Dec 182011
 

from CHRISTMAS

Traditional

After the triumphs of Josh Groban’s 2007 “Noel” and Andrea Bocelli’s 2009 “My Christmas,” David Foster just completed his hat trick of multi-platinum seasonal smashes with Michael Buble’s Fall 2011 release, “Christmas.” Buble’s holiday-themed compilation is already #1 on the charts worldwide and selling like hotcakes. Like its predecessors, “Christmas” will be a winner for this holiday season.

On “Christmas,” Foster shares the producer’s chair with Bob Rock and his old partner Humberto Gatica as he did on Buble’s last couple of records, “Call Me Irresponsible” and “Crazy Love.” This collection presents several classics like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” that showcase the singer’s velvet voice. There is a great rendition of “White Christmas” with special guest Shania Twain and a spectacular “Jingle Bells” with the very talented Puppini Sisters. There’s also a good version of Mariah Carey’s modern classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” For something on the newer side, there is a beautiful song by Buble, Rock and Alan Chang entitled “Cold December Night” that just begs for a fireplace and some egg nog.

The arrangements and productions are obviously top notch and among the musicians there are legendary names like Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Jim Keltner, Dean Parks and Vinnie Colaiuta. The only little fault we found is in Buble’s rendition of “Ave Maria.” The vocal performance is the usual work of art, but his pronunciation of the ancient Latin language leaves a lot to be desired. It’s really a minimal slip on an otherwise amazing record that’s bound to become a perennial Christmas favourite for years to come. For Buble’s collectors it remains to be said that the Target edition of the album has three additional songs including “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman” also with the Puppini Sisters and “Silver Bells” featuring Naturally 7.
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Lead Vocals: Michael Buble feat. The Puppini Sisters
Piano: Alan Pasqua
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Guitars: Graham Detcher

Orchestrated by Chris Walden
Produced & Arranged by David Foster

 


Lyrics

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh