What is Christmas without hearing the most popular Christmas song of all time….Irving Berlin’s White Christmas? Bing Crosby introduced the song in the 1943 movie “Holiday Inn.” Many have since recorded “White Christmas,” but Bing’s version is still the classic.
Collectors Choice Music has introduced the first significant, new collection of Christmas-themed material from Bing in many years: a 19-track collection featuring some of his rarest and most famous Yuletide recordings.
The album Includes many unreleased versions of Christmas classics along with Bing s legendary duet with David Bowie on The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth ; duets with Frank Sinatra on We Wish You the Merriest and Go Tell It on the Mountain (both from the 12 Songs of Christmas album); duets with Ella Fitzgerald on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Silver Bells ; the Columbia single Just What I Wanted for Christmas and The Secret of Christmas ; the Reprise U.K. single White World of Winter , and It’s Christmas Time Again .
Here are the tracks;
1. It s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (with Ella Fitzgerald)
3. Just What I Wanted For Christmas
4. Jingle Bells
5. Christmas Carol Medley: Deck the Halls with Boughs Of Holly, Away In a Manger, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, The First Noel
6. Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
7. Here Comes Santa Claus (with Peggy Lee)
8. White World of Winter
9. The Secret of Christmas
10. Go Tell It on the Mountain (with Frank Sinatra)
11. White Christmas
12. It s Christmas Time Again
13. The Christmas Song
14. Silver Bells (with Ella Fitzgerald)
15. Jingle Bells (fast version)
18. Silent Night 19. The Little Drummer Boy, Peace on Earth (with David Bowie)
Read what a Crosby collector has to say about the disk; “Excellent quality collection of rare and unreleased yuletide tracks from the Voice of Christmas. Tracks pre-recorded in the studio for use later on Bing’s radio broadcasts are in pristine quality. Seven hail from a November 30, 1952 session that caught Bing in outstanding Christmas voice. Several Christmas singles collected here were unavailable to me before now and are a joy to hear, lovingly restored and presented. Add a few tracks from Bing and Frank’s “12 Songs Of Christmas” LP and things wrap up with a fresh tape transfer of the Crosby-David Bowie duet. In addition to the seven session tracks noted, my favorites include the 1953 duet with Ella Fitzgerald (“Silver Bells”), and “Sleigh Ride”, a track recorded one week prior to the productive November 30 session. If you love Bing and you love Christmas, this is a no-brainer.”
It is a wonderful collection. Great stocking stuffer! Merry Christmas!
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Note: There is a second new Crosby CD….“Bing Sings THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK.” Review to follow.