Monday, October 22, 2007

Harry Nilsson
The Presence Of Christmas

A Heartwarming Anthology of Stories, Poems and Songs that capture the spirit of Christmas, including the stories "The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus," "My Christmas Miracle," and "A Visit from Saint Nick". The songs are performed by Harry Nilsson.
This collection was produced by Harry's cousin, Doug Hoefer, for Harry's Hawkeye Entertainment.

The Presence of Christmas without Harry's songs was originally direct marketed by Mutual Media in November, 1986. A sixty-second TV commercial was aired in about 20 cities. Only about 100 copies of the album where sold. Presented here is the 1988 release from Dove. Exept for the albumart it is the same as the 1995 US re-release.

1 "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" / 2 "Silent Night" / 3 "Joy To the World" / 4 "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" / 5 "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Some Interresting facts:
The hymn "Adeste Fideles" was written in France sometime in the mid 1700s. The composer is unknown. In 1841, Frederick Oakeley translated the Latin words of the hymn into English as "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful".
Although German composer George F. Handel is usually credited with composing the melody for "Joy To the World", the music was actually composed in the early 1800s by American composer Lowell Mason. The words to the song are based on a 1719 translation of Psalm 98 by Isaac Watts. Mason set the words to music and attributed the composition to Handel.

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