Christmas Songs (Diana Krall album)

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Christmas Songs
Diana Krall - Christmas Songs.png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 2005 (2005-10-26)
Recorded2005
Studio
Genre
Length35:10
LabelVerve
Producer
Diana Krall chronology
The Girl in the Other Room
(2004)
Christmas Songs
(2005)
From This Moment On
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Christmas Songs is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer Diana Krall, performed with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. It was released on October 26, 2005 by Verve Records. This is Krall's first full-length album of Christmas songs (not counting her 1998 EP Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas), and her first studio album with a big band. The album was released on vinyl for the first time on October 14, 2016.[2]

Reception[edit]

Tad Hendrickson of JazzTimes stated "Krall gets a ton of help on her Christmas album from the well-drilled Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as well as from the usual peeps in her own bands. The singer doesn't work too hard to sell it, preferring to stay in the pocket, and the solos are short all the way around, but it all sounds swingin', fun and jazzy".[3] John Bungey of The Times noted "If your idea of a perfect Yuletide is Jimmy Stewart on the telly and Bing on the radio, and you believe that, musically, it's all been downhill since 1955, then Krall's album will suit perfectly".[4]

Dave Gelly anf Nail Spenser of The Guardian wrote "If you feared the worst after hearing Diana Krall's last, rather droopy CD you can cheer up, because this one proves she hasn't forgotten how to swing after all. Corny idea or not, it is a terrific jazz-vocal album that will raise your spirits now and for several Christmases to come".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jingle Bells"James Pierpont3:26
2."Let It Snow"4:02
3."The Christmas Song"4:24
4."Winter Wonderland"3:15
5."I'll Be Home for Christmas"3:08
6."Christmas Time Is Here"3:35
7."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"2:54
8."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"4:19
9."White Christmas"Irving Berlin4:32
10."What Are You Doing New Year's Eve"Frank Loesser4:10
11."Sleigh Ride"3:26
12."Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"Berlin3:41
Total length:35:10

Personnel[edit]

The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Production
  • Produced by Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall
  • Recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[33] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[34] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[35] Gold  
Poland (ZPAV)[36] Platinum 20,000*
Portugal (AFP)[37] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Diana Krall: Christmas Songs: Music". Amazon.com. ASIN B00FESKV52. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Hendrickson, Tad (12 January 2005). "Diana Krall featuring the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Christmas Songs". Jazz Times. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ Bungey, John (December 2, 2005). "Diana Krall: Christmas Songs". The Times. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ Gelly, Dave; Spenser, Nail (11 December 2005). "Diana Krall, Christmas Songs". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  6. ^ "ARIA Jazz & Blues Albums – Week Commencing 19th December 2005" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Pandora Archive. p. 21. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
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  14. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2005. 50. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Diana Krall feat. The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – Christmas Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  16. ^ クリスマス・ソングス | ダイアナ・クラール [Christmas Songs | Diana Krall] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Diana Krall feat. The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – Christmas Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
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  28. ^ "Årslista Album – År 2005" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Swedish Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
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  32. ^ "Jazz Albums: Decade End Chart (2000s)". Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
  33. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Diana Krall – Christmas Songs" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved February 5, 2018. Enter Diana Krall in the field Interpret. Enter Christmas Songs in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  34. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Diana Krall – Christmas Songs". Music Canada. December 7, 2005.
  35. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2005" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  36. ^ "Polish album certifications – Diana Krall – Christmas Songs" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. February 8, 2006.
  37. ^ "Top 30 Artistas – Semana 52 de 2010" [Top 30 Artists – Week 52 of 2010] (in Portuguese). Artistas & Espectáculos. Archived from the original on January 22, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  38. ^ "American album certifications – Diana Krall – Christmas Songs". Recording Industry Association of America. February 17, 2006. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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