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Ella Christmas (1967)
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Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas __________________________________________________

Capitol Compact Disc
CDP 94452

A special holiday offering from the first lady of song
With Ralph Carmichael's Chorus and Orchestra

There is a kind of magic in Christmas that touches the world with a special way of feeling: the laughter of children trimming, the tree, the warm goodwill of friends greeting friends, the unspoken strength of a hundred-million prayers for peace on earth, the joyous sound of timeless carols sung across the land ... all these give a magic of their own to the meaning of Christmas.

As the world has come to know, there is a special kind of magic, too, in the voice of Ella Fitzgerald: a voice that has given the sounds of our time a lasting texture of beauty and simplicity.

It is these beloved qualities that Ella brings to the words and music of her own Christmas album.

Beautifully, with a radiance glowing from the very heart of what Christmas is all about, is the way Ella Fitzgerald sings these treasured carols. Like people everywhere, she herself celebrates the holiday season by sharing with family, friends and loved ones, the happiness of holiday traditions both new and old ... singing the familiar songs to usher in the joy that radiates throughout the seasons, heralding all our hopes for the bright new year.

And as she sings, she fills the world with gladness, the wonderful sound of her voice giving new beauty and simplicity to these, the timeless songs of Christmas. For with her singing, Ella Fitzgerald makes Christmas a magic, very special kind of celebration for us all.

1. O Holy Night (Traditional)
Master #58011
Recorded 7/18/67

2. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Willis/Sears)
Master #58008
Recorded 7/18/67

3. Hark! The Herald Angel Sings (Mendelssohn)
Master #57999
Recorded 7/17/67

4. Away In A Manger (Luther)
Master #58007
Recorded 7/18/67

5. Joy To The World (Traditional)
Master #58010
Recorded 7/18/67

6. The First Noel (Traditional)
Master #58033
Recorded 7/18/67

7. Silent Night
Master #57988
Recorded 7/17/67

8. O Come All Ye Faithful
Master #58012
Recorded 7/18/67

9. Sleep My Little Jesus (Traditional)
Master #58009
Recorded 7/18/67

10. Angels We Have Heard On High
Master #58000
Recorded 7/17/67

11. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Master #58006
Recorded 7/18/67

12. We Three Kings (Hopkins)
Master #58001
Recorded 7/17/67

13. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Traditional)
Master #58013
Recorded 7/18/67

Originally Released 10/2/67 (Capitol ST-2805)

Re-issue Produced by Ron and Bob Furmanek
Digitally mastered by Bob Norberg at Capitol Recording Studios, May 1990
Annotation by Bob Furmanek
This recording was mastered from the original four track master session tapes - stereo "ADD"
Songs remixed by Bob Norberg
Components Coordinated by Kim Niemi

All songs Arranged by G. Price/R. Black
All songs Published by Beechwood Music Corporation (BMI)

Cover Photo / Capitol Photo Studio / Ken Veeder
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