Okay, so no surprises with the song choices here, but what a cracking selection it is. I was especially pleased that he had chosen my most loved festive song, In The Bleak Midwinter, & had given it a superlative rendition. And, much as I treasure Johnny Mathis' version of When A Child Is Born, Joe's take on it is gorgeous & heart-felt. Joe has a flowing, honeyed voice, easily reaching the high notes with no sign of strain, his mellifluous tones washing over you, bathing you in a warm, comforting sea of lush melody. The production is excellent: quite lavish & sympathetically supporting Joe's voice. There is a real Christmas treat in the duet Joe performs with Rolando Villazon on O Holy Night, the two voices blending beautifully together. But the star on top of this particular Christmas tree is Joe himself. I always bring out my Motown, Spector, Mario Lanza & Streisand festive offerings, &, in years to come, Joe's Classic Christmas will also be eagerly dug out each December. A stunning, hugely enjoyable & spiritual album.
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