1978 Carpenters – Christmas Potrait

Christmas Portrait is the first Christmas album and ninth studio album by the American popular music duo The Carpenters, released on October 13, 1978.

The album includes a revised version of the duo’s signature Christmas song, “Merry Christmas Darling”, featuring re-recorded vocals by Karen Carpenter (done at her request). It also includes one of two versions of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (a slower version, recorded in 1974), as well as other unused songs recorded during this album’s sessions, were issued on the Carpenters’ later Christmas album, An Old-Fashioned Christmas.


1  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 00:44
2  Overture 08:15
3  An Old Fashioned Christmas 02:11
4  Christmas Waltz 02:13
5  Sleigh Ride 02:39
6  It’s Christmas Time 02:53
7  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 03:54
8  Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town 01:05
9  Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 03:39
10  Silent Night 03:21
11  Carol Of The Bells 01:39
12  Merry Christmas Darling 03:07
13  I’ll Be Home For Christmas 03:49
14  Christ Is Born 03:13
15  O Holy Night 03:10
16  Home For The Holidays 02:36
17  Medley Here Comes Santa ClausFrosty The SnowmanRudolph The Red-Nosed ReindeerGood King 03:42
18  Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas 05:31
19  Ave Maria 02:32


BassJoe Osborn
DrumsCubby O’Brien
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarBob Bain
GuitarTommy Tedesco
GuitarTony Peluso
KeyboardsPete Jolly
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
OboeEarl Dumler
OboeJohn Ellis
SaxBob Messenger
HarpDorothy Remsen
HarpGayle Levant
VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Carpenter
Producer (Associate) – Karen Carpenter
Arranged By – Richard Carpenter, Peter Knight, Billy May
Conductor – Richard Carpenter, Peter Knight, Billy May
Engineer – David Iveland, Ray Gerhardt, Roger Young
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman

Art Direction, Design – Gribbitt, Tim Bryant
Illustration – Robert Tannenbaum

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