One of the all-time greatest collections of Christmas songs has finally been given the Audio Fidelity seal of approval.
As a kid Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” album was always in heavy rotation in my home during the holidays. It was, and in my opinion still is, the best Christmas album ever recorded.
Originally released in 1963 and produced by Lee Gillette, “The Christmas Song” album went to #1 on Billboard’s Christmas Albums Charts and eventually sold 6 million copies in the US.
Cole’s version of the Mel Torme-penned title track has long been considered the definitive version of that holiday classic. While over the years many artists have recorded the song, none can elicit the chills or holiday spirit like Mr. Nat King Cole! From “Deck The Halls” to “Silent Night” every single song on the album makes you want to sit by the fire and drink hot chocolate.
The new Audio Fidelity SACD edition was overseen and remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, giving the disc the fullest sound possible and making this definitive version the perfect gift this holiday season.
Drumroll please… 10 out of 10 Candy Canes!!!
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