Please forward this error screen to 192. The Animals’ Christmas is the sixth solo studio album and the first Christmas album by vocalist Art Garfunkel, released in Animals in German for children 1985 by Columbia Records. During the early 1980s, Jimmy Webb began writing the songs that would become The Animals’ Christmas, based on a children’s book about the Nativity of Jesus by Anne Thaxter Eaton.
Garfunkel became interested in the project because he felt it was “born out of the love of a musical person to make music. In ’83, my friend Jimmy Webb showed me a piece he was writing, a cantata for children’s choir and small orchestra for his local church in Tuxedo, New York. And it being a noncommercial endeavor, I was particularly interested in it, because I had become cynical about the fact that the record business will professionalize one’s musical attempts in a way that can hurt them. And I followed Jimmy’s rehearsals in Tuxedo and loved The Animals’ Christmas. The Animals’ Christmas was recorded between December 23, 1984 and December 12, 1985. The orchestra was recorded at CTS Studios in Wembley, England.
The boys’ choir was recorded at St. Vocals were recorded at Air Studios in Montserrat, West Indies. Amy Grant’s vocals were recorded at Bullet Recording in Nashville, Tennessee. The original album contained a 12-page booklet with lyrics in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and German. The album cover art was created by Abby Levine. Milberg called The Animals’ Christmas “one of the best Christmas albums of the ’80s.