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Songs for Christmas (stylized as Sufjan Stevens Presents Songs for Christmas on the cover) is a box set of five separate EPs of Christmas-related songs and carols recorded by independent musician Sufjan Stevens between 2001 and 2006. The EPs had been given as gifts to friends and family of Stevens over the past six years, except for 2004 where he was too busy recording the Illinois album
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Christmas from the Heart is the second studio album and first Christmas album by American singer-songwriter David Archuleta. The album was released on October 13, 2009, under Jive Records. Melodies of Christmas", which was written by Archuleta, is the lone original song on the album. The track listing is as follows. Joy to the World" – 4:19. Angels We Have Heard on High" – 3:36. O Come All Ye Faithful" – 3:19. Silent Night" – 4:49. The First Noel" – 4:32. O Holy Night" – 5:55.
The Joy of Christmas is a Adults listening experience that successfully yanks on the feeling-strings deep inside listeners who grew up listening to Christmas tunes every year. It approaches the music of the holidays without assuming that it somehow needs to be respectable in doing so, and as a result the album wears its lack of subtlety like a resplendent golden robe. This is blown-out, big-ass Holiday music, a record enamored with its own shamelessness-in short, the ultimate in unapologetic Christmas luxury. If this album has even one problem, and I am not really prepared to admit that it does, it’s that the the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is just so gigantic. It is so gigantic that the very idea of an individual voice-something with definition, and something definitively human-invariably becomes obscure. The issue is not a lack of voices, plural, but a lack of any singular voice.
Christmas Joy in Latvia – Latvian Christmas Cantatas’ (2012). If you're looking for actual, traditional Christmas music, you couldn't do better than this rich, fascinating album of carols done by the New York Latvian Concert Choir, which is conducted by 74-year-old Andrejs Jansons. Christmas in the Heart is a great title for this utterly unexpected, weirdly inspired album – because with Dylan on the mic, it certainly isn't Christmas in the voice. You can judge the staying power of David Bowie and Bing Crosby's legendarily bizarre "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" for yourself, but don't sleep on Captain Sensible's minor 1984 . hit "One Christmas Catalogue," a sublime synth-rock evocation of all the ways we use the holiday to mark time – for better or worse.
Recorded at Green Lux Studio, this album features many of their friends from their artist community such as the Robbie Seay Band, Tedashii, Shane & Shane, Lauren Chandler, Michael Bleecker, Daniel Hall, Isaac Wimberely, and Jeff and Jourdan Johnson. Engineered by Jacob Biz Morris (116, Tedashii, LeCrae, Shane & Shane), the band spent a month in the studio writing and producing the album and was released world wide on November 15th, 2011. Folk Angel writes and rearranges traditional Christmas songs, and through that creative process, retells the Gospel story that illuminates all things.
The Sounding Joy is a spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger's 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and a luminary list of her musical family, friends, and neighbors, this album celebrates the spirit of community and homespun traditions that existed in times before the commercialization of Christmas.
|1||Jingle Bells||David Swanson||2:29|
|2||Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas||David Swanson||5:03|
|3||Away in a Manger/We Worship You||David Swanson||3:14|
|4||Go Tell It on the Mountain||David Swanson||2:00|
|5||Frosty the Snowman||David Swanson||2:36|
|6||Here Comes Santa Claus||David Swanson||1:39|
|7||Let It Snow||David Swanson||2:33|
|8||I'll Be Home for Christmas||David Swanson||4:14|
|9||What Child Is This||David Swanson||4:14|
|10||Silent Night||David Swanson||3:09|
|11||It Came Upon a Midnight Clear||David Swanson||3:02|
|12||Winter Wonderland||David Swanson||2:44|
|13||Silver Bells||David Swanson||2:20|
|14||White Christmas||David Swanson||3:41|
|15||O Little Town of Bethlehem||David Swanson||2:33|