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Carol of the Bells (recording)

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ElectroVibe, Nov 8, 2018.


  1. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    Is anyone familiar with an instrumental version of "Carol of the Bells" which is kind of popular on the radio around the holidays, and may have been recorded fairly recently?

    Here is what I know about it:
    1. Features an acoustic guitar section at one point, with sort of a flamenco style.
    2. It is NOT Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    3. It is NOT David Foster's version from the 1993 TV special.

    I actually love both of those popular versions, and it is in a similar orchestral style to those.
     
  2. PolkaHero

    PolkaHero

    Jan 5, 2002
    Michigan
    I usually perform this version on piano around the holidays:

     
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  3. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    I love George Winston's version.
     
  4. T_Bone_TL

    T_Bone_TL

    Jan 10, 2013
    NW Mass/SW VT
    I'm pretty sure I prefer it on handbells. Just handbells.

    One of the things I miss about playing those, but the situation deteriorated and there were better uses for the time.
     
  5. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Here is another version, Crowder stops yapping and starts playing at about 1:20 in.

     
  6. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    Karen Carpenter has a version on her holiday album. It's an instrumental so she doesn't sing, but I believe she played drums on the recording (she was a very talented drummer).


     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
  7. sunnyboy010101

    sunnyboy010101

    Sep 19, 2013
    I like the "Celtic Women" version, with the violin solo (celtic style) in the middle. But on the other hand, Trans-Siberian does rock!
     
  8. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    This Windham Hill version has nice bass work by Michael Manring (I believe):
     
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  9. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    David Crowder. He and his band must be huge fans of Trans-Siberian Orchestra because they were mainly doing a faithful rendition.

    Windham Hill, Winter Solstice 4. Beautiful. I don't think I've heard it before now.
     
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  10. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    I think I am just going to have to listen to a Christmas only station on my Walkman and keep the link to the station's website playlist on my phone.
     
  11. sunnyboy010101

    sunnyboy010101

    Sep 19, 2013
    I gave up on Christmas only stations because I can only take "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" about once per decade, if that. Sadly, it's a staple on most radio around here.
     
  12. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Then again, hearing the Bing and Bowie version, or the Hendrix Christmas medley version, of "Little Drummer Boy" almost makes up for pewpie like "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer".
     
  13. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    Very true. I have to literally turn it down when an overplayed song comes on. Or even just one that I really like. I don't want a favorite to turn into an un-favorite if you know what I mean.
     
  14. sunnyboy010101

    sunnyboy010101

    Sep 19, 2013
    During the Christmas season (which starts Dec 1 for us by personal preference), we love to put the "Fireplace Channel" on the TV. It is best, however, with the sound OFF. Far too much of the pop-xmas stuff and almost zero carols. Probably the worst is when some modern rap/pop/hiphop/??? "artiste" decides to do an x-mas album. Almost always guaranteed to be 100% dreck.

    (disclaimer: I only use the term 'x-mas' to denote stuff that has everything to do with either pop culture or commercial crap. Otherwise it's Christmas.)
     
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  15. patrickj

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
     
  16. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    I'll take both of those over "Last Christmas"....
    :)
     
  17. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    I actually have that...IIRC, it was because of Manring & Billy Childs.
     
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  18. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    ^I like this...I may start using it in this context.:thumbsup:
     
  19. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    By the way, I think that John Tesh's version is the recording I was looking for.
     
  20. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
     

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