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God Rest You Merry: The Story of Christmas in Words and Music (Vintage Beeb) Audio CD – Audiobook, 3 Nov 2011

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140847056X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408470565
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 25.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2012
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This is the sort of program the BBC traditionally puts on the radio on Christmas Day mornings. It alternates short readings in a rolling Scottish accent with unaccompanied choral singing, generally of one or two verses of each song, and not always the obvious Christmas songs. For those of us who are habitual Radio 4 listeners, it's highly evocative of Christmases past, because it was programming like this that was the soundtrack to our Christmases.

The whole thing is in mono. At this time, the BBC often released simultaneous mono and stereo versions of LPs; there presumably wasn't a stereo version of this one. Although there aren't any crackles, there are low-frequency artefacts that make me think that this release may have been transcribed from an LP (not from the original tape). The readings are in a very dry, close acoustic; the singing is in a slightly livelier acoustic.

As an evocation of our radio Christmases past, this is an effective recording; however, I doubt you'd want to listen to it at any other time of year.
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This is a great presentation, alternating between hymns/carols and spoken word narrative of the nativity, it is clear and easily followed. The main narrator seems to have a regional accent, I thought it sounded a little scots (for instance the pronounciation of "meat" for instance was similar to that in some Robbie Burns recitations) and if anything it adds to the presentation.

The CD itself has a vintage beeb LP record appearence and the inlay card has the retro look of the original production, too small to be read without a magnifying glass perhaps but open the inlay and the original LP sleeve note has been reproduced in larger print (not especially large print, just average print). The hard plastic case has the usual contact details/order hotline for other BBC audio productions which are also advertised on the inside of the CD case (for instance Monty Python, Dad's Army and Doctor Who).

The narration is the Christian nativity story, while the song is a choir singing traditional Christmas hymns and carols, perfect for the season or any time of the year I suspect. Recommended to any fans of BBC audio or anyone seeking to set the scene for Christmas or receiving visitors during the holidays.
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Some Christmas traditions never fade - the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge for example. Others establish themselves for a while, then fade, and this lovely CD is in that category. The daily readings and carols in Christmas week were radio regulars for many years.
They were released as an LP in the mid Seventies and this CD is a lovely facsimile of the original album - thankfully the sleeve notes are enlarged. Even the CD itself is mocked up vinyl.
Andrew Cruickshank's deep Scottish burr is probably unfamiliar to anyone born later than the mid Sixties, but how nice to hear it again, working through deeply familiar verses from the Authorised Version of the Bible as well as a few less well recognised pieces of prose. The choral pieces match the spoken word, familiar (While Shepherds Watched, The First Nowell) with less-familiar, (The Infant King, a Basque piece, for example).
The Saint Martin Singers were formed from WW2 fire watchers at Saint Martin's Church, and The Rev'd Winnington Douglas Kennedy-Bell was their conductor for fifty years. The voices stand the test of time well. The Singers still perform unaccompanied pieces in venues around the world, doubtless still sounding as these singers did, half a lifetime ago.
This might be a gift you will want to give before Christmas, to be played as an antidote to talent contest winners and drearily familiar tunes blasting out from the radio. A step back in time that will probably stay with me for many Christmases to come.
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A Christmas CD without a heartbroken George Michael or jubilant Noddy Holder anywhere to be found, God Rest You Merry is a release best experienced during a quiet moment of solitude on Christmas Eve in a room lighted solely by fairy lights. Grab yourself a drop of your tipple of choice and - oh go on, then - a mince pie. Maybe two. Well, it's 50 minutes long, so let's make it three mince pies. And take the entire bottle in with you as well. Now you are at one with Christmas. A wonderful moment of tranquility and meditation follows before you go back to blasting the festivity out of everyone on Call of Duty, even though you're now a little too merry from all the alcohol and really shouldn't be online in control of a joypad and headset.

Poems and carols intersperse Andrew Cruickshank's reading of the story of Christmas, originally broadcast in daily instalments, then compiled together for an LP release in the mid-70s. This CD's claims of being a facsimile of the vinyl are partially true. It comes in a regular jewel case as opposed to the card sleeves of any self-respecting vinyl replica but the booklet does replicate the front and back sleeves of the original. Similarly, the front of the CD attempts to copy the original LP in miniaturised form but it's a fairly cheap looking attempt at imitating the look of vinyl. Not to worry.

God Rest You Merry is a nice addition to your bundle of Christmas CDs if you expect to have the moment that requires it. Otherwise it's back to George Michael giving his heart to someone special this year so it doesn't get broken again. It always gets broken, though. Every single December. He should give it to Jesus.
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