José Feliciano - José Feliciano (1970)

Reason for Listening:
#97 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20191228). Holiday album.
Last Week: 118 | Peak: 84 | Weeks on Chart: 6
Billboard Listing: Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano - [picture of the artist]

Something I inadvertently learned while writing this entry was that José Feliciano was born blind.

Feliz Navidad album cover

Released 197011XX.
12 songs. 36:52. José Feliciano (1970)
12+3 songs. 36:52+10:02. Feliz Navidad (2002)*

*There's another album on Spotify/iTunes/Amazon titled FELIZ NAVIDAD. Amazon lists 20190125 as the release date (and 20170922 as the release date for an imported issue here and here). Soundcloud lists 20161130 as the release date. The Google Play store page has a top page date of 20161130 and a release date of 20190125 ("(P) 2018 Newton Rec. / LA.Clip").** Apple Music lists 19891211 as the release date here. I can't seem to find the album on discogs.
**The Google Play store page for Feliz Navidad (2002): a top page date of 19700101 and a release date of 20020924 ("(P) 2002 BMG Heritage").

First listen. Feliz Navidad.
Second listen. Feliz Navidad.
I love the arrangements. The album has a fresh distinct sound from the other holiday albums on the Billboard 200. (Currently listening to "White Christmas")

Songs in bold are the bonus tracks on the reissue.
4: "Feliz Navidad"; "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Instrumental);
3: "Silent Night"; "O Come All Ye Faithful" (Instrumental) (Previously Unreleased);
2: "Jingle Bells" (Instrumental); "The First Noel" (Instrumental); "The Cherry Tree Carol"; "The Little Drummer Boy"; "White Christmas" (Instrumental); "We Three Kings Of Orient Are" (Instrumental); "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (Instrumental); "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" (Instrumental);
1: "The Christmas Song"; "Mary's Little Boy Child";
0: "Las Posadas" (Previously Unreleased);

As mentioned in my notes, the album's focus on guitar gives it a fresh sound which is a great break from all the other holiday albums.

Overall Rating: 5.0/5
Favorite Song: "Feliz Navidad"

José Feliciano album cover

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