Annotation

1963 reissue of Cole's 1960 The Magic of Christmas with a new cover art and "The Christmas Song" (Fourth Recording, recorded in 1961) replacing "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen".

Annotation last modified on 2012-12-12 03:30 .

Tracklist

12" Vinyl 1
# Title Rating Length
A1 The Christmas Song
3:08
A2 Deck the Hall
1:06
A3 Adeste Fideles
2:26
A4 O Tannenbaum
3:00
A5 O, Little Town of Bethlehem
2:18
A6 I Saw Three Ships
1:25
A7 O Holy Night
2:55
B1 Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
1:47
B2 A Cradle in Bethlehem
3:25
B3 Away in a Manger
1:58
B4 Joy to the World
1:22
B5 The First Noel
1:57
B6 Caroling, Caroling
2:02
B7 Silent Night
2:07

Credits

12" Vinyl 1

piano:
Nat King Cole (track A1)
additional arranger:
Sir John Stainer (1871) (track B5)
additional composer:
Lowell Mason (1839) (track B4)
William H. Cummings (1855) (track B1)
additional lyricist:
George Whitefield (1753) (track B1)
Davies Gilbert (1823) (track B5)
Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1892) (track B3)
arranger:
Edith Bergdahl (tracks A2–B1, B3–B5, B7)
Nat King Cole (tracks A2–B1, B3–B5, B7)
Davies Gilbert (1823) (track B5)
composer:
Alfred S. Burt (track B6)
George Frideric Handel (German‐British baroque composer) (track B4)
Carl Mueller (track B3)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks A2, A6, B5)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (1500 – 1600) (track A4)
John Francis Wade (1740 – 1743) (track A3)
Franz Xaver Gruber (1818) (track B7)
Felix Mendelssohn (1840) (track B1)
Adolphe Adam (1847) (track A7)
Lewis Henry Redner (1868) (track A5)
James R. Murray (1885) (track B3)
Mel Tormé (1944) (track A1)
conductor:
Ralph Carmichael (1960) (tracks A2–B7)
Ralph Carmichael (1961) (track A1)
lead vocals:
Nat King Cole (1960) (track A2)
lyricist:
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks A6, B5)
Wihla Hutson (track B6)
Thomas Oliphant (track A2)
Isaac Watts (hymn writer) (track B4)
[anonymous] (Special Purpose Artist) (track B3)
Charles Wesley (hymn writer) (1739) (track B1)
John Francis Wade (1740 – 1743) (track A3)
Josef Mohr (1816) (track B7)
Ernst Anschütz (1824) (track A4)
John Sullivan Dwight (1855) (track A7)
Phillips Brooks (1868) (track A5)
Mel Tormé (1944) (track A1)
Robert Wells (songwriter) (1944) (track A1)
orchestrator:
Charles R. Grean (track A1)
Pete Rugolo (track A1)
producer:
Lee Gillette (tracks A1–B7)
publisher:
William B. Sandys (1823) (track B5)
William B. Sandys (1833) (track B5)
translator:
John Freeman Young (1859) (track B7)
vocals:
Nat King Cole (1960) (tracks A3–B7)
Nat King Cole (1961) (track A1)
writer:
Alfred Bryan (US songwriter) (track B2)
Larry Stock (track B2)
publisher:
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (track A1)
Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc. (1946 –) (track A1)
part of:
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 700) (track A6)
arrangements:
Adeste Fideles (arr. Willcocks) (track A3)
Deck the Hall (arr. Wilberg) (track A2)
Deck the Hall (arr. Rutter) (track A2)
Deck the Halls (Jim Dooley's arrangement) (track A2)
Deck the Halls (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track A2)
Deck the Halls (Beegie Adair, Roger Spencer arrangements) (track A2)
Enkellaulu kajahtaa (translated) (track B1)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (arr. Wilcocks) (track B1)
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (Sovereign Grace version) (track B1)
I Saw Three Ships (for choir and orchestra, arr. Rutter) (track A6)
I Saw Three Ships (arr. Willcocks) (track A6)
Joy to the World (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track B4)
Joy to the World (John Rutter's arrangement) (track B4)
Joy to the World (Geoff Zanelli's arrangement) (track B4)
Joy to the World (arr. Johnson and Ricketts) (track B4)
Joy to the World (Our God Reigns) (Sovereign Grace version of Joy to the World) (track B4)
O Come All Ye Faithful (Trans‐Siberian Orchestra arrangement) (track A3)
O Holy Night (arr. Johnson, orch. Volpi) (track A7)
O Holy Night (Trans‐Siberian Orchestra arrangement) (track A7)
O Holy Night (catch-all for arrangements) (track A7)
O Holy Night (Mariah Carey arrangement) (track A7)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track A5)
O Tannenbaum (arr. Parker/Shaw) (track A4)
O Tannenbaum (Vince Guaraldi adaptation) (track A4)
Oh Holy Night (for Sara Stevens) (track A7)
Oh Tannenbaum (Peter White's arrangement) (track A4)
O’ Tannenbaum (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track A4)
Silent Night (Damien Rice song) (track B7)
Silent Night (arr. Johnson, orch. Volpi) (track B7)
Silent Night (arr. Rose) (track B7)
Silent Night (arr. Rutter) (track B7)
Silent Night, Holy Night (arranged by Malcolm Sargent) (track B7)
The First Noel (Bob Dylan arrangement) (track B5)
The First Noel (arrangement by Elvis Presley) (track B5)
cover recording of:
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (1961-03-30) (track A1)
has revision:
is based on:
Nos Galan (track A2)
is the basis for:
Away in a Manger (Jim Ed Norman arrangement) (track B3)
Boughs of Holly (track A2)
Faith Noel (track A3)
Florida, My Florida (track A4)
Good King Joy (track B4)
Holy Night (track B7)
Joy to the World (Peter Cardinali arrangement) (track B4)
Joy to the World (Mariah Carey song, based off both the Christmas carol and the Hoyt Axton/Three Dog Night song) (track B4)
Joy to the World (track B4)
O Holy Night (Peter Cardinali arrangement) (track A7)
PDX-mas Carol (tracks A2, B4)
later parody versions:
O Holy Tonight! (Aqua Teen Hunger Force version) (track A7)
O Tannebaum (track A4)
Silent Night (Aqua Teen Hunger Force version) (track B7)
Silent Night (track B7)
later translated versions:
Ak, eglīte (Latvian version of German "O Tannenbaum") (track A4)
Ak, svētā nakts (track A7)
Debespulks dzied apstarots (Latvian version of English "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing") (track B1)
Joululaulu (Hiljaa leijaa maahan hiutaleet) (track A1)
Jouluyönä (Juhlimaan tulkaa toivon täyttymistä) (track A3)
Jūs, ticīgie, nāciet (Latvian version of Latin "Adeste Fideles" / English "O Come, All Ye Faithful") (track A3)
Līksmi lai skan (Latvian version of English "Joy to the World") (track B4)
Mon beau sapin (track A4)
O Christmas Tree (English version of German "O Tannenbaum") (track A4)
O Come All Ye Faithful (English version of Latin "Adeste Fideles" - Ralph Carmichael arrangement) (track A3)
O Come, All Ye Faithful (English version of Latin "Adeste Fideles") (track A3)
Oi kuusipuu (track A4)
Riemuita saa (translated by V. Arti) (track B4)
Riemuita saa! (translated by Hilkka Norkamo) (track B4)
The First Noel (track B5)
Tu mazā, klusā Betlēme (Latvian version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem") (track A5)
Wij komen tezamen (katholieke berijming) (track A3)
天には栄え (Japanese version of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”) (track B1)
新生王 (track B1)
later versions:
Adeste Fideles (Latin version, Steven Mercurio arrangement) (track A3)
Deck the Halls (track A2)
Duck the Halls (track A2)
Forest Green (lyrics of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" set to a different tune, the traditional carol as sung in the UK and in the Episcopal church in the US) (track A5)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Bob Dylan arrangement) (track B1)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (John Ferguson arrangement) (track B1)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Die Toten Hosen arrangement) (track B1)
Little Town (Cliff Richard carol -- the traditional words set to new music) (track A5)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Kenneth Jennings arrangement) (track A5)
O' Little Town of Bethlehem (Bob Dylan arrangement) (track A5)
Oh Tannenbaum (track A4)
Silent Night (Elvis Presley version) (track B7)
Silent Night (Lindner version) (track B7)
part of:
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944 film) (track B5)
recording of:
Away in a Manger (Mueller variation) (track B3)
Caroling, Caroling (track B6)
Deck the Halls (track A2)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Christmas carol) (track B1)
I Saw Three Ships (track A6)
Joy to the World (Christmas carol) (track B4)
O Holy Night (track A7)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (traditional carol sung in the US to the tune of "St. Louis", cf. the version commonly sung to the hymn tune "Forest Green" in the UK) (track A5)
O Tannenbaum (original German version) (track A4)
Silent Night (track B7)
The First Noël (track B5)
Adeste fideles (original latin version) (1960) (track A3)
referred to in medleys:
A Christmas Festival (tracks A2, B1, B4)
Christmas Train (medley) (tracks A2, B1, B4)
Adeste Fideles (Bing Crosby arrangement) (track A3)
Christmas Medley (Bing Crosby version) (tracks A2, A5, B3)
Megamix 3 (It Must Be Christmas) (track A1)
Mix 4 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (track A2)
Megamix 2 (It Must Be Christmas) (track B7)
Megamix 4 (It Must Be Christmas) (track A2)
Mix 3 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (tracks A1, B7)
Noëls pour cordes (tracks A5, B1, B4, B7)
translated version of:
version of:
Cantique de Noël "Minuit chrétiens" (French original of "O Holy Night") (track A7)
St. Louis (track A5)
The First Nowell (track B5)