Ives is still remembered warmly by millions as the voice of Sam the Snowman, the narrator in this long-running TV special. Soundtrack includes Silver and Gold; the Most Wonderful Day of the Year; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; We're a Couple of Misfits; Jingle Jingle Jingle; We Are Santa's Elves, and more.
It's not unreasonable for any child to believe that Burl Ives might really be Santa Claus. After all, Big Daddy Burl narrates the animated Christmas classic about Rudolph and he did have that belly that shook like a bowlful of jelly. After listening to this 19-song treasure trove of Christmas music from the animated show, adults might even believe Burl is St. Nick. All the hits are on this generous collection, including "Silver and Gold," "We're a Couple of Misfits," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year." Why look any further for Ives's Christmas treasures when they're collected here on one disc? --Martin Keller