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    Fri, 16 May 2014 10:46:18

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    Christmas is coming... in just seven months. Why not prep in advance?

    Singer, actor, producer and director Seth MacFarlane has recently completed his first-ever Christmas album. The record will be available at stores everywhere and digital retailers just in time for the holiday season via Republic Records.

    Once again, MacFarlane teamed up with composer, arranger, and producer Joel McNeely. The album features a 52-piece orchestra recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, featuring London's premier players. During these sessions, McNeely took over Studio 2, made famous by The Beatles. Among the musicians in the orchestra were jazz legend Peter Erskine on the drums and former Frank Sinatra bassist Chuck Berghoffer.

    For the album, MacFarlane and McNeely selected both timeless holiday songs and lesser-known gems. MacFarlane rocks "Let It Snow" and brings a new interpretation to the Lee Gordon rarity "Christmas Dreaming."

    Continuing a longtime friendship and creative partnership, Norah Jones joins him for Seger Ellis and Al Stillman's "Little Jack Frost Get Lost," while Sara Bareilles lends her pipes to Frank Loesser's "Baby It's Cold Outside."

    What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    05.16.14



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