Christmas Collection (1996)

Disc One: Christmas Portrait

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (1992 remix)
2. Overture: (1992 remix)
Deck the Halls
I Saw Three Ships
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Away In a Manger
What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
Carol of the Bells
O Come, All Ye Faithful
3. The Christmas Waltz (1992 remix)
4. Sleigh Ride (1992 remix)
5. It's Christmas Time/Sleep Well, Little Children (1992 remix)
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1992 remix)
7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1992 remix)
8. The Christmas Song (1992 remix)
9. Silent Night (1992 remix)
10. Jingle Bells (1992 remix)
11. The First Snowfall/Let It Snow (1992 remix)
12. Carol of the Bells (1992 remix)
13. Merry Christmas Darling
14. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1992 remix)
15. Christ is Born (1992 remix)
16. Winter Wonderland/Silver Bells/White Christmas (1992 remix)
17. Ave Maria (1992 remix)

Disc Two: An Old-Fashioned Christmas

1. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
2. Overture
Happy Holiday
The First Noel
March of the Toys
Little Jesus
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
O Little Town of Bethlehem
In Dulci Jubilo
Gesu Bambino
Angels We Have Heard on High
3. An Old-Fashioned Christmas
4. O Holy Night
5. (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
6. Medley:
Here Comes Santa Claus
Frosty the Snowman
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Good King Wenceslas
7. Little Altar Boy
8. Do You Hear What I Hear?
9. My Favorite Things
10. He Came Here for Me
11. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1984 remix)
12. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
13. Selections from "The Nutcracker"
14. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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Worldwide CD release

This is, quite simply, the two complete original Christmas albums in one package. Christmas Portrait is disc one, and An Old-Fashioned Christmas is disc two.

This set was released in most parts of the world in 1996, but didn't get released in the US until 1998. The only difference in the two releases is that the US version has rather extensive liner notes detailing the history of the Christmas recordings, from 1970 to 1984, and the international version of the set does not have those notes.

The entire Christmas Portrait album has been remixed in this collection. The most noticable part of this remix is that Karen's lead vocal was moved more to the front of the mix and reverb was added to it. The beginning of the song "Sleigh Ride" has a bit of an alternate vocal take as well. (This remix was done a few years earlier, as these same remixes appeared on the Time-Life Christmas With the Carpenters set in 1992. I'm not exactly sure when the remix was done, so I'm calling it the 1992 remix, although it could have been done in 1990 or 1991.) An Old-Fashioned Christmas was left in its original 1984 mix.

Produced by Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter and Jack Daugherty

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