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Poll: Karen's Best Christmas Vocal

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Kyle Thomas, Nov 10, 2018.

What are Karen's four finest Christmas vocal performances?

  1. Ave Maria

  2. Christ is Born

  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

  4. Christmas Waltz

  5. Do You Hear What I Hear

  6. First Snowfall / Let It Snow

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  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

  8. He Came Here for Me

  9. Home for the Holidays

  10. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

  11. I'll Be Home for Christmas

  12. It's Christmas Time / Sleep Well Little Children

  13. Jingle Bells

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  14. Little Altar Boy

  15. Merry Christmas Darling (1970 vocal)

  16. Merry Christmas Darling (1978 vocal)

  17. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (interlude from Christmas Portrait)

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  18. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1974 single, ballad version)

  19. Silent Night

  20. Sleigh Ride

  21. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

  22. Winter Wonderland / White Christmas

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Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Kyle Thomas

    Kyle Thomas Member Thread Starter

    Karen's voice was remarkably suited for Christmas songs, as the enduring success of "Merry Christmas Darling" has shown. But if there were someone new to the Carpenters at Christmas, and you could pick only the four finest of her vocal performances, which would you choose?

    I'd go with these:
    1. Merry Christmas Darling (1978)
    2. Christ is Born
    3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1974)
    4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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  2. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Christmas Waltz
    Do You Hear What I Hear?
    MCD 1978
    Silent Night
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  3. John Adam

    John Adam Well-Known Member

    We are all right. Do any of Karen's vocals on holiday music suck? I think not. :)
    But we have our favorites. These our mine.

    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1974 single)
    MCD (1978)
    Ave Maria
    Little Alter Boy
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  4. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Thanks Kyle for starting this. Here are my 4 and why;

    1) I'll Be Home For Christmas - Tears me up every time:cry:. The whole Karen dying young and how she loved Christmas thing overwhelms me.
    2) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - I was listening to my CP vinyl a week or so ago and was taken by Karen's strong vocals on this one. Really ends each stanza with a strong vibrato and a great performance. I never really noticed it before.
    3) Christ Is Born - I have the impression that Karen was "inspired" with this one. Beautiful, heartfelt performance. After Lil Alter Boy and Ave Maria, makes me wish Karen would've recorded a gospel album.
    4) Christmas Waltz - Just love the way she "breaks in" to this song. When I hear that voice, I know Christmas is here!

    Honorable Mention - MCD (1970) - An original, not Nat King Cole or Bing Crosby. This is the duo's signature Christmas song. I could put it in my top 4 any given day (depending on how I feel), but there it is.
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  5. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    Impossible to choose 4
  6. John Adam

    John Adam Well-Known Member

    ^These ARE mine! ^ But you know my favorite holiday performance is Karen singing Merry Christmas Darling on Bruce Forsyth's UK show 1978. To me that one is the most special, of many!
  7. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    1. Little Altar Boy - There has been quite a bit of debate about Karen's spirituality, and when anyone asks me if she was a Christian, I say that she at least was during Little Altar Boy. In my opinion, there is no better example of her ability to get into the feelings and meanings of a song.
    2. Merry Christmas Darling (1978 Version)- For me, this cut captures the joy of Christmas.
    3. Ave Maria - Incredibly powerful and moving rendition.
    4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Single Version) - A beautiful expression of childlike innocence, another welcome and warm Christmas feeling.
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