- Sep 18, 2019
Great analysis my dude! And thanks for mentioning the release date, I totally forgot to do that and it really puts things into perspective! 1962, wtf???Alright so I just listened to the record, here is my takeaway:
The music is christmas music, you like or you don't. there isn't much to say about it. However, the performances are amazing. Even more when considering that is was from a period where autotune and all those studio techniques to correct mistakes didn't exist!
Now here is the thing. At first glance, the sound isn't that impressive by today's standard. It could easily be brushed off as just another vintage christmas album. Until I realized that this was produced in 1962!! This is absolutely well produced considering the limitations of the time! I listened to this record on my studio headphone so I could really pay attention to what I was listening. What impressed me most is how everything blends together so well and that I felt like every instrument complimented the other however, if I paid enough attention, I could still clearly hear each instruments. Every sound was given the right amount of space for them to breath without taking away from others! One thing I noticed as well was somewhat the texture on the voices. I dont know exactly what it is but I feel it's some sort of slight overdrive that gives it a texture that really makes it ''pop'' if that makes sense? Other than that, the layering of the strings with the choir were absolutely amazing which is something I use myself. I noticed this particularly in the song Christmas (Baby please come home).
Now I followed the link because I was curious about the wall of sound. I have heard of it but I didn't fully know what it was. This seems to me to be the originator of modern compression! It was really interesting to read how they had to do it back then knowing that today it can be done with digital plug ins. We have come such a long way. And it was truly revolutionary back then!
Anyways, I really appreciated this album for the creativity behind its conception. It's truly is a wonderful piece of work. And while the sound of it might have aged by today's standard, I feel like it gives it a unique touch that keeps it enjoyable and fitting for any christmas event.
All said and done, happy holidays to you and your family! I wish you only the very best!
P.S: I really want to see you rocking that perm and those small spectacles hehe