Monday, December 27, 2010

Better Than Most

This little album should scare off those folks who think I'm just sharing the bottom of the barrel stuff here after Christmas.  Truth is, I always share bottom of the barrel stuff, it's just disguised by the occasional halfway decent posting, and this is one of those.  I don't know a whole lot about Muriel Smith, and I don't even remember buying this record, but I found it in my collection one day right next to Mireille Mathieu, so I grabbed and recorded them both. I knew what I was going to get with that other one, but this one, not so much.  Muriel sings with an operatic voice, but it's always nice to listen to.  Sorta reminds me of Marion Anderson.  I don't think you'll be disappointed if female vocals are your thing.  This is Muriel Smith With The Peter Knight Orchestra And Chorus-The Glory Of Christmas (Philips BL7586, Mono, 1963).

1. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
2. This Is The Truth Sent From Above
3. Old French Carol (Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agréable?)
4. The Three Kings From Persian Lands
5. Lullaby (Wiegenlied)
6. Sister Mary Had'a But One Child
7. L'il Boy How Ol' Are You?
8. Ring Out, Wild Bells
9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Reprise)
10. Silent Night, Holy Night
11. Christmas Begins With Christ
12. Glory, Glory
13. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
14. I Wonder As I Wander
15. The Holly And The Ivy
16. Christmas Cradle Song
17. Worship The King
18. Silent Night, Holy Night (Reprise)



Buster said...

Interesting - I have this LP, with a completely different cover. (This may be the European edition; mine is the US edition.)

Muriel Smith is perhaps best known for dubbing the vocals of Bloody Mary for Juanita Hall in the 1958 film version of South Pacific. Strange, that - Juanita Hall was a singer and was the original Bloody Mary on stage. If I remember the story correctly, Muriel Smith had done the part in a London stage production.

Yule Elf #1225 said...

*~* Thanks man! *~*

Alan Eichler said...

Yes, this is the English version. The white cover is the U.S. one and it came in stereo.