Sarah McLachlan - Wonderland

Limited Black Vinyl LP Record, Gatefold, US Pressing

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Wonderland is the ninth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, released in October 2016 via Verve Records.

Wonderland is McLachlan's second Christmas studio album, after 2006's Wintersong. McLachlan says both albums were challenging for her to create, because she was concerned about how she could bring a fresh spin to so many familiar songs.  

Recorded last winter in Montreal and Vancouver with her longtime producer Pierre Marchand, Wonderland radiates the joy and magic of the holiday season with McLachlan’s warm and vibrant soprano, a voice Rolling Stone praised for its “astonishing strength and clarity.” 

“I love everything about Christmas and this record was a joy to make,” said McLachlan.

The album features classics such as “Silver Bells” reimagined into a shimmering, orchestrated picturesque tale as well as “Angels We Have Heard On High,” a percussive hymn of adoration. Emmylou Harris contributes vocals on “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, also featuring Martha Wainwright, and “Away In A Manager,” a new holiday song reinvented as a country shuffle.

Members of Canadian quartet, Half Moon Run, play on five tracks and helped McLachlan flesh out some of the arrangements, including “Huron Carol,” Canada’s oldest Christmas song. “They’re all in their mid-to-late 20s. They’re incredible musicians,” McLachlan says. Rounding out the guests is the world famous Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, who perform on three songs, including “Let It Snow,” “Silver Bells,” and “Huron Carol.” McLachlan enlisted orchestral arranger Brian Byrne to handle the particulars. “We had decided early on that it would be great to have string arrangements,” McLachlan says. “We left some space for that and sent the arrangements to him and said ‘Work your magic.’ He did.”

In an interview with Billboard, she said: "It was even harder this time [as compared to Wintersong] but I wanted to do obvious Christmas songs but choose some songs that weren't necessarily about Christmas, but more about the feeling of it or the spirituality of it, and I think [the album's] 'Go Tell it on the Mountain' … is in keeping the same kind of vibe but it also has its totally own thing."

The album peaked at #12 on the Canadian Billboard Albums chart, #56 on the US Billboard 200 and #68 on the Australian Albums charts.

Check out the contemporary Let It Snow or traditional Angels We Have Heard On High and Huron Carol.

This LP record on black vinyl is housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in the US.

(602557115406)

Tracklisting:

 

A1

The Christmas Song

3:19

A2       

Angels We Have Heard On High                 

3:39

A3

Let It Snow

3:05

A4

White Christmas

2:24

A5

O Come All Ye Faithful

3:22

A6

Go Tell It On The Mountains

2:35

B1

Away In A Manger

2:27

B2

Winter Wonderland

2:50

B3

Huron Carol

3:47

B4

Silver Bells

4:23

B5

O Holy Night

4:56

SKU 602557115406
Record Label Verve Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number B0025373-01
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 21 October 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 21 October 2016
Barcode # 602557115406
Shipping Weight 0.3100kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Pop
Format VINYL LP

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