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O' Holy Night: The Christmas Album [Slipcase]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Mary's Boy Child
    2. Angels We Have Heard on High
    3. O' Little Town of Bethlehem
    4. Little Drummer Boy
    5. O' Come All Ye Faithful
    6. Mary Did You Know?
    7. Away on a Manger
    8. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
    9. O' Holy Night
    10. Remember Me
    11. Silent Night
    12. Once on Royal David's City
    13. First Noel, The
    14. In the Bleak Midwinter
    15. Christmas Day 1915
    0. DISC 2:
    1. White Christmas - (alternate take)
    2. Snowflake - (alternate take)
    3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - (alternate take)
    4. An Old Christmas Card - (alternate take)
    5. Winter Wonderland - (alternate take)
    6. When a Child Is Born - (alternate take)
    7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    8. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    9. Silver Bells
    10. Christmas Long Ago
    11. [Bonus Material]
    12. Christmas Long Ago
    13. EPK - (alternate take)
    14. Christmas Message
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DMGTVS040

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Ryan
    EngineerDaire Winston; Philip Begley

    Personnel: Des Moore (acoustic guitar); John Ryan , Ray McLoughlin (piano); James Blennerhasset (electric bass); Milltown Chamber Choir, The Irish Film Orchestra.
    Audio Mixer: Philip Begley.
    Recording information: Beechpark Studio, Dublin.
    Director: Orla Flanagan.
    Photographer: Nigel Schermuly.
    His records might not receive any airplay or feature on any prime-time TV shows, but Irish easy listening crooner Daniel O'Donnell is one of the most consistent and prolific chart artists of the last two decades, having scored a Top 40 album every year since 1988, a feat that no other artist has achieved. It has been 16 years since the release of Christmas with Daniel, and now he muscles in on Cliff Richard's territory yet again with his second festive album, O' Holy Night: The Christmas Album. Unlike his previous yuletide collection, which featured 20th century standards as well as traditional pieces, O'Donnell's follow-up to Peace in the Valley focuses solely on faithful renditions of seasonal hymns and carols. Alongside ubiquitous favorites "Silent Night," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," there are also lesser-known religious songs "Christmas Day 1915" and "Angels We Have Heard on High," and a brand-new composition penned by Fergal Flaherty, "Remember Me," which surprisingly sits quite comfortably next to the more recognizable fare. Harking back to the soothing '50s/'60s Christmas collections from the likes of Jim Reeves and Perry Como, O' Holy Night is unashamedly old-fashioned, even more so when compared to similar recent releases from Aled Jones and Bryn Terfel. But backed by producer Orla Flanagan's simple orchestral and acoustic arrangements and the Milltown Chamber Choir, O'Donnell's outdated but charming vocal style does provide a heart-warming and comforting accompaniment to the festive season. And while its gentle and wholesome nature will undoubtedly be too schmaltzy for his many detractors, his loyal legion of female fans are unlikely to be disappointed. ~ Jon O'Brien

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