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Christmas Limited 180gram Vinyl LP

by The Singers Unlimited

Release Date: 04 November 2016

Format: LP Vinyl

Label: MPS


The Singers Unlimited Christmas Limited 180gram Vinyl LP

Tired of the same old Christmas carols sung the same old way? Then the Singers Unlimited’s 1971 MPS album ‘Christmas’ is the perfect stocking stuffer. Leader Gene Puerling’s advanced harmonic concepts influenced Take Six, Manhattan Transfer, and Brian Wilson. Legendary jazz singer Jon Hendricks compared Puerling to pioneering saxophonist Charlie Parker, exclaiming "Gene broadened the harmonies, like Bird did with bebop.” Arguably the best-known of the 15 albums SU recorded for MPS, ‘Christmas’ contains such classics as ‘Deck the Halls’, ‘Silent Night’, and ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’, arranged in Puerling’s signature style. The a capella quartet
modulates between the traditional and the jazz inflected modern, at times exuberant, at times reflective. Seven originals were penned by jazz trumpeter Alfred Burt.
First intended as Christmas cards for friends and family with lyrics by Burt’s Episcopalian pastorfather,
the compositions have since become distinctive season standards. Sounding as clean and pure as a child’s breath on a cold winter morning, “Christmas” is a holiday gift that is a joy to listen to at any time of the year.

Featured Tracks:
1. Deck the Halls
2. Ah Bleak & Chill the Wintry Wind
3. Bright, Bright the Holly Berries
4. Jesu Parvule
5. Caroling, Caroling
6. What Are the Signs
7. Night Bethlehem
8. While By My Sheep
9. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
10. Silent Night
11. Joy to the World
12. Wassail Song
13. Carol of the Russian Children
14. Good King Wenceslas
15. Coventry Carol
16. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
17. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas