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Crosby Christmas Sessions
     

The Crosby Christmas Sessions

by Bing Crosby
 
Compared to the importance that radio programmers and Muzak directors place on them each year, Bing Crosby's Christmas material hasn't received much in the way of critical respect or reissue devotion. The Crosby Christmas Sessions should rectify that situation nicely; this is no simple reprise of "White Christmas" and the like. It's a rip-snorting compilation

Overview

Compared to the importance that radio programmers and Muzak directors place on them each year, Bing Crosby's Christmas material hasn't received much in the way of critical respect or reissue devotion. The Crosby Christmas Sessions should rectify that situation nicely; this is no simple reprise of "White Christmas" and the like. It's a rip-snorting compilation of material that's as sparkling and clear as a sunny December morning, and includes a fair number of performances that sound the opposite of the usual staid holiday chestnut (just check out Der Bingle and Ella Fitzgerald trading zany lyrical updates on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"). Much of Crosby's Christmas output was recorded for his radio shows during the late '40s and early '50s, and even though it sounded great originally (all of it committed to modern tape), it's never sounded better or clearer. Even his infamous duet with David Bowie on "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" from a 1977 TV special is a direct transfer from the original tape (videotape, that is) and sounds great. This isn't the comprehensive collection it could've been (or perhaps should've been), but The Crosby Christmas Sessions is a barn-stormer of a holiday release, one of the essential purchases for anyone who wants to hear Christmas done right.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742216127
catalogNumber:
2161

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Joe Venuti   Violin
Red Nichols   Trumpet,Cornet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Buddy Cole   Piano
Cy Bernard   Violin,Cello,Viola
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Sonny Burke   Conductor
Nick Fatool   Drums
Ian Fraser   Conductor
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Robert Guy   Trumpet
Joseph E. Howard   Trombone
Eddie Miller   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Loulie Jean Norman   Vocals
Charles Parlato   Vocals
Phil Stephens   Bass
Milton Thomas   Viola
Jud Conlon   Vocals
Nick Pisani   Violin
Murray Cohan   Flute,Oboe,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Freed   Violin,Viola
Mac McLean   Vocals
Larry Wright   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gloria Wood   Vocals
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
Meyer Oberman   Violin
Warren Baker   Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Henry Hill   Violin
Phil Shuken   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
David Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Vesley   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Harry Betts   Arranger
Sonny Burke   Composer,Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Ian Fraser   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
John McFarland   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Dick Reynolds   Arranger
James Van Heusen   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Jack Elliott   Composer
Jack Halloran   Arranger,Adaptation
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Larry Grossman   Composer
Phillips Brooks   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Kathryn Crosby   Executive Producer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
James R. Murray   Composer
Murdo MacKenzie   Producer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Bill Morrow   Producer
Dwight Hemion   Producer
Bob Wells   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer
Robert S. Bader   Producer,Liner Notes
Buzz Cohan   Composer
John Prindle   Composer
James L. Harwood   Composer

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