Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Here's the penultimate post in this year's Christmas album festival, and it's a pretty good one. Frorm 1971, it's Columbia Record's The Christmas Album (subtitle: 20 Great Christmas Favorites Performed by 20 Great Artists) (a two-disc set, no less). Highlights include Johnny Cash (with a slightly odd rendering of The Little Drummer Boy), Burl Ives, Patti Page, Marty Robbins, and Mahalia Jackson, as well as the usual suspects (Andy Williams, Percy Faith, Johnny Mathis, etc.).
Even though it's two discs, the run time is not quite an hour, with five tracks per side.

Andy Williams
Mitch Miller
Doris Day
The Ray Conniff Singers
Tony Bennett

Johnny Cash
Jerry Vale
Anita Bryant
Andre Kostelanetz
Jim Nabors

Barbra Streisand
Burl Ives
Robert Goulet
Marty Robbins
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir/New York Philharmonic

Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith
Patti Page
Percy Faith
Mahalia Jackson
Frank Sinatra


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