- Artist: Pink Martini
- Album: Joy to the World
- Label: Heinz Records
- Release Date: November 16, 2010
- Genre: Christmas
- Formats: CD
Those who know and love Pink Martini easily could predict that their Joy To The World Christmas album would be a unique, multi-cultural, and tremendous fun event. The first track is a traditional, mellow version of “White Christmas” with a poignant solo guitar accompanying China Forbes’ lovely vocals. Ms. Forbes treats us to the often-amputated intro “The sun is shining; the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway; there’s never been such a day in Beverly Hills L. A.; but it’s December the 24th and I’m longing to be up north.” In a major plot twist, the song is then sung in Japanese, by guest vocalist Saori Yuki, with a celestial choir.
“Silent Night” is presented in a sparse arrangement, sung first in the original German, then in Arabic by Lebanese superstar Fairouz, and finally by the Portland Boychoir. The effect is touching and powerful. To conclude, a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” with a Rio Carnival/marching band beat, sung in English, French, and Arabic. Terrific sound quality.