This is an atypical budget Xmas effort, in that the audio quality is excellent. Meanwhile, it's a typical budget Xmas effort in that the artist credits are nearly nonexistent, plus the label and jacket titles don't gel. But details, schmetails. We're in budget country.
Who are "The Holiday Singers"? Dunno, but some of the tracks are instrumentals, so this credit is slightly misleading. All I can say for sure about the Singers is that they are home to one of the worst Elvis imitators in the biz--I refer to the second track, Side One (I'll Be Home for Christmas). But for connoisseurs of bad Elvis impressions, this selection is a must-hear and must-have. And I know there must be some of you out there. Admit it--you've been waiting with hungry impatience for such a track.
Nothing on this LP places it in the realm of weirdness (bad Elvis impressions aside), except for the fractured polyphony on Deck the Halls, a track which starts out with beautiful counterpoint but which ends up in a hiccup-style tangle of voices. (Hiccup-style tangle of voices?) This will hopefully make sense when you hear it. I don't know what happened with, to, or in that arrangement, or if alcohol played a part, or what. Most of the numbers are of a pristine type, though, and while there are no surprises in the playlist, these recordings have a fresh, new sound--even if they're from 1985. I guess it's all relative. That is to say, these sound fresh and new compared to my usual Xmas fare.
Oh, and courtesy of Discogs, here's the label for the cassette edition of Winter Wonderland. Of interest, besides the altered color scheme, is the absence of Santa. Maybe his contract only allowed for an appearance on the LP edition.
DOWNLOAD: White Christmas--The Holiday Singers (Silver Bell Music SB-3; 1985)
I'll Be Home for Christmas
We Three Kings
O Come All Ye Faithful
Away in a Manger
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
What Child Is This
O Holy Night
Deck the Halls
Angels We Have Heard on High
Twelve Days of Christmas
O Little Town of Bethlehem
White Christmas--An Easy Listening Collection of 14 Christmas Favorites (Silver Bell Music SB-3; 1985)