In The Swing Of Christmas CD (2009)

Artist: Barry Manilow

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In The Swing Of Christmas is a special album from Barry Manilow of holiday favorites, old and new. 12 tracks including 'Silver Bells', 'Carol Of The Bells/Jingle Bells', 'Toyland', 'Christmas Time Is Here', 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer' and many others.

Track Listing
1. Silver Bells
2. Carol of the Bells/Jingle Bells
3. Joy To the World/It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5. Violets For Your Furs
6. O Tannenbaum/Winter Wonderland
7. Christmas Time is Here
8. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
9. Toyland
10. Count Your Blessings
11. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
12. Christmas is Just Around the Corner


Label Arista Records/sbme
SKU 212077509
UPC 886975749027
UPC 14 00886975749027
Format CD
Release Date 10/13/2009
Author Barry Manilow
Associated Artist/Work Coil, Pat
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Randy Walman
Associated Artist/Work Waldman, Randy
Technical Info
Engineer Koji Egawa; Don Murray; Greg Bartheld; Bill Schnee; Bob Kearney
Producer Scott Erickson; Greg O'Connor; Michael Lloyd; Barry Manilow
CatalogID 88697574902
Lable Name Arista
Released 11/30/2009
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 39m : 26s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886975749027
Album Notes and Credits
Lyricist: Bruce Sussman.
Personnel: Barry Manilow (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Tim Pierce, George Doering (guitar); Tom Scott (flute, saxophone); Sal Lozano, Jay Mason, Eric Marienthal (woodwinds); Dan Fornero, Warren Leuning, Jeff Bunnell, Warren Luening (trumpet); Brian "Bubbles" O'Connor (French horn); Charlie Morillas, Andy Martin (trombone); Matt Herskowitz, Michael Lang , Randy Kerber (piano); Jim Cox, Ron Pedley (keyboards); David Rozenblatt (drums, percussion); John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro, Gregg Field, Joe La Barbera, David Rozenblatt (drums); Jeff Gunn, Patty Lloyd, Jennie Snyder, Greg O'Connor, Debbie Lytton, Jeffrey Foskett, Michael Lloyd , Randy Crenshaw (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Don Murray ; Scott Erickson ; Michael Lloyd ; Bill Schnee.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Pepper Tree Studio, Palm Springs, CA; Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, CA; SongLee Studio, La Canada, CA; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV.
Author: Barry Manilow.
Photographer: Jeff Katz.
Arrangers: Roger Treece; Greg O'Connor; Michael Lloyd ; Ray Ellis; Barry Manilow.
Since Manilow released his previous delightful holiday album A Christmas Gift of Love in 2002, the legendary singer and entertainer became a Las Vegas staple and experienced a pop chart renaissance with his collections of greatest songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. True to its title, his engaging third Christmas CD is more swinging and jazzy than his other two, which had an interesting musical variety but were definitely more pop. Since his '70s heyday, the singer has done everything from brilliant jazz, big-band, and show tune projects to a fanciful Sinatra tribute, and here he creates unforgettable arrangements of many familiar songs that draw from all of these genres. Texturing his own voice, he creates a Take 6-flavored twist on "Silver Bells," then on "Jingle Bells," mixes a hard-driving jazz trio and '40s big-band-flavored approach with a touch of the whimsy of Barbra Streisand's famous version. His MaD Fusion trio featuring the wild piano improvisations of Matt Herskowitz adds inspired energy to a medley of two songs we've heard a million times but rarely as entertainingly, "Joy to the World"/"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Beyond enjoying Manilow's mix of unique jazzy vocal approaches with tender straightforward deliveries (as on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,"), what makes this perhaps his best Christmas disc are a few unexpected song choices: the beautiful "Violets for Your Furs" (best known as a song on Frank Sinatra's legendary 1954 album Songs for Young Lovers); the easy swinging, brass-inflected "Toyland," from Victor Herbert's operetta Babes in Toyland, and "Count Your Blessings," the "other song" Irving Berlin wrote for the film White Christmas. Fans of Manilow and Christmas music would pick up this disc even if it was average and prosaic, but the obvious love the artist put into these fresh choices and arrangements makes it one of his most unique and inspired efforts ever. ~ Jonathan Widran
Artist Bio
Baryy ManilowIn terms of both record sales and career longevity, Barry Manilow is one of the most successful adult contemporary singers ever. That success hasn't necessarily translated to respect (or even ironic hipster appreciation) in most quarters; Manilow's music has been much maligned by critics and listeners alike, particularly the romantic ballads that made his career, which were derided as maudlin schlock even during his heyday. It's true that Manilow's taste for swelling choruses and lush arrangements often bordered on bombastic, but unlike many of his MOR peers, Manilow wasn't aiming to make smooth, restrained background music -- he conceived of himself as a pop entertainer and all-around showman in the classic mold, and his performances and stage shows were accordingly theatrical.Manilow dominated pop music during the latter half of the '70s like few other performers, spinning off a long series of hit singles (including 13 number one hits on the adult contemporary charts) and platinum albums that essentially made the Arista label. The well began to run dry by the early '80s; no longer a superstar expected to deliver blockbuster hits, Manilow was free to explore his long-held taste for swing, pop standards, and Broadway show tunes, which dominated his albums from the mid-'80s on. He has continued to record steadily, and his popularity never completely eroded, as evidenced by the number three chart debut of his 2002 greatest-hits package, Ultimate Manilow, and the number one peak of his 2006 covers album, Greatest Songs of the Fifties.
Disc 1
1 Silver Bells
2 Carol of the Bells/Jingle Bells
3 Joy To the World/It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
4 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5 Violets For Your Furs
6 O Tannenbaum/Winter Wonderland
7 Christmas Time is Here
8 Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
9 Toyland
10 Count Your Blessings
11 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
12 Christmas is Just Around the Corner
Product Attributes
Artist Manilow,Barry
Label Arista Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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