Title - Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album [180g]
Artist - Tony Bennett
Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announce the release of a new edition of Tony Bennettís Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album, available as a digital album or single 12″ vinyl LP on Friday, October 1ST, 2021.
The new edition of Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album includes a restoration of the original album art by illustrator Bob Peak and a vinyl sleeve featuring original holiday paintings by Tony Bennett.
The album has been remixed and sonically enhanced for this 2021 pressing by producer/sound engineer (and Tonyís son) Dae Bennett, winner of seven Grammy Awards and a Primetime Emmy.
Released on October 6th, 1968 on Columbia Records, Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album was Tonyís first holiday album. Originally produced by Jack Gold, Snowfall showcases ten swinging performances of perennial holiday classics as interpreted by the master pop vocalist, accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon, the albumís musical arranger.
Tony and Farnon recorded the album in two historic sessions, laying down six performances at Columbiaís 30th Street Studios in New York and four tracks at CTS Bayswater in London.
2. My Favorite Things
3. The Christmas Song
4. Santa Claus Is Cominí To Town
5. Medley: We Wish You A Merry Christmas / Silent Night, Holy Night / O Come, All Ye Faithful / Jingle Bells / Where Is Love
7. Medley: I Love The Winter Weather / Iíve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
8. White Christmas
9. Winter Wonderland
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
From Rodgers and Hammersteinís My Favorite Things down to a previously unreleased track (at the time), Iíll Be Home For Christmas (which is sung here in a jazzy fashion and was taken from The Jon Stewart Show), this stellar album still offers an array of Christmas songs that youíll greatly enjoy and will add a glow to your holidays.
It boasts some of the greatest musical moments of the bright career of Tony Bennett, who believes that his key to success is making music that lasts. He is backed by an orchestra and a choir conducted by none other than a fine arranger/orchestrator, Robert Farnon, whose body of work has greatly influenced Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, John Williams and Andrť Previn.
Thus, on this album, he brings a wealth of experience in the field of creative chart arrangements and gleaming orchestrations to Tony Bennettís unique vocal artistry and timeless style.
Some of my favorites are the spectacular tracks that were recorded in London - The Christmas Song, White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Ė but the medley of I Love The Winter Weather / Iíve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm is an absolute beauty!
His takes on Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland and the title track, Snowfall are also such delights and so remarkable and the inclusion of Where Is Love, an achingly beautiful theme song from the musical Oliver is such a surprise, but it blends harmoniously with the rest of the Christmas carols from the medley.
Christmasland, composed by Brian Farnon and Dennis Farnon, is a sentimental Christmas song that brings to mind fond memories of childhood. It is so melodious and Tony Bennett gives a heartfelt reading of the lyric making it one of the highlights from this collection.
With Tony Bennett and Robert Farnon teaming-up artistically in this album, I guarantee thereís not a single dull moment and thereís nothing to whine about. This is Christmas music that can warm your hearts even on the coldest winter day, so give it your welcoming ears and enjoy it with your Christmas celebrations!