Various Artists - The Wonderful Sounds Of Christmas

 (Red and Green Colored Vinyl)


Label:

Analogue Productions

Genre:

Christmas/Holiday

Product No.:
AAPP 094C
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180 Gram Vinyl Record


No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP  

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$55.00

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Tracks personally selected by Acoustic Sounds' Chad Kassem!

Finally, an audiophile Christmas sampler!

Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!

180-gram double LP on red and green vinyl - First 1,000 copies gold foil-numbered!

Gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing

"The Wonderful Sounds of Christmas, Acoustic Sounds fabulous new Christmas music double LP set — pressed on separate red and green 180 gram vinyl LPs — (is) such a pleasure to listen to. I have never heard Nat King Cole's 'The Christmas Song' sound better than it does as the opening track of this 22 track set. Even Bobby Helms essential chestnut sounds much improved here. Chad Kassem who assembled this collection got almost all the hits: Leroy Anderson's version of his 'Sleigh Ride,' Eartha, of course, singing 'Santa Baby,' and Hey, what Christmas music collection would be worth it's weight in tinsel and empty toddy glasses without Der Bingel's 'White Christmas.' There's even a reputable version, in what's become a very long and distinguished Christmas music tradition of duets on 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' ...between a typically low key Betty Carter and a unusually subdued Ray Charles. ... Two super essential classics (Kassem) did rope in however are the pair of Christmas numbers recorded by the great Charles Brown, both of which are among his biggest hits: 'Please Come Home For Christmas' and 'Merry Christmas Baby.'" — Robert Baird, Stereophile, Dec. 18, 2015

"...this is a swell set of well-chosen Christmas tunes, smartly sequenced. ... The double LP gatefold package is festively presented with insider liner notes by Robert Hull that provide an excellent backgrounder on each of the tunes, written from a music lover's and a record collector's perspective. Ryan K. Smith mastered the set at Sterling Sound from high resolution digital sources, which, given the nature of a compilation like this makes sense for reasons both financial and technical. Kassem made sure to get high resolution 96/24 transfers of all tracks where possible and the sound is very good throughout." — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. Read the whole review here.

Worthy of audiophile treatment. Not every Christmas tune meets that high standard. But every song on this LP, with each song chosen by Acoustic Sounds owner and CEO Chad Kassem, sounds better than it ever has before. These are some of the most familiar - and in most cases, well-recorded - Christmas tracks ever. We feel we're bringing you a record that you and your family will enjoy every year forevermore. These truly are The Wonderful Sounds Of Christmas.

From the peaceful solemnity of Harry Simeone Chorale's "The Little Drummer Boy" to the festive spirit of Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad," The Wonderful Sounds Of Christmas brings you the very best examples of holiday songs ever recorded. With wonderful music in abundance, this Christmas compilation offers a celebration of the season's most joyous and cherished songs. Truly, Christmas has never sounded better!

Christmas compilations have been perennials for the music industry for many decades, but rarely has there ever been a collection like this one in which the nuances of Christmas recordings are presented with such care. The masterful audio quality on this compilation captures every musical moment - as if you were listening to the delicate sound of a snowflake touching your ear.

For the vinyl version we turned to Quality Record Pressings for drop-dead gorgeous 180-gram super-silent platters. Then we packaged them in an old-style tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing, the best there is.

 



1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat “King” Cole
2. Baby, It’s Cold Outside - Ray Charles and Betty Carter
3. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
4. Please Come Home For Christmas - Charles Brown
5. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
6. Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
7. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
8. The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale
9. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
10. Ave Maria - Aaron Neville
11. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
12. Merry Christmas, Baby - Charles Brown
13. Winter Wonderland - Ray Charles
14. Please Come Home For Christmas - Aaron Neville
15. Jingle Bell Rock - Chet Atkins
16. Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
17. Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
18. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Ella Fitzgerald
19. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
20. Merry Christmas, Baby - Kenny Burrell
21. Stille Nacht (Silent Night) - Oscar’s Motet Choir
22. White Christmas - Bing Crosby

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Amazing

posted on 12/21/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeff
I own many AP lps and know that they are the best pressings. But I was really curious about this since it covers recordings from 78's up to fairly recently. And naturally, they are incredible. There's 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby (probably the oldest). The sound is very clean and not flat or compressed like many 78's can sound ( I do wonder what source material Chad used).

Then there's one that I was really wanting to hear- 'The Christmas Song' by Nat King Cole. I have all the other Cole 45 RPM pressings, and his Christmas album is very high on my wish list for AP to release. ( I can't believe an audiophile version of this has never been issued). Also high on the list is the Ella Fitzgerald's 'Swinging Christmas' lp that has 2 tracks here-now if they would do the whole lp! The Vince Guaraldi cuts have been released before and sound just as spectacular. Everything else is at the same high standards. If you like Xmas music, get this.


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