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Martha Stewart Records - This Is Not A Joke


10/04/05
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(Press Release) Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) and SONY BMG are proud to announce the creation of Martha Stewart Living Music, a partnership that will release a series of compilation albums for holidays and special occasions. Martha Stewart Living Music will launch with the release of Martha Stewart Living Music: The Holiday Collection by Epic Records on October 18th.

Compiled by Martha Stewart, The Holiday Collection will be released individually and as a three-disc, deluxe box set. Each individual release will include a special holiday recipe from Martha Stewart Living and all box-set collections will include an assortment of 30 recipe cards, useful decoration tips and creative craft ideas.

"Music helps set the tone for any occasion," said Susan Lyne, MSLO President and CEO. "Martha's selections for this compilation will make any holiday gathering more festive. We're very pleased to team with SONY BMG, the ideal distribution partner for this venture."

"We couldn't dream up a better partner than Martha Stewart to create the ultimate music collections for entertaining. And we are tremendously proud to be her collaborators on this series," commented Epic Records President Steve Barnett.

The initial holiday set includes three inspired CD compilations of Martha's favorite holiday music - Traditional Songs for the Holidays, Jazz for the Holidays, and Classical Favorites for the Holidays - each featuring well-loved selections performed by some of the finest artists of yesterday and today. The collection provides music you can play for every seasonal occasion: to accompany an afternoon of gift-wrapping, liven up a holiday cocktail party, or add an elegant note to a formal Christmas dinner.

"Great music is an important part of living, especially during the holidays. Family activities such as gift wrapping, baking, cooking, and entertaining are enlivened with beautiful songs, traditional carols, fantastic vocalists, and famous musical renditions," said Martha Stewart, Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. "Each selection in the compilation was carefully chosen from my many favorites for the holidays. I hope the Martha Stewart Living Music Series will become part of everyone's holiday traditions."

Track listing for Martha Stewart Living Music: The Holiday Collection is as follows:

Traditional Songs for the Holidays:
1. "Silent Night" - Mariah Carey
2. "Winter Wonderland" - Aretha Franklin
3. "This Is Christmas" - Luther Vandross
4. "Silver Bells" - Martina McBride
5. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - James Taylor
6. "First Noel" - Chris Botti
7. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" - Barry Manilow
8. "White Christmas" - Frank Sinatra
9. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Gene Autry
10. "Feliz Navidad" - Jose Feliciano
11. "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
12. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Steve Tyrell & Jane Monheit
13. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Willie Nelson
14. "The Christmas Song" - Nat King Cole
15. "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" - Bing Crosby & David Bowie
16. "Sleigh Ride" - Johnny Mathis
17. "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" - Andy Williams
18. "My Favorite Things" - Tony Bennett

Jazz for the Holidays:
1. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - Chris Botti
2. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Tony Bennett
3. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Tuck Andress
4. "Twas The Night Before Christmas" - Wynton Marsalis
5. "Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
6. "O Come All Ye Faithful" - Terence Blanchard
7. "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" - Grover Washington, Jr.
8. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Steve Tyrell
9. "Snowfall" - Tex Beneke & The Glenn Miller Orchestra
10. "Deck The Halls" - Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
11. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Dexter Gordon Quartet
12. "O Christmas Tree" - Russell Malone
13. "Winter Weather"* - Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman
14. "Shake Hands With Santa Claus"* - Louis Prima
15. "Santa Baby"* - Eartha Kitt
16. "Winter Wonderland"* - Louis Armstrong
*Mono Recording

Classical Favorites for the Holidays:
1. "O Holy Night" - Il Divo
2. "March" [From The Nutcracker] - The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cond. by Eugene Ormandy
3. "Waltz Of The Flowers" [From The Nutcracker] - The New York Philharmonic, Cond. by Leonard Bernstein
4. "Christmas Time Is Here" [From A Charlie Brown Christmas] - The Boston Pops Orchestra, Cond. by Keith Lockhart
5. "Sleigh Ride" - The Boston Pops Orchestra, Cond. by John Williams
6. "Fantasia On I Saw Three Ships'" - Sir James Galway
7. "The Coventry Carol" - Eileen Farrell
8. "Pastoral Symphony [From Messiah] - Sir Thomas Beecham & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
9. "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with The New York Philharmonic, Cond. by Leonard Bernstein
10. "O Tannenbaum" - Rita Ford's Music Boxes
11. "Children's Prayer" [From Hansel and Gretel] - The Boston Pops Orchestra, Cond. by Arthur Fiedler
12. "O Sanctissima" - The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
13. "The Sleigh Ride" [From German Dance, K. 605, No. 3] - The New York Philharmonic, Cond. by Leonard Bernstein
14. "The Gift Of Love" - Placido Domingo
15. "Ding Dong! Merrily On High" - The Choral Guild Of Atlanta, Cond. by Anthony Newman
16. "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" - The London Promenade Orchestra Cond. by Eric Hammerstein
17. "Ave Maria" - Charlotte Church
18. "White Christmas" - Placido Domingo
19. "Silent Night" - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble & Percussion

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