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  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: UCJ
  • ASIN: B000T6K8L6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The Choirboys are back with an all new line up. In December 2007 The Choirboys - The Carols Album will be released, celebrating a traditional Christmas with three trebles hand picked from thousands of hopefuls. William, Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year, Andrew who performed in Beijing for the International Olympic Committee earlier this year and Bill who has achieved the Outstanding Performance Award twice running in the National Junior Choir Championships. It is a testament to their talent that already at this young age they have several years of both recording and performance experience between them on an international level. The Carols Album is the ultimate Christmas record.

BBC Review

Excuse me for not getting caught up in the Christmas spirit just yet, but, please, can't someone put an end to The Choirboys before it gets out of hand? With the original trio dispatched to anonymity after their now forgotten 15 minutes of fame in 2005 due, no doubt, to advancing age and broken voices, along come another three identikit boy trebles squeezed into a one-size-fits-all corporate-driven brand.

Despite careers that are likely to be shorter than the lifespan of your average Christmas turkey, the Choirboys Mark II launch into a rock-stylee 'thank you' list in their otherwise somewhat thin booklet notes, in which their label is mentioned five times, their management team three times and various others (not least the marketing team - how sweet!) thanked for a laughable litany of help and 'always being there in time of need'. Run that by me again: 'In time of need'? When exactly was that? When they were late handing in their homework? Forgot their PE kit? Run out of Sunny D? Have none of the people praised by this year's models for 'being the best team there is' told them the brutal truth about just how short their, ahem, careers are going to be?

If you can get past the brute cynicism of the concept to the recordings, you'll find nothing that's special, noteworthy or out of the ordinary about performances that never rise above the level of a well-rehearsed school concert. The singing is fine (if a touch flutey), it's in tune, it's together, but it delivers nothing that thousands of other boy trebles couldn't do with equal competence. Or that hundreds of other carol collections on disc haven't already done before, and considerably better.

For anyone still interested, besides the dozen traditional carols and seasonal hymns you'll also find two modern pieces: John Rutter's elegant "What Sweeter Music" and Hollywood classic, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". One way of guaranteeing yourself a merry little Christmas is to make sure that all your friends and family know that this instantly disposable disc is categorically not on your list of must-have presents this yuletide.

Bah, humbug indeed! --Michael Quinn

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Wow! This is really great. It is like hearing them live. So clear and beautifully sung. What a special album to help us remember the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you boys.
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The first thing, you have to "get over" the fact that the recording company owns the name "Choirboys" and they will use it as they wish. These are not the same lads as the popular original "Choirboys" album. Nor is it the same production team. The overall feel of the album is entirely different. No surprises. But despite the low-budget approach - no concert hall or chamber orchestra - it is competently recorded and produced, and I would say better balanced than the previous. These kids really are pretty good. It is just a little hard to get too overexcited about another holiday exploitation album.
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This was a gift for a friend who loved it. I have heard it and it is glorious and really gets you in the mood for mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and twinkling lights on Christmas trees even if you happen to listen to it in mid-Summer.
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This year, I added three albums to our Christmas CD collection, this being one of them. I chose The Choirboys CD because I'd always enjoyed hearing carols sung in this type of style and the list of carols were mostly traditional, so I was really looking forward to listening to it.

I put it on and to be honest, I found it quite boring. I expected the songs to be rousing and to have a real Christmassy feel about them. They didn't. The only reason I let it play to the end was because I wanted to give the whole album a fair chance. And I still wasn't impressed. Maybe it was overshadowed by the other two albums I bought - Michael Buble's Christmas album and London Symphony Orchestra's 'Joyous Music Christmas', because both of these were so brilliant and became an instant hit in my house.

I'll give it another run through this coming Christmas, but I can't really see it being one of those Christmas albums that we listen to on a loop.
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This is a lovely Christmas cd, sounds wonderful, it got me in the mood for Christmas. I am so pleased that my favourite carol is on, In the Bleak Midwinter and it is the original tune which I sung at school as a child, happy memories.
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Surprisingly, this isn't too saccharin. The boys are really great and the overall result pleasing.
It was bought for my two boys as an advent gift and they are becoming enthusiastic little singers.
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Since all of my attempts to get the CD I paid for and ordered from amazon dealer "em-g" on 26 Dec 2010, have FAILED, it would be hard to rate the CD. However, having heard the CD elsewhere which is why I ordered it in the first place I can say it a great. I am still waiting for the CD.
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This sounded great on the TV AD BUT WAS A BIT DISAPOINTED FELT IT WAS MUCH OF A MUCHNESS AND WILL HAVE NO DIFFICULTY IN WAITING UNTIL christmas 2008 to play it again.
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