The Christmas Collection [Reprise]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 081227654221
  • Catalog Number: 76542
  • Sales rank: 202,291

Tracks

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

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist
Al Viola Guitar
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Larry Bunker Percussion
Jim Hughart Bass
Gus Levene Conductor
Ron Anthony Guitar
Frank Sinatra Jr. 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
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
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
Al Schmitt Engineer, Mastering
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 II Composer
Robert Finkelstein Executive Producer
William Read Woodfield Cover Photo
Jimmy Edwards Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensational Sinatra!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Merry Xmas, Mr. S. !

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frank is at it again!

    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!

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