I hope that one day this Christmas album receives it's due. This is not Bobby Darrin "Splish-Splashing" through light-weight Christmas fare. This is A+ arrangement and performance of Christmas standard and not so standard songs that delivers a marvelous balance of tradition and freshness. You will not feel as though your listening to a Christmas Album designed to make a gratuitous appearance on the music shop's Christmas rack. This album was made soley to capture the spirit of Christmas in music. Holiday classics, like "Silent Night", "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" are treated with taste and a reverence not typically associated with Darrin. The songs are interpreted as a testimony to the words and spirit, unlike many renditions where the artist tries to become larger than the work, or use the holiday pieces as a showplace for vocal gymnastics. "Child of God", "Jehovah Hallelujah", and "Mary, Where is your Baby" are incredible upbeat celebrations that will find you humming along during the first listen, although you may never have heard these tunes before. And I assure you, after you've heard this version of "Go Tell it on the Mountain", all other versions will sound wrong forever after. This album will stand up to any Classic Christmas album, including Nat, Frank and Bing.