Karel Gott – Bílé Vánoce (White Christmas) (1982)

frontcover1Karel Gott (born July 14, 1939, in Plzeň) is a Czech Schlager singer, and an amateur painter. He is considered the most successful male singer in former Czechoslovakia and currently in the Czech Republic; he was elected the Most Favorite Male Singer in the annual national poll Český slavík (English: Czech Nightingale) a total of forty-one times, most recently in 2016. He also gained widespread fame in the German-speaking countries and is a fluent speaker of the language. Worldwide he has sold an estimated 50–100 million records with his songs, 23 million of them in the German-speaking market, and about 15 million in former Czechoslovakia and its successor states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Of his debut LP in Russia (Melodiya, 1977) there were sold over 5.5 million copies. (by wikipedia)

Czech singer and painter Karel Gott was born on July 14, 1939, in Pilson, Czechoslovakia, but has made his home in Prague since he was six years old. Fascinated by jazz, he first began singing in public in 1958, and in 1960 began studying opera and voice at Prague Conservatory. He released his first single, a duet with Vlasta Pruchova, on Supraphon Records in 1962. A year later his first solo single appeared, a Czech version of Henry Mancini’s “Moon River,” and Gott subsequently ended his official studies at the conservatory, quickly building an impressive career as a singer and composer. In 1967 he signed with Polydor/Deutsche Grammophon and has remained with the label ever since, releasing an astounding 125 albums and some 72 singles for the imprint between 1967 and 2000 alone. In the 1990s Gott began turning his attention to painting, mounting his first exhibition in 1992. (by Steve Leggett)

And this is his Christmus album for his country, Czech Republic and it´s a real crazy album, because Karel Gott sings the songs in Czech, English and German …

But … a nice addition to all these christmas albums, you can find in this blog.

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Personnel:
Karl Gott (vocals)
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Ladislav Štaidl Se Svým Orchestrem
Ivana Snopová (vocals on 06.)
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background vocals:
Bambini Di Praga – Sbor Pavla Kühna – Bohumil Kulínský

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Tracklist:
01. White Christmas 3.50
02. Oh Holy Night 3.46
03. Blue Christmas 2.13
04. Lightin’ The Candles (Pri vanocnich svickach) 4.16
05. Our First – Together Christmas Time (Nase prvni vanoce) 2.48
06. Shinin’ Shinin’ Christmas Tree (Zitra stromek zazari) 2.19
07. Dear Native Land (Navrat) 2.04
08. O, du frohliche (O sanctissimo) 1.34
09. Stedry vecer nastal 0.53
10. Nesem vam noviny 1.17
11. Ja bych rad k Betlemu 1.47
12. Pastyri, vstavejte 1.43
13. Bratri, ja jsem slysel 1.50
14. Jak jsi krasne, nevinatko 1.47
15. Gloria In Excelsis Deo 2.16
16. Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen) 4.05

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