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Christmas Songs by Sinatra [Remaster]
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White Christmas – (previously unreleased, alternate take)
Silent Night, Holy Night – (previously unreleased, alternate take)
Adeste Fideles [O Come All Ye Faithful]
Jingle Bells – (previously unreleased, alternate take)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – (previously unreleased, alternate take)
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – (previously unreleased, alternate take)
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Introduction [Spoken Word]
O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Joy to the World/White Christmas: O, Little Town Of Bethlehem / Joy To The World / White Christmas
Ave Maria – (previously unreleased)
Winter Wonderland – (previously unreleased)
Lord’s Prayer, The – (previously unreleased)
- Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Alex Stordahl (arranger, conductor); Bobby Tucker Singers, Ken Lane Singers, B. Swanson Quartet, Jeff Alexander Orchestra & Chorus, Mitchell Boys Choir.
- Recorded from 1944 to 1949. Includes liner notes by Roy Hemming.
- Digitally remastered using Cedar and NoNoise technology by Tom Ruff (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
- It should come as no surprise that Frank Sinatra would have a special way with Christmas songs just as he did with every other type of song. This welcome reissue is a slightly expanded version of Sinatra’s original 1948 Christmas album and includes some 1945 V-Disc holiday performances especially recorded for the troops still stationed in Europe right after the war. The original 78s hold up incredibly well for Christmas music a half-century old.
- Sinatra’s approach to such chestnuts as “White Christmas”—only 2 years old in 1944—and “Silent Night” is straightforward, unsentimental and utterly convincing. It also owes nothing to Bing Crosby, who had a franchise on this kind of family fare. Sinatra’s fresh, non-pietistic take on this material is geared more toward the unattached (young) man in the street rather than family men. The slightly sexy “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year)” were for the very same G.I.s Sinatra had once entertained through his V-Discs, back home now and considering the uncertain (and slightly sexy) future looming before them.
Producer: Didier C. Deutsch (Reissue)
Format: CD (1 Disc); Stereo
Guest Artist: Axel Stordahl
Release Date: 4 September, 2007
Label: Sony Bmg Special Markets
Dimensions: 12.45 × 14.22 × 1.02 centimeters (0.04 kg)