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Sunday, November 8, 2015

David Edwards "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"

Artist: David Edwards
Song: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
CD: Christmas Carols Old & New
Genre: Christmas
Label: Jondeaux

Christmas Carols Old and New (©2001 Jondeaux)

This is a wonderful collection of Christmas favourites, and a couple of new songs that fit very nicely.

Recorded at David's own studio, there's a warmth and gentleness that permeates this recording. David by necessity played most of the instruments and is in fine voice through out. What makes this so special is that it is overall a quiet and peaceful recording of Christmas songs. David has grasped the fact that we need to sit back and appreciate Christmas and reflect. To that end there are no fast in your face tunes. The original tunes are excellent, and his interpretation of What Child Is This is worth the price of the disc.

Randy Stonehill helps out on guitar and backing vocals on a number of tracks, and the performances are very good throughout. For a self produced effort this is a crisp recording. Sure there are some shortcomings in terms of production, but they aren't distracting enough to be - well, a distraction. The vocals on one or two tracks sound aren't as brilliant, and occasionally his guitar work has some scratches, which is more a byproduct of recording than playing. He's a solid musician.

This recording is truly an inspired Christmas collection, and very much worth seeking out.


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