A Very Merry Christmas: The Complete Epic Christmas Collection

A Very Merry Christmas: The Complete Epic Christmas Collection

by Bobby Vinton


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Real Gone's 2015 compilation A Very Merry Christmas: The Complete Epic Christmas Collection expands the 12-track 1964 album A Very Merry Christmas with the four-track from the 1963 Songs of Christmas, the unreleased 1959 recording "Winter Love," the 1970 single "Christmas Eve in My Home Town," and the 1995 copyright "Kissin' Christmas." While the clanking, digital production of the latter seems out of place, the rest of the compilation is bright, sparkling early-'60s MOR pop. Vinton always seems to be singing with a smile -- even when he's adopting an Irish accent on "Christmas in Killarney"-- something that offers a nice contrast to the sheets of thick sweet strings that drench all the arrangements. The songs that aren't staples, such as the ridiculous novelty "Peppermint Stick Parade," feel a bit frozen in amber -- something that makes this appealing for pop archaeologists -- but the rest of the comp works quite well when Vinton and crew play it straightforward.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064004073
catalogNumber: 6400407
Rank: 44116

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Vinton   Primary Artist
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Hugo Winterhalter   Conductor
Stan Applebum   Conductor

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bobby Vinton   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Ron Dante   Composer
Ron Goodwin   Composer
Bonnie Boyd   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Ray Evans   Composer
Hugo Winterhalter   Arranger
Jay Livingston   Composer
Jack Lloyd   Composer
Bill McElhiney   Arranger
Billy Meshel   Composer
Bob Morgan   Producer
Ted Perlman   Arranger
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Jim Pierson   Producer
Lee Morris   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Jerry Bresler   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Lyn Duddy   Composer
Don Upton   Composer
Frank Weldon   Composer
Stan Zabka   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Producer
Michael Dunn   Composer
Jeff James   Producer
Frederick Heider   Composer
Joe Marchese   Liner Notes
Larry Kusik   Composer
John Redmond   Composer
Stan Applebum   Arranger

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