Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas
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- Released: September 18, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Capitol
- 1.O Holy Night
- 2.It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
- 3.Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- 4.Away In A Manger
- 5.Joy To The World
- 6.The First Noel
- 7.Silent Night
- 8.O Come All Ye Faithful
- 9.Sleep, My Little Jesus
- 10.Angels We Have Heard On High
- 11.O Little Town Of Bethlehem
- 12.We Three Kings
- 13.God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Ralph Carmichael (conductor).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California on July 17 & 18, 1967. Originally released on Capitol (#2509).
Digitally remastered by Ron McMaster.
Arranger: Lewis Redner.
Seemingly every singer at one time or another makes a Christmas album, and a large portion of them seem uninspired. ELLA FITZGERALD'S CHRISTMAS, happily, is not one such lackluster effort. The song selection consists entirely of traditional carols--"O Holy Night," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," etc.--instead of tedious novelties or boring original tunes. While the carols are performed with reverence, the arrangements are gently swinging, giving the proceedings an intimate, cozy feel suitable to a jazz-oriented Christmas album. Fitzgerald's voice is bell-like in its clarity, somewhat different from the soft-focus slurring she often favors, which only emphasizes how stunning her voice is. ELLA FITZGERALD'S CHRISTMAS is among the best Christmas albums of all time.
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