One of the fantastic things about that golden period in the early sixties, when so many of history’s great Christmas records were released, is that so many truly sophisticate
Folk revivals have happened with some regularity during the 20th century. It is a style which tends to come back into fashion a lot.
Alan Mills could elocute. He had a distinguished voice with authority. He was a classically trained operatic bass.
There are – which I’m sure surprises precisely none of you – a lot of artists past their prime who record Christmas music.
When was the last time you heard a Christmas album that was actually fun? I don’t mean funny, in the sense of being a humorous novelty or something awful that a more maliciou
What’s the first Christmas album? Well, of course, this would have been before the vinyl record was invented in the late 1940s.
Christmas, even to those who despise it, is a singularly meaningful holiday.
Ella Fitgerald, jazz critic Frank Rich wrote in a reflection published after her death, “is American song”.
Sometimes, the world of Christmas records can seem pretty isolated from the rest of music.
Sometimes, it’s not about the notes someone sings, about their purity and quality and intrinsic meaningfulness. Sometimes, it’s about the pauses.