Christmas” and offered the definitive rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” His second Christmas album, 1965’s Merry Christmas, also went to #1, this time for “only” three weeks, and re-entered the Christmas charts for five straight years, twice more at #1 (it, too, featured a Christmas charting single, the #18 hit version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?”). Yet, despite all this artistic and commercial success, there has never been a collection that compiled every seasonal side that Andy Williams recorded during his legendary career…until now! Andy Williams: The Complete Christmas Recordings collects all three classic Christmas albums cut for Columbia—the aforementioned LPs The Andy Williams Christmas Album and Merry Christmas plus his 1974 album Christmas Present—plus the Columbia single “Ave Maria,” unreleased Spanish and Italian-language versions of “White Christmas” and, as a special added treat, the 1955 single of “Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart/The Wind, the Sand and the Star” that were the first two songs the young singer cut for the Cadence label back in 1955. John Alexander’s notes touch on the many high points of Andy’s career, and the package also includes photos from the Columbia vaults. 42 tracks that will form the cornerstone of any Christmas music collection.

The Andy Williams Christmas Album (1963): 1.  The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire); 2.  Sweet Little Jesus Boy; 3.  O Holy Night; 4.  Silent Night, Holy Night; 5.  The Little Drummer Boy; 6.  Away in a Manger; 7.  Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells; 8.  Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season; 9.  It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year; 10. A Song and a Christmas Tree (The Twelve Days of Christmas) 11. The First Noël12. White Christmas /// Merry Christmas (1965): 1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; 2. Winter Wonderland; 3. Silver Bells; 4. Mary’s Little Boy Child; 5. Some Children See Him; 6. Do You Hear What I Hear?; 7. Christmas Holiday; 8. Sleigh Ride; 9. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!; 10. My Favorite Things; 11. Little Altar Boy; 12. The Bells of St. Mary's /// Christmas Present (1974) 1.Christmas Present; 2. Joy to the World; 3. O Little Town of Bethlehem; 4.Christmas Bells; 5.It Came upon a Midnight Clear; 6. Ave Maria; 7. O Come All Ye Faithful; 8. Angels We Have Heard on High; 9. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; 10. Ave Maria; 11. What Child Is This?; 12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day; 13The Lord's Prayer /// Singles: 1. Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart; 2. The Wind, the Sand and the Star; 3. Ave Maria /// Unreleased: 1.White Christmas (Spanish Version); 1.White Christmas (Italian Version)  


The 2012 Remastered & Expanded Edition CD will feature the original 1965 recording newly remastered with 24-bit technology from the original analog stereo master tapes. It also contains three holiday bonus tracks that did not appear on the original LP: “Greensleeves,” “Thanksgiving Theme,” and “Great Pumpkin Waltz.” The digi package includes a 20-page booklet featuring memorable Peanuts character images from the beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas television special and engaging new liner notes by Peanuts and Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang, author of Vince Guaraldi at the Piano (McFarland Press). Concurrently, Fantasy will issue a 2012 LP pressing of the classic album on green vinyl.

When Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas album was inducted into the Library of Congress, the Library’s media release noted, “A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced jazz to millions of listeners.” According to annotator and Guaraldi biographer Bang, “The importance of [that] sentence can not be overstated.” Children all over the world who had resisted jazz as the music of their parents were given an introduction. Berkeley-based Fantasy Records wisely released a soundtrack LP of the San Franciscan pianist’s work on the show. (Completing the Northern California scenario, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz built his final studio in Santa Rosa, and it’s there where the Charles M. Schulz Museum was established as a permanent home to Snoopy and the gang. So too the sweet voices heard on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” are from San Rafael’s St. Paul’s Church Children’s Choir.)

For this new edition of the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas, reissue producer Nick Phillips and remastering impresario Joe Tarantino resurrected the original stereo analog master tapes along with the original stereo mixes. Longtime fans may have purchased the album before, but the sonic differences between the new edition and the album’s debut CD released in 1988 are vastly different, since analog-to-digital conversion has improved over the past quarter century as a side-by-side listening comparison will reveal.

The album’s centerpiece track, today as it was in 1965, is “Christmas Time Is Here,” particularly the long, soulful instrumental version that clocks in at just over six minutes.


Concord Records has partnered with Lionsgate to release Mad Men Christmas: Music from and Inspired by the Hit TV Series on AMC on October 8, 2013. This 12-track release, available on CD exclusively at Target® stores nationwide, will feature several iconic 1960s Christmas tracks and one previously unreleased remix of the celebrated “Zou Bisou Bisou” as performed by character Megan Draper (played by Jessica Paré) in the season five premiere. Mad Men Christmas opens with the familiar Mad Men theme song “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2, which has accompanied the opening credits since the show’s beginning, followed by the sultry and hypnotic voice of Paré in an exclusive remix of the French pop tune “Zou Bisou Bisou (Scotch + Sofa remix)” by IAMX. The album continues with many of the era’s best-loved Christmas songs, including Dean Martin’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Rosemary Clooney’s “White Christmas,” Tony Bennett’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Otis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby” and Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here,” to name a few.

Mad Men Christmas: Music From and Inspired by the Hit TV Series on AMC Track List: 1.  “A Beautiful Mine” (The Mad Men Theme) – RJD2 / 2.  “Zou Bisou Bisou” Remix (Scotch + Sofa Remix by IAMX) – Jessica Paré / 3.  “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Darlene Love / 4.  “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Dean Martin / 5.  “The Christmas Song” – Mel Tormé / 6.  “Christmas Waltz” – Nellie McKay / 7.  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Tony Bennett / 8.  “White Christmas” – Rosemary Clooney / 9.  “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” – Johnny Mathis / 10. “Merry Christmas Baby” [take 1]– Otis Redding / 11. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – Teresa Brewer / 12. “Christmas Time Is Here” – Vince Guaraldi /


Bobby Darin was probably the most versatile and fearless vocalist of his generation, fully capable and willing to tackle The Great American Songbook, rock and roll and even folk music with his impeccable phrasing and warm tone. So why should his Christmas album be any less adventuresome? The 25th Day of December with Bobby Darin alternates between reverential, traditional readings of songs like “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Ave Maria” and “Dona Nobis Pacem” to rousing, gospel-inflected numbers like “Child of God,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Jehovah Hallelujah,” with great backing (on the gospel songs) by the Bobby Scott Chorale. This all-time Christmas classic from 1960 has somehow been out of print for a while; our Real Gone release offers a first time ever STEREO reissue, complete with a bonus track (in mono), “Christmas Auld Lang Syne.” Darin expert James Ritz provides the liner notes and rare single picture sleeves.

Songs: 1. O Come All Ye Faithful / 2. Poor Little Jesus / 3. Child of God / 4. Baby Born Today / 5. Holy Holy Holy / 6. Ave Maria / 7. Go Tell It on the Mountain / 8. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks / 9. Jehovah Hallelujah / 10. Mary, Where Is Your Baby? / 11. Silent Night / 12. Dona Nobis Pacem / Bonus Track: 13. Christmas Auld Lang Syne

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