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A Merry Christmas with Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since Bing Crosby's recordings have been reissued prolifically on an endless series of legitimate and unofficial CD releases, it is worth noting that one reissue series continues to stand head and shoulders above the others in terms of organization and sound quality. Crosby recorded for Decca Records exclusively for 20-plus years from the mid-'30s to the mid-'50s, a period that coincided with his commercial heyday. Starting in 1996, MCA Records, owner of the Decca catalog, hooked up with the most prominent Crosby fan club, the U.K.-based International Crosby Circle, and specifically with its U.S. representative F.B. Wig Wiggins, on a series of reissues including Top o'...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since Bing Crosby's recordings have been reissued prolifically on an endless series of legitimate and unofficial CD releases, it is worth noting that one reissue series continues to stand head and shoulders above the others in terms of organization and sound quality. Crosby recorded for Decca Records exclusively for 20-plus years from the mid-'30s to the mid-'50s, a period that coincided with his commercial heyday. Starting in 1996, MCA Records, owner of the Decca catalog, hooked up with the most prominent Crosby fan club, the U.K.-based International Crosby Circle, and specifically with its U.S. representative F.B. Wig Wiggins, on a series of reissues including Top o' the Morning: His Irish Collection, Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters: Their Complete Recordings Together, Bing Crosby's Gold Records, The Voice of Christmas a two-disc set followed by the single-disc highlights version, The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas, and Academy Award Winners & Nominees: 1934-1960. A Merry Christmas with Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters joins this distinguished list. It must be acknowledged that Crosby and the Andrews Sisters actually made only six holiday recordings together and that these tracks have previously appeared on both Their Complete Recordings Together and The Voice of Christmas. Wiggins has added to those six with seven other Crosby selections and seven Andrews Sisters cuts, mixing up the sequencing. The joint recordings include such favorites as "Twelve Days of Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," "Jingle Bells," and "Here Comes Santa Claus," and as usual the sisters blend well with Crosby, lead singer Patty Andrews making a wonderful duet partner for the crooner. On their own, the sisters perform "Christmas Island" and "Merry Christmas Polka," both of which were chart entries for them, with the backing of Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians. The Crosby solo selections are not among his best-known seasonal recordings those can be found on The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas; all but one find him accompanied by a vocal group, which gives the tracks a consistency with the Andrews Sisters tunes. This must be one of Crosby's few Christmas albums not to include "White Christmas," but that doesn't keep it from being an excellent addition to his and the Andrews Sisters' holiday catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811233723
  • Catalog Number: 112337
  • Sales rank: 673

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy Holiday - Music Maids (2:27)
  2. 2 Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling - Vic Schoen (2:55)
  3. 3 Twelve Days of Christmas - Vic Schoen (3:22)
  4. 4 The First Snowfall - Buddy Cole & His Orchestra (3:07)
  5. 5 I'd Like to Hitch a Ride With Santa Claus - Vic Schoen (3:01)
  6. 6 Poppa Santa Claus - Vic Schoen (3:14)
  7. 7 You're All I Want for Christmas - Victor Young & His Orchestra (3:12)
  8. 8 The Christmas Tree Angel - Vic Schoen (3:09)
  9. 9 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Vic Schoen (2:41)
  10. 10 O Fir Tree Dark - Ken Darby Singers (3:03)
  11. 11 Christmas Candles (2:41)
  12. 12 Jingle Bells - Vic Schoen (2:35)
  13. 13 Christmas in Killarney - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:44)
  14. 14 Winter Wonderland - Vic Schoen (2:41)
  15. 15 Here Comes Santa Claus - Vic Schoen (3:02)
  16. 16 Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (3:06)
  17. 17 Merry Christmas Polka (2:52)
  18. 18 Mele Kalikimaka - Vic Schoen (2:54)
  19. 19 Is Christmas Only a Tree - Buddy Cole & His Orchestra (2:14)
  20. 20 Christmas Island (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
The Andrews Sisters Track Performer
Music Maids Track Performer
Technical Credits
Louie Bellson Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Jack Hayes Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Dick Smith Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Raymond Leveen Composer
Mark Rebek Composer
R. Alex Anderson Composer
Leo Breen Composer
Wilbur Simpson Composer
Paul J. Smith Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Merry X-mas w/ Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters

    Bought as a gift for my mom for x-mas. It's Bing Crosby. What a voice!

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