Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"There'll Always Be A Christmas," An Album Review

A classic Christmas album has been remastered and released as a CD.  It features The Ames Brothers, a popular 1950s quartet, singing in perfect harmony.  There are 12 songs and one bonus track.  And whether singing in close four part harmony, or taking solo turns, there is never a false note or arrangement.

The album is an enjoyable blend of religious and secular Christmas music. Listeners may not know all the songs, as some are not as familiar as, say, “Silent Night.”

Every track is fantastic. My favorites have changed over time. When I was a child, I loved “Silver Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S.” Now I'm partial to “O Holy Night,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” To be honest, it's hard deciding. There's not one mediocre song to skip over.

The backing orchestra, conducted by Sid Ramin, hits the right notes too. Lush strings and a festive brass section, in spots, adds to a majestic mood. But it's the gorgeous voices, which make this a standout Christmas album. If you hear the CD, chances are it will become a family favorite.

Joe (bass), Gene (2nd tenor), Vic (1st tenor) and Ed (lead)

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