Annotation

75 Essential Christmas Classics

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Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 White Christmas
Bing Crosby 4 3:04
2 Kissin by the Mistletoe
Aretha Franklin 3:08
3 Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Brenda Lee 2:06
4 Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Rydell 2:32
5 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Dean Martin 1:57
6 Ole! Santa
Dinah Washington 2:43
7 Caroling, Caroling
Nat "King" Cole 2:05
8 Winter Wonderland
Connie Francis 2:44
9 Christmas Carousel
Peggy Lee 2:22
10 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frank Sinatra 3:30
11 Parade of the Tin Soldiers
Mantovani 2:49
12 Silver Bells
Ray Conniff Singers 2:30
13 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Perry Como 2:56
14 The First Nowell
Johnny Mathis 3:49
15 Jingle Bells
Les Paul 1:38
16 The Secret of Christmas
Ella Fitzgerald 2:48
17 The White Snows of Winter
The Kingston Trio 2:36
18 Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me
Elvis Presley 1:54
19 Happy Christmas, Little Friend
Rosemary Clooney 2:54
20 A Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives 2:28
21 Joy to the World
Percy Faith and His Orchestra 2:09
22 Up on the Housetop
Gene Autry 2:51
23 It’s Christmas Everywhere
Paul Anka 3:05
24 Let No Walls Divide
Doris Day 3:05
25 Christmas Auld Lang Syne
Bobby Darin 2:45
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra 2:50
2 Deck the Halls
Nat "King" Cole 1:08
3 Santa Baby
Eartha Kitt 3:24
4 Blue Christmas
Elvis Presley 2:09
5 Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart
Andy Williams 2:47
6 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Lennon Sisters 2:05
7 I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Frank Sinatra 3:11
8 Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Chet Atkins with Anita Kerr Singers 2:14
9 The Christmas Song
Carmen McRae 3:57
10 Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
Ray Conniff Singers 2:29
11 Don’t Forget to Feed the Reindeer
Peggy Lee 2:47
12 He’s a Chubby Little Fellow
Gene Autry 2:53
13 Baby’s First Christmas
Connie Francis 2:28
14 This Time of Year
Brook Benton 2:27
15 Christmas Heart
June Christy 2:58
16 Frosty the Snowman
Jimmy Durante with Roy Bargy and His Orchestra 3:00
17 Christmas Island
Ella Fitzgerald 2:20
18 Cool Yule
Louis Armstrong 2:56
19 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Bing Crosby 2:46
20 December
Kay Starr 3:21
21 Happy Holiday (instrumental)
Jackie Gleason 2:35
22 Christmas Is Coming
Harry Belafonte 1:40
23 What Child Is This?
The Brothers Four 3:49
24 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Perry Como 2:48
25 The Skater’s Waltz
Mantovani 3:01
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Dean Martin 2:24
2 Little Jack Frost Get Lost
Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby 1:50
3 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Johnny Mathis 3:09
4 The Twelve Days of Christmas
Perry Como 3:58
5 The Holly and the Ivy
Petula Clark 2:40
6 Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Nat "King" Cole 1:49
7 Warm December
Julie London 1:57
8 Mary’s Boy Child
Harry Belafonte 4:24
9 Here Comes Santa Claus
Eddie Fisher 2:17
10 The Christmas Story
Doris Day 3:10
11 Christmas in Killarney
Bing Crosby 2:46
12 Ring a Merry Bell
June Christy 3:06
13 Christmas Bride
Ray Conniff Singers 2:53
14 I Want a Rock and Roll Guitar
Johnny Preston 3:13
15 Little Sandy Sleighfoot
Jimmy Dean 2:50
16 Song of the Sleighbells
June Hutton 2:17
17 You’re All I Want for Christmas
Frankie Laine 2:46
18 Christmas Eve
Billy Eckstine 3:05
19 Away in the Manger
Mario Lanza 2:55
20 What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
Ella Fitzgerald 3:34
21 The Night Before Christmas Song
Gene Autry & Rosemary Clooney 2:50
22 We Wish You the Merriest
Les Brown & His Orch. 2:14
23 Silent Night
Dinah Shore 2:22
24 O Little Town of Bethlehem
Frank Sinatra 2:06
25 The Little Drummer Boy
Johnny Cash 2:34

Credits

CD 1

arranger:
Sammy Cahn (track 5)
Ralph Carmichael (tracks 13, 13)
Jule Styne (track 5)
choir vocals:
Ken Darby Singers (track 1)
composer:
Alfred S. Burt (track 7)
Johnny Marks (American songwriter) (track 3)
Clyde Otis (American songwriter and record producer) (track 6)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 13, 13)
James Lord Pierpont (1850) (track 15)
Irving Berlin (1938 – 1940) (track 1)
Jule Styne (1945-07) (track 5)
conductor:
Russell Garcia (track 16)
lead vocals:
Bing Crosby (track 1)
Dean Martin (American singer/actor) (track 5)
lyricist:
Johnny Marks (American songwriter) (track 3)
Wihla Hutson (track 7)
Clyde Otis (American songwriter and record producer) (track 6)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 13, 13)
James Lord Pierpont (1850) (track 15)
Irving Berlin (1938 – 1940) (track 1)
Sammy Cahn (1945-07) (track 5)
orchestra:
performer:
producer:
Lee Gillette (track 5)
writer:
Sammy Cahn (track 16)
Jimmy Van Heusen (track 16)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 13, 13)
phonographic copyright by:
HNH International Ltd. (not for release label use!) (track 1)
Capitol Records, Inc. (not for release label use; company behind the “Capitol Records” imprint) (1959) (track 5)
Capitol Records, LLC (not for release label use!) (1959) (track 5)
Geffen Records, Inc. (1970) (track 1)
Geffen Records (2010) (track 1)
publisher:
Copyright Control (not for release label use! this is only for copyrights and publishing relationships) (track 1)
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (1996–present) (track 1)
Irving Berlin Music Company (1940 –) (track 1)
engineered at:
United Recorders (@ 6050 Sunset Blvd., part of United Western Recorders studio complex 1957–1985) in Los Angeles, California, United States (1959-09-03) (track 16)
part of:
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 394) (tracks 13, 13)
arrangements:
Deadly Gentlemen (tracks 13, 13)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Trans‐Siberian Orchestra arrangement) (tracks 13, 13)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. Willcocks) (tracks 13, 13)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Willan arrangement) (tracks 13, 13)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Mariah Carey arrangement) (tracks 13, 13)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (tracks 13, 13)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. Geoffrey Keating) (tracks 13, 13)
Jingle All the Way (track 15)
Jingle Bells (arr. Chilcott) (track 15)
Jingle Bells (Beegie Adair, Roger Spencer arrangements) (track 15)
Jingle Bells (arr. Gordon Langford) (track 15)
Jingle a cappella (track 15)
cover recording of:
White Christmas (1947-03-19) (track 1)
is the basis for:
A Star to Follow (tracks 13, 13)
Let It Snow (track 5)
PDX-mas Carol (tracks 13, 13)
Take a Break Guys (tracks 13, 13)
Trikkevise (track 15)
Året rundt (track 15)
later parody versions:
Dschingenkhan (track 15)
Jingle Bells (track 15)
Jingle Bells Deep (track 15)
Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (Children's schoolyard parody of Batman and Jingle Bells) (track 15)
Snowdown Skins (track 15)
Yingle Bells (track 15)
Čin čin čin (track 15)
later translated parody versions:
Klokkeklang (track 15)
later translated versions:
Bjelleklang (track 15)
Bjældeklang (track 15)
Het is feest (track 5)
Kulkuset (track 15)
Rap jul (track 1)
Valkea joulu (track 1)
Zvaniņš skan (Alfrēds Krūklis version) (track 15)
ジングルベル (Shōji Miyazawa's translation) (track 15)
ジングルベル (transl. Otawa Takashi) (track 15)
聖誕鈴聲 (track 15)
later versions:
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Nox Arcana arrangement) (tracks 13, 13)
Jingle Bells (Die Toten Hosen arrangement) (track 15)
Jingle Bells (Lechner / Trabitsch) (track 15)
Lass es schnei’n (track 5)
Merry Gentlemen's Bounce (tracks 13, 13)
Swingle Bells (track 15)
Vive le vent (track 15)
Weiße Weihnacht (track 1)
Zvaniņš skan (Latvian version of "Jingle Bells") (track 15)
recording of:
Caroling, Caroling (track 7)
Jingle Bells (track 15)
Ole Santa (track 6)
The Secret of Christmas (1959 Christmas song from "Say One for Me") (track 16)
referred to in medleys:
A Christmas Festival (tracks 13, 13, 15)
Polarlufteinbruch (track 5)
Mix 1 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (track 3)
Megamix 4 (It Must Be Christmas) (tracks 13, 13)
Mix 4 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (tracks 1, 13, 13, 15)
Megamix 1 (It Must Be Christmas) (track 3)
Noëls pour cordes (tracks 13, 13)

CD 2

additional lyricist:
Eric Kornfeld (track 18)
arranger:
Edith Bergdahl (track 2)
Nat King Cole (track 2)
composer:
Johnny Marks (American songwriter) (track 24)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 2)
Steve Allen (US actor, musician & comedian) (track 18)
Mel Tormé (1944) (track 9)
conductor:
Ralph Carmichael (1960) (track 2)
lead vocals:
Nat King Cole (1960) (track 2)
lyricist:
Johnny Marks (American songwriter) (track 24)
Steve Allen (US actor, musician & comedian) (track 18)
Joe Darian (track 5)
George Kleinsinger (track 5)
Thomas Oliphant (track 2)
Mel Tormé (1944) (track 9)
Robert Wells (songwriter) (1944) (track 9)
producer:
Lee Gillette (track 2)
vocals:
Perry Como (American popular music singer and TV personality, 1912-2001) (track 24)
Carmen McRae (track 9)
writer:
Bill Hayes (track 4)
Jay Johnson (songwriter of "Blue Christmas") (track 4)
publisher:
Chappell & Co Ltd. (track 24)
Chappell Music Ltd. (track 24)
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (track 9)
Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (existed only since ca. 1998) (track 4)
Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc. (1946 –) (track 9)
arrangements:
Deck the Hall (arr. Wilberg) (track 2)
Deck the Hall (arr. Rutter) (track 2)
Deck the Halls (Jim Dooley's arrangement) (track 2)
Deck the Halls (Beegie Adair, Roger Spencer arrangements) (track 2)
Deck the Halls (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track 2)
cover recording of:
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (track 9)
is based on:
Nos Galan (track 2)
is the basis for:
Boughs of Holly (track 2)
PDX-mas Carol (track 2)
later parody versions:
later translated versions:
Joululaulu (Hiljaa leijaa maahan hiutaleet) (track 9)
Petteri Punakuono (track 24)
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (German) (track 24)
later versions:
Cik lēni snieg (Latvian version of "Blue Christmas") (track 4)
Deck the Halls (track 2)
Duck the Halls (track 2)
recording of:
Blue Christmas (track 4)
Cool Yule (track 18)
Deck the Halls (track 2)
referred to in medleys:
Christmas Medley (Bing Crosby version) (track 2)
Mix 3 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (track 9)
Mix 2 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (track 24)
Mix 4 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (track 2)
Megamix 4 (It Must Be Christmas) (track 2)
Megamix 3 (It Must Be Christmas) (tracks 4, 9, 24)

CD 3

additional composer:
William H. Cummings (1855) (track 6)
additional lyricist:
George Whitefield (1753) (track 6)
arranger:
Pete King (composer/arranger) (track 7)
Frank Loesser (track 1)
composer:
Jester Hairston (track 8)
Bob Russell (US songwriter/lyricist Sidney Keith "Bob" Russell) (track 7)
Frank Loesser (tracks 1, 1)
Felix Mendelssohn (1840) (track 6)
conductor:
Pete King (composer/arranger) (track 7)
lead vocals:
Julie London (track 7)
Dean Martin (American singer/actor) (track 1)
lyricist:
Jester Hairston (track 8)
Bob Russell (US songwriter/lyricist Sidney Keith "Bob" Russell) (track 7)
Frank Loesser (tracks 1, 1)
Charles Wesley (hymn writer) (1739) (track 6)
producer:
Lee Gillette (track 1)
Bobby Troup (track 7)
vocals:
Perry Como (American popular music singer and TV personality, 1912-2001) (track 4)
writer:
James Cavanaugh (track 11)
John Redmond (singer, songwriter) (track 11)
Frank Weldon (track 11)
phonographic copyright by:
Capitol (UK) Ltd. (1959) (track 1)
Capitol Records, LLC (not for release label use!) (1959) (track 1)
publisher:
Bourne Music Ltd. (track 8)
Frank Music Corp. (tracks 1, 1)
MPL Communications Ltd. (not for release label use! Paul McCartney-related, London-based company) (tracks 1, 1)
MPL UK Publishing (tracks 1, 1)
arrangements:
Enkellaulu kajahtaa (translated) (track 6)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (arr. Wilcocks) (track 6)
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (Sovereign Grace version) (track 6)
Mary's Boy Child (arr. Langford) (track 8)
cover recording of:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Neptune’s Daughter) (track 1)
is the basis for:
later parody versions:
Baby, It's Cold Outside (parody) (tracks 1, 1)
later translated versions:
Debespulks dzied apstarots (Latvian version of English "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing") (track 6)
Kuningas hän on (track 8)
Marian poika (track 8)
天には栄え (Japanese version of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”) (track 6)
新生王 (track 6)
later versions:
Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Bob Dylan arrangement) (track 6)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (John Ferguson arrangement) (track 6)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Die Toten Hosen arrangement) (track 6)
recording of:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Neptune’s Daughter) (track 1)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Christmas carol) (track 6)
Mary’s Boy Child (track 8)
Warm December (track 7)
referred to in medleys:
Megamix 4 (It Must Be Christmas) (track 8)
Noëls pour cordes (track 6)
Mix 2 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (track 8)

Release

ASIN: UK: B00991TH00 [info]