Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Disclosure: I was provided with a digital copy of this upcoming release from the vendor. All views shared are mine and mine alone. 

‘The Ultimate Christmas Collection’ Tracklist has Been Curated and Sequenced by Murray

Available in 2 CD and Digital Formats

“Anne Murray is the Canadian Queen of Music. Not only is she one of my favourite singers and entertainers, but she's also one of my favourite human beings of all time. When you meet her, she's exactly who you'd hope she would be. I can't tell you how thrilled I am, that she'll be sharing a collection of her favourite Christmas recordings with all of us. Truth be told, if Anne released an album of her singing names from the phonebook, I'd buy 20 copies of the damn thing. Enjoy, Merry Christmas, and long live the Queen!!!”

-Michael Bublé

Yesterday, I did a thing....I put the Christmas tree up.  

Now, I am know what you are isn't even Halloween yet.  Well, Halloween in our area has been cancelled, so no trick or treating for the kids.  My girls were bummed out as they had their costumes all ready and were hoping for a little normalcy during these crazy COVID times.  So, I thought what better way to boost their spirits, as well as add a little twinkle and color to the house, than by putting up the Christmas tree a little early.  I always love sitting on the couch with the lights out at night, sipping on warm tea or cocoa and admiring the tree adorned with all the ornaments we have picked up over the past 10 years, since welcoming our girls.  As I look at each and every ornament I am reminded of a memory and reason for picking up an ornament. I don't know about you, but I love when an ornament or decoration can tell a story...and, our tree has a lot of stories to tell. :-)

Last night while decking the tree with the ornaments, I played Anne Murray's upcoming "The Ultimate Christmas Collection," which I was sent a digital review copy from Universal Music Group, to enjoy and help with my review.  It was only fitting to be listening to Anne Murray and her classic Christmas songs, as I used to listen to her music as a child, as my mom is a huge Anne Murray fan.  There wasn't a Christmas that we weren't listening to Anne Murray, a musical legend, who is beloved by young and old.  Like I said, my mom was a huge fan, and thanks to her listening to Anne Murray LP's and cassettes when I was child, she got me, and even my two brothers hooked on Anne Murray. And, to this day, we will listen to Anne Murray's music, including her Christmas albums, when we put up the tree at the holidays.  Last night, my girls sat for the first time and really listened to and enjoyed Anne Murray's music.  I told them I was reviewing her new "The Ultimate Christmas Collection" set, which will be available in a 2-CD set or in digital formats on November 20th, so they wanted to help me...and, I think it was also a ploy to stay up a little past their bedtime. :-)

I loved snuggling up with my girls on the couch under a warm blanket, sipping on tea, as we looked at our completed tree all lit up and sparkling in the dark room.  It was so beautiful, and felt like a magical night, thanks in part to Anne Murray's angelic voice singing some of my favorite holiday songs which have spanned 6 albums since 1981.  I love how now you can own this 2-CD Set or digital version with 22 of her best songs, and enjoy this year when you put up your tree and enjoy time with family.  We will be skipping family holiday parties this year, but will be doing Zoom and FaceTime videos with family and friends, and I plan to have this playing in the background, for all to enjoy.   Don't ask me which of the 22 songs is my favorite, as I LOVE them all! :-) Come on, you can't choose just one Anne Murray song.  She is a legend and amazing singer spanning generations for a reason...she is great, as are all her songs! 

Here is more about the new "The Ultimate Christmas Collection" from Anne Murray, that is arriving right before Thanksgiving, making it a perfect album to listen to while enjoying dinner and time around the table with your family. Then, start pulling out your Christmas and holiday decorations and get ready to get into the holiday spirit...that is, if you can hold out until then to put up your tree.  I couldn't...and have to say, I am glad I did it early, as I get to enjoy the beauty of the holidays and the tree a little longer this year. And, now with this new holiday album from Anne Murray, my nights sitting in the dark admiring the tree all lit up are even more enjoyable. :-)  

More about the upcoming "The Ultimate Christmas Collection":

"Canadian music legend Anne Murray is bringing some early holiday cheer to fans with The Ultimate Christmas Collection, set to be released on November 20, 2020 in 2CD and digital formats via UMe/Universal Music Canada. This collection of 22 songs have been selected from Murray’s personal favorites from the six chart-topping Christmas albums she has released since 1981. Murray’s immediately identifiable, distinctive voice has carried messages of joy, comfort, and consolation to millions of listeners world-wide, and these time-tested carols continue to resonate just as powerfully today. The Ultimate Christmas Collection is available for preorder here:

“I have always loved Christmas and over the years, my Christmas tours were my favourites,” explains Murray. “I loved looking out over a sea of Christmas sweaters and happy faces while they sang along to the familiar carols and other songs of the season. This collection is made up of those songs that have given me the most joy to record and perform over the years.”

Murray’s career began with chance encounters which resulted in remarkable achievements. The young singer from Nova Scotia was offered a couple of songs, including “Snowbird – which soared beyond all borders and still sails the stratosphere to this day. Not long after, a television performance on Glen Campbell’s Goodtime Hour brought Murray into people’s homes and into their hearts, places she would occupy throughout her recording and performing years. Over the next decades, Anne Murray would sell over 55 million albums worldwide and did so while effortlessly moving between pop, country, and adult contemporary formats. The accolades were equally multitudinous, with several standout achievements.

Murray is a Canadian music trailblazer, with a string of firsts: first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, first to earn a Gold record (Snowbird), and the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards (A Little Good News), to name but a few. Her successes helped establish a path for further Canadian artists to conquer the world stage – Céline Dion, Shania Twain, kd lang, Alanis Morissette, and Sarah McLachlan among them.

During her illustrious career, Anne Murray received four Grammy® Awards, a record-breaking 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest honor that can be awarded to a Canadian civilian, and in 2007 Canada Post issued a limited-edition Anne Murray stamp.  She has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. Murray has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Canada’s Walk of Fame as well as Nashville's Walkway of Stars. Murray has been involved in many charitable initiatives, most notably her years of work with Colon Cancer Canada. She continues to oversee the Anne Murray Centre, a charitable foundation and museum of her memorabilia which was established in 1989. For more information and extended biography, please visit"

The Ultimate Christmas Collection is the companion album to The Ultimate Collection, which was released in 2017 and also included a track list of 22 Murray’s personal favorites.

 Anne's Picks / Track list

  1.             Joy To The World
  2.             Christmas Wishes
  3.             It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
  4.             Blue Christmas
  5.             We Three Kings
  6.             The Christmas Song
  7.             Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  8.             Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  9.             No Room At The Inn
  10.             Holy Night
  11.             Go Tell It On The Mountain
  12.             Silver Bells
  13.             Come All Ye Faithful
  14.             I'll Be Home For Christmas
  15.             Winter Wonderland
  16.             Away In A Manger
  17.             This Season Will Never Grow Old
  18.             Christmas In Killarney
  19.             White Christmas
  20.             Baby, It's Cold Outside (with Michael Bublé)
  21.             Mary's Little Boy Child/Oh My Lord
  22.             Silent Night 

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Disclosure: I was provided with a digital copy of this upcoming release from the vendor. All views shared are mine and mine alone. 

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