December 25, 2010

A Ray Stevens Christmas, Part Two...

The non-comical Christmas CD from Ray Stevens that you've seen me write about for awhile, simply titled Ray Stevens Christmas, is getting another write-up in this blog entry...the collection was issued during Christmas 2009 and it contains 10 all-new recordings of mostly Christmas standards with the exception of one song in particular, "Deck the Halls with Teardrops". The longest recording of the collection is "White Christmas" which runs 4 minutes, 16 seconds. The CD kicks off with the big-band flavor of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!" and is the shortest recording at 2 minutes, 15 seconds. This CD, in addition to 2008's Ray Stevens Sings Sinatra...Say What!?? are some of the rare moments where a lot of the songs are associated with ASCAP and not BMI. Ray is credited with the arrangement on "Jingle Bells" and therefore this recording is published by his own company, Ray Stevens Music, affiliated with BMI. The song he wrote, "Deck the Halls with Teardrops", is also published by his own company of course. Surprisingly he keeps a lot of the same arrangements on most of the songs...except the previously mentioned "Jingle Bells", the traditional "Silent Night" which gets a new arrangement, and on "White Christmas" he blends various styles together. Track #6, "Blue Christmas", is the traditional recording. Ray recorded a comical, stuttering version of this song during these recording sessions and that recording was released separately in an EP. I provided a link to the EP in my previous blog entry.

The CD track list:

1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
2. White Christmas
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Silent Night
5. The Christmas Song
6. Blue Christmas
7. I'll Be Home For Christmas
8. Deck the Halls with Teardrops
9. Jingle Bells
10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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