11 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If there's one virtuosic singer out there who can take on songs as tried-and-true as Christmas carols and still make them unquestionably her own, it has to be Barbra. Between her iconoclastic personality, magnificent voice, and nimble interpretive ability, she makes these age-old classics sound like we've never heard them before. She darts rapturously through a playful, tongue-in-cheek version of "Jingle Bells" at one moment, and yanks at our heartstrings the next with her swelling, evocative rendition of "Silent Night."

EDITORS’ NOTES

If there's one virtuosic singer out there who can take on songs as tried-and-true as Christmas carols and still make them unquestionably her own, it has to be Barbra. Between her iconoclastic personality, magnificent voice, and nimble interpretive ability, she makes these age-old classics sound like we've never heard them before. She darts rapturously through a playful, tongue-in-cheek version of "Jingle Bells" at one moment, and yanks at our heartstrings the next with her swelling, evocative rendition of "Silent Night."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

JohnD212 ,

One of the best Christmas CD's EVER!!

I grew up listening to this CD...wrapping rooms full of presents and memorizing every lyric, of every song! This is simply of the best Christmas CD's I've ever owned. My personal favorites are "Jingle Bells" (Barbra's own version), "My Favorite Things" (A Classic), "The Best Gift" (which was her new child - which she is pregnant for on the cover of the cd) and finally "The Lords Prayer". A MUST BUY.

DEBITHEBOY ,

simple phrase

pink amaryllis says this album is "more traditional than I would have liked". Christmas IS traditional !! Streisand was 25 years old when she recorded this album, and it remains one of the best ever recorded. She somehow makes the songs seem fresh and new again. I was 17 years old when I bought this album, and 45 years later I still listen to it every "traditional" year. Her phrasing on The Lord's Prayer can only be equaled by Mahalia Jackson, from whom it seems the arrangement came. This, my friends, is a Christmas album.

arataman79 ,

One of the top all-time best!!!

I first heard this album when I was in junior high and I liked it... but then a year or so later my sister bought the CD and I listened to it again and I absolutely fell in love with it! It is right up there with the other timeless holiday albs like A Charlie Brown Christmas (unarguably the greatest of them all!!), the Carpenters, Nat King Cole and Andy Williams first holiday album. We just don't have enough great holiday albums made in the last 25-30 years that can equal the timeless quality that Streisand infuses into this masterpiece of holiday standards. Possibly her two best tracks here are "The Best Gift" (in celebration of her son Jason who had just been born before she began working on this album) and "White Christmas" (she was just getting over a cold when she recorded this track and her voice had a sort of huskiness that made this version all the more priceless). This is undoubtedly one of the top three greatest Christmas albums of all time!!!

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