Tuesday, December 06, 2011

06 Christmas America

This is the sort of jingoistic thing that drives me crazy. Christmas is not a specifically American holiday. IMHO there's no reason that a Christmas album should start out with sleigh bells and "amber waves of grain." That being said, there are a couple of decent tracks on this (short) album: you can't go wrong with the trio of Nat, Ella, and Dean, and Peggy, Tennessee, and Bing fill out the second side pleasantly. Even Dinah has a nice rendition of Silent Night, though I could do without the cooing backup singers. Maybe I'll edit out the Hollywood Pops bookend tracks and have a nice short set of decent Xmas songs.

Christmas America

Side One:

1. Christmas America, Part One - The Hollywood Pops Orchestra & Choir / Sid Feller

2. White Christmas - Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians

3. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

4. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - (Trad.) - Ella Fitzgerald

5. Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin

6. Over The River (And Through the Woods) - The Hollywood Pops Orchestra with the Mitchell Singing Boys / Sid Feller

Side Two:

1. There's No Place Like Home (Especially Christmas Eve) - Glen Campbell

2. The Christmas Waltz - Peggy Lee

3. My Favorite Things - Tennessee Ernie Ford

4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Bing Crosby

5. Silent Night - Dinah Shore

6. Christmas America, Part Two - The Hollywood Pops Orchestra & Choir / Sid Feller


Blogger TupeloBrian said...

Owned this record as a kid. Have been looking for Over the River for a while. Most of these I own on other cds. Can't get the link to open. Is this just an informational blog? First visit here.

8:17 PM  
Blogger senormedia said...

Hey TB,

Link works OK for me.
Anyone else having trouble?

8:24 PM  
Blogger Mark Spencer said...

Thanks for sharing! I would guess that this album was released in 1976, USA's Bicentennial. *Everything* was about the celebrating the USA that year.

8:26 AM  

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