The Magic of Christmas (Nat King Cole album)

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The Magic of Christmas
Studio album by
Recorded5–7 July 1960 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood
GenreVocal jazz
Christmas music
Length31 minutes
ProducerLee Gillette
Nat King Cole chronology
Wild Is Love
The Magic of Christmas
The Nat King Cole Story
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The Magic of Christmas is a 1960 album by Nat King Cole, arranged and conducted by Ralph Carmichael.[2]

This was Cole's only full album of Christmas songs, although he had recorded several holiday singles earlier in his career. One of these, "The Christmas Song", originally recorded in 1946, was re-recorded for the 1961 album The Nat King Cole Story. In 1963 The Magic of Christmas was reissued under the title The Christmas Song, with that recording added to the track list in place of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and with new cover art.[3]

It is the best-selling Christmas album released in the 1960s, and was certified by the RIAA for shipments of 6 million copies in the U.S.[4] The 1963 version reached number 1 on Billboard's Christmas Albums chart and remained for two weeks.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Deck the Halls" (Traditional)
  2. "Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful)" (John Francis Wade)
  3. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (Traditional)
  4. "O Tannenbaum" (Traditional)
  5. "O, Little Town of Bethlehem" (Phillip Brooks, Lewis Redner)
  6. "I Saw Three Ships" (Traditional)
  7. "O Holy Night" (Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight)
Side Two
  1. "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" (Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley)
  2. "A Cradle in Bethlehem" (Alfred Bryan, Larry Stock)
  3. "Away in a Manger" (Traditional)
  4. "Joy to the World" (Lowell Mason, Isaac Watts)
  5. "The First Noël" (William B. Sandys)
  6. "Caroling, Caroling" (Alfred Burt, Wilha Hutson)
  7. "Silent Night" (Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr)
  • All tracks, save for "A Cradle in Bethlehem" and "Caroling, Caroling", are credited on the LP label as being adapted by Nat King Cole and Edith Bergdahl.
  • The album was reissued in 1963 as The Christmas Song, with the title track added as the leadoff to Side 1 and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" omitted.
  • An alternate, all-English performance of "O, Come All Ye Faithful" was recorded during the album sessions and first released in 1990 on the compilation album Cole, Christmas, & Kids.




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Magic of Christmas at AllMusic
  3. ^ "A Pile o' Cole's Nat King Cole website – The Magic of Christmas". Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  4. ^ Grein, Paul (December 19, 2012). "Chart Watch Extra: Christmas Albums, From Bing to Buble". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved December 19, 2012.

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