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Containing a mix of familiar and less obvious material, ballads and up-tempo songs, this album has something for everybody The booklet contains liner notes including comments from Bette in which she acknowledges the passing of her long-time producer Arif Mardin. So it seems that she had to find a new producer for this album, but the quality of this album shows that Robbie Buchanan was an able replacement.

The set opens with a lovely slow song titled Merry Christmas, then explodes into life with the rousing, joyful Cool Yule, followed by the very familiar ballad Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Johnny Mathis joins Bette for a playful medley of Winter wonderland / Let it snow let it snow let it snow, which they have a lot of fun with. Next comes the reflective I'll be home for Christmas, one of best Christmas ballads there is. After this Bette sings another fine ballad, What are you doing New Year's Eve?, which isn't strictly about Christmas but it's close enough. In any case, I'm not sure that that there are enough New Year songs to compile an album of them.

The next ballad, I've got my love to keep me warm, mentions December and snow but not Christmas. Nevertheless, it's most welcome here. Bette follows this song with O come o come Emmanuel, the only religious song here. After all those slow songs, the tempo picks up again for Mele Kalikimaka, the Hawaiian Christmas song normally associated with the Andrews sisters. Of course, this isn't the first time that Bette has recorded one of their songs. Two very familiar songs close the album, these being the Christmas version of From a distance (not that different from the original, though the differences are noticeable) and White Christmas, which includes the oft-omitted first verse setting the scene in Beverley Hills.

Overall, this is an excellent Christmas album that Bette clearly enjoyed recording. One wonders why it took her so long to record a Christmas album, but whatever the reason, it was worth the wait.
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on 15 December 2011
Beautifully produced album and gorgeous sound quality. A mixed bag of songs, some lovely ballads among them that bring out the finer quality of Bette Midler's voice. I particularly like the opening track "Merry Christmas", which she sings with such warmth - the musical equivelant of an egg nog beside a roaring fire. Not sure "O Come Emmanuel" is at home here, but she treats it with reverence and pulls it off. The livelier numbers she performs with her customary wit and style. Altogether a lovely album, which will be an annual favourite I am sure.
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on 17 January 2015
I bought this after hearing Bette singing the Christmas version of ' From a Distance' , after listening to the whole CD I was very pleased, very pleased.
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on 27 December 2015
love this Christmas CD, listen to it constantly in the car, love the christmas version of From a Distance, words so needed in our troubled world today, thanks again Bette, can listen to your inspirational music all day.
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on 13 January 2013
Trust Bette to get it spot on with superb Christmas music. I played it all the time. A good mix of songs and music some modern some traditional. Everybody young and old enjoyed listening to it.
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on 2 January 2015
A lovely Christmas CD with some great songs sung great by The Divine Miss M.
A useful addition to the collection of Christmas albums that getbrought out year upon year
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on 11 February 2013
For everyone - a wonderful christmas treat. So full of atmosphere. No it wasn't background music at our celebrations and folk joining in. Utterly Divine!
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on 25 November 2013
Miss Midler.. DIVA I love her always and forever Brazil loves her I Love miss Midler Shes Amazin The Queen
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on 29 October 2014
Love The Divine Miss M. I've been playing this and we" re still in October. Great album!
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on 8 January 2015
The Divine Bette Midler, I have all her CD'S and movies,
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