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Vintage Harmony Groups Christmas CDs

Nope. As it turns out, popular groups recording holiday albums really is not just a modern trend. Whether it's the movie & music stars of the '40s and '50s, or the family on which one of the most popular holiday movies of all time was based, these golden age Christmas recordings (and modern recordings in the golden age style) are not just celebrations of the Christmas holiday season, but they evoke an earlier, more simple time. For cozy, comforting December music, these familiar groups and their great recordings are where you want to go.

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Andrews Sisters : Christmas

Review: Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye join the legendary Andrews Sisters on this 10-song (all accompanied) compilation of classic Christmas tunes from the 1940s. Bing treats us to some of his wonderfully laid-back baritone on the opening cut, "Here Comes Santa Claus," "12 Days of Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "(The Toys Gave A Party For) Poppa Santa Claus," and the last cut, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Kaye joins the Sisters on "A Merry Christmas At Grandmother's," and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth." The Sisters by themselves perform the sweet little fantasy, "I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa," "Winter Wonderland" and "The Christmas Tree Angel." Beautiful, fun stuff from some of the greatest, most popular singers ever to record a Christmas song.

Songlist: Here Comes Santa Claus, Twelve Days of Christmas, Jingle Bells (with Bing Crosby), A Merry Christmas At Grandmother's (with Danny Kaye), I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa, Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Tree Angel, The Toys Gave A Party For Poppa Santa Claus (with Bing Crosby), All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (with Danny Kaye), Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (with Bing Crosby)

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4511c | 1 CD | $12.98 |


Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby : A Merry Christmas

Review: As Christmas time nears you will undoubtedly begin hearing once again the familiar sounds of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. It was back in the 40's and 50's when Bing and the sisters got together and recorded 6 Christmas songs for Decca records, which historically have become some of the most celebrated holiday recordings of all time. Most of the songs will ring a familiar bell, but there are some very cute recordings that didn't quite receive the recognition deserved. This 20 track release includes; "Happy Holidays", "Twelve Days Of Christmas", "I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus", "You're All I Want For Christmas", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Winter Wonderland", "Mele Kalikimaka", and "Here Comes Santa Claus". Like a cracklin fire, this is great music to bring warmth to your home this Christmas season.

Songlist: Happy Holiday, Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling, Twelve Days Of Christmas, The First Snowfall, I'd Like to Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus, Poppa Santa Claus, You're All I Want For Christmas, The Christmas Tree Angel, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, O Fir Tree Dark, Christmas Candles, Jingle Bells, Christmas In Killarney, Winter Wonderland, Here Comes Santa Claus, Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter, Merry Christmas Polka, Mele Kalikimaka, Is Christmas Only A Tree, Christmas Island

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4316c | 1 CD | $14.98 |


Drifters : Winter Wonderland

Review: We have always loved recordings by the Drifters, and have enjoyed their live performances even more. "Winter Wonderland" is an all-accompanied collection of 10 soulful Doo-Wop Christmas tunes: "Christmas Just Ain't Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," The Beach Boys' wonderful "Little Saint Nick," "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Please Come Home for Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Silent Night," "O Holy Night" and "Auld Lang Syne." No frills, no extensive liner notes, just some great fun, romantic tunes to dance to, enjoy and brighten up your holiday season!

Songlist: Christmas Just Ain't Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Little Saint Nick, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Please Come Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song, Silent Night, O Holy Night, Auld LangSyne

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4363c | 1 CD | $6.95 |


Four Freshmen : Freshmas

Review: The last CD featuring original member Bob Flanigan and the arrangements of Dick Reynolds, this mostly-accompanied CD (listen to the spectacular "trombone choir" on "Silent Night"!) was recorded in 1992. The Freshmen have become a sort of post-graduate institution for singers everywhere; their approach to chord voicings - dropping the root of a five-part chord, and the ingenious placement of the remaining notes - galvanized audiences and critics alike. Phil Mattson contributes an arrangement of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," showing his respect, while "And The Bells Rang" chimes brightly with the excitement of this very special "Freshmas"!

Songlist: Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, White Christmas, Christmas Song, And the Bells Rang, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, We Three Kings, Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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4772c | 1 CD | $14.95 |


Four Freshmen : Snowfall

Review: The "new" Four Freshmen bring us a smooth, upbeat, jazzy collection of 13 Christmas standards, lightly accompanied by guitar, acoustic bass, drums and group member Curtis Calderon on trumpet. But "Snowfall" remains a great Christmas album because of the Freshmen's trademark blend of seamless, bright harmonies that simply make us feel good to listen to. Just listen to the 4F nail the flawlessly arranged "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," the bluenote "My Favorite Things," "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," the moody title tune, "Let It Snow," "A Child is Born," "Oh, Holy Night" and the requisite "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and notice that you are in fact having one, even though it might only be July. The Freshmen are all about classic romantic tunes, slow dancing, falling in love and white Christmases, so give "Snowfall" to yourself or a loved one and enjoy!

Songlist: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland, Christmas Is Here, I'll Be Home For Christmas, My Favorite Things, White Christmas, Snowfall, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Christmas Song, Let It Snow, A Child Is Born, Oh Holy Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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7667c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Review: For many years Waring and his Pennsylvanians entertained America with radio and tv broadcasts, as well as stage shows and a multitude of recordings. Culled from the Waring archives, the spontaneity and energy of these live recordings comes through from the first cut. Featured are famous Pennsylvanian soloists and the incomparable Waring Glee Club on these 21 wonderful (all big band accompanied) songs of Christmas. We can't really pick favorites here. The jazzy "Jingle Bells" perhaps, or the Teen Trio's solo on "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" that segues into manic sound-effect silliness." Certainly the "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Medley," Frank Davis' soulful solo on "One for the Little Bitty Baby," and Jack Best and Gordon Goodman on "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Oh, and we have to include Jane Wilson's solos on "Away In A Manger" and "Cantique De Noel" (Oh Holy Night). The bottom line is, this is great, classic entertainment by, in our opinion, the premier choral organization of all time. Christmas music just doesn't get any better than this!

Songlist: Opening: I Hear Music, Jingle Bells, Christmas Was Meant For Children, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, One For The Little Bitty Baby, Medley (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, The Sleigh, Winter Wonderland), White Christmas, The Christmas Song, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Medley (Adeste Fidelis, The First Noel, Carol Of The Bells), Beautiful Savior, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Rise Up Shepard And Foller, Oh Gathering Clouds, Behold That Star, Medley Of English Carols (Suzzani, Coventry Carol, Gloucestershire Wassail), Away In A Manger, Cantique De Noel (Oh Holy Night), Silent Night/Come Unto Him, Closing Sleep

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7883c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Caroling, Caroling

Review: Fred Waring and the Pennsylvannians are at it again,this time giving Christmas their one-of-a-kind flavor. The smooth choral textures they present on this album could warm the soul of any who love the christmas season. The album starts out with a powerful fade in of voices in "Caroling, Caroling," followed by a great arrangement of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." They continue with some more beautifuly performed traditional carols including "White Christmas," "Oh Holy Night," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and a few others, then end with a warm and cozy arrangement of"Winter Wonderland." This CD is a great pick for those looking for something they can relax to in frontof a fire on a cold winter's night.

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day, White Christmas, O Holy Night, Here We Come Awassailing, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Christmas Song, Ring Those Christmas Bells, Angels, From the Realms of Glory, Winter Wonderland

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4589c | 1 CD | $11.98 || Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Johnny Mann Singers : We Wish You A Merry Christmas : 00  1 CD :  : 602437760726

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Johnny Mann Singers : We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Review: Legendary, Grammy-winning arranger/conductor Johnny Mann and his prolific Singers apply their bright, smooth, spirited Sixties sound to this excellent Christmas collection. Traditional carols like "As Lately We Watched," "Lo How a Rose," "Deck the Halls," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "O Christmas Tree," "The First Noel," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" of course are here, wonderful and sincere; but we especially liked lesser known tunes like "Johnny Bring The Pine Tree In," "Sleep, Sleep Jesus, Sleep" and the lovely "Susan Belle." The kind of Christmas album they just don't make any more, and the kind that will be enjoyed again, year after year! Some light accompaniment, but mostly a cappella.

Songlist: Johnny Bring The Pine Tree In, Sleep, Sweet Jesus, Sleep, As Lately Watched, Susan Belle, Lo How A Rose, Jingle Bells, Deck The Halls, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Go Tell It On A Mountain, O Christmas Tree, The First Noel, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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7607c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |


King Family : Christmas With The King Family

Review: The King Family's Christmas specials were an annual family television event, and their Christmas album was repackaged a staggering 8 times-nevertheless, Christmas with the King Family has been out of print since 1977! It's simply a classic of the genre, and we've added 11 mostly unreleased tracks pulled from various specials and TV appearances to the original album's 12 tracks to form a holiday album that we suspect will be a Christmas evergreen.

Songlist: Caroling Caroling/Come Dear Children, White Christmas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Joy to the World, The Holiday of Love, Silent Night, Hear the Sledges with the Bells, The Little Drummer Boy, The Star Carol/O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is This?, Some Children See Him, Jolly Old LoveSt. Nicholas/Jingle Bells, The First Noel, Auld Lang Syne, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Sleigh Ride, The Holiday of Love, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas/Santa Clause is Comin' to Town, The Christmas Song/The Christmas Waltz, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Carol of the Bells, We'll Dress the House, Some Children See Him, A Soalin'/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Sleigh Ride, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Do You Hear What I Hear, and more

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5410c | 1 CD | $15.95 |


Miracles : Jingle Bells

Review: In our misspent youth, we happened to be lucky enough to live within radio shot of WORJ (AM) in Detroit, home of Berry Gordy's Motown Records, which was the home of The Miracles. A stream of Miracles hits graced our car radio from 1959 to 1966, such as "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Going to a Go Go;" and "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage," "I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown" with Smokey Robinson singing lead. Now, with "Jingle Bells," we are given 10 all-accompanied Christmas hits by one of the most influential and popular soul/pop groups of all time! Wonderfully arranged covers of "We Three Kings," "The Little Drummer Boy," "O Holy Night," "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow," "Feliz Navidad," "My Favorite Time of Year," "Silent Night," "Frosty the Snowman," "Finally Christmas" and the title tune. This is a beautifully-recorded album of fun, funky, soulful and danceable Christmas music that will surprise and delight you this Christmas and for many more!

Songlist: We Three Kings, The Little Drummer Boy, O Holy Night, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Feliz Navidad, My Favorite Time of the Year, Silent Night, Frosty the Snowman, Finally Christmas, Jingle Bells

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2379c | 1 CD | $6.95 |


Platters : Christmas Collection

Review: This holiday collection, which clocks in at just less than 30 minutes in length, was originally released in this same sequence in 1963 as Christmas With the Platters, and has been reissued several times since in slightly different configurations and under varying titles. If you bear in mind that the Platters only did one Christmas session, then it probably doesn't matter which of these you pick up, although the sound on this 2004 edition is superb. The upbeat numbers fare best, with an energized version of "Jingle Bells Jingle," an organ-led "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," and a spunky rendition of "Jingle Bell Rock" being the obvious highlights. The group's manager, Buck Ram (who also produced the original album), has a couple of his own songs included here, "Come Home for Christmas" and "Christmas Time," and both are competent but hardly memorable compositions. The arrangements on the album are interesting and frequently inventive, and the Platters, as always, sing wonderfully.

Songlist: Jingle Bells Jingle, White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Christmas Time, Blue Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer, Come Home For Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, For Auld Lang Syne

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2057c | 1 CD | $11.95 |


Platters : Silver Bells

Review: Doo-Wop legends The Platters treat us to 10 sweet, soulful, all-accompanied Christmas hit covers on "Silver Bells." There's a nice mix here of carols, "Away in a Manger," "Deck The Halls," a jazzy "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night;" and popular Christmas songs, Elvis's "Blue Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Silver Bells," "The Christmas Song" and Bing Crosby's trademark "White Christmas." There's some very cool new arrangements here of our old favorites, and The Platters still have some of the best leads and harmonies in the business! Great, romantic, danceable stuff that's sure to help you have happy holidays for years to come!

Songlist: Away In A Manger, Blue Christmas, Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Joy to the World, Silent Night, Silver Bells, The Christmas Song, White Christmas

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4723c | 1 CD | $6.95 |


Ray Conniff Singers : Christmas Caroling

Review: Another fine selection of traditional Christmas carols sung in the Inimitable Ray Conniff style.

Songlist: White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Frosty The Snowman, Silent Night, Holy Night, Silver Bells, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, O Tennenbaum, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Joy To The World, Here Comes Santa Claus, Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You), The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Medley: The First Noel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Come, All Ye Faithful, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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7627c | 1 CD | $8.95 |


Ray Conniff Singers : Christmas with Conniff

Review: "Ray Conniff," we were thinking as we opened "Christmas With," "elevator music." Then we played the CD, and found ourselves flooded with memories of what Christmas was like for us, growing up in the 50's and 60's. The smell of hot roasted nuts and fresh chocolates at the bustling five and dime as we stepped into the warmth out of a snowstorm, and what was playing in the background was Conniff's "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer." There are 12 delightful songs here, each lightly (and jazzily) accompanied, and each arranged by Mr. Conniff in his inimitable manner, using the voices as the main focus of the orchestral fabric, and gaining special inspiration from the cheery character that most of the songs have. Of course there are ballads like the classic "Silver Bells," the romantic "Christmas Song," "Greensleeves" and "White Christmas," but most of the songs, "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty The Snowman," "Sleigh Ride" and "Christmas Bride," are as bright, innocent and jolly as befits a Christmas dancing party. We loved every cut and bet you will too!

Songlist: Jingle Bells, Silver Bells, Frosty the Snowman , White Christmas , Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, The Christmas Song, Here Comes Santa Claus , Winter Wonderland, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Bride, Sleigh Ride, Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)

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4759c | 1 CD | $9.95 |


Ray Conniff Singers : Here We Come A-Caroling

Review: Previously released as a Columbia LP that was probably pulled out and played to distraction every Christmas thereafter, this reissue captures the joyous innocence and cheer of Christmas in the 50's and 60's like the tiny flakes in a snow globe. Each of these 12, all lightly accompanied songs has "Arr: R. Conniff" under them, and it's physically impossible to feel sad while listening to a Conniff arrangement. The title tune, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Joy To The World," "Go Tell It On The Mountain," "O Tannenbaum" and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" are given upbeat, jazzy-pop tempos, while "Silent Night," "Away In A Manger," "Adoremus Te," "The Real Meaning of Christmas," "What Child Is This" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" are slower ballads. The Singers' sound is bright, sweet and sincere-exactly how we like it!

Songlist: Here We Come A-Caroling, Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Away in a Manger, Joy to the World , Adoramus Te, The Real Meaning of Christmas, Go Tell It on the Mountain, What Child Is This? , O Tannenbaum, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, O Little Town of Bethlehem

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4758c | 1 CD | $9.95 |


Ray Conniff Singers : We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Review: In this collection, Ray has grouped most of the songs into medleys which tell a musical story about this holidays of holidays.

Songlist: Medley: Jolly Old St. Nicholas, The Little Drummer Boy, Medley: O Holy Night, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly, Ring Christmas Bells, Medley: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep), We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Medley: The First Noel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Come, All Ye Faithful, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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7626c | 1 CD | $9.95 |

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