A Christmas Album (Barbra Streisand album)

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A Christmas Album
Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released October 1967 (1967-10)
Recorded June 1966 at Olympia Sound Studios in London; 9–16 September 1967 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop
Length 33:40
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Gold
Barbra Streisand chronology
Simply Streisand
(1967)
A Christmas Album
(1967)
A Happening in Central Park
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

A Christmas Album (1967) is the first Christmas album released by Barbra Streisand.

Background[edit]

The album is one of Streisand's best-selling albums and is ranked as one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. The cover photograph of the album was taken on June 16, 1967 during the rehearsal for her concert, A Happening in Central Park.

Many of the tracks from this album were re-issued in 1970 as Side 1 of a compilation album titled Seasons Greetings from Barbra Streisand...and Friends, pieced together by Maxwell House Coffee and Columbia Special Products. (Side 2 of the compilation featured various tracks from Streisand's Columbia labelmates Doris Day, Jim Nabors, and Andre Kostelanetz.)

On May 5, 1999, A Christmas Album was certified Quintuple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of five million copies in the United States.[2]

Chart[edit]

On Billboard magazine's special year-end weekly Christmas Albums chart, A Christmas Album spent all five weeks that the chart was published in late 1967 at No. 1, making it the best-selling holiday album of 1967 in the U.S.[3] The album charted for the first time on Billboard's weekly Billboard 200 album sales chart in December 1981, peaking at position No. 108 during a five-week chart run.

For the week ending November 24, 2012, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 195 and climbed to No. 183 the following week. It has also reached No. 38 on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jingle Bells?" (New adaptation by Jack Gold and Marty Paich) James Pierpont 1:58
2. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 3:14
3. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"   Mel Tormé, Bob Wells 4:00
4. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 3:08
5. "My Favorite Things"   Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers 3:09
6. "The Best Gift"   Lan O'Kun 3:11

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sleep in Heavenly Peace (Silent Night)"   Franz Gruber 3:07
2. "Gounod's Ave Maria (Latin Version)"   Charles Gounod 3:26
3. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"   New adaptation by Jack Gold 2:58
4. "I Wonder as I Wander"   John Jacob Niles 3:18
5. "The Lord's Prayer"   Albert Hay Malotte 2:43

Outtake[edit]

Streisand also recorded an alternate, English-language version of "Gounod's Ave Maria" during sessions for the album in 1966. This track remained unreleased until 2005 when it was licensed to a Starbucks Christmas compilation CD titled Baby, It's Cold Outside.[5]

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