Merry Christmas With Bing Cros CD (2000)

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Label Uni/mca
SKU 60443136
UPC 008811233723
UPC 14 00008811233723
Format CD
Release Date 10/24/2000
Author Crosby/Andrews Sisters
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Associated Artist/Work Andrews Sisters (The)
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Astaire, Fred
Associated Artist/Work Beiderbecke, Bix
Associated Artist/Work Bill Crosby
Associated Artist/Work Boone, Pat
Associated Artist/Work Bowie, David
Associated Artist/Work Buble, Michael
Associated Artist/Work Clooney, Rosemary
Technical Info
Producer Andy McKaie; F.B. Wiggins (Compilation)
CatalogID AA881123372
Lable Name MCA (USA)
Released 10/16/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 34s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008811233723
Musical Guests
Guy Lombardo
Album Notes and Credits
& The Andrews Sisters.
Personnel includes: Bing Crosby, The Andrews, Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians; Buddy Cole & His Orchestra.
Includes liner notes by F.B. "Wig" Wiggins.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (Universal Mastering Studios-West, North Hollywood, California).
Recording information: 09/30/1946-11/23/1955.
Since Bing Crosby's recordings have been reissued prolifically on an endless series of legitimate and unofficial CD releases, it is worth noting that one reissue series continues to stand head and shoulders above the others in terms of organization and sound quality. Crosby recorded for Decca Records exclusively for 20-plus years from the mid-'30s to the mid-'50s, a period that coincided with his commercial heyday. Starting in 1996, MCA Records, owner of the Decca catalog, hooked up with the most prominent Crosby fan club, the U.K.-based International Crosby Circle, and specifically with its U.S. representative F.B. (Wig) Wiggins, on a series of reissues including Top o' the Morning: His Irish Collection, Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters: Their Complete Recordings Together, Bing Crosby's Gold Records, The Voice of Christmas (a two-disc set followed by the single-disc highlights version, The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas), and Academy Award Winners & Nominees: 1934-1960.
A Merry Christmas with Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters joins this distinguished list. It must be acknowledged that Crosby and the Andrews Sisters actually made only six holiday recordings together and that these tracks have previously appeared on both Their Complete Recordings Together and The Voice of Christmas. Wiggins has added to those six with seven other Crosby selections and seven Andrews Sisters cuts, mixing up the sequencing. The joint recordings include such favorites as "Twelve Days of Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," "Jingle Bells," and "Here Comes Santa Claus," and as usual the sisters blend well with Crosby, lead singer Patty Andrews making a wonderful duet partner for the crooner. On their own, the sisters perform "Christmas Island" and "Merry Christmas Polka," both of which were chart entries for them, with the backing of Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians. The Crosby solo selections are not among his best-known seasonal recordings (those can be found on The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas); all but one find him accompanied by a vocal group, which gives the tracks a consistency with the Andrews Sisters tunes. This must be one of Crosby's few Christmas albums not to include "White Christmas," but that doesn't keep it from being an excellent addition to his and the Andrews Sisters' holiday catalog. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Happy Holiday - (with Bing Crosby)
2 Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling
3 Twelve Days Of Christmas
4 First Snowfall, The - (with Bing Crosby)
5 I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus
6 Poppa Santa Claus
7 You're All I Want For Christmas - (with Bing Crosby)
8 Christmas Tree Angel, The
9 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
10 O Fir Tree Dark - (with Bing Crosby)
11 Christmas Candles - (with Guy Lombardo)
12 Jingle Bells
13 Christmas In Killarney - (with Bing Crosby)
14 Winter Wonderland
15 Here Comes Santa Claus
16 Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter - (with Bing Crosby)
17 Merry Christmas Polka, The - (with Guy Lombardo)
18 Mele Kalikimaka
19 Is Christmas Only A Tree - (with Bing Crosby)
20 Christmas Island - (with Guy Lombardo)
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