Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The Manhattan Transfer - The Christmas Album (1992)
I don't love it. While the group's trademark tight harmonies are enjoyable here and the quartet sounds great, the arrangements, for the most part, are just too slow and schmaltzy. Who wants a maudlin arrangement of Let It Snow? I was hoping for something a little more lively. When the group sings the lyrics "sleep in heavenly peace," you want to take them up on the offer.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #120 (Dec 26, 1992)
Tracks: There are a couple of swinging big band medleys that are enjoyable: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Santa Man and Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season. The remainder of the 11 tracks are just boring. Even guests like Tony Bennett, Pete Christleib, and Jack Sheldon can't save them. The sole original tune here, A Christmas Love Song, written by songsmiths Alan & Merilyn Bergman, sounds like something from the soundtrack to An American Tail #18: The Christmas Treasure. And, you guessed it, it's slow.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None. Except for the two medleys mentioned above, this disc gets absolutely no playing time 'round here.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Bodies and Souls (1983)