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Noel Import


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  • Audio CD (11 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B000000EJ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2. Coventry Carol
3. Good King Wenceslas (Instr.)
4. The Little Drummer Boy
5. I Wonder As I Wander
6. Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella (Instr.)
7. Down In Yon Forrest
8. The Carol Of The Birds
9. Angels We Have Heard On High (Instr.)
10. Ave Maria (Sung In German)
11. Mary's Wandering
12. Deck The Halls (Instr.)
13. Away In A Manger
14. Adeste Fidelis (Instr.)
15. Cantique De Noel (Sung In French)
16. What Child Is This
17. Silent Night

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Joan Baez ~ Noel

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
On this stately and sometimes sombre work, Joan Baez is backed by traditional instruments like recorders, viols, lute, pipe organ, strings and harpsichord. The intention was to make the sound reminiscent of the various periods in which the carols were written. Noel is thus completely different from her 1960s folk recordings with the prominent acoustic guitar.

Her voice is pristine and the arrangements outstanding, especially on tracks like Little Drummer Boy and Ave Maria (a classical arrangement, sung in German). The songs are interspersed with short instrumental like Good King Wenceslas, Bring A Torch, Deck The Halls, Angels We Have Heard On High and Adeste Fidelis, that add to the medieval mood of the album.

There is plenty of variety though, as for example the mournful Mary's Wandering is followed by the brief instrumental Deck The Halls and that, in turn, by her beautiful soulful version of Away In A Manger with its gripping harpsichord sounds. Baez' voice really soars on Cantique De Noël and What Child Is This, whilst Silent Night receives a tender and subdued treatment.

One of my favourites is The First Noël with its powerful, uptempo arrangement. This wonderful album concludes with a beautiful French version of Away In A Manger. The overall atmosphere is reverent and devotional rather than joyful and festive, which makes Noël an exception amongst Christmas albums.

The CD booklet includes the history of the making of the album by arranger Peter Schickerle, the original liner notes and some lovely photos of Joan, including the cover of the original vinyl LP. Noël was a surprise for me as a long-time Baez fan since the sound is so different from both her early folk work and her later art song material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By THE WISE ONE on 7 May 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A CD THAT REALLY EMBODIES WHAT CHRISTMAS MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT. GIVE YOU EARS A REAL TREAT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Hood on 21 Feb 2013
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This is not electronic but pure guitar recorder the instrument and not an all singing choir pop rock dance electric keyboards drum machines synths Xmas album.

Joan baez Voice is out front. guitar drums lightly and recorder. I can't describe it. If you love Joan Baez then worth it. If not but love Xmas albums and want something a little different buy it.

I listened to it as a kid all of 40 years ago and loved it then and I still love it now. For me and my taste the best Xmas album ever. Love love love it.
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By Mike Allen on 12 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I ordered this CD to replace my old Vinyl record. The sound is just as good
And of course has no scratches on it.
Received it in about the right amount of time at a reasonable cost.
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By MAllin on 12 Dec 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Remastered version not as good as the original,
Cello in the background sounds off tune, don't know why people have to mess with things.
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