Genre: Christmas
Label: MPS Records
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


The Singers Unlimited Christmas 180g LP

Singers Unlimited

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Limited Edition 180g Virgin Vinyl! Analogue Remastering (AAA)!
Remastered from the Original Master Tapes!

Tired of the same old Christmas carols sung the same old way? Then the Singers Unlimited’s 1971 MPS album “Christmas” is the perfect stocking stuffer. Leader Gene Puerling’s advanced harmonic concepts influenced Take Six, Manhattan Transfer, and Brian Wilson. Legendary jazz singer Jon Hendricks compared Puerling to pioneering saxophonist Charlie Parker, exclaiming "Gene broadened the harmonies, like Bird did with bebop.” Arguably the best-known of the 15 albums Singers Unlimited recorded for MPS, “Christmas” contains such classics as “Deck the Halls”, “Silent Night”, and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, arranged in Puerling’s signature style. The a capella quartet modulates between the traditional and the jazz-inflected modern, at times exuberant, at times reflective. Seven originals were penned by jazz trumpeter Alfred Burt. First intended as Christmas cards for friends and family with lyrics by Burt’s Episcopalian pastor-father, the compositions have since become distinctive season standards.

Sounding as clean and pure as a child’s breath on a cold winter morning, “Christmas” is a holiday gift that is a joy to listen to at any time of the year.

Formed in 1971, The Singers Unlimited were a four-part jazz vocal group whose members included Gene Puerling, Len Dresslar (also known as the Jolly Green Giant voice in commercials), Bonnie Herman, and Don Shelton. Originally formed to record for US commercials in the USA, they were persuaded to enter the recording studio to record a series of albums with their best known release ultimate being their Christmas album which combined the familiar holiday chesnuts with the jazzy bop of the group’s vocals along with musical guests.

Remastered from the original master tapes.

• 180g audiophile pressing
• Analogue remastering (AAA)
• Remastered from original master tapes
• Liner notes include remastering info & a picture of the original master tape box
• Adapted original cover artwork

The Singers Unlimited:
Len Dresslar
Bonnie Herman
Don Shelton
Gene Puerling (leader)

Side 1:

1. Deck The Halls
2. Ah Bleak & Chill The Wintry Wind
3. Bright, Bright The Holly Berries
4. Jesu Parvule
5. Caroling, Caroling
6. What Are The Signs
7. Night Bethlehem
8. While Be My Sheep
9. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Side 2:
10. Silent Night
11. Joy To The World
12. Wassail Song
13. Carol Of The Russian Children
14. Good King Wenceslas
15. Coventry Carol
16. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
17. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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