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Christmas Collection [Reprise]
     

The Christmas Collection [Reprise]

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by Frank Sinatra
 
The third quarter of each year brings a bounty of Christmas collections on pop artists ranging from Sinatra to Elvis Presley to Bing Crosby to the Beach Boys. Unfortunately, most of them reissue the same ancient material in the same shockingly awful sound (at least they don't

Overview

The third quarter of each year brings a bounty of Christmas collections on pop artists ranging from Sinatra to Elvis Presley to Bing Crosby to the Beach Boys. Unfortunately, most of them reissue the same ancient material in the same shockingly awful sound (at least they don't charge much for such offensive product). Reprise's issue of The Christmas Collection rectifies the situation, at least for Sinatra, compiling 18 of his holiday recordings from the '60s and '70s (plus one each from the '50s and '90s). Christmas recordings for Sinatra, as for many vocal artists, were informal occasions for friends and family. His two holiday records for Reprise followed that formula, with 1964's The Twelve Songs of Christmas including several duets with Bing Crosby and 1969's The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas featuring Nancy Sinatra, Tina, and Frank Jr. in special roles. Although this compilation doesn't include the complete contents of both, it provides the proper survey of each record and, in an inspired move, adds several inclusions from far-reaching LPs. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" comes from 1961's Ring-a-Ding Ding!, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was grabbed from a 1963 various-artists Christmas album, and best of all, two additional Crosby/Sinatra duets -- from a 1957 television special -- make their release debut. The two are standards like none other, "The Christmas Song" and "White Christmas," and while the performances on the latter are scattered, Crosby and Sinatra come together on the former for a holiday classic. One final unissued track is a new arrangement around a 1991 version of "Silent Night" that Sinatra only agreed to record because Nancy had a good cause to benefit; it is one of the shakiest Sinatra performances on record.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0081227654221
catalogNumber:
76542

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  2. The Christmas Waltz
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  4. The Little Drummer Boy
  5. We Wish You the Merriest
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Christmas
  7. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  8. The Christmas Song
  9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  10. I Wouldn't Trade Christmas
  11. Christmas Memories
  12. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  13. Bells of Christmas
  14. An Old Fashioned Christmas
  15. A Baby Just Like You
  16. Whatever Happened to Christmas
  17. White Christmas

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist
Viola   Guitar
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Jim Hughart   Bass
Gus Levene   Conductor
Ron Anthony   Guitar
Frank Sinatra   Conductor
Timothy Eames   Obbligatto Vocals
Bill Miller   Celeste
Julie Berghofer   Harp

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
John Denver   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Joe Henry   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Harry Betts   Arranger
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Lee Brown   Composer
Sonny Burke   Audio Production
Sammy Cahn   Composer,Adaptation
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Katherine Davis   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Michael Lloyd   Vocal Producer
Johnny Mandel   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger,Direction
Henry Onorati   Composer
Dick Reynolds   Arranger
Schmitt   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer,Adaptation
Robert Wells   Composer
Terry Woodson   Producer
Sonny Burke   Producer
Jack Halloran   Arranger,Adaptation
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Gil Grau   Arranger
Michael Lloyd   Audio Production
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Composer
Charles Pignone   Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
James Ritz   Liner Notes
John W. Work   Composer
Robert Finkelstein   Executive Producer
William Read Woodfield   Cover Photo
Jimmy Edwards   Executive Producer

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The Christmas Collection [Reprise] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite christmas albums! It sounds like true rat pack christmas! Great Songs....it's Sinatra! What more can you say!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look it's as simple as this there is a sincerity and beauty in Sinatra's voice that make this album of Christmas music (a survey of all the Christmas related material he recorded at Reprise with some goodies like material from his TV specials) a must have. Some recognizable holiday favorites mixed with some wonderfully under valued and underegarded performances make this a five star package. Check out "Whatever Happened To Christmas" an ode to the familiar Christmas spirit written by Jimmy Webb or a Cahn/Van Heusen chestnut "An Old Fashioned Christmas" or that beautiful over-dubbing of "Silent Night" with Sinatra at his most fragile yet most sincere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The classic, deep, rich voice of Frank Sinatra charms me every Christmas season. I have been in love with Frank's music ever since I was three and I first heard one of his songs. I even named my cat Frankie after him! This is a must-have CD for all Christmas of Frank Sinatra lovers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best! Just like Nat Cole's "The Christmas Song," it just wouldn't be Christmas without Sinatra's "Have Yourself A Merry Christmas." Merry Christmas to you too, Mr. Sinatra!
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