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One reviewer called Jackie's arrangements "soporific," but they aren't. As the original jacket blurb states (I still have it, though the original disc is no longer playable), this record is "warming, fireside holiday music," meant for "those precious hours when evening reaches toward dawn and thoughts drift into dreams of holidays gone by, and of those yet to come. The mood is soft with the glow of Christmas lights seen through a snowfall.... The melodies are familiar ones but their settings most certainly are not, for even "Jingle Bells" emerges as a lovely, almost haunting thing in the hands of Jackie Gleason...."
Gleason's liking for slow, dreamy arrangements was well known and serves him well here. Imaginative settings of traditional holiday melodies add entrancing new dimensions to the familiar. Even today, they are fresh, arresting, instantly memorable--and easily cherished.
Slow tempos, with wordless choral passages and soft, caressing orchestrations (prominently featuring an angelic celeste) add immeasurably to the indefinable charms of this evocative album. With the late Paul Mickelson's "The Best of Christmas," now also available in CD (praises be!), Gleason's "Merry Christmas" is fundamental to holiday enjoyment.
I enjoyed these fourteen festive season arrangements with their unique slow romantic sound, the perfect CD to play at twilight with the snow falling and the Christmas tree lights twinkling. BTW, this CD has nine of the ten tracks on another Gleason CD `Snowfall'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas albums! My parents played it (vinyl) when I was growing up and it was always a part of our tree trimming evening, so it brings back... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen
After reading other reviews, I thought this would be a good addition to my CDs. I wish I had saved my money. Music is slow and drags. Pretty mediocre. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Lou Nelson
Anything from Jackie Gleason is good this CD is no exception.Published 6 months ago by danielmendez
My mother had Jackie Gleason's album "Ti's the Season" when I was young and she always played it during the holidays. I played her album until it started skipping. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carol
I sent this to a friend as one of her Christmas gifts. She really liked it and said she was playing it at the time.Published 12 months ago by Darrell Henry
The first time I heard Jackie Gleasons Santa Claus is coming to town, I froze. It was so hauntingly beautiful, and reminded me so much of the simple but wonderful Christmases of... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by John campbell
I was so happy to see that I could get these discs of Jackie Gleason as I am a big fan since the fifties. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Carole Buzzoni