Various Artists – The Wonderful Sounds of Christmas (2016)
“The Wonderful Sounds of Christmas, Acoustic Sounds fabulous new Christmas music double LP set — pressed on separate red and green 180 gram vinyl LPs (or 200-gram black vinyl, or Hybrid Stereo SACD!) — (is) such a pleasure to listen to. I have never heard Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song’ sound better than it does as the opening track of this 22 track set. Even Bobby Helms essential chestnut sounds much improved here. Chad Kassem who assembled this collection got almost all the hits: Leroy Anderson’s version of his ‘Sleigh Ride,’ Eartha, of course, singing ‘Santa Baby,’ and Hey, what Christmas music collection would be worth it’s weight in tinsel and empty toddy glasses without Der Bingel’s ‘White Christmas.’ There’s even a reputable version, in what’s become a very long and distinguished Christmas music tradition of duets on ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ …between a typically low key Betty Carter and a unusually subdued Ray Charles. … Two super essential classics (Kassem) did rope in however are the pair of Christmas numbers recorded by the great Charles Brown, both of which are among his biggest hits: ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’ and ‘Merry Christmas Baby.'” — Robert Baird, Stereophile, Dec. 18, 2015
Worthy of audiophile treatment. Not every Christmas tune meets that high standard. But each song on this SACD, with each song chosen by Acoustic Sounds owner and CEO Chad Kassem, sound better than it ever has before. These are some of the most familiar – and well-recorded – Christmas tracks ever. We feel we’re bringing you a record that you and your family will enjoy every year forevermore. These truly are The Wonderful Sounds Of Christmas.
From the peaceful solemnity of Harry Simeone Chorale’s “The Little Drummer Boy” to the festive spirit of Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” The Wonderful Sounds Of Christmas brings you the very best examples of holiday songs ever recorded. With wonderful music in abundance, this Christmas compilation offers a celebration of the season’s most joyous and cherished songs. Truly, Christmas has never sounded better!
Christmas compilations have been perennials for the music industry for many decades, but rarely has there ever been a collection like this one in which the nuances of Christmas recordings are presented with such care. The masterful audio quality on this compilation captures every musical moment – as if you were listening to the delicate sound of a snowflake touching your ear.
The tracks were authored for this one-of-a-kind SACD by Gus Skinas at the Super Audio Center in Boulder, Colorado.
1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat “King” Cole
2. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Ray Charles and Betty Carter
3. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
4. Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown
5. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
6. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
7. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
8. The Little Drummer Boy – Harry Simeone Chorale
9. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
10. Ave Maria – Aaron Neville
11. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
12. Merry Christmas, Baby – Charles Brown
13. Winter Wonderland – Ray Charles
14. Please Come Home For Christmas – Aaron Neville
15. Jingle Bell Rock – Chet Atkins
16. Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
17. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
18. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Ella Fitzgerald
19. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
20. Merry Christmas, Baby – Kenny Burrell
21. Stille Nacht (Silent Night) – Oscar’s Motet Choir
22. White Christmas – Bing Crosby