Classic Christmas: The Carpenters' Christmas Portrait

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Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others.

In the '70s, there was a smoothness to the music. It was cool and mellow and as sensitive as a bear skin rug and a glass of Burgundy. And nothing epitomized that time quite like the voice of Karen Carpenter.

The sadly anorexic, unfortunate Carpenter sibling had one of the sweetest voices of all time and, for the Carpenters, there was no time like the 1970s; and no album quite like Christmas Portrait

"Merry Christmas, Darling" was a bona fide hit, which was hard to come by after 1950 when it came to Christmas music. The combination of the gentle light rock soulfulness and Karen's soft alto made for a perfect combo on this '70s holiday record.

When Rocks Off was young, we remember Christmas Portrait in the same pile with Andy Williams, Bing Crosby and Perry Como, all required Christmas albums for the post-hippie household.

Besides "Merry Christmas, Darling," the Carpenters turned in a stirring rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Like their original composition, Karen's vocals led the way.

It's one of those records that is easily appreciated even if you really hate soft rock. It is, in short, a Christmas Classic.

Check out previous classic Christmas album recaps:

Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas George Winston - December Various Artists - A Very Special Christmas Mel Torme - Christmas Songs

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