9.Medley: The Coventry Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
10.The First Noel
11.Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
12.O Come, All Ye Faithful
13.Deck The Halls
Originally released on RCA (2423).
Personnel: Chet Atkins (vocals, guitar).
Chet Atkins' renditions of these beloved Christmas standards invoke the spirit of the season. He celebrates life, and Christmas, in styles by turns jazzy, (Western) swinging, and classical.
For many of the traditional Christmas songs, such as "O Come All Ye Faithful" and the medley, "The Coventry Carol/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," Atkins plays a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar in a classical vein. On the other hand, on Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Rock," Atkins performs using the country swing style for which he is so well known. In whatever style he plays, with the subtle accompaniment of the Anita Kerr singers Chet Atkins captures the essence of Christmas with every note.