Christmas Present Album

Andy Williams

About Christmas Present

Christmas Present is the third Christmas album by American pop singer Andy Williams (and his thirty-third studio album overall) that was released in October 1974 by Columbia Records and, apart from the title track, focused strictly on traditional carols. While his previous holiday LPs were released during the run of his variety series, which ended in 1971, this album was promoted the December following its release through one of his many Christmas specials. An article titled "MOR Artists Are Ailing" in Billboard magazine's November 23, 1974, issue describes the hopes that the record company had for the album: "Columbia is releasing Andy Williams' newest LP, 'Christmas Present,' with considerable advance orders and expects it to become a holiday classic to continue the string of album winners for the artist. "Williams's two previous solo Christmas LPs (The Andy Williams Christmas Album and Merry Christmas) reached number one on Billboard magazine's Christmas Albums chart, but in 1974 the magazine reverted to incorporating holiday releases into its Top LPs and Tapes rankings as well as its Bubbling Under the Top LPs chart, which, according to Joel Whitburn, "listed albums that were on the rise in sales that did not quite achieve the sales necessary to make Billboard's main 200-position pop albums chart." Christmas Present "bubbled under" the Top LPs & Tapes chart for two weeks that began in the issue dated December 21, 1974, and took the album to a peak position at number 203. The album was released for the first time on CD in 1990. It was also included in a 2013 compilation of his Columbia Christmas releases titled The Complete Christmas Recordings 


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