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20th Century Masters: The Best of Burl Ives - The Christmas Collection [Original recording remastered]

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listen  1. Overture And A Holly Jolly Christmas (Soundtrack Version) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Album Version) 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. White Christmas (Album Version) 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem (Album Version) 2:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Silver Bells 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Twelve Days Of Christmas (Album Version) 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Album Version) 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Little Drummer Boy (Album Version) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. What Child Is This? (Album Version) 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Silver And Gold (Soundtrack Version) 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Album Version) 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Winter Wonderland (Album Version) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Album Version) 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Silent Night (Album Version) 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. A Holly Jolly Christmas (Single Version) 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Yule love 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection. The new UMe series, with all 23 albums released September 23, 2003, is a spin-off of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection, which features "best of" albums from the most significant music artists of the past century and, with shipments of more than 22 million albums since its inception in 1999, is the most successful ... Read more in Amazon's Burl Ives Store

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B0000C23DW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Burl Ives singing November 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
We love to hear Burl Ives sing songs such as "Wayfaring Stranger" and "What Shall I Do With the Baby-O". It is only natural that we would want to hear that wonderful, warm voice singing our favorite Christmas carols. We were delighted to find this CD. These carols have instruments and back up vocals that I don't remember Burl Ives using, but it is kept simple. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is done with only guitar music. "Winter Wonderland" is one of my favorites with guitars, bass, and backup vocals. The instruments that I hear are harp, strings, bass, and guitars. (I hear an occasional flute or bell and a couple of other instruments that I can't identify.) The backup vocals add traditional harmonies. Even with the added instruments and backup vocals, the music is still very much done in the classic Burl Ives style. This is on my short list of "must have" Christmas CD's.
Details: This CD is 37 minutes long. The songs were originally recorded in the 50's and 60's. The quality of the remastering is very acceptable, no muddiness at all. The stereo separation is impressive.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas Collection December 5, 2003
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I bought this CD on a whim. The price was right and I'd been thinking about trying to get a copy of "A Holly Jolly Christmas." This was certainly the right choice.
Burl Ives contributes his distinctive vocals to many Christmas favorites. Compiled from several different Christmas recordings, they include such classics as "Silver Bells," "White Christmas," "What Child is this?" (with all the choruses, a bonus), "Winter Wonderland," and "O, Little Town of Bethlehem." Also included are a fun arrangement of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and a slightly different version of "Twelve Days of Christmas."
Of course, the collection wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of songs from the Rudolph special. Included here are "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Silver and Gold," and the previously mentioned "A Holly Jolly Christmas."
The recordings are simple; usually with one a few instruments and some background singers. This is different from the lush orchestra usually popular for Christmas recordings, but it's refreshing to have a different sound.
I'm not super familiar with Burl Ives' Christmas music, so I don't know what I might be missing by starting with this best of. All I do know is I don't regret the money I spent on this CD and will be enjoying it for many Christmases to come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's corny, but it's cool November 21, 2003
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Have a holly, jolly Christmas!  It's classic yuletide corn, from the fellow who played Sam The Snowman on the "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" TV special. One of the most recognizable voices in 20th Century pop culture, old-school folkie Burl Ives recorded prolifically in the 1950s and '60s, but it's Christmas music he'll really be remembered for... This disc collects fifteen fine examples of his Decca Records holiday material, taken from a variety of sources... Most tracks feature prominent pop-orchestral arrangements, but Burl's rolling, grandfatherly tones cut right through the cheese every time & cheerfully draw you in. As old-fashioned Christmas material goes, this is pretty hard to beat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to your 1960's Childhood January 13, 2004
By PhiloX
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During the 1950's & 1960's, Burl Ives was remembered for his unique sounding American folk music. Today most remember him for his Christmas music from the TV special "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer". The most famous songs from that series plus a few from the 1950's are in this collection. The production does sound its age, the separation & highs are off, or to write it this way: it sounds thin compared to modern recordings. I collect many records from many periods & most are better upgraded than this CD. Most songs are done rather straight forward, with few instruments & back up singers, which may sound a little corny for some, yet revealing a time of innocence & fun. Try out the Listen to Samples & see if you remember any of the songs & then sing along with your family. The most remembered are: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Silver Bells, & A Holly Jolly Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holiday Burl Ives March 28, 2013
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With a golden voice and Decca Records incredible production, this collection of holiday recordings by Burl is one that shouldn't be absent from your Christmas Collection. Included are some of the songs from the Holiday Specials Burl put his stamp on and other Holiday Classics done in Burl's own classic folk/pop style. Frosty, Rudolph and the whole gang are here! A good Holiday Value for the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have found this! November 29, 2013
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My Nona's favorite Christmas music. Burl Ives is a legend and his music lives on in this exceptional album. Thankx!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collectable February 5, 2013
By TC
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My Wife and I enjoy setting in the family room in the evening and enjoying a cup of coffee while listening the our collection of songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Burl Ives Christmas December 24, 2008
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This is a keeper - Burl Ives way of singing was unique as well as his voice. It is a very enjoyable album of his renditions of Christmas music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the classics.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love His music!
Like another poster said, "Mr. Christmas." I love the way this man sings. I always think about the Christmas cartoons I watched as a child when I listened to the songs he sung on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by slimette
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Christmas...
It's Burl Ives! Mr. Christmas, himself. I grew up listening to him and this past xmas, I wanted that feeling again, Christmas time.
Published 5 months ago by Cheryl Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL CHRISTMAS
I like BURT IVES .He really makes you feel REAL GOOD . He is one who really sings Christmas .
Published 5 months ago by Char Stasie
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love it
This is a great CD. I never thought of Burl Ives as a singer but this is a good Christmas CD.
Published 6 months ago by N. Lundy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories!
This album was so special to me as I listened to Mr. Burl Ives as a little girl. My parents had the actual album! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dorothy J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
I love Burl Ives and this takes me back to when I was a little kid. Love, love, love, love it!!!
Published 7 months ago by Amber Schrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Burl Ives Voice.
I just love the older version Christmas Carols rather the new Christmas Songs out there. Burl Ives is one of my Fav's.
Published 7 months ago by Sheree Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars No one like Burl Ives!
Gave this CD as a gift. They were thrilled to have it and loved it immensely! There is no voice like his....
Published 7 months ago by justnutty
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas necessity.
This is one of four Christmas albums or CD's I would recommend. That is if you once in a while celebrate a traditional Christmas.
Published 8 months ago by JK
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