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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and Frosty the Snowman Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack


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You better not pout, you better not cry, 'cause soundtracks to two of the most beloved Christmas TV specials are coming to your town! Santa Claus , of course, was told and sung and narrated by Fred Astaire and also stars the voices of Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn, while the inimitable Jimmy Durante lends his storytelling and musical talents to Frosty . Out of print for years!

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Two favorite holiday TV specials--Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) and Frosty the Snowman (1969)--have burned their endearing images, stories, and music into the consciousness of kids for decades. The creators of these warm, wonderful stop-motion animated films, Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, as well as writer Romeo Muller, have become legends in the "Animagic" world. Now, both soundtrack recordings (originally produced by Bass and Maury Laws) have been captured on one CD, and not just the musical scores, but with the dialogue and sound effects as well, much like an old-fashioned radio show. Santa Claus, narrated and sung by Fred Astaire, spins the tale of Kris Kringle's early days. Beloved classics from "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (based on J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie's song) to "Put One Foot in Front of the Other" will send you down memory lane. Frosty, narrated and sung by the unforgettable Jimmy Durante, tells the story of frustrated magician Professor Hinkle, who wants to pluck the magical hat from atop the head of Frosty the Snowman. But Frosty (played by Jackie Vernon) has bigger problems. Can Karen and her friends save the day... and Frosty's life? This positively historical holiday release of two beloved soundtracks will be treasured by generations. --Karin Snelson

1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town/Christmas Overture/First Toymaker To The King/First Toymaker To The King (Reprise)/Be Prepared To Pay (Santa's Song)
2. Put One Foot In Front Of The Other/My World Is Beginning Today/What Better Way To Tell You (Christmas Carol)/Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Finale)
3. Frosty The Snowman Theme And Narration (Beginning)
4. Frosty The Snowman Theme And Narration (Conclusion)
5. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
6. Frosty The Snowman

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00006JOFN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John K. on December 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It should be noted that this cd is not the music from these shows but the entire audio track of the shows. Tracks one and two are each aproxamately 25 minutes and together are the enire audio of santa claus is comin to town. tracks three and four are the entire audio from frosty. Five and Six are the songs santa claus is comin to town and frosty the snowman (respectively).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cowboybawb on December 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I do kinda wish that this had been more like the Rudolph album - without the narration, and with both vocal and instrumental versions of all the songs.
Having said that, I guess I must qualify it by saying that we are probably lucky that we have this at all. It is, literally, a reproduction of the original albums that were released when the TV specials came out. The audio is great, very clear.
Now, when are we going to see a soundtrack CD for "The Year Without a Santa Claus"?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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The stories are enjoyable and the voice talent is fantasic, except in this version of "Frosty" we hear the June Foray/Paul Frees versions of the childrens' voices. There has been a lot of griping that these actors sessions were not used in the final cut of the film and there is even some talk of reinstating them into the film as a "Special Edition". However there was a very good reason these actors' recordings were redone for the film, as talented as Frees and Foray are, they are not very good in these roles. The Paul Frees lines makes one laugh that anyone thought these were believable voices for kids. June Foray's Karen sounds flat and often uninteresting, however her groans and grunts stayed in the final film.
If you'd like to have these films for car trips or to listen to on your computer, then you may want to purchase this disc. If you desire something more, then this is not the disc for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a soundtrack collector, and a big fan of the Rankin-Bass TV specials, I've searched high and low for the rare original MGM Records LPs of these great classics. I never would have dreamed there'd be a CD! Leave it to the great folks at Rhino to come up with both of these gems on a single disc. The sound is good quality (for a TV soundtrack) and it's a wonderful treasure for any family to enjoy at holiday time. Highly recommended!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rick Goldschmidt on October 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
RHINO pulled it off by using the original MGM Master tapes of these wonderful classic RANKIN/BASS Specials! They involved me with the Production and this is yet another "Dream come true" Project! I recently sent it to RANKIN/BASS Composer MAURY LAWS and he couldn't say enough nice things about it and simply described it as "Classy." He said the soundtracks sound better than the DVD Specials themselves.....AND he is of course right. I am very happy with the DELUXE packaging RHINO chose and they also kept the original ART DESIGN on the covers, which is important in this age of air brushing and poor re-pro art. This is quite simply THE BEST! Merry Christmas!
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