Friday, November 26, 2010

Francophone New

I'd always heard rumors of a second Paul Mauriat Christmas album, but I didn't believe them.  Surely a Christmas collector as avid as myself would have stumbled across it by now.  But then, there it was.  In a stack of otherwise uninteresting records, there was a second Paul Mauriat Christmas album!  I had to run right home and listen do it, as I find myself doing with way too many Christmas records.  Unfortunately, to my ears, this one is also inferior to the previous one, and there is a bit of overlap, but it's still worth having.  There's also the added use of a chorus, which I don't think was present on the other album, maybe that will appeal to you some.  So if you're as curious about it as I was, please be sure to download Paul Mauriat Orchestra And Chorus-Joyeux Noel (Fantasy 8389, Stereo, 1968).

1. It Is Midnight
2. The Holy Child Is Born
3. Adeste Fideles
4. Gloria In Excelsis
5. O Tannenbaum
6. White Christmas
7. Christmas Prayer
8. Three Angels Have Come This Evening
9. Shepherd, Let Us Leave The Watch
10. Silent Night, Holy Night

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4 comments:

bongolong said...

How cool!

Thanks Ernie (Not Bert)!!!!

JimmyJames said...

Different style of album than the 'first' one with much more chorale. It complements the other one nicely.

I was away for a few years, I'm sure glad I wandered back in time for your enhanced quality re-rips replacing my old rusty versions. Not to mention as ever, your new finds.

JMan said...

Thanks Ernie - a great find.
Compliments the first album well.

Anonymous said...

I believe this may actually have been the FIRST album. This is the French pressing with singing in French. I had an American release from about 1972 that had English (or neutral syllable) singing. I finally tracked down a CD (a Japanese one...which I found in Toronto). It had almost all the songs from this LP plus some more recent ones (inferior, in my opinion- lots of French pop songs and a disco Auld Lang Syne). Thanks for posting this version, which I've been trying to find.