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Percy Faith Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition) CD

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Percy Faith: Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition) CD


Percy Faith Is One of Pop Music’s Most Legendary and Decorated Composer-Arrangers

Having Sold 250,000 Copies, His Music of Christmas Album from 1954 Had Already Reached Iconic Status When He Elected to Re-Record It in Stereo in 1959

No Mere Cash-In, the New Stereo Version Made Faith’s Always Ethereal String Arrangements Sound Positively Celestial, and Allowed His Expert Use of Counterpoint to Shine

The Result Was Another Faith Christmas Classic, Which Hit the Charts a Full Five Years Later at the Height of Beatle-Mania

Ranked as THE #1 CHRISTMAS ALBUM OF ALL TIME by the Christmas Music Website The Yule Log

Expanded Edition Includes Seven Seasonal Songs Lifted from Non-Holiday Albums

Liner Notes by The Yule Log’s Chip Arcuri

First Legitimate Remastering Ever by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York

The Cornerstone of Any Christmas Music Collection, Now Sounding Better Than It Ever Has

Percy Faith’s Music of Christmas album had already reached legendary status when the maestro re-recorded it in stereo in 1959. In fact, the back cover of the 1959 album even included a thumbnail picture of the classic "Father playing Santa Claus while holding sleeping daughter" cover of the original 1954 mono LP with the legend: "In its original edition with this well-known cover, this collection sold over 250,000 copies.” Little wonder, then, that Faith and his label Columbia chose to revisit Music of Christmas using the latest in recording hardware. But this was no mere cash-in; the stereo separation on the new album made Faith’s always ethereal, string-soaked arrangements sound positively celestial, and allowed his expert use of counterpoint to shine. The result: Music of Christmas in its new stereo format instantly (again) became a Christmas classic, and even hit the charts a full five years later at the height of Beatle-mania! In fact, the Christmas music site The Yule Log has dubbed this record the #1 Christmas album of all time, and to emphasize the point, the site’s founder, Chip Arcuri, has written liner notes for our release and chosen seven rare seasonal songs from non-Christmas LPs to grace our Expanded Edition. Shockingly, this marks the first real remastering of Music of Christmas, and no less than the august Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York has taken the engineering reins. Simply put, no Christmas music collection is complete without this album—and now it sounds better than it ever has!

  1. Joy to the World
  2. Silent Night
  3. Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly
  4. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
  5. Good King Wenceslas
  6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  7. The First Noel
  8. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming/O Little Town of Bethlehem
  9. O Holy Night
  10. The Holly and the Ivy/Here We Go A-Caroling
  11. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
  12. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
  13. Toyland
  14. March of the Toys
  15. My Favorite Things (Live)
  16. Be a Santa
  17. Brazilian Sleigh Bells
  18. Judy
  19. Soleado

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