1967 Barbra Streisand – A Christmas Album

A Christmas Album (1967) is the first Christmas album released by Barbra Streisand.

The album is one of Streisand’s best-selling albums and is ranked as one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. The cover photograph of the album was taken on June 16, 1967, during the rehearsal for her concert, A Happening in Central Park. The album is also Streisand’s last album to use Columbia’s “Stereo 360 sound” banner, and the last to be issued originally in monaural and stereo. Most copies of the LP edition seen today are stereophonic.

Many of the tracks from this album were re-issued in 1970 as Side 1 of a compilation album titled Seasons Greetings from Barbra Streisand…and Friends, pieced together by Maxwell House Coffee and Columbia Special Products. (Side 2 of the compilation featured various tracks from Streisand’s Columbia labelmates Doris Day, Jim Nabors, and Andre Kostelanetz.)

The album was released on CD in October 1990. It was remastered and reissued once again in October 2004 for the Columbia Records “Essential Holiday Classics” series. The album was yet again reissued in October 2007 to commemorate the album’s 40th anniversary.

Tracks

1  Jingle Bells (James Pierpont) 1:54
2  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) 3:11
3  The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) 3:58
4  White Christmas (Irving Berlin) 3:06
5  My Favorite Things (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) 3:07
6  The Best Gift (Lan O’Kun) 3:11
7  Sleep In Heavenly Peace (Silent Night) (Franz Gruber) 3:01
8  Ave Maria (Charles Gounod) 3:22
9  O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner) 2:54
10  I Wonder As I Wander (John Jacob Niles) 3:13
11  The Lord’s Prayer (Albert Hay Malotte) 2:43

Media

Liner Notes

Producer – Ettore Stratta (Tracks 7, 8, 10, 11)
Producer – Jack Gold (Tracks 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 9)
Arranged By, Conductor (Conducted By) – Marty Paich (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5),
Arranged By, Conductor (Conducted By) – Ray Ellis (Tracks 7, 8, 10, 11)
Engineer – Jack Lattig, Raphael Valentin

Photography (Cover Photo) – Horn / Griner

New adaptation by Jack Gold and Marty Paich (Track 1)
New adaptation by Jack Gold (Track 9)