Christmas Collection

November 3, 2016 - Comment

How about snowy days and Mondays? The soft, soothing sounds of Karen and Richard Carpenter are perfectly suited to a white Christmas with a crackling fire; here are their Christmas Portrait (’78) and An Old Fashioned Christmas (’84) LPs, together in one 2-CD set: It Came upon a Midnight Clear; O Holy Night; Christmas Waltz;

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How about snowy days and Mondays? The soft, soothing sounds of Karen and Richard Carpenter are perfectly suited to a white Christmas with a crackling fire; here are their Christmas Portrait (’78) and An Old Fashioned Christmas (’84) LPs, together in one 2-CD set: It Came upon a Midnight Clear; O Holy Night; Christmas Waltz; Sleigh Ride; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; Ave Maria; Carol of the Bells; My Favorite Things; Do You Hear What I Hear; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town , and more!Rainy days and Mondays always made Karen Carpenter blue. Maybe she should have played her two Christmas records, Christmas Portrait and An Old Fashioned Christmas. Both are combined in this 31-piece collection, a great value for fans of this brother-sister duo who captured the pop airwaves during the early to mid-’70s. A number of good performances mark the collection, which includes songs from their Christmas TV special, numerous cuts backed by full orchestra that prove the duo could extend their pop sensibilities to timeless holiday fare, and singular works such as “Little Altar Boy,” a song that Richard Carpenter feels was among his sister’s greatest performances. –Martin Keller

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Michelle says:

One of the Top Christmas Albums EVER I listened to this CD today and really enjoyed it. It was extremely relaxing to listen to. Yes, Richard apparently did listen to comments from fans! It was a joy to hear Karen’s crystal clear voice and the instrumentals not overpowering and loud. This was an upbeat CD. I only wish that Susan Boyle had producers and managers who would select songs better suited for her and be more attentive to her needs so that better quality CD’s can be produced. Coming back to Karen, it was nice to hear her…

T. A. Ashley says:

Classic and Timeless I’m a huge Christmas music fan and consider myself a Christmas music aficionado. At last count I had five 8-tracks, 4 cassettes, 18 LP’s, and 64 CDs. This doesn’t include the downloaded singles on my computer. I truly enjoy Christmas music much more than the average person. My particular passion is for the older, more nostalgic music that embodies the Christmas spirit, warmth, nostalgia, and traditions – primarily the 50′s through the mid-70′s. I do have a lot of music from the 80′s to the…

Anonymous says:

As a 40-something whose tastes have matured with the years, the appreciation for the genuine genius of Richard and Karen Carpenter has increased exponentially. I am old enough to remember hearing them on the radio as a kid, and while they didn’t hit my radar until much later in life, it has been with decided relish that I’ve explored their work.The Christmas Collection, as has been pointed out, is a compilation release of two earlier albums: Christmas Portrait and An Old Fashioned…

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