Monday, December 19, 2022

Hallmark, Belafonte, & Warnes

Tonight's share is "The Traditions of Christmas", a Hallmark Cards album released in 1991, their seventh Christmas record.  Seems like vinyl was nearing its hiatus about that time, so this must have been one of the last vinyl Christmas records produced by Hallmark.  

They made some very good records - top musicians, excellent production - and this one is no exception.  "The Traditions of Christmas" features Harry Belafonte and Jennifer Warnes, with the American Boychoir and the London Symphony Orchestra.

What would a Harry Belafonte Christmas album be without "Mary's Boy Child"?  Fortunately, we don't have to find out, as his trademark Christmas song leads off the album, a new recording done for this record.  Mr. Belafonte sings four other carols, including "The First Noel" and "The Baby Boy".

Jennifer Warnes is also in exquisite voice for this record.  She begins with with "O Little Town of Bethlehem", and adds "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" as her contributions to this album.

The American Boychoir adds four songs, making this an excellent addition to your collection.

With only 6 days left until Christmas, please enjoy "The Traditions of Christmas".

1 comment:

  1. Seems like there are as many of these Hallmark Christmas records as there are Goodyear Christmas records, maybe more. Thanks for this one. Someone should ask Time Neely which ones are on vinyl, CD and cassette. :)