Sunday, December 23, 2018

Carillon, Vibrachord, and Orchestra, Oh My!

Today's share is "Christmas Bells" by Paul Mickelson, from the Supreme Recordings label. 

Mr. Mickelson, according to the album sleeve, is an ordained minister in addition to being a musician.  Playing the symphonic carillon and the vibrachord and with orchestra accompaniment, "Christmas Bells" is packed with 25 (25!) tracks.  They are mostly classic carols leaning to the spiritual side, but there are a few that we don't often see, such as "As With Gladness Men of Old", "There's a Song in the Air", and "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne".  Alongside "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Good King Wenceslas" and the perennial favorite "O Holy Night", this is a an album sure to please.

The music is soothing and a bit atmospheric, definitely leaning toward the solemn, fit more for a quiet evening of reflection than for your annual Christmas block party.  The album was in good condition, and the rip sounds pretty decent. 

Twenty-five songs on a vinyl album means a lot of short pieces - many are under two minutes, and King Wenceslas wins the race at a mere 0:57.  The plus side is that there are so many songs to enjoy!

So, enjoy away!

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