AG1998-2 The Christmas Angel
Produced by Chip Davis
Released on October 27, 1998
US CHART POSITION #25 . . . US NEW AGE POSITION #1
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AG1998-2 cover
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I was reading this cover when what should appear
but three words that would fill any prog fan with fear:

Olivia Newton-John.

But Mannheim had always shown holiday spirit,
so I shrugged it aside and proceeded to hear it.
Just as the laser beam struck the new platter,
I knew in my heart that something was the matter.
Where was the music, the cheerful ebullience?
A grand tree? A Gargon? Why, this was just nonsense!
The air round my cheeks whispered by like a broom
as the holiday spirit was sucked from the room.
I sat there perplexed with my cocoa and cap
and a fourteen-page booklet entrenched in my lap.
Could it be that Chip Davis believes he’s Tim Burton?
I could see reading four pages maybe but fourteen?
No one buys holiday music to think
but to hum to and give them a spiritual link.
Instead, I was suddenly feeling uncharitable
this pine-scented pabulum was plainly unpalatable
Their first Christmas records were simply a blast
so no wonder they re-wrapped some gifts from the past
But the rapping on “Wenceslas” kills its effect
and how often do we need the same halls bedecked?
So before you spend holiday green on this turkey
stuff your stocking instead with their earlier workey.

TRACK LISTING

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. JOY TO THE WORLD
  3. STILLE NACHT (SILENT NIGHT)
  4. THE DREAM
  5. CRYSTAL
  6. CAROL OF THE BELLS
  7. MESSENGERS OF CHRISTMAS
  8. GREENSLEEVES
  9. ABOVE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
  10. GOOD KING WENCESLAS
  11. DECK THE HALLS
  12. ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

    Music arranged by Chip Davis

CREDITS

This disc appears to be a pastiche of earlier recordings. The original players are uncredited here.
CHIP DAVIS -- narrator
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN -- narrator
Brian Ackley -- remixing
Dave Cwirko and Dan Charette -- transfer and restoration engineers
Gregory Manchess -- cover artwork
Hirsch Design -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 27, 1998 American Gramaphone CD/CS AG1998 lyric booklet, also avail. in DVD/VHS

 

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