The Brothers Four: Merry Christmas (Expanded Edition) CD

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THE BROTHERS FOUR: Merry Christmas (Expanded Edition). CD

  • 1966’s Merry Christmas Is One of the Favorite Recordings Not Just of the Brothers Four’s Fans, but of the Group Itself 
  • Vocal Arrangements by Milt Okun (Peter, Paul and Mary, Chad Mitchell Trio) 
  • Orchestrations by Peter Matz (Barbra Streisand)
  • Produced by Teo Macero (Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett) and Engineered by Frank Laico 
  • Expanded Edition Includes Both Sides of Their 1961 Single and Two Unreleased Tracks
  • Liner Notes by Tom Pickles Feature Quotes from All Four Group Members 
  • Added Photos 
  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in NYC 

Deemed by Brothers Four leader Bob Flick himself as one of his favorite recordings released by the long-lived folk group, 1966’s Merry Christmas brought together a truly extraordinary collection of talent. Besides the Brothers themselves—arguably one of the top five groups of the folk era—the album featured vocal arrangements by the legendary Milt Okun, who had worked with such giants as Harry Belafonte, the Chad Mitchell Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary. Orchestrations were provided by Peter Matz, fresh from his work with Barbra Streisand, and behind the board at Columbia Records’ hallowed 30th Street Studio was renowned engineer Frank Laico. And weaving it all together was the great producer Teo Macero, best known for his work with Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Tony Bennett! Little wonder, then, that Merry Christmas is acknowledged as a pop-folk classic, here reissued in an Expanded Edition including the Brothers’ 1961 single “Christmas Bells” b/w “What Child Is This” plus two unreleased tracks, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and a completely different take on “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” With notes by folk guru Tom Pickles featuring quotes from all four Brothers, added photos and a beautiful remastering job by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios in New York, this Real Gone release of Merry Christmas will make your holiday merry indeed.

Tracks:

1.   God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

2.   Mary’s Little Boy Child

3.   The Night Is Christmas Eve

4.   Away in a Manger

5.   Christmas Is a-Comin’

6.   O Holy Night

7.   The Little Drummer Boy

8.    ’Twas the Night Before Christmas

9.   Silent Night

10. The Borning Day

11. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

12. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/Angels We Have Heard on High 

Bonus Tracks:

13. Christmas Bells

14. What Child Is This

15. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

16. Go Tell It on the Mountain

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