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Capitol Compact Disc
A special holiday offering from the first lady of song
ELLA FITZGERALD'S CHRISTMAS
With Ralph Carmichael's Chorus and Orchestra
There is a kind of magic in Christmas that touches the world with a special way of feeling: the laughter of children trimming, the tree, the warm goodwill of friends greeting friends, the unspoken strength of a hundred-million prayers for peace on earth, the joyous sound of timeless carols sung across the land ... all these give a magic of their own to the meaning of Christmas.
As the world has come to know, there is a special kind of magic, too, in the voice of Ella Fitzgerald: a voice that has given the sounds of our time a lasting texture of beauty and simplicity.
It is these beloved qualities that Ella brings to the words and music of her own Christmas album.
Beautifully, with a radiance glowing from the very heart of what Christmas is all about, is the way Ella Fitzgerald sings these treasured carols. Like people everywhere, she herself celebrates the holiday season by sharing with family, friends and loved ones, the happiness of holiday traditions both new and old ... singing the familiar songs to usher in the joy that radiates throughout the seasons, heralding all our hopes for the bright new year.
And as she sings, she fills the world with gladness, the wonderful sound of her voice giving new beauty and simplicity to these, the timeless songs of Christmas. For with her singing, Ella Fitzgerald makes Christmas a magic, very special kind of celebration for us all.
1. O Holy Night (Traditional)
2. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Willis/Sears)
3. Hark! The Herald Angel Sings (Mendelssohn)
4. Away In A Manger (Luther)
5. Joy To The World (Traditional)
6. The First Noel (Traditional)
7. Silent Night (Gruber-Mohr)
8. O Come All Ye Faithful (Reading/Oakeley)
9. Sleep My Little Jesus (Traditional)
10. Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional)
11. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Redner/Brooks)
12. We Three Kings (Hopkins)
13. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Traditional)
Originally Released 10/2/67 (Capitol ST-2805)
Re-issue Produced by Ron and Bob Furmanek
Digitally mastered by Bob Norberg at Capitol Recording Studios, May 1990
Annotation by Bob Furmanek
This recording was mastered from the original four track master session tapes - stereo "ADD"
Songs remixed by Bob Norberg
Components Coordinated by Kim Niemi
All songs Arranged by G. Price/R. Black
All songs Published by Beechwood Music Corporation (BMI)
Cover Photo / Capitol Photo Studio / Ken Veeder