The Magic of Christmas (Nat King Cole album)
|The Magic of Christmas|
|Studio album by Nat King Cole|
|Recorded||5–7 July 1960 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood|
|Nat King Cole chronology|
This was Cole's only full album of Christmas songs, although he had recorded several holiday singles earlier in his career. One of these, 1946's "The Christmas Song", was re-recorded for the 1961 album The Nat King Cole Story, and in 1962 The Magic of Christmas was re-issued with that recording added to the track list in place of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and the album given new cover art and retitled The Christmas Song.
It is the best-selling Christmas album released in the 1960s, and was certified by RIAA for shipments of 6 million copies in the US.
- "Deck the Halls" (Traditional)
- "Adeste Fideles" ("O, Come All Ye Faithful") (John Francis Wade)
- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Traditional)
- "O Tannenbaum" (Traditional)
- "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (Phillip Brooks, Lewis Redner)
- "I Saw Three Ships" (Traditional)
- "O Holy Night" (Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight)
- "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley)
- "A Cradle in Bethlehem" (Alfred Bryan, Larry Stock)
- "Away in a Manger" (Traditional)
- "Joy to the World" (Lowell Mason, Isaac Watts)
- "The First Noël" (William B. Sandys)
- "Caroling, Caroling" (Alfred Burt)
- "Silent Night" (Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr)
An alternate, all-English performance of "O, Come All Ye Faithful" was recorded during the album sessions, and first released in 1990 as part of the Cole, Christmas, & Kids compilation CD.
- Allmusic review
- The Magic of Christmas at AllMusic
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- Grein, Paul (December 19, 2012). "Chart Watch Extra: Christmas Albums, From Bing To Buble". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved December 19, 2012.