3 Stars - Good - "...literal readings of intelligently chosen assortment of popular and lesser-known traditional songs..."
1.O Come All Ye Faithful
2.Deck The Halls
3.Mistletoe And Holly
5.What Child Is This?
6.Hark! The Herald Angel Sings
7.The Christmas Song
10.Good King Wenceslas
11.The First Noel
12.In The Bleak Mid-Winter
13.God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
14.Oh Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
16.Angels We Have Heard On High
17.The Holly And The Ivy
18.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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Solo performer: Charlie Byrd (guitar).
Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California in June 1982.
Charlie Byrd performs 14 Christmas songs on this set as quiet and generally introspective solo guitar recitals. The music is well played, as one would expect, but there is not much variety in mood; all of the renditions are under three minutes, and humor is absent in favor of reverence. Pleasant and sincere background music. ~ Scott Yanow