A Christmas album you’ll want to return to year after year, from the fabulous Swingle Singers

There are few music lovers in this world who haven’t heard heard the name the Swingle Singers. Since the release of their ground – breaking debut album Jazz Sebastien Bach in 1963, this eight-voice a cappella group has performed in every continent and in the world’s most famous stages, sustaining over four decades a level of international popularity beyond the dreams of its founder, American born Ward Swingle. The current line-up of young, gorgeous and talented singers is, of course, several incarnations of “Swingles” younger than the original team. Ward Swingle affectionately refers to them as his “grandchildren”. What defines this unique group is not the personnel, nor even the choice of music, but the intimate, close microphone, quasi-instrumental sound with which they stunned the world all those years ago. They continue to do so today both live and in the studio. unwrapped will help to make Christmas an even more special occasion, Swingles-style


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" … bring their distinctively intimate style to a surprisingly wide selection of songs for Christmas … quality of these vocal arrangements here is splendid … A wonderful record, for home listening in intimate surroundings"

International Record Review

The Swingle Singers

Release date:1st Oct 2007
Order code:SIGCD107
Barcode: 635212010723

International Record Review, December 2007

‘Unwrapped’ is the title of a new album from the Swingle Singers, who bring their distinctively intimate style to a surprisingly wide selection of songs for Christmas. The composers range from Corelli (a vocal treatment of a movement of his ‘Christmas’ Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 8) and Harold Drake (a fine setting of In the bleak mid-winter) to the Delius enthusiast Mel Tormé, the ubiquitous Howard Blake’s Snowman (what an inspired tune!), George Michael (I’d have preferred more close harmony in the arrangement of Last Christmas), John Lennon, alongside Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Away in a Manger, with many others. If at first the selection of material appears too wide to make a successful album, appealing to the same buyer, I have to say that the quality of these vocal arrangements here is splendid, and I found myself absorbed in the musicianship which always attends this group’s work. A wonderful record, for home listening in intimate surroundings.

Robert Matthew-Walker

  1. Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8 (‘Christmas Concerto’) – Arcangelo Corelli, Arr. Richard Eteson –
  2. In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke, Words by Christina Rossetti, Arr. Tom Bullard, Leads: Joanna, Richard –
  3. Christmas Song – Mel Torm? & Robert Wells, Arr. Alexander L?Estrange, Leads: Joanna, Jeremy, Johanna –
  4. River – Joni Mitchell, Arr. Tom Bullard Leads: Joanna, Jeremy, Johanna, Tom –
  5. Walking in the Air (From ‘The Snowman’) – Howard Blake, Arr. Joanna Forbes, Leads: Meinir, Joanna, Johanna, Kineret –
  6. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! – Sammy Cahn & Julie Styne, Arr. Richard Eteson & Alexander L?Estrange, Lead: Jeremy –
  7. O Tannenbaum – Traditional, Arr. Alexander L?Estrange, Lead: Tobias –
  8. Rockin? Around the Christmas Tree – Johnny Marks, Arr. Richard Eteson, Lead: Johanna, Sax solo: Richard –
  9. Santa Baby – Joan Javitts, Philip Springer & Tony Springer, Arr. Meinir Thomas, Leads: Johanna, Meinir, Kineret, Joanna, Muted Trumpet solo: Tobias –
  10. Away in a Manger – Traditional, Arr. Wendy Nieper, Trumpet solo: Kineret –
  11. Carol of the Drum – Anonymous, Rachel Weston –
  12. Amazing Grace – Traditional, Arr. Joanna Forbes, Leads: Johanna, Meinir, Joanna & Kineret –
  13. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Johnny Marks, Arr. Joanna Forbes, Leads, including instrumental solos: Meinir, Joanna, Tobias –
  14. Last Christmas – George Michael, Arr. Philip Hartley –
  15. Happy Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Arr. Joanna Forbes –
  16. Hotaru no Kikari – Melody: Traditional Scottish, Words: Traditional Japanese, Arr. Joanna Forbes, Lead: Richard –