Full festive sounds of the season from Percy Faith – a pair of 50s albums for Columbia
Records, plus bonus tracks too! First up is The Music Of Christmas – a set that has the lush Percy Faith approach turned towards a host of seasonal tunes – mostly familiar carols, served up with full strings and some occasional playful moments – usually instrumental, but with a touch of chorus vocals from time to time. Titles include "Deck The Halls", "Joy To The World", "Good King Wencelas", "The First Noel", "O Holy Night", "Holly & The Ivy", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Silent Night". Hallelujah follows suit in the best Percy Faith way – using subtle drama, and a mix of strings, horns, and other instrumental touches to serve up some new arrangements of familiar Holiday standards! Most tracks are taken in a relatively sentimental mode – perfect for the season – and titles include "Gesu Bambino", "Away In A Manger", "Good Christian Men Rejoice", "I Wonder As I Wander", "What Child Is This", and "Angels We Have Heard On High". CD features three bonus tracks too – "Christmas In Killarney", "Christmas In My Heart", and a 78rpm version of "Sleigh Ride".