Dec 252016
 

from THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Written by Edward Pola & George Wyle

This week to celebrate the Christmas season in style, the Song of the Week has mined another gem from David Foster’s 1993 cd, The Christmas Album. Foster, with the help of master arranger Jeremy Lubbock, delivers a version of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” that can rightly stand alongside Andy Williams’ 1963 take on this definitive holiday classic.

To achieve that goal, Foster and Lubbock crafted an instrumental track that’s a joy to listen to. This tune sports a jazz rhythm section driving the song’s waltz time that is embellished by an enchanting orchestra, rousing horns and lovely vocal harmonies. Who better than legendary Johnny Mathis to beautifully maximize the festive feel of the tune? His gorgeous, well-known voice caresses the lyrics with a truly spectacular vocal performance that will make you feel the Christmas warmth even in July. The Foster/Mathis cover of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” was also featured in the 1996 movie Jingle All The Way starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It is suggested that people rediscover The Hitman’s The Christmas Album. It is one of the most refined and enjoyable holiday releases of the past thirty years. This album will win everyone’s heart with its timeless atmosphere and top musical quality.


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Lead Vocals: Johnny Mathis
Synthsizers: Randy Waldman
Piano: Alan Broadbent
Bass: Jimmy Hughart
Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Arranged by Jeremy Lubbock
Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
It’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It’s the hap-happiest season of all

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistletoeing
And hearts will be glowing

When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time
It’s the most wonderful time
It’s the most wonderful time
It’s the most wonderful time of the year