George Winston - December ‎(1982) WHS-1025 - US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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George Winston - December ‎(1982) WHS-1025 - US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

George Winston - December
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 900mb
Mastered By Jack Hunt
Label: Windham Hill Records WHS-1025 | Released: 1982 | Genre: Classical

A1 Thanksgiving 4:04
A2 Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head 2:40
A3 Joy 3:13
A4 Prelude 1:16
A5 Carol Of The Bells 3:56
Night (5:47)
A6a Part One: Snow 1:51
A6b Part Two: Midnight 1:56
A6c Part Three: Minstrels 2:00
B1 Variations On The Kanon By Johann Pachelbel 5:21
B2 The Holly And The Ivy 4:52
B3 Some Children See Him 3:43
B4 Peace 4:02

Companies, etc.

Distributed By – A&M Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Windham Hill Records
Copyright © – Windham Hill Records
Copyright © – Hollis Music, Inc.
Manufactured By – Windham Hill Records
Recorded At – Different Fur Studios


Design – Anne Ackerman, William Ackerman
Engineer – Karen Kirsch, Steven Miller
Mastered By – Jack Hunt
Photography By – Greg Edmonds
Piano – George Winston
Producer – George Winston, William Ackerman

Label has small pressing ring only.
Black vinyl; some copies are translucent when held up to light.

Track A1 inspired by friends and places of Miles City, Montana.

Track A2 an Appalachian carol of the late Eighteen Hundreds. Collected by the eminent folklorist John Jacob Niles.

Track A3 inspired by an arrangement by guitarist David Qualey.

Track A4 inspired by Vince Guaraldi.

Track A5 a Nineteenth Century Ukrainian carol.

Track A6
Part One: Snow 1:51
Part Two: Midnight 1:56
Part Three: Minstrels 2:00
Minstrels was inspired by St. Basil's Hymn, a traditional Greek children's New Year's carol based upon a rendition by Malcolm Dalglish, from his album Thunderhead, on Flying Fish Records.

Track B1 composed circa 1699, the Kanon was originally an organ piece.

Track B2 an Eighteenth Century English carol based upon an earlier French carol.

Track B3 composed in 1951 by Jazz trumpeter Alfred S. Burt [1921 - 1954]. Some Children See Him was one of fifteen carols written as gifts for friends. The piece was originally a song with lyrics by Wilha Hutson expressing the unconditional love present within children.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Matrix / Runout (Side A etched): WH-1025-A INT. SH1 5LM △ 8539 1-2 19650
Matrix / Runout (Side B etched): WH 1025-B RT8 19619(3) 41211-4

George Winston - December ‎(1982) WHS-1025 - US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

George Winston - December ‎(1982) WHS-1025 - US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

George Winston - December ‎(1982) WHS-1025 - US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

This Rip: 2017
Cleaning: RCM Moth MkII Pro Vinyl
Direct Drive Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2 Quartz New!
Cartridge: SHURE M97xE With JICO SAS Stylus
Amplifier: Marantz 2252
ADC: E-MU 0404
DeClick with iZotope RX5: Only Manual (Click per click)
Vinyl Condition: NM-
This LP: From my personal collection
LP Rip & Full Scan LP Cover: Fran Solo

The mother of all solo instrumental albums, and with good reason. Mixing traditional carols with Pachelbel's Canon and a few originals, Winston produces a solo piano album of unparalleled – and undeniable – beauty. How can music be simultaneously stirring and soothing, relaxed yet exalted? Millions have found the answer here, and an industry has spent decades trying to duplicate it.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Even though December was recorded nineteen years ago, it is still by far my favorite George Winston album as well as an all-time favorite Christmas album. Recorded when “new age” music was barely emerging and Windham Hill was an experimental artists’ label, this is one of a handful of albums that show just how good the music was when artists had more control of what went onto their albums. Art and innovation were more important than a quick buck, and December was able to be creative and original AND commercially successful. A true classic in the genres of new age music and holiday albums, this is a must-have CD. It includes Winston’s arrangements of “Carol of the Bells”, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”, and “The Holly and The Ivy” as well as some lesser-known carols and several original pieces. This is an incredible album, and I give it my highest recommendation!
Review by Kathy Parsons,
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