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Christmas with the Rat Pack

Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., The Rat PackAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Catalog Marketing
  • ASIN: 5558160578
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas cocktails with Frank, Dino and Sammy! December 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Capitol has followed up their "Eee-O Eleven: The Best Of The Rat Pack" disc (one of the few excellent 'Rat Pack' compilations around; most others recycle the trio's bargain-basement material) with this brilliant Christmas-themed CD. While all of the songs Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin sing on their own have been released before on CD, this is a pretty good selection from that material.
From Frank, we get a few timeless carols, "The First Noel", "Hark! The Herald Angels", etc (backed with a choir), plus the beautiful "Christmas Waltz", and "I'll Be Home For Christmas". We even get treated to "I Believe", which is a somewhat rare single, and wouldn't really even be on this CD if not for a throw-away reference to Santa Claus!
From Dean, we get a few tracks from his "A Winter Romance" album (a priceless collection of frosty not-so-politically-correct charmers), as well as a few traditional by-the-numbers Christmas anthems: "Silver Bells", "White Christmas", "Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer" and "Winter Wonderland", all of which see Dean impeccably slurring his way along as only he can! A highlight is the stunning "Peace on Earth / Silent Night", which is taken from a ultra-rare Reprise Christmas promo album.
Another track from this album is the incomparable Sammy Davis, Jr.'s take on "Jingle Bells", which is given a Vegas arrangement that swings something fierce! Sammy's tracks really make you wish he'd recorded his own Christmas album. I suppose he was too busy wowing the world onstage as The Greatest Entertainer Who Ever Lived, to consistently blow the socks off everyone from the studio.
The only (minor) gripes are in the small print...
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love This! December 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to say that "Christmas With the Rat Pack" is now my favorite Christmas album and has first place in my CD lineup.

It's happy, it's cheery, and it's a compilation of the familiar, with a few new songs.

The title may conjure up images of Frank Sinatra punching out some guy in Las Vegas, but the music itself speaks of the joy and celebration of the holiday season. Something much needed these days. Most of the songs were recorded in the sixties and seventies, and at least one was previously unreleased.

The standards are here, including some beautifully sung carols, plus a few new (to me ) pieces. A far cry from artists who feel they must put their own often caterwauling spin on beloved Christmas carols, and none of those "downer" Christmas songs about loneliness and alienation at Christmas, Third World starvation, and the like, or cheesy novelty songs.

This CD brings smiles and lifts spirits. It works for parties, present-wrapping, tree-trimming, cookie-baking, and all of the other good things that accompany Christmas.

I highly recommend it!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas Baby December 26, 2002
By TheCoop
Format:Audio CD
At last; some of my favorite Rat Pack Christmas tunes all in one album. I didn't always like some of the tracks in their Christmas albums that were released seperately but I did like the ones selected for this album. Dean Martin's selections were great,especially I've Got My Love to Keep me Warm and Baby it's cold outside. I always liked Sinatra the best but it seemed like Christmas tunes were not his best recordings. But, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and the Christmas Waltz were always my favorites that he recorded. Sammy's Christmas All Over the World is just delightful. My favorite track on this CD is Marshmallow World from the Dean Martin Christmas Show with Frank. I remember this show like it was yesterday and I miss not seeing it at Christmas time. Their harmony on this track is just great and they have great fun singing it. I think I wore out this CD playing it so many times in my car. I miss these three guys trememdously so this album is just the thing to bring some joy this Christmas or any other.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE RAT PACK October 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The most wonderful time of the year just got even more so; thanks to a spectacular collection by the good people at Capitol Records. Frank, Dean and Sammy give Santa Claus a little help bringing in the season this year with 21 fantastic tracks of holiday cheer. Spun off the great grab bag "Eee-O-Eleven: Best of The Rat Pack" released last year, this CD is another great addition to any collection. With superb and informative liner notes, crisp packaging and great photos, the CD is digitally remastered to give impeccable sound and enjoyment. The majority of the tracks are from the Capitol vaults, but a few standouts are to be mentioned here. First of all, Sammy Davis Jr.'s tracks have been unavailable on VINYL for over 20 years, much less ever on CD before. The jaunty CHRISTMAS TIME ALL OVER THE WORLD gives us Sammy and chorus wishing a jolly yuletide to all, in a few different languages too. Sammy's version of the evergreen THE CHRISTMAS SONG comes from his LP of Nat King Cole songs, flawlessly arranged and conducted by one of the West Coast's very best arrangers, Marty Paich. But Sammy's shining hour here is the fun he has with JINGLE BELLS. Again, all three are seeing the light of day on CD for the very first time. Sinatra's contributions are well known, but the inclusion of the Nelson Riddle arranged I BELIEVE, and the charming CHRISTMAS WALTZ put this CD over the top. Ol' Red Eyes is also well represented here. Dino chimes in with his charming treatments of SILVER BELLS and WHITE CHRISTMAS (a version that indeed could give Bing a run for his money) and of course, perhaps the best loved version of RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER out there this side of Gene Autry's. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE LISTENING TO THE OLD GUYS!
Published 8 days ago by S. Blades
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Tunes
One of the best Holiday collection I have ever heard.....in my top five Holiday collections right behind Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra
Published 23 days ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Rat Pack Christmas this CD is worth it.
One of the best Christmas CD''s ever from one of the Greatest American singers of the time. The likes we might never see again but their voice will live on.
Published 2 months ago by glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for boomers.
Nobody else does it like the originals, and these are the guys who are true originals; GREAT in their day; and now great to remember. These are the ones we cherished. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ny-granny
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one
If you only get one Christmas album this is it. The boy's are in great voice. You may hear one or two of these songs during the holiday season. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bigkahuna57
5.0 out of 5 stars What's to say?
It's the Rat Pack! There is not a negative thing to be said. Great addition to my holiday music collection.
Published 6 months ago by Dierdre A. Gilliam
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say about this group
It's a great selection of songs and these entertainers certainly know how to sing them. It adds to the festive spirit.
Published 6 months ago by Sandy Hjelmberg
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys define cool.
Dean, Sammy and Frank for Christmas-- how can you go wrong. This is a beautifully produced (I assume re-mastered) album of the kings of cool. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allen A. Witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Rat Pack Christmas
Love the Christmas Classics being sung by these musician/singers. I could listen to these gentlemen all year long. Merry Christmas
Published 6 months ago by Teresa M.
5.0 out of 5 stars How many stars are there in the sky?
Really love this album. It made Christmas special for me this year and will for many Christmases to come. There was a family squabble over Bing verses Frank for many years.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marjorie Tulley Williams
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