|Front cover of Winter Warnerland CD & vinyl|
"Silent Night" is an unusual arrangement for Cetera and his voice is not easily recognizable on this fun holiday work of pop art. It's also quite brief, it clocks in at 2:18, and falls squarely into the realm of country music.
Some people consider Cetera's version of this much loved carol to be almost sacrilegious because he quickens the pace of the melody quite a bit, thereby removing much of its spirituality.
Since I've always been the curious type when it comes to music I wanted to find out more about this rarity so I contacted another old forum friend who is a big Cetera fan. He didn't have a whole lot of information but it was enough to find most of what I needed on Google without much effort. (Thank you, sir).
|Back cover, click to enlarge|
In addition to a host of rare performances, including some unknown and offbeat acts like Pee-Wee Herman, it was loaded with many respected and popular artists like Randy Travis, Los Lobos, R.E.M., Lou Reed, and Nelson Wilbury (a.k.a. George Harrison). The album also included seasonal jingles and holiday greetings radio stations could use on the air from Cetera, Reed, Wilbury, ZZ Top, and others.
The album is available on both CD and red vinyl from various sellers, many at collector's prices, at Discogs and Amazon.