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It’s been nearly ten years since Dean Martin departed this earth, but the man’s stature as an artist and icon continues to grow. His importance to generations of music fans (not to mention aficionados of masculine cool) now far outstrips his former reputation as the tippler of the Rat Pack¹s tuxedoed triumvirate or Jerry Lewis’ crooning straight man. He was, simply ... Read more in Amazon's Dean Martin Store

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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B005HI7NBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baby It's Cold Outside
2. Silver Bells
3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. The Christmas Blues
6. Winter Wonderland (THE SWINGIN' YULETIDE MIX)
7. Silent Night
8. A Marshmallow World
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas (DUET WITH SCARLETT JOHANSSON)
10. Jingle Bells
11. Blue Christmas
12. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
13. White Christmas
14. Peace On Earth Silent Night

Editorial Reviews

A devoted family man (despite his playboy image), Dino always adored Christmas. He was no doubt feeling nostalgic as he sang these, and you will, too, as you hear the King of Cool deliver Silver Bells; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; White Christmas; Baby It's Cold Outside; Blue Christmas , and more! This updated 2011 edition also includes a "Swingin' Yuletide Mix" of Winter Wonderland and a newly created duet in which Dean croons along with the sultry Scarlett Johansson on I'll Be Home for Christmas !

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I grew up with Dean Martin!
L. Pease
I highly recommend this CD for his fans; and people who enjoy classic holiday music are sure to like this album.
Matthew G. Sherwin
My Dad loved this gift and he played it immediately on Christmas morning.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By George M. Zavaglia on November 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Whether "My Kind Of Christmas" makes it into your music collection will largely depend on how much of Dean Martin's seasonal repertoire you already own. Almost everything heard here is available on other CD's. The exception is "Winter Wonderland" which has been newly orchestrated to increase its' swing quotient. The result gives Martin collectors a reason to buy this CD, but doesn't ruin the mood created by the rest of the vintage tracks

These 14 songs are full of Christmas cheer. Dean breezes through stuff like "Jingle Bells" and "Let It Snow, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow". There's both a sense of enjoyment in his voice and humor in his delivery. Listen to the German accent this Italian balladeer gives Santa during "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer". Only Dino could get away with that!

A couple of tunes concern themselves more with what might go on under the mistletoe rather than Christmas itself. There's a bouncy version of "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" and the sly fun of a 1959 recording of "Baby It's Cold Outside" in which a female chorus tries to escape Dino's attempts to have a "hot time" on a cold and snowy evening.

There are also nostalgic and beautiful versions of "White Christmas", Silver Bells" and "Silent Night" that are sung smooth as silk. They'll make you think of the Christmas TV specials you used to know; the ones helmed by great singing hosts like Dino, Bing and Perry.

"My Kind Of Christmas" is NOT bad, just repetitive. I guess that's bound to happen, when you consider that unlike other singers with a bigger catalog of holiday themed material, Dean only made a total of two dozen studio recordings of this type. But, put this CD on as background music during a holiday get together this year and I'll bet more than a few of your guests will smile just a little bit bigger. Dean Martin's voice has a way of making people do that.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By deckeda on December 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Seems every few years somebody decides to release a new collection of essentially the same (and well, only ...) Christmas tunes Dean Martin recorded. And so they go looking for some new way to "spruce it up." In 2006 it was with a country singer. This time it's with an overblown rock beat on one song. I won't call these efforts gimmicks, but I DO look forward to the 2011 CD which will no doubt feature T-Pain.

If the preview of this 2009 release is representative, they've wisely ditched the Martina McBride "duet" from 2006's Baby It's Cold Outside and restored the original.

But a heavy-handed, bouncy pseudo rock beat was overlaid on Winter Wonderland for 2009. The original strings and backing vocals are still there, just buried under the muck--along with Martin's voice. Compare it to the original version available elsewhere and you'll agree that less is more.

The OOP 2004 "Christmas with Dino" release remains the best Dean Martin Christmas CD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Thomsen on November 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Forgive me if the title of my review is a little cheesy, but it's not that far off, is it? It's that time of the year again, and how I love it.
Some years ago I made sure to buy an Elvis Presley Christmas compilation (Christmas Peace) for my parents 'cause to me it's just not Christmas without Elvis or Dean. I always go to my parents' house for Christmas, and we always listen to Elvis Presley and Dean Martin while decorating the tree and having a few drinks, etc.

I received "My Kind Of Christmas" a couple of days ago, and I'm really enjoying it. The remastered sound is lovely. I'm a bit of a purist, but I actually really like the new "mix" of Winter Wonderland. In reality, the musical backing is brand new, only Dean's voice and the backing vocals are the same as the old version, but don't let that put you off, it works very well. The drums deliver a nice, punchy sound without overpowering the vocals, and the bassline sounds absolutely wonderful. For me, "My Kind Of Christmas" will be the soundtrack for this year's Christmas and for many Christmases to come. Thank God for Dean Martin's enduring legacy. Life just wouldn't be the same without Dino. Buy it now and warm up for Christmas.

Enjoy! And - Merry Christmas!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John O'Neill VINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
Enough is enough. Exactly how many times is the material from Dean Martin's two Christmas/Winter LPs going to be reissued? First we had the 2004 version of Christmas with Dino which nicely compiled 17 Christmas related tracks from Martin's Capitol and Reprise releases. It was pretty close to perfect and is still your best option. Then we got the 2006 version (Christmas With Dino) with new cover art but basically the same contents except for a remixed version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with country singer Martina McBride taking on the female part. Frankly I think it was a mistake.

In 2009 we were given the first version of My Kind Of Christmas - gone was the McBride vocal but now we get a contemporary mix of "Winter Wonderland" which pales in comparison to the familiar and classic 1959 version and sounds oddly like Dean Martin fronts Mannheim Steamroller. (I love Mannheim Steamroller, but this track just seems completely out of place.) Also gone were the alternate versions of "Let It Snow", "Winter Wonderland", and "White Christmas": Christmas With Dino had included both the 1959 Capitol and 1966 Reprise versions of those three tracks. But wait, there's more! Along comes 2011 and "My Kind of Christmas" also gets a makeover and since they apparently didn't learn their lesson with the McBride vocal, now they've replaced the original version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with a newly mixed duet with Scarlett Johansson.
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