- Audio CD (26 Nov. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
- Label: Vanguard / Ace
- ASIN: B00005NWFH
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Noel Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Cello in the background sounds off tune, don't know why people have to mess with things.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No problem. The songs are enhanced by her unbeatable voice and passion.Published 11 months ago by arjun sahgal