Christmas Memories

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The sound and overall vibe of Lawrence Welk's Christmas Memories will be familiar to fans of the famous bandleader's milquetoast variety program. Viewed through a furious, sideways eggnog hangover, the show seemed to take place in a bizarre antireality, populated by stuffed tuxedo ruffle shirts and more taffeta than an explosion at a McCall Patterns factory. It was like a WASP Def Comedy Jam. With a few swooning numbers from the Lawrence Welk Orchestra leading the merry way, Christmas Memories runs through the usual standards, and features contributions from numerous Welk ringers. The Lennon Sisters' pristine harmonies work wonders with an understated "The Little Drummer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The sound and overall vibe of Lawrence Welk's Christmas Memories will be familiar to fans of the famous bandleader's milquetoast variety program. Viewed through a furious, sideways eggnog hangover, the show seemed to take place in a bizarre antireality, populated by stuffed tuxedo ruffle shirts and more taffeta than an explosion at a McCall Patterns factory. It was like a WASP Def Comedy Jam. With a few swooning numbers from the Lawrence Welk Orchestra leading the merry way, Christmas Memories runs through the usual standards, and features contributions from numerous Welk ringers. The Lennon Sisters' pristine harmonies work wonders with an understated "The Little Drummer Boy" and warm things up with the cheery cocktail lounge favorite "Christmas Island." The biggest Grinch in the world will have to say "Aw, shucks" when the smiling quartet sings "How'd you like to stay up late/Like the islanders do/Wait for Santa to sail in with your presents in a canoe." Other highlights include a jaunty instrumental take on "Sleigh Ride" led by Welk show accordion virtuoso Myron Floren arriving complete with hokey hoof effects, fluttering flutes, and jangling sleigh bells; a countrypolitan "Holly Jolly Christmas" from Clay Hart "Y'all have a good Christmas now, y'hear?"; and everyone's favorite Emerald Isle singalong, "Christmas in Killarney." Christmas Memories is typical of the budget holiday fare that floods the market each Christmas. But it's also a trip down memory lane for anyone who's ever been transfixed by the grimacing white-bread kookiness of The Lawrence Welk Show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Ranwood Records
  • UPC: 014921706422
  • Catalog Number: 7064
  • Sales rank: 301,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Be Home for Christmas (2:02)
  2. 2 Silver Bells - Norma Zimmer (1:58)
  3. 3 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (2:26)
  4. 4 Winter Wonderland - The Lennon Sisters (1:52)
  5. 5 Silent Night (2:18)
  6. 6 What Child Is This (2:26)
  7. 7 The Little Drummer Boy - The Lennon Sisters (2:54)
  8. 8 The First Noel (1:56)
  9. 9 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2:15)
  10. 10 Sleigh Ride - Myron Floren (2:10)
  11. 11 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Jo Anne Castle (1:49)
  12. 12 A Holly Jolly Christmas - Clay Hart (1:56)
  13. 13 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2:07)
  14. 14 Christmas in Killarney (1:57)
  15. 15 Christmas Island - The Lennon Sisters (2:25)
  16. 16 Good King Wenceslas (1:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lawrence Welk Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leroy Anderson Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
The Cates Adaptation
Richard Storrs Willis Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Frank Weldon Composer
John Mason Neale Composer
Jimmy Lembo Art Direction
Lyle Moraine Composer
John Redmond Composer
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