Christmas Songs by Sinatra

Performers Frank Sinatra

Legacy | November 8, 1994 | Compact Disc

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Singers can really step out and have some fun with a repertoire of Christmas songs, sending the world a special kind of greeting card. They can also take such material as an opportunity to display their talents. On Christmas Songs by Sinatra, Ol’ Blue Eyes offers songs he recorded between 1944 and 1949, including "White Christmas," a standard today but which had only been around since 1942. Sinatra shines brightly on all these renditions, which exude a sexiness that many holiday recordings avoid in favour of a familial tone.  

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 8, 1994

Genre: Christmas

Style: Vocal

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Mono

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1948

Label Name: Legacy

UPC: 074646641323

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Christmas Songs by Sinatra

Performers Frank Sinatra
Guest Artist(s) Axel Stordahl
Producer Didier C. Deutsch (Reissue)

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 8, 1994

Genre: Christmas

Style: Vocal

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Mono

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1948

Label Name: Legacy

UPC: 074646641323


Title Track Time
1.White Christmas - (alternate take, previously unreleased) --
2.Silent Night, Holy Night - (alternate take, previously unreleased) --
3.Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful) --
4.Jingle Bells - (alternate take, previously unreleased) --
5.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas --
6.Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year) --
7.It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - (previously unreleased, alternate take) --
8.O Little Town Of Bethlehem --
9.Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - (alternate take, previously unreleased) --
10.Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! --
11.Introduction by General Reynolds --
12.O, Little Town Of Bethlehem {a} --
13.Joy To The World {a} --
14.White Christmas {a} --
15.Ave Maria - (previously unreleased) --
16.Winter Wonderland - (previously unreleased) --
17.Lord's Prayer, The - (previously unreleased) --

Editorial Notes

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.
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