Title Of Album: Christmas Collection (2CD)
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: A&M Records, Inc. Cat.# 31454 0603 2
Genre: Pop, Christmas
Bitrate: FLAC (Image)+Cue+Log
Total Time: CD1 - 49 min 37 sec CD2 - 49 min 02 sec
Total Size: 596 Mb (+5%) | Front/Back
Rainy days and Mondays always made Karen Carpenter blue. Maybe she should have played her two Christmas records, Christmas Portrait and An Old Fashioned Christmas. Both are combined in this 31-piece collection, a great value for fans of this brother-sister duo who captured the pop airwaves during the early to mid-'70s. A number of good performances mark the collection, which includes songs from their Christmas TV special, numerous cuts backed by full orchestra that prove the duo could extend their pop sensibilities to timeless holiday fare, and singular works such as "Little Altar Boy," a song that Richard Carpenter feels was among his sister's greatest performances. --Martin Keller
Tracklist: Christmas Portrait (1978)
[00:28] 01. O Come, O Come Immanuel
[04:39] 02. Overture
[02:13] 03. The Christmas Waltz
[02:38] 04. Sleigh Ride
[02:55] 05. It's Christmas Time, Sleep Well, Little Children
[03:54] 06. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
[01:05] 07. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
[03:40] 08. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
[03:19] 09. Silent Night
[01:11] 10. Jingle Bells
[03:33] 11. The First Snowfall, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
[01:39] 12. Carol of the Bells
[03:05] 13. Merry Christmas Darling
[03:50] 14. I'll Be Home for Christmas
[03:14] 15. Christ Is Born
[05:30] 16. Winter Wonderland, Silver Bells, White Christmas
[02:35] 17. Ave Maria
Tracklist: An Old-Fashioned Christmas (1984)
[00:43] 01. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
[08:14] 02. Overture
[02:14] 03. An Old-Fashioned Christmas
[03:10] 04. O Holy Night
[02:35] 05. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
[03:43] 06. Medley
[03:43] 07. Little Altar Boy
[02:53] 08. Do You Hear What I Hear?
[03:54] 09. My Favorite Things
[02:12] 10. He Came Here For Me
[04:04] 11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
[02:51] 12. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
[06:15] 13. Selections From 'The Nutcracker'
[02:24] 14. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
Digitally Remastered Double CD Collection featuring 1978's 'christmas Portrait' Backed with 1984's 'An Old-Fashioned Christmas'.
Originally released as 2 separate albums, CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT and AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS.
The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter.
Producers: Richard Carpenter, Jack Daugherty, Karen Carpenter.
Personnel: Richard Carpenter (vocals, piano, keyboards); Karen Carpenter (vocals); Bob Messenger (tenor saxophone); Pete Jolly (keyboards); Pete Morgan (upright bass); Cubby O'Brien, Ron Tutt, Barry Morgan (drums).